Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Baltimore’s trash dilemma not so clear-cut | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore’s BRESCO incinerator can’t continue to operate as it’s done in the past accepting refuse from the city and surrounding counties and pumping out noxious smoke laden with toxic chemicals that impact nearby low-income, largely Black neighborhoods — often leaving children with high rates of asthma and struggling to breathe.
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Switching utility companies means many low-income Marylanders paying more | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
If you have received a knock on the door or a call on your phone from an energy company other than a main regulated supplier such as BGE or Pepco, then you know that Maryland has a busy third-party retail utility market.
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City Council advances pared-back hospitality workers’ rights bills

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
After opposition from businesses, Burnett’s right of recall bill passes on 2nd reader, employee retention bill advances with little discussion
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Former Baltimore mayors oppose government restructuring proposals introduced by the likely next mayor

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
A panel of former Baltimore mayors _ Sheila Dixon, Kurt Schmoke, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Martin O'Malley _ spoke on a virtual panel Monday with Greater Baltimore Committee President Don Fry
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Green Party’s Muller Paz seeks to unseat Democrat Stokes in Baltimore’s only competitive City Council race

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
On the first day of virtual school, only a handful of Franca Muller Paz’s students logged into her Spanish class.
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Baltimore could end contract with Pugh-connected financier after IG details failure to disclose donations to her

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore’s top lawyer will recommend the city consider ending its contract with Grant Capital Management after the city’s inspector general found troubling omissions in the company’s bid for a lucrative contract regarding founder J.P. Grant’s donations to ex-Mayor Catherine Pugh.
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Coronavirus pandemic highlights opportunity gaps in public schools in Maryland, puts renewed focus on Kirwan

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
This pandemic has Geri Swann working her cellphone constantly as she deals with up to 100 emails a day seeking help for students and their families.
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Jury duty will look different when Maryland courts resume operations next month. Here’s what officials say to expect.

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore County Sheriff Deputy Alfred Mayo sits behind a portable plastic shield as he prescreens everyone entering the Circuit Court building by taking their temperature and asking COVID-19 related health questions.
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State panel with subpoena power to discuss Maryland Environmental Service investigation Wednesday

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson will co-chair a meeting of a committee that has subpoena power as part of the ongoing investigation into a six-figure payout a state agency made to Roy McGrath as he became the governor's chief of staff.
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Baltimore County sets aside assistance money for renters

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Officials in Baltimore County say that there could be as many as 24,000 eviction filings in a single month once the courts get back up to speed following the coronavirus-related closures.
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Baltimore City Schools to lay off 450 employees, halt hiring

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Baltimore City Schools plans to lay off about 450 temporary employees and halt hiring systemwide as it tries to make up for a $21 million budget shortfall incurred during the coronavirus pandemic, according to school officials.
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State Senator: Gaps in Ballot Drop-Box Placement Could Disenfranchise Baltimore Voters

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
A Maryland State Senator says a “staggering geographic gap” in the placement of ballot drop-off boxes in Baltimore could disenfranchise Black voters.
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IKEA Seeks to Reimburse Md. for Unemployment Benefits Paid to Furloughed Workers

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
IKEA wants to reimburse the state of Maryland for the unemployment benefits the state paid to the retail giant’s furloughed workers during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Purple Line Will Be Delayed as MDOT Seeks Management Solution

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland transportation officials said Tuesday they will take over day-to-day management of building the Purple Line, at least temporarily, as soon as construction crews pack up and depart, a process that could come as early as next week.
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