A MARC train to HQ2? A VRE train to Baltimore? This study will answer whether the market's there.

Could a future Amazon.com Inc. employee living deep in the Old Line State catch a MARC train straight to Crystal City? Or how about a Manassas resident riding VRE to Baltimore? Maryland and Virginia want to answer those questions in the next year. Officials from both states want to see if it's possible for Virginia Railway Express and Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains to go well beyond their current routes, what they are calling "run-through service." (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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$4.4M for public housing in Western Md.

Housing authorities of Cumberland, Frostburg and Allegany County will each receive a portion of $4.4 million in federal funding for Western Maryland public housing announced by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Friday. The money will be used for the development, financing and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Public Housing Capital Fund. (Times-News)

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Baltimore Named Second Most Sleep-Deprived Large City In U.S., Study Says

It seems that Baltimore is tired. According to a new study, Baltimore was named the second most sleep-deprived large city in the United States. Coming in at No. 1 was Detroit, Michigan. The Center for Disease Control suggests that adults get at least seven hours of sleep per night, but on average, less than half of Baltimore residents have that luxury. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland officials will decide whether to revoke police powers of the officer who arrested Anton Black

Maryland law enforcement leaders voted Wednesday to hold a hearing and decide whether to revoke the police certification of the Eastern Shore officer involved in the arrest and death of Anton Black. The Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission decided during a closed-door session to proceed with the hearing. Officials say the “decertification hearing” will be conducted in private as well. “It’s a personnel hearing, so nothing will be open,” said Renata Seergae, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore judge faces new disciplinary charges for alleged misconduct

A Baltimore judge already facing suspension for her behavior on the job has been charged with additional misconduct for allegedly attempting to manipulate an incident report to cast another judge in a bad light. The Commission on Judicial Disabilities previously found that Baltimore City District Judge Devy Patterson Russell had committed sanctionable conduct by yelling at fellow judges and court staff, disrupting court proceedings and failing to properly process search warrants. (Daily Record)

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Shore Health board chairman resigns

John Dillon, chairman of the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Board of Directors, has announced his resignation from the board, effective immediately. Dillon, whose tenure on the board was set to end on June 30, 2019, notified the board of his resignation April 9, citing his belief that leaving the board at this time is in the best interest of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health to minimize the distraction caused by current discussions regarding University of Maryland Medical System board relationships. “With regret, the Board of Directors has accepted John Dillon’s resignation, effective immediately,” Board Vice Chairman Richard Loeffler said. (Star Democrat)

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How will Maryland halt Big Cannabis from taking over state industry? Let firms own more, not fewer, stores.

When well-financed, out-of-state cannabis companies figured out a loophole in Maryland’s one-dispensary-per-owner rule, the state’s lawmakers and regulators vowed to stop them with a legislative fixBut they settled on a solution that some find troubling. Instead of writing a stronger law to limit companies to just one cannabis store, the General Assembly passed legislation that will let them have four. The problem they were trying to address was complicated and legally thorny. Out-of-state companies already had taken control of multiple marijuana outlets in Maryland not by actually buying them, but reaching agreements with the local owners to manage their operations.

(Balt. Sun) 

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Maryland public housing ranked last in U.S. by health, safety inspectors

Almost a third of public housing inspections in Maryland have resulted in failing health and safety scores. An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that's the worst performance in the country. Old, rundown complexes in Baltimore are the main culprit. Federal and city data show that 22 of 37 Baltimore sites failed their most recent inspections. Maryland has the second highest percentage of failed public housing inspections in the country, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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