Baltimore plans suit against oil and gas companies for their role in spurring climate change

Baltimore officials are expected to announce Friday a lawsuit against top oil and gas companies for their role in global climate change. Mayor Catherine Pugh and city Solicitor Andre M. Davis are scheduled to discuss the complaint at an 11 a.m. news conference. The lawsuit follows more than a dozen similar complaints filed by governments around the country — some of which judges have quickly tossed. (Balt. Sun)

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Pugh’s chief of staff is leaving city government, sources say

Kimberly B. Morton, a powerful behind-the-scenes player at City Hall, is leaving as Mayor Catherine Pugh's chief of staff, sources tell The Brew. She is the second to depart the post since Pugh became mayor 20 months ago. Tisha Edwards served as the mayor's chief of staff for four months before quietly resigning last year. (Brew)

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Howard County petitions FAA to reduce flight noise at BWI

The debate over flight patterns at BWI Marshall Airport continued Wednesday, with Howard County petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration to take immediate action to reduce noise in the area. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said the sound of low-flying airplanes has disrupted the lives of people around the airport. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Baltimore sent Baltimore County a $23 million water bill — and it hasn't been paid

The Baltimore County government is refusing to pay a nearly $23 million bill for water supplied by the city’s Department of Public Works in a dispute both sides say they are working to resolve but has dragged on for years. A city consultants’ report says the bill — designed to make up the difference between what county residents pay for water and the actual cost of providing it — stems from the county undercharging its residents and businesses. (Balt. Sun)

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Allegany County radio system upgrade nearing completion

Allegany County will soon activate a new $8 million countywide fire and EMS radio system. “This system will allow a more seamless and streamlined communication between our joint communications center, field operations units, including fire, EMS and police, and neighboring counties,” said Todd Bowman, public information officer for the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services. (Times-News)

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Annapolis, Anne Arundel County nonprofits to receive $427,000 in heritage grants

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County museums and historic preservation nonprofits will receive nine grants worth a combined $427,000 from the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, officials announced. The grants can be used for for heritage tourism projects, historic preservation, natural resource protection and educational programs. They are among the $5 million that will be awarded statewide by the Hogan Administration, which boosted the funding from $3 million in previous years. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis Arts District to install bike racks with $5,000 AARP grant

Relief is on its way this fall for Annapolis bicyclists struggling to find spots on crowded bike racks outside of Fado’s Irish Pub and the Market House. The Annapolis Arts District has been awarded a $5,000 AARP grant, which it will use to install up to 10 bike racks by November, the district announced Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland to replace southwest Baltimore County bridge for $29M

Maryland's Department of Transportation State Highway Administration announced Thursday plans to replace an aging bridge in southwest Baltimore County. The US 1, or Washington Boulevard bridge, was built in 1929 over the CSX Transportation rail line in Arbutus. The project is expected to cost $28.9 million and begin in late July with a targeted completion of summer 2021. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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