Baltimore County considering voluntary registry of home and business security cameras

Baltimore County could create a registry of private security cameras under a bipartisan proposal from five council members who want to help police more quickly track down possible video evidence of crimes. The bill would create a voluntary private security camera registry for property owners with devices pointed toward a public right-of-way, according to the proposal. The program would map where cameras are located to help detectives identify possible security footage in areas where crimes happened. (Balt. Sun)

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Adventist HealthCare officially takes over Howard University Hospital. Here’s what happens now.

It’s official: Adventist HealthCare will run Howard University Hospital for the next three years, advancing a relationship that could result in the Gaithersburg system fully acquiring — and relocating — the D.C. hospital. The two organizations have signed a management services agreement that makes Adventist the new operator for HUH, effective Feb. 17, the partners confirmed to the Washington Business Journal. This move comes about six months after the parties entered into an initial letter of intent. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Princess Anne names interim town manager; previous leader's status unclear

Princess Anne town manager Deborah Hrusko is no longer in her post, but her status with the town is unclear. Hrusko is still listed as town manager on Princess Anne's website, but town attorney Paul Wilber says Tracy Grangier, who's listed as Princess Anne's Public Works and Code Enforcement head, has been named interim manager. (Delmarva)

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LifeBridge and CareFirst reveal location, launch date for new health tech incubator

LifeBridge Health and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will open a new business incubator inside the health insurers' headquarters in Canton later this year. The organizations announced their plans to stand up a joint "innovation center" during a health care summit hosted at CareFirst’s headquarters last June. They are currently renovating an 11,000-square-foot space inside the building at 1501 S. Clinton St., and turning it into a home for up to 30 growing digital health startups. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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County Worried Over Immigration Detention Bill

Worcester County could lose more than $5 million a year if a bill prohibiting Maryland counties from participating in immigration detention is passed. House Bill 677, introduced Jan. 30, would prohibit counties from contracting with the federal government or any other entity to take in immigration detainees. Worcester County currently brings in more than $5 million a year by housing detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). (Dispatch)

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Baltimore rolls out illegal dumping hall of shame, naming the city’s 10 biggest violators

Trash scofflaws of Baltimore beware. City officials announced the creation this week of a public Top 10 list designed to shame Baltimore’s illegal dumping and trash violators into compliance. The list, published on Baltimore’s CitiStat website, names the entities that received the most citations in 2019 — be they personal property owners, rental companies or businesses. (Balt. Sun)

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These Pennsylvania farmers say they do try to stem Chesapeake Bay pollution — and it’s expensive

On farmland his family has worked since the 1720s, Chris Landis remembers his grandfather dumping mounds of cow manure wherever he pleased. The man died at 92 without ever laying eyes on the estuary into which that waste eventually flowed: the Chesapeake Bay. So Landis can understand why, today, Pennsylvania farmers are so often cast as the villains in the decades-long effort to clean up the bay. He hopes that will change. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland elections officials shut down network to transmit voter data during special primary because of delays

A network designed to transmit Maryland voter data to state officials during elections had to be shut down during the 7th Congressional District primary because it was causing significant delays at polling sites, the Maryland State Board of Elections said Wednesday. State officials were using the network for the first time on an election day during a special primary in the district, which includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. (Balt. Sun)

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