Headlines from HJM: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Question 2 asks Marylanders to legalize sports betting. Where? Which sports? For exactly what purposes? Stay tuned.

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
A decade after the first casino opened in the state, Maryland voters will decide whether to expand legalized gambling by permitting the sort of betting — on the Ravens, Orioles or other sports teams — that casinos and racetracks have long sought.
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Mayor Young Announces $2 Million Fund For Small Businesses

Publisher Name : WYPR
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young announced a $2 million grant fund for small businesses today. The fund aims to help businesses reopen safely and recover from the pandemic.
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MTA cancels proposal to slash bus service in Baltimore after heavy criticism; will cut MARC, commuter bus service instead

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Under fire from Baltimore-area bus riders, business leaders, politicians, parents and advocates, the Hogan administration on Wednesday canceled its proposal to slash MTA bus service in the Baltimore region next year in response to falling revenues due to the coronavirus.
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Baltimore Teachers Union rallies against returning to classrooms amid pandemic

Publisher Name : WBAL TV
Several teachers in Baltimore City are against potentially returning to the classroom anytime in the near future. The Baltimore Teachers Union held a rally outside of the school district's headquarters Wednesday evening.
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Baltimore needs to stick with the plan of letting the Wheelabrator trash incinerator close | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The right to breathe clean air in Baltimore is at risk. For 35 years, Baltimore’s air has been fouled by the city’s largest air polluter, the Wheelabrator/BRESCO trash incinerator. This large smokestack by I-95 with “BALTIMORE” emblazoned on it spews toxic lead, mercury, dioxins, particulate matter, acid gases and nitrogen oxides into our air, contributing to asthma attacks, cancer, COPD, heart attacks, strokes and learning disabilities.
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Ex-Maryland lawmaker reports to prison for bribery sentence

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A former Maryland lawmaker convicted of taking bribes for legislative favors has reported to a federal prison in Connecticut to serve her two-year sentence.
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Tougher hate crime laws in Maryland, higher gas taxes in D.C. and more liberal scooter laws in Virginia

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Starting Thursday, Maryland will have tougher hate crime laws and force police to undergo periodic training to enforce them. In D.C., motorists will have to pay an extra dime in gas taxes for every gallon they fill up.
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Poll Shows Strong Support for Supermarket Beer and Wine Sales

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The legislative fights over Maryland’s liquor laws can be arcane ― even when they become politically charged.
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How is Baltimore allocating its $103 million in federal coronavirus relief funding?

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore has allocated the largest chunk of its federal coronavirus relief funding for eviction prevention programs, according to a breakdown provided by the city.
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Revenue Estimates Grow Less Dire, But Top Fiscal Officers Still Cautious

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland’s top fiscal leaders agreed Tuesday that state revenues may weather a COVID-ravaged economy better than expected, to the tune of $3.5 billion.
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Md. lawmakers fear safety net is fraying during pandemic

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A panel of Maryland lawmakers is calling for a renewed focus on working poor and finding ways of preventing the sudden loss of social services benefits as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Bob Wallace believes “stealth energy” can carry him to City Hall

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
The independent candidate for mayor is working to increase his name recognition with TV ads and old-fashioned canvassing
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Here’s a Look at New State Laws Taking Effect on Oct. 1

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
An update to Maryland’s hate crimes law, named for slain Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, is one of several anti-discrimination measures going into effect Oct. 1. Other notable bills address crime, the environment and health care, including an infectious disease mandate named for Olivia Paregol, a University of Maryland freshman who died during a 2018 campus outbreak.
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