Maryland is easing more coronavirus-related restrictions Friday. Here’s what you need to know.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced the further lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions as the state reopens, allowing jurisdictions to expand more services, including outdoor dining, beginning 5 p.m. Friday. In addition to outdoor dining, youth sports and camps, pools and drive-in movies are also able to reopen. (Balt Sun)

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$8M federal grant to help reduce bottlenecks for Baltimore train commuters

A project to increase speeds for Amtrak and MARC trains currently slowed by aging rail infrastructure in Baltimore is getting a boost from an $8 million Federal Railroad Administration grant. The money, announced Wednesday by the agency, will help to rehabilitate and upgrade a five-mile section of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and allow trains to travel 50% faster, up from 60 mph to 90 mph. The improvements will take place between the north end of West Baltimore Station to Winans at the southern end of Halethorpe station, which serves both MARC and Amtrak trains. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Laurel Park To Resume Live Horse Racing This Weekend

Live horse racing can resume starting this weekend, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Thursday. The club has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to resume live racing at Laurel Park effective Saturday, May 30. The Summer 2020 meet begins with three days of live racing running through to Monday, June 1.The park will remain closed to the general public, and every employee, official, jockey and horseman must maintain social distance and isolation strategies at all times, both within and outside of the racing and training hours. (WJZ)

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Maryland child care providers say they can’t afford to stay open with state restrictions

Child care providers say current state rules limiting their class sizes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will force some of them out of business and leave thousands of families without trusted child care. The gradual lifting of stay-at-home orders to get people back to work can’t be successful, child care advocates say, if the state does not find a solution soon. (Balt Sun)

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After slow Memorial Day, beach bars seek to liven up nightlife soon

The Memorial Day weekend signaled a slow, soggy start to the 2020 tourist season, but beach business owners hope to see a return to normalcy. In Ocean City, the beach and boardwalk saw thousands of visitors celebrate the holiday weekend after being cooped up for months during the ongoing fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. In Delaware, some towns and cities had a much smaller turnout. A police checkpoint Friday, May 22, on Route 1 north of Lewes found troopers reminding out-of-state motorists about the state’s 14-day quarantine. (Delmarva)

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Doctors sue to block FDA abortion pill rule during pandemic

Requiring patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get an abortion pill is needlessly risking their health during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of physicians allege in a lawsuit that seeks to suspend the federal rule. The federal lawsuit, which the American Civil Liberties Union filed Wednesday in Maryland, questions why patients can’t fill a prescription for mifepristone by mail. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone to be used in combination with a second drug, misoprostol, to end an early pregnancy or manage a miscarriage. (Daily Record)

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Maryland reports 736 new coronavirus infections as hospitalizations climb again

Maryland officials reported 736 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the state to 48,423 confirmed infections of COVID-19, the disease associated with the virus. Combined with Tuesday’s 535 new cases, the state has reported its lowest two-day increase of infections since April 21 and 22. Another 53 deaths were reported, though fatalities are not always reported on the day they happen; 14 of the 53 victims reported Wednesday died before this week, according to state data. (Wash Post)

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Baltimore officer injured in Federal Hill shooting also went by ‘Saint,’ an artist who made national headlines rapping about policing

The Baltimore police officer who was shot Tuesday night during a chase in Federal Hill is Officer Joshua Jackson, a 27-year-old officer from the department’s Central District who once made headlines for his musical talent as “Saint, the Rapping Cop.” Baltimore Police confirmed Wednesday that Jackson is the officer who was shot by an unknown assailant Tuesday night while he was pursuing him in the 1000 block of Light St. (Balt Sun)

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