Baltimore Mayor Pugh amends financial disclosure filings amid scrutiny over book sales to UMMS hospital system

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh did not fully disclose the $500,000 business relationship she started in 2011 with the University of Maryland Medical System during the time she was a state senator, a period during which she sat on the hospital network’s board of directors and oversaw issues involving UMMS in the legislature, according to The Baltimore Sun’s review of financial disclosure forms. (Balt. Sun)

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New Baltimore Police Commissioner Harrison adds 2 more top-level New Orleans police officials to his staff

New Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has recruited two more top officials from the New Orleans Police Department to join him in Baltimore — including its chief of consent decree compliance. The New Orleans Police Department announced the news Friday, after which Harrison confirmed it. Daniel Murphy is the New Orleans department’s deputy superintendent of compliance, and leads the department’s implementation of reforms mandated by its consent decree. In Baltimore, Murphy will oversee the Baltimore Police Department’s compliance with its own, similar federal consent decree, Harrison said. (Balt. Sun)

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Wicomico Sheriff Mike Lewis joins Trump at White House for his first veto

 

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis was one of several people flanking the president Friday as he vetoed a Congressional resolution blocking the national emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Lewis wrote in a Facebook post that at about 10 p.m. Thursday the White House requested he join President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at 3:30 p.m. Friday to witness the "historic moment" as this is the first time the president has exercised this power. (Salisbury)

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Maryland could become first state to stop participating in Trump administration family planning program

Maryland could become the first state to stop participating in the federal Title X program due to a Trump administration rule that would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals, under a measure headed to the state's House of Delegates. The House is scheduled to take up the bill Friday. It would prohibit the state's health department from accepting any federal money under the Title X Family Planning Program, if it excludes family planning providers. (Balt. Sun)

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No high fines for violators of Ocean City special event zone after bill fails

 Ocean City's attempt to increase penalties for reckless driving during special events has been shut down by state legislators. Large crowds flood Ocean City each year during special events, such as Ocean City Cruisin', Endless Summer Cruisin' and the unsanctioned H2O International. These crowds, however, bring a lot of unwanted and reckless driving behavior to the beach town. Last year, in order to deter some of this behavior, Ocean City officials implemented a special event zone through a bill in the Maryland General Assembly. (Salisbury)


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Haddaway-Riccio confirmed in Senate as Natural Resources cecretary

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio had her position confirmed by the state Senate March 8. Haddaway-Riccio was appointed to acting secretary by Gov. Larry Hogan on Feb. 4. Haddaway-Riccio previously was director of intergovernmental affairs for Hogan, where she served as the governor’s liaison to local governments, including working with the Maryland Association of Counties and the Maryland Municipal League. (Star Dem.)

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Child and his mother shot in playground in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood

Neighbors said a child and his mother were shot in a Cherry Hill playground Thursday afternoon while dozens of other kids played nearby. Police said the incident took place just before 6 p.m. near Round Road and Seagull Avenue. The boy, 11, suffered at least one gunshot wound. The woman, 34, was shot in the upper body. Both were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Investigators said both victims were outside when they were approached by the gunman. A person of interest was taken into custody at the scene. (Balt. Sun)

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OC Agrees To Room Tax Hike, But Not Before Debating Sports Marketing Funding; Commissioners Must Approve Increase

After hours of debate, the Ocean City Council voted to set in motion a room tax increase to offset expected budget shortfalls and potentially fund increased economic development. During Tuesday’s work session, the debate over potentially increasing the room tax in Ocean City from the current 4.5 percent to an even 5 percent was renewed. Hours after often intense deliberation, the Mayor and Council voted to approve the increase although it certainly wasn’t easy. (Dispatch)

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