July 25 // Federal investigators to check for safety issues in Bay Bridge crash

The National Transportation Safety Board says it will investigate last Friday's accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in which a car that collided with a tractor-trailer went over the railing and into the water. The NTSB said Wednesday it will send two investigators from the Office of Highway Safety to Maryland to meet with local authorities about the crash on the eastbound span. (Capital)

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Pr. George’s begins to address ways to preserve affordable housing

Prince George’s County Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) had hoped she could help tenants such as those in Langley Park with a bill giving the county an opportunity to buy, or help find buyers for, moderately priced rental complexes when they come up for sale. But the legislation, which was debated for two hours Wednesday by a divided council, was weakened before it was unanimously approved by the council — so much so that Lehman feared it had been rendered “ineffective.” (Wash. Post)

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State awards $65M for local water infrastructure

The state's spending board on Wednesday approved more than $65 million to upgrade sewage and drinking water systems throughout the state. "Projects such as these are an important part of our effort to improve Maryland waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, and provide quality drinking water to our citizens," Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement after the Board of Public Works vote. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland awards nearly $13M to arts groups

The Maryland State Arts Council granted nearly $13 million to local arts organizations and councils, marking a 16 percent increase in state arts funding for fiscal 2014. The matching grants will support operations of 254 arts organizations and programs, as well as arts councils in Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Marin Alsop renews BSO contract through 2021

Marin Alsop, who began her appointment as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director in 2007, has signed a new contract extending her tenure through August 2021. Alsop's hiring made international headlines, both because she was the first woman to gain the top artistic post at a major American orchestra and because the BSO players initially objected, describing the search process as rushed. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis to hold City Dock hearings Thursday

The Annapolis City Council will hold a special session Thursday evening to discuss legislation on City Dock master plans, rezoning a portion of the waterfront and whether to form another committee to continue studying other aspects of redevelopment. (Capital)

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City says it can't collect $1.5M in erroneous tax breaks

Baltimore can't legally recoup more than $1.5 million in erroneous tax breaks given in recent years for renovations to historic commercial properties, finance director Harry E. Black said Wednesday. "Although those errors were identified, the city doesn't have the ability, legally, to go back and rebill those individuals," Black said. "They've already paid what they were billed." (Balt. Sun)

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Bowie, Prince George’s at odds over land-use decision to allow resident to split lot

The city of Bowie and Prince George’s County are at odds over a land-use decision that would allow a city resident to split his property into three lots and build two new homes in a half-century-old community. (Wash. Post)

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