Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

‘We’re Going to See a Flood of Evictions,’ Activists Warn as End of Moratorium Looms

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As the end of the federal moratorium on residential evictions looms, local government officials and advocates for the poor worry that thousands of Marylanders could soon lose their housing.
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Purple Line consortium says it will dissolve public-private partnership with state if it can’t reach a deal on cost overruns

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
The consortium of companies overseeing the Purple Line told Maryland officials Tuesday that it will dissolve the project’s entire 36-year public-private partnership in 60 days if it can’t reach a settlement with the state over extensive delays and cost overruns.
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Md. Casinos Slowly Reopening But Biggest Remains Shuttered

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Live! Casino & Hotel, Maryland’s second largest, will re-open to the general public at 6 a.m. on June 29 — though it has been open for rewards cardmembers since Friday.
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Pregnancy can increase dangers of domestic abuse, says House of Ruth official

Publisher Name : Fox 45 News
The father of the unborn child in the case of the murdered pregnant mother and her toddler is behind bars.
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Ex-Sen. Oaks Will Be Released From Federal Prison

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Incarcerated former state Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks (D) is coming home to Baltimore.
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Md. lawmakers skeptical that 2016 police reforms fully implemented

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Leaders of the state’s commission on police training faced tough questions from a panel of state delegates who are charged with making recommendations for sweeping changes to how law enforcement officers do their jobs.
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Late deciders propelled Scott to mayoral primary win, data show

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Baltimore’s primary drew a high turnout and some interesting results
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Senate Leaders Outline Recommendations for Smoother General Election

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Two Maryland Senate leaders say the state should hold a “hybrid mail-in preferred” election in November to avoid the long lines and late ballots that marred the state’s recent primary.
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Maryland House speaker wants to repeal Civil War-era state song

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore) said Tuesday that she plans to lead the chorus in calling for the repeal of the state’s Civil War-era state song, which has lyrics urging Maryland to secede and join the Confederacy against the “Northern scum.”
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Maryland’s minimum wage increase likely to go forward, despite opposition from business groups

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland’s next increase to the minimum wage, scheduled for Jan. 1, is likely to move forward as planned, despite efforts to put the brakes on it due to the coronavirus-fueled economic downturn.
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America’s digital divide is an emergency

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Broadband infrastructure has expanded in some places, but consumer access to broadband is receding.
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