DC, Maryland, Virginia attorneys general join suit against food stamp limitations

Attorneys general in the region have joined a lawsuit filed by 14 states, D.C. and New York City against President Donald Trump’s administration in an effort to protect food stamp benefits for the unemployed. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined his counterparts in D.C. and Virginia in filing the suit, which challenges the U.S. Agriculture Department change that will limit each jurisdiction’s ability to extend food stamp benefits beyond a three-month period for some adults. (WTOP)

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Visit by Vice President Pence strained budget, but Maryland Republican Party finished its year in the black

Maryland’s Republican Party, hit with unexpectedly high costs associated with a fundraiser featuring Vice President Mike Pence in June, was able to rebound and finish the year in the black, according to its campaign finance report. The party finished with $70,564 on hand, about $26,000 more than the previous year, according to its report filed this week with the Maryland Board of Elections. (Balt. Sun)

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FBI arrests alleged white supremacists from Maryland before Virginia gun rally

An FBI arrest affidavit accuses three men, two from Maryland, of being white supremacists who possessed a machine gun and smuggled a like-minded colleague into the country from Canada. They were charged after authorities became concerned they were heading to an upcoming gun rights rally in Virginia, according to law enforcement. The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Brian Mark Lemley, Jr., 33, of Elkton and Newark, Delaware; William Garfield Bilbrough IV, 19, of Denton; and Patrik Jordan Mathews, 27, a Canadian national, currently of Newark, Delaware, with various gun and immigration violations. They are scheduled to appear in federal court at 2:45. (Balt. Sun)

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Corporate Plunge Coming To Chesapeake Bay

The 2020 Corporate Plunge is coming to the Chesapeake Bay next Friday in support of Special Olympics Maryland. WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5's own Bryan Nehman will be participating in the Corporate Plunge! The head sponsor for the Corporate Plunge is SC&H Group, and its chief marketing officer, Mack McGee, joined Nehman in studio Thursday. Special Olympics Maryland describes the Corporate Plunge as a fun day full of entertainment, food, live music and more with your co-workers. (WBAL)

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Berlin ‘Moving Faster Than Normal’ On Budget Process

After a contentious budget process last year, Berlin officials agreed to begin fiscal planning earlier than ever in 2020. Finance Director Natalie Saleh outlined the schedule for development of the coming year’s budget for town officials this week. The process officially begins later this month, as the council is expected to review six-month financial projections and formally set the date for the tax rate public hearing in March. That’s followed up with a discussion of revenue projections in early February. (Dispatch)

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Berlin Officials Continue Heron Park Cleanup Talks

While no concrete plans are in place, town officials remain committed to moving forward with cleanup at Heron Park. Mayor Gee Williams told the town council this week that as the birding season was approaching, he hoped the town could work toward reopening Heron Park on Old Ocean City Boulevard. “Now that the time of use of the park is starting to come upon us I think it’s time we have discussions again,” Williams said. (Dispatch)

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Hoggle kids’ father: ‘Completely unacceptable’ if murder charges dropped

The father of Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, who were 3 and 2 years old when they were last seen in 2014, says it would be “completely unacceptable” if a Montgomery County, Maryland, judge grants a defense motion to have Catherine Hoggle’s murder charges dismissed. Last Friday, in a motion to dismiss, Hoggle’s lawyer David Felsen said Maryland law dictates felony charges be dropped against a defendant who has been determined to be incompetent to stand trial for five years. (WTOP)

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Retired Rockville Police Officer Sentenced For Gifting Department iPhones

A veteran police officer in Maryland has been sentenced to probation before judgment for gifting department iPhones to loved ones. News outlets report that means retired Montgomery County officer Christopher Johnson wasn’t convicted of a crime Wednesday. He was sentenced to 50 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to misconduct in office in December and was forced to retire as a part of the plea. Johnson’s attorney says his client gave a department iPhone to his daughter and two phones to his girlfriend’s children. (WJZ-TV)

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