Headlines from HJM: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Maryland board approves $250 million legal deal to complete Purple Line construction

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved a $250 million legal settlement Wednesday aimed at resuming major construction on the light-rail Purple Line project within nine months.
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BPW OKs Extra Funds to Modify Purple Line Contract

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland leaders on Wednesday approved a plan to allocate an additional $250 million for the Purple Line, a massive light rail project running east to west in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
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Penn National (PENN) to Buy Hollywood Casino Perryville

Publisher Name : Yahoo! Finance
Zacks Equity Research Wed, December 16, 2020, 1:28 PM EST·3 min read In a bid to reinforce its presence in the Maryland gaming market, Penn National Gaming, Inc. PENN recently entered into an agreement with Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. GLPI for the acquisition of Hollywood Casino Perryville operations for $31.1 million.
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MGM National Harbor pursuing outdoor gaming

Publisher Name : Washington Business Journal
MGM National Harbor is looking at moving some of its gaming operations into the great outdoors.
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A judge blocked Anne Arundel’s in-person dining ban. What does that mean for COVID-19 restrictions elsewhere in Maryland?

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Restaurant owners in Anne Arundel County woke up Wednesday prepared to lay off staff and close their doors for at least four weeks. Instead, a judge granted an injunction to block the county executive’s order to ban indoor and outdoor dining amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Democrats and Republicans Alike See Dip in Business Group’s Ratings After 2020 Session

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Votes on high-profile taxes and spending increases during the 2020 session earned the Maryland Senate a dismal rating on a pro-business group’s annual scorecard, with the average senator’s score falling to just 29%.
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Md. dispensary launches medical marijuana drive-thru

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The Abingdon-based dispensary Rev Canna launched its drive-thru lane today to better protect patients, caregivers, and staff from the COVID-19 virus and make shopping easier.
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Maryland to pay $360,000 to inmates with disabilities who sued over inaccessibility at state prisons

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Maryland Board of Public Works approved Wednesday a $360,000 settlement to a group of six inmates who alleged in a lawsuit that the state prison system failed to provide necessary accommodations to prisoners with disabilities.
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Planning Commission to meet once again about Larry Jennings’ Woodberry plans

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Six days after developer Larry E. Jennings Jr. revived a $25 million lawsuit against Clipper Mill residents who spoke out against his plans before Baltimore’s Planning Commission, the panel is holding another public hearing about one of the projects.
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With new members in place, Baltimore spending board beefs up transparency on conflicts of interest

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore’s spending board voted Wednesday to make its abstention process more transparent following a controversy earlier this year in which the city’s then-comptroller repeatedly voted to approve spending for organizations with which she was connected.
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Anne Arundel backtracks on outdoor dining ban, keeps COVID prohibitions on ‘gatherings’

Publisher Name : The Star Democrat
Anne Arundel County has backtracked on its coronavirus ban on outdoor dining and will allow restaurants to host outdoor diners.
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Ex-Hogan aide declines to answer questions about severance

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland lawmakers said Wednesday they will continue investigating a six-figure severance package and large expenses that a former chief of staff to Gov. Larry Hogan received as he transitioned from a state agency to the governor’s office — after the former aide repeatedly declined to answer questions before a legislative panel.
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Maryland Gov. Hogan’s former chief of staff offers investigating legislators no explanation for severance, expenses

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland lawmakers were again frustrated with more questions than answers Wednesday, as the governor’s former chief of staff responded to a subpoena requiring him to testify but said little to shed light on a six-figure payout he received from his prior state job.
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