Headlines from HJM: Monday, August 26, 2020

Hogan denies knowledge of McGrath payout, calls for agency audit

Publisher Name : Washington Post
Hogan on Tuesday ordered his Department of Budget and Management to audit the Maryland Environmental Service. The announcement came hours before a General Assembly committee was scheduled to hold an oversight hearing on the agency and its practices.
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MES board members say they were told Hogan approved severance; governor has denied it

Publisher Name : Washington Post
Several board members of the Maryland Environmental Service, a quasi-state agency, said that they were probably misled by their former chief executive into believing that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wanted them to approve a large severance package for him as he departed to become the governor’s chief of staff.
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What, Exactly, Is the Maryland Environmental Service?

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
When the public learned that Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s (R) former chief of staff, Roy McGrath, received a six-figure payment from his previous job as the director of the Maryland Environmental Service, some people wondered what the limits and rules were for such quasi-governmental agencies. More to the point, what is the Maryland Environmental Service?
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State school board delays decision about setting requirements for live instruction in Maryland schools

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
The state school board on Tuesday decided to delay a vote on whether to require school districts to offer students a minimum of 3½ hours of live online instruction each day while classes remain remote because of coronavirus.
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Teachers Push Back Against Md. Schools Superintendent’s Last-Minute Proposal For Minimum 3.5 Hours Of Live Instruction

Publisher Name : WJZ
State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon wants students to get a minimum of 3.5 hours of live instruction every day, but this proposal came with the first day of school just one week away. Some teachers across the state believe the last-minute change is too late.
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Maryland public schools to charge for meals served during virtual instruction

Publisher Name : LocalDVM.com
Per state and federal guidelines, when the school year starts up again, only enrolled students can be served meals. That goes for jurisdictions across Maryland.
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An Annapolis woman was sued over rent she didn’t owe. It took seven court dates to prove she was right.

Publisher Name : Capital Gazette & ProPublica
Documents and interviews with about 80 current and former Annapolis public housing residents show that, in the past two years, the housing authority sued some families despite its own mistakes, which stemmed from delayed rent adjustments and the inconsistent implementation of its own policies.
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314-year record set for container moves

Publisher Name : Dorchester Banner
A new record was set Aug. 18 at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal, with 5,536 container moves conducted by longshore workers handling the Maersk Edinburgh over three days.
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Bob Wallace, wife lend his independent Baltimore mayoral campaign $343K

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
With a little more than two months before the Nov. 3 election, independent Baltimore mayoral candidate Bob Wallace reports having more than $360,000 cash on hand as he seeks to break through to a heavily Democratic electorate.
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