Headlines from HJM: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Opinion: Purple Line Remains a Great Value

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
That companies building Maryland’s Purple Line have threatened to withdraw does indicate that costs are likely to increase and that the project will be delayed, but it does not throw the value of the project into doubt.
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2 More Retail Chains Getting in on the Testing Act in Md.

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Add Walmart and Rite Aid to the list of places offering COVID-19 test sites in Maryland.
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On the menu: Economic disarray

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Md. restaurants look to regroup after pandemic shutdown devastates the industry
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Would a Virtual General Assembly Meeting Be Legal?

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
For weeks, Maryland General Assembly committees have been meeting via Zoom, as have so many people, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Poll shows strong support for Hogan’s pandemic policies

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A majority of Marylanders say they approve of restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, with those positive feelings translating into additional support for an already popular two-term Republican governor.
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With just days remaining in Baltimore mayor’s race, top candidates eye different paths to victory

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
With just days remaining in the race for Baltimore’s next mayor, Graham, 67, must figure out who’s the best choice to lead the city in an election of unusually high consequence.
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Why Telehealth Is Poised to Change Medical Care Forever

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Before COVID-19 struck, a person who felt bad and wanted to see their doctor was forced to drag themselves to their provider’s office for an evaluation — even if the trip was going to make them feel worse, and even if travel would risk exposing them and others to who-knows-what illness.
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MARYLAND’S LABOR REPORT: 349,300 JOBS LOST IN APRIL

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
The numbers in Maryland’s latest labor report are troubling with 349,300 jobs lost and business leaders say it is going to be a long road to recovery.
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Hogan empowered local leaders to continue their shutdowns. They wish he hadn’t.

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Montgomery County rushed to create its own data dashboard last week, so elected leaders could justify to constituents why they remain stuck in a coronavirus shutdown.
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Coronavirus poses new math for Maryland restaurants that bet big before pandemic

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The numbers highlight the magnitude of financial commitments — and potential losses — faced by restaurant owners and their investors as the U.S. progresses through the nation's worst economic shock since the Great Depression.
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Number of working black business owners falls 40 percent, far more than other groups amid coronavirus

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
The number of working African American business owners in the United States plummeted more than 40 percent as the coronavirus shut down much of the economy — a far steeper drop than other racial groups experienced, according to an analysis confirming fears the pandemic would deepen inequalities in the business world.
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GBC: This is what we need from the next mayor | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore City is at a crossroads. The upcoming election for mayor provides an excellent opportunity for Baltimore to turn the corner with bold leadership.
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With five open seats, Baltimore City Council will see a ’changing of the guard’ in June primary

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore City Council will look vastly different after the June 2 primary, as five incumbents retire or run for a different office and challengers threaten to unseat other members in competitive races.
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