Headlines from HJM: March 26, 2020

How the Planning Commission plans to meet in the age of coronavirus

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Tomorrow’s virtual meeting raises many questions about how the commission will interact with the public and the press
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Md. school closure extended, new quarantine guidelines unveiled

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Marylanders returning from New York and surrounding area are being asked to self-quarantine under a new set of directives meant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
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State Board Nixes Polling Places for Special Election, Recommends Same for Primary

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Citing public health concerns and an inability to protect the safety of poll workers and voters, Maryland’s State Board of Elections voted Wednesday to avoid any in-person voting for the special election in the 7th congressional district next month.
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Virus Prompts States to Put Plastic Bag Bans on Hold

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
One of the many bills that fell by the wayside when the General Assembly adjourned three weeks early was a measure to ban single-use plastic bags in Maryland.
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Hogan Seeks Disaster Declaration for Maryland

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
With confirmed cases of COVID-19 now recorded in 22 of Maryland’s 24 political subdivisions, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan (R) has requested that President Trump declare the state a disaster area.
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Obama Stimulus Watchdog: ‘Bad Guys’ Will Make Play for COVID-19 Relief Cash

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Devaney, a former longtime federal watchdog, was hired in 2009 to police the distribution of $840 billion in federal stimulus spending for the Obama administration.
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What’s in it for Maryland?

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The $2 trillion stimulus package that now appears headed for congressional approval contains a variety of provisions that would offer help to Maryland, from unemployment benefits to small business loans, from extended unemployment benefits to direct payments to taxpayers.
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL NOT REOPEN BEFORE APRIL 25

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced on Wednesday that public schools will remain closed for an additional four weeks to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.
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Montgomery Co. plans to give small businesses coronavirus grants

Publisher Name : WTOP News
With so many small businesses shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, the Montgomery County Council is poised to create a $20 million program that would allow businesses to access grants so they can pay their bills and employee salaries.
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Coronavirus Update: BGE Warns Customers Of Utility Scammers During COVID-19

Publisher Name : CBS Baltimore
BGE is reminding customers that scammers are out and about during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Senate passes $2 trillion bill to blunt coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact, as households and businesses gasp for relief

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Facing one of the worst economic downturns in American history, one that is unsparing in its trauma, the Senate late Wednesday unanimously approved a $2 trillion emergency relief bill that attempts to arrest the financial havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Baltimore aerial surveillance agreement: $3.7 million price tag, privacy protections, evaluation plan

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Private donors are expected to put up nearly $3.7 million to fund a controversial plan to fly three private surveillance planes over Baltimore, according to a document obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
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