Headlines from HJM: Friday, September 4, 2020

Md. won’t rule out taking over $2.9B Purple Line project from contractor

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
State transportation officials say they are considering options that include taking over the Purple Line project should the current public-private partnership to build the $2.9 billion rail project fall apart.
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Investigation finds no bias in Maryland’s cannabis license award process

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
An investigation into the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission found “no evidence of bias or undue influence in the 2019 license application review process” and that former Del. Cheryl Glenn did not influence the process, despite her pleading guilty in January to accepting more than $33,000 in bribes.
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Franchot: In-Person Instruction Is a ‘Huge Medical Experiment’

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
With a new academic year starting, and local school systems wrestling with how best to educate children amid a public health crisis, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) came out this week squarely for remote instruction, urging county leaders not to give in to “pressure” to bring students back to the classroom.
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Budget Panels Updated on COVID-19 Aid Spending, Purple Line Wrangling

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Officials have spent more than 90% of the $1.653 billion allocated to Maryland as part of the Congressional Coronavirus Relief Fund, Department of Budget and Management Secretary David R. Brinkley told lawmakers Thursday.
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Md. Advocates Warn of Possible Loopholes in National Eviction Moratorium

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Advocates in Maryland were pleasantly surprised when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide moratorium on evictions Tuesday — but they say the new order has “possible loopholes.”
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Maryland restaurants, struggling under Covid-19 restrictions, join in first-ever statewide restaurant week

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Restaurant week is going statewide.
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‘The clock is ticking’: Eviction crisis still looms without federal rent relief, advocates and local authorities say

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
On Wednesday the Trump administration announced a halt on evictions through the end of the year, a move that may shield the millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes due to the financial chaos sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Viewpoint: Access to capital will help level the playing field for minority-owned businesses

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The signs that America is in the midst of a violent and crippling pandemic are as visible as the mask on your face. They’re also clearly seen through the pain felt by many of us due to the illness or death of a loved one.
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