Union workers at Pimlico Race Course avert strike before Preakness by ratifying contract with pay raise

With days left before the horse racing world turns its eyes on Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes weekend, employees at the Baltimore track averted a threatened strike by approving a contract with the Maryland Jockey Club that provides their first pay raise in more than a decade. About 90% of the members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 27 voted to ratify a labor agreement with the Jockey Club that will increase pay for the next two years and provide retroactive raises dating to Jan. 1, 2018 — when the previous contract expired, union officials said. (Balt. Sun)

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Transource power-line hearing set for Saturday in Smithsburg

Another public hearing on a proposed power-line project will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smithsburg High School. It is the second of two hearings the Maryland Public Service Commission scheduled to allow time for analysis of a possible alternative route for one part of the power-line project. The first hearing was in April in Pylesville in Harford County. (Herald Mail)

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MTA to raise transit fares for buses, subway, light rail, Mobility shuttles in June

The price of a one-way Maryland Transit Administration bus, subway, light rail or Mobility shuttle ticket will rise by 10 cents next month, the MTA announced Tuesday, saying the fare increase is required by state law. The single-trip fare for the local bus, subway and light rail will rise to $1.90 on June 23, while the price of a Mobility ticket will increase to $2.10, the MTA said. The fee for a monthly pass will rise to $74, a $2 increase. (Balt. Sun)

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Protesters rally outside Montgomery County police station after use of racial slur

At least 50 protesters chanted and marched to a Montgomery County police station in Silver Spring, Maryland, from a nearby library Monday night, and rallied outside. Some carried signs with slogans that included “Stop Racial Profiling,” “Black People Are Not ‘Suspicious!” and “Black Lives Matter." The demonstration was a response to videos recorded last week, of a white officer using a racial slur. (WTOP)

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Former Baltimore Police chief Darryl De Sousa enters federal prison

Former Baltimore Police commissioner Darryl De Sousa has entered a federal prison in Fairton, New Jersey, according to his attorney. De Sousa pleaded guilty in April to three counts of failing to file federal tax returns. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake sentenced Baltimore’s former top cop to 10 months in federal prison, 100 hours of community service and one year of supervised release. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford considering lowering temperature pets can be left in cars

Harford County is considering lowering the temperature threshold that a domestic pet can be left in a vehicle from under 80 degrees to under 70 degrees. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday on the legislation in Harford County Council Chambers, 212 S. Bond St. in Bel Air, prior to the Harford County Council’s regular legislative session. (Aegis)

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Ex-Episcopal bishop who killed bicyclist gets out of prison

A former Episcopal bishop who fatally struck a bicyclist while drunk and texting behind the wheel more than four years ago has been released from a Maryland prison. Heather Cook was the second-highest-ranking Episcopal leader in the mid-Atlantic state when the fatal Baltimore crash occurred two days after Christmas 2014. Her lawyer says she was released Tuesday from the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women. (WTOP)

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Maryland speed cameras generated $64 million in revenue last year. How much did drivers in your area pay?

Drivers going more than 12 mph over the speed limit in school zones and work zones in Maryland paid nearly $64 million in speed camera fines during the last fiscal year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. About 1.6 million tickets were issued in the 45 jurisdictions that operated speed camera programs across the state in fiscal year 2018. (Balt. Sun)

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