Headlines from HJM: Monday, May 4, 2020

Drive-thrus are now a lifeline for fast-food chains

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
For decades, the fast-food drive-thru has been a greasy symbol of Americana, a roadside ritual for millions of travelers with a hankering for burgers and fries.
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Anne Arundel, Howard counties sue Juul, accusing e-cigarette maker of targeting children

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Anne Arundel and Howard counties sued e-cigarette maker Juul Labs and affiliated companies, joining a growing onslaught against the billion-dollar company over claims that it marketed its products to children.
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Purple Line contractors say they will leave the job because of delays, no cost relief

Publisher Name : Bethesda Magazine
The construction firms building the Purple Line are planning to leave the $2 billion project after the state refused to pay for “extensive delays” and added costs, according to a letter written Friday by the project’s manager, Scott Risley.
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Redmer steps down as Md. insurance commissioner

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. has stepped down from his post to become executive director of Maryland Auto Insurance.
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Dana Jones, new Annapolis delegate, sworn-in at small ceremony Friday

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Dana Jones was sworn in as Maryland’s newest Delegate Friday afternoon in Annapolis. She will represent District 30A for the next two years — the remainder of the term of Alice Cain, who resigned on Sine Die.
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Speaker Jones: Now Is the Golden Hour for Saving Education

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The new decade has brought unprecedented changes and challenges within four months.
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Md. Senate president optimistic Hogan will let Pimlico, Kirwan, other spending bills take effect

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson said having long-term visions for school funding, Pimlico Race Course and other issues is "more important now than ever."
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Hogan, Harris Clash on Pace of Reopening

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Sunday rejected as “crazy” a suggestion from Maryland’s lone Republican congressman that the state has adopted a totalitarian approach to fighting COVID-19.
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Silver Diner program supports regional farmers

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The executive chef and co-founder of Silver Diner and Silver New American Brasserie has teamed with Coastal Sunbelt Produce to help regional farmers affected by restaurant closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Md. Crabbing Industry Fears Long-Term Impacts of 2020 Visa Shortages

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland’s famous crab industry is facing an uphill battle. With another year of visa caps, there’s a severe shortage of migrant workers to work as crab pickers ― and few Americans willing to do the job.
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Maryland cancels $12.5 million PPE contract with firm started by GOP operatives

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
The state of Maryland on Saturday terminated a $12.5 million contract for personal protective equipment with a firm started this spring by two well-connected Republican operatives.
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Maryland sued over coronavirus stay-at-home orders

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Churches, businesses and several state lawmakers are suing Maryland officials to try to overturn Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order and other restrictions put in place to try to deter the spread of the coronavirus.
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Without child care, the economy won’t restart

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Child care has traditionally been a “soft issue,” a “woman’s issue” and an issue ignored whenever possible by conservatives, some of whom are queasy about working mothers.
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No new date announced yet for running of Preakness Stakes

Publisher Name : WTOP News
The Maryland Jockey Club has not yet announced concrete plans for a postponed running of the Preakness Stakes, the state’s largest annual sport event originally scheduled for May 16.
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Aerial surveillance planes to begin flying over Baltimore Friday

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Camera-equipped surveillance planes will take to the Baltimore skies Friday, kicking off a six-month pilot program testing the technology's ability to help fight crime.
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These are all the business leaders advising Hogan on how to reopen Maryland

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The governor has tapped over 100 business leaders to serve on 13 committees advising him on how to reopen the state.
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