Headlines from HJM: Monday, June 15, 2020

Maryland likely to be on the hook for millions if it wants to save the Purple Line project, analysts say

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
When the contracting team building the Purple Line announced plans to quit mid-construction this summer, some project watchers viewed it as posturing in a three-year fight with the state of Maryland over hundreds of millions in cost overruns.
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Guidance in the Aftermath of George Floyd

Publisher Name : Harris Jones & Malone
The devastating murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis’ law enforcement has made us all acknowledge the resurgence of America’s tumultuous racial climate.
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Casinos' losses during Covid-19 trickle down to communities

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Michael Middleton felt a chill run through him when he realized what it would mean for Maryland to suddenly shut down its casinos in March
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Dixon concedes, says she’s “at peace” with Democratic primary loss

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
After failing in her bid to reprise her role as mayor, she lauds Democratic nominee Scott, “a young man I have watched grow in public service”
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Top Hogan medical adviser suggests Maryland is reopening too quickly

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A key adviser to Gov. Larry Hogan on battling the COVID-19 pandemic said he has largely agreed with the Republican governor’s actions — until the governor’s decision earlier this week to lift some restrictions.
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Pressure Mounts on Legislature to Reconvene in Special Sesison

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The head of the Legislative Black Caucus wants the General Assembly to return to Annapolis before January to override a series of vetoes issued by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), particularly the measure to provide new funding for the state’s historically black colleges and universities.
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Protesters Call for City to Defund Police, Tell Lawmakers ‘You About to Lose Your Job’

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
A coalition of civil rights organizations held a rally outside of Baltimore City Hall concurrent with the city council’s Friday evening budget hearing. Their cries: Defund the police.
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State to Put Off Implementation of Styrofoam Ban Until Oct. 1

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The deadline for Maryland schools and restaurants to stop using polystyrene foam food containers and cups has been extended from July 1 to Oct. 1, the Maryland Department of the Environment decreed in an order this week.
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Trone Introduces ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation With Maxine Waters

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
U.S. Rep. David J. Trone (D-Md.) has introduced a bill that would remove the requirement to inform employers of a job applicant’s previous criminal history.
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Full Statement Here: Hopkins to Put Off Establishment of Police Force for at Least 2 Years

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As communities from coast to coast, including in Maryland, debate the role of police and policing, officials from Johns Hopkins University announced late Friday afternoon that they would pause plans to establish an armed police force on their campuses for at least two years.
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MARYLAND RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: CUSTOMERS ARE READY TO RESUME INDOOR DINING

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Maryland’s restaurants can resume indoor dining at 50 percent capacity starting tonight at 5 p.m. and the state’s restauranteurs are ready to hit the ground running, according to the president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
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Sheila Dixon concedes Democratic primary for Baltimore mayor, congratulates Brandon Scott

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon on Saturday formally conceded the race to reclaim her old seat, offering congratulations to the Democratic nominee for Baltimore mayor, Brandon Scott.
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Baltimore election officials still counting votes, delaying certification of primary

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
As they have through much of the rest of the 2020 primary season, Baltimore’s political candidates continued Friday to wait.
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Civil War plaque could be removed from Maryland State House, following House speaker’s push

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
For more than 50 years, a plaque in Maryland’s historic State House paid tribute to both Confederate and Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War and “tried to do their duty as they saw it.”
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