Politics

  • Fewer Marylanders donated to Trump inauguration

    Of the $106.7 million donated to President Donald Trump’s January inauguration, $2.2 million came from Maryland donors – less than the contributions from the state for President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration, according to a newly released financial report. Records with the Federal Election Commission from the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee show that 22 different people and companies from Maryland donated to Trump’s inauguration, in contrast to the hundreds of people from the state who gave money for Obama’s inauguration festivities. (AP) Read Full Article

  • Ruppersberger tours Middle East ahead of budget fight

    Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger is back from a week-long tour of the Middle East, where he visited troops, leaders and refugees, his office announced. The Baltimore County Democrat, a member of the House appropriations committee's subcommittee on defense, was joined by appropriations Chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican. They went to Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon. (WBAL-radio) Read Full Article

  • Annapolis mayor officially files for re-election

    Mayor Mike Pantelides officially has filed for re-election. The first-term Republican, who has been actively campaigning since March, announced the filing Thursday. He will run against Nevin Young in the fall primary. Pantelides has served as Annapolis mayor since late 2013 when he defeated Josh Cohen by a mere 59 votes. He ran on a platform of "sweeping" Annapolis clean and hammered Cohen on the Market House, which had been closed for extensive repairs under Cohen's administration. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Montgomery County Council looks to add $1 million more to public election fund

    Montgomery County Council members are looking to bolster the county’s new public election fund in anticipation of an influx of local candidates using the system for matching contributions in the 2018 election. The council’s Government Operations committee on Friday voted 3-0 to add $1 million more to the $4 million budgeted by County Executive Ike Leggett in his proposed fiscal 2018 budget. The additional money, if approved by the full council, would bring the fund’s total to $11 million, including the $6 million previously allocated. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Invites Next Generation of Home Buyers to Bayside Baltimore County

    Diane Lesman, Marketing and Development Director for the Dundalk Renassiance Corporation, discusses the tremendous job growth and rising home values in Dundalk. The DRC's housing fair on Saturday, April 22 will provide information and exhibits on housing and financing, including grants for first-time home buyers, to welcome new families and professionals to Bayside Baltimore County.  Watch Full Video

  • Jay Perman & Freeman Hrabowski: March for Science

    On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march in Washington, DC, to celebrate and defend science—at a time when many believe that science does, in fact, need defending. President Trump’s budget proposal cuts 31 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency, slashes the Department of Energy’s basic science research program, and zeroes out a program that supports early-stage research into technologies that can reduce our national dependence on fossil fuels.Read Full Article

  • Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Executive Director on Bayside Baltimore County’s Opportunities and Value

    Big things are happening in Dundalk. With great schools and 43 miles of waterfront, this collection of authentic neighborhoods is poised for a renaissance with new developments like Tradepoint Atlantic making it a prime value investment opportunity for local and prospective homeowners. Tom Stewart sits down with Amy Menzer, Executive Director of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation that are strengthening current homeowners and attracting new families to buy into Bayside Baltimore County.Watch Full Video

  • Inside the Headlines with Amy Cavanaugh Royce: Maryland Art Place and SHADE 2017

    Mayor Pugh’s Hire One Youth Summer Jobs Initiative provides students throughout Baltimore the opportunity to gain the skills and experience to succeed in the workforce. Watch below to hear Amy Cavanaugh Royce, Executive Director of Maryland Art Place, share the program's impact on one student. Once you're inspired, support the program and the future of Baltimore’s youth by attending SHADE 2017, Baltimore’s hottest Preakness after-party, on Saturday, May 20, 8:30 PM – 1:30 AM at Port Discovery.Watch Full Video

Business

  • TEDCO launches $1M fund to help Maryland startups bridge the 'funding gap'

    The Maryland Technology Development Corp. is launching a $1 million fund to help technology startup firms cover the gap between seed funding and venture capital investments. The Gap Investment Fund program was included in Gov. Larry Hogan's fiscal year 2018 budget. State-backed TEDCO will provide up to $500,000 in gap funding to Maryland startups to help with hiring, expanding technology, scaling a product and increasing market reach. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Sinclair acquiring New York-based television broadcaster for $240 million

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. announced Friday it will acquire Bonten Media Group Holdings Inc. in a $240 million all-cash deal. Already the largest owner and operator of television stations in the U.S., Hunt Valley-based Sinclair will add another 14 stations in eight markets reaching approximately 1 percent of households. The deal, expected to close in the third quarter, comes a day after the Federal Communications Commission loosened a regulation affecting how the agency calculates the audiences reached by broadcasters. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Maryland lost 7,200 jobs in March, even as workforce grew

    After three months of significant job gains, Maryland lost 7,200 jobs in March even as more people joined the workforce, according to the latest federal jobs report. While the growing pool of people working or looking for work indicates rising confidence in the economy, economists said, the new estimates released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department show that hiring isn't quite so strong. The state's unemployment rate in March nudged up a tenth of a percent to 4.3 percent, still below the national rate of 4.5 percent. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel approves zoning for first marijuana dispensary

    Anne Arundel County is one step closer to getting its first medical marijuana dispensary after approving a permit application for a site just outside Annapolis. Administrative Hearing Officer Douglas Clark Hollmann approved the application from Advanced Alternative Therapies LLC for the special exception needed to open a dispensary at 2029 West St. The building is currently home to a take-out pizza restaurant and a tattoo and body piercing shop. (Capital)Read Full Article

Education

  • Dance resignation leaves his school initiatives in question

    In his five years as Baltimore County schools superintendent, Dallas Dance has been a forceful, energetic — and sometimes controversial — presence in a diverse suburban district known both for its outstanding and struggling schools. His abrupt resignation last week leaves open the possibility that many of his initiatives — some of them just recently launched — could be delayed or dropped under an interim superintendent to be hired in the next two months. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • University of Maryland medical school gets $9 million grant for malaria research

    The University of Maryland School of Medicine has received a $9 million, seven-year federal grant to research and develop tools to help eliminate drug-resistant malaria. Through the grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, university researchers will develop tools to detect malaria in people who do not have symptoms in order to better target the mosquito-borne disease. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Naval Academy looks to allies for foreign exchange programs as way to save costs

    The Naval Academy has signed an agreement with the naval academy in South Korea for a semester exchange program, part of a larger trend to save costs by partnering with foreign ally counterparts. The academy has the goal of sending about 500 midshipmen abroad every year. The highest number the institution has sent abroad in one semester is 450 students. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel school board, unions, agree to increase in drug copays

    As part of an effort to curb health care cost for the Anne Arundel County Public School System, three of the schools' unions agreed to increases in copays for some prescriptions drugs to save the school system about $400,000. The three-year agreement starts in 2018. The school system's health care fund has faced about a $20 million deficit in the past two years. (Capital)Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Mayor's nominees to Civilian Review Board include academics, attorneys and a former Baltimore sheriff's captain

    Mayor Catherine Pugh's list of nominees to fill the city's largely vacant Civilian Review Board includes several academics and attorneys, as well as a former high-ranking official in the Baltimore Sheriff's Office, The Baltimore Sun has confirmed. The Civilian Review Board considers complaints alleging excessive force, abusive language, harassment, false arrest and false imprisonment by police agencies in the city. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore police overtime spending soars as department grapples with understaffing, shift changes

    Two years ago, Baltimore officials said they had come up with a new police deployment plan that would curb the use of overtime while increasing the number of officers on the streets. Instead, overtime spending has continued to soar — to double what it was in 2013 and the agency is now spending nearly $1 million a week to supplement regular staffing. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Report: Maryland better prepared than average for public health emergency

    If Maryland were to be hit by a public health emergency — such as a natural disaster or an outbreak of a serious disease — officials here are better prepared than in many other states, according to a new survey. On a 10-point scale, Maryland rates 7.5 for its efforts to prepare for and respond to such emergencies, according to the 2017 National Health Security Preparedness Index. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Report: 169 guns vanished last year from Maryland shops

    Roy Lipscomb always had bars over the windows at R&R Guns and Ammo, the store he co-owns in Brunswick. But after 12 firearms were stolen from the shop in February, he added a new layer of security — two more locks on the front door, plus a heavy metal plate to prevent burglars from prying open the deadbolt. According to data recently released by the Baltimore Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) there were 41 reports of burglaries, larcenies, robberies or losses from federally licensed firearm dealers in Maryland in 2016. The number of reports was low compared with those of other states — including Florida, where there were 216 reports — but still covered a total of 169 guns that disappeared last year from retailers around the state. (News-Post) Read Full Article...

Commentary

  • Barry Rascovar: Larry Hogan Sr. showed courage when it counted

    It happened long ago. Congressman Larry Hogan, Sr. stood alone and defied his party, voting not once but three times to impeach Republican President Richard Nixon. It was the most principled stand taken by a Maryland politician in our lifetimes. He did what was right, not what was politically correct. Hogan died last week at 88, eclipsed in the public eye by his son and namesake, the current Maryland governor – an office the father was denied due to his impeachment stance. Yet it was the father, consigned to the pages of history, who offered a lesson in what it means to take the perilous moral and legal high road rather than the easy partisan and career-advancing low road. (Md. Reporter) Read Full Article

  • Clearing cases isn't enough

    The drop in the Baltimore Police Department's homicide clearance rate in recent years was a sign that the violence on the streets was overwhelming our ability to maintain order and safety. Each case police couldn't close was not only a wound to the victim's family, it was also an invitation to more violence, either because the perpetrator was free to kill again or because the lack of consequences emboldened others. But the recent rise in the clearance rate — it stands at about 50 percent so far this year, up from 30 percent in 2015 and 38.5 percent in 2016 — doesn't necessarily mean violent criminals are being sent to prison. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Eye on Ocean City's horizon

    Imagine lying on the beach in Ocean City and feeling visually assaulted. Is it the looming stucco-plastered high-rises or the indiscriminant clutter of surf shops, arcades, bars and condos behind you? Let's say no. Or maybe the throngs of beach-goers in their colorful attire and various states of undress to your left and right. Again, we'll give that a pass. Then what about the wind turbines located 20 miles off-shore, a mere thumbnail on the horizon that requires a clear, sunny day to even be discernible in the distance? Aha, there's the culprit. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Preserving voting rights in Maryland

    Sometimes the best defense is a good offense, and this is often lost on conservatives. That might be about to change. In battles over protecting voting rights, conservatives are usually put on the defensive by lawyers of the litigious left as they seek sympathetic liberal judges to strike down common-sense ballot-integrity measures enacted by the states. The conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch is trying to turn the tables. The other day Judicial Watch told the Maryland State Board of Elections that it would sue the board if officials in Montgomery County don’t act promptly to purge its voting rolls of ineligible voters — the departed, the dearly departed and illegal immigrants. (Wash. Times) Read Full Article