Maryland Individual Health Insurance Rates Drop Again

Individual health insurance rates in Maryland under the Affordable Care Act are dropping for the third consecutive year. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Birrane has approved an average 11.9% premium rate decrease for individual insurance plans with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2021. (AP)

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Spurred by protests, youth-led HoCo For Justice spreads its wings in county

Until this summer, Amara Rhoads and Ibukun Sokoya never thought they’d be helping lead a nonprofit organization. The Long Reach High School graduates, along with 15 other 18- to 21-year-olds in Howard County, organized the largest protest in county history on June 2. Thousands gathered in the AMC Columbia 14 movie theater parking lot eight days after the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed at the hands of the Minneapolis police in late May. (Balt Sun)

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Early deadline this week for Maryland unemployment claims

If you’ve been filing weekly unemployment claims with the state of Maryland, you have less time this week than you might think. The Maryland Department of Labor said Tuesday that the period for filing a claim for the week ending Sept. 12 will cut off early this week — Wednesday by 5 p.m. (WTOP)

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Howard County replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Tuesday the county will no longer celebrate Columbus Day and instead will change the name of the holiday in honor of Native Americans. Starting this year, the county will observe the October holiday as Indigenous Peoples’ Day — a move that many other state and local governments have made in recent years. In Maryland, Montgomery County also will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and Prince George’s County will begin celebrating Native American Day this year. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland will need up to six months to decide how to finish Purple Line if builders quit, state officials say

Maryland transit officials will decide in the next 30 days which Purple Line work can continue and what must be delayed if the companies building it quit, state officials told the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday. However, it will take four to six months for the state to decide how it will complete the 16-mile light-rail line through Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, said Kevin Quinn, head of the Maryland Transit Administration. (Wash Post)

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Mother Shares Heartbreak After Murder Of Her 14-Year-Old Son, One Of More Than 50 People Shot In Baltimore Since Labor Day

The mother of a 14-year-old murdered in northeast Baltimore came back to the scene where her son, Ty, was shot just days ago to honor his life. “I could care less who did it because what difference does it make if they catch him. I still can’t have my son back,” his mother, Tamesha, told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. She asked us not to use her last name. “He was my baby.” (WJZ-TV)

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Morgan State University Designated Historic Site By American Physical Society

Morgan State University has been designated as a historic site by the American Physical Society. On April 28, 1977, Morgan State became the birthplace of the National Society of Black Physicists. It’s now being recognized for its exemplary contributions in the field. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore City Department Of Public Works Begins Extended Hours At Recycling Collection Sites

Baltimore City’s recycling collection sites extended their hours on Tuesday. This comes as trash and recycling are not routinely being picked up because of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. “I share your frustration that we are not where we should be or where I want us to be,” Baltimore City Department of Public Works Acting Director Matthew Garbak said. (WJZ-TV)

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