Headlines from HJM: April 8, 2020

Md. legislative COVID-19 work group to live-stream meeting

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The Maryland General Assembly is taking a step toward public transparency in a time of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hogan orders Maryland Health Department to report race data for coronavirus cases

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
The Maryland Department of Health will begin publishing data on the race and ethnicity of coronavirus patients this week, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday.
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Small business stimulus program draws flood of applicants — and complaints

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A $349 billion program intended to help small businesses meet payroll while struggling to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic has disappointed local businesses and advocacy organizations.
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Md. Lawmakers Join National Effort to Target Online Price-Gouging

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Several Maryland political leaders, including Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) and state Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) have signed on to national letters urging online retailers like Amazon to crack down on price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Maryland Declared COVID-19 Priority Zone, Hogan Reports

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the Capital Region, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced Tuesday that the Trump administration will consider Maryland a priority area, noting the extensive number of federal agencies that are based in the state.
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Many Marylanders Taking Advantage of a Law They Thought They Hated

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As a health insurance navigator in one of the reddest parts of Maryland, David Stewart is accustomed to skepticism about the Affordable Care Act, the federal health insurance program that conservative critics long ago dubbed Obamacare.
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County wants to make face coverings mandatory in grocery stores, essential locations

Publisher Name : Bethesda Magazine
Montgomery County officials are considering a requirement that all employees and customers in essential facilities and retail stores wear face coverings or masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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One Maryland Giant worker dies, another tests positive for COVID-19 as grocers roll out more protective measures

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
An employee at a Giant supermarket in Largo has died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, while a worker at the grocery chain’s Dundalk store has tested positive, the company confirmed Tuesday.
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CAN GYMS CLOSED BY PANDEMIC KEEP BILLING MEMBERS?

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
State law prohibits health clubs that are closed for longer than a month during the COVID-19 pandemic from billing members who pay month-to-month, the office of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said.
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Advocate warns of potential increase in child abuse during COVID-19

Publisher Name : Frederick News Post
Regulations put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 mean that children are spending more time at home and less time in school — a situation that the Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County fears could lead to an increase in child abuse and neglect.
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$10M relief fund proposed for Baltimore small businesses

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The money would come from the city's $90 million Rainy Day Fund.
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