Maryland DNR names new head of Natural Resources Police

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that Chestertown Police Chief G. Adrian Baker will serve as the newest superintendent of Natural Resources Police. In a news release, the department wrote that Baker will replace superintendent Col. Robert K. “Ken” Ziegler Jr., who resigned Thursday. Baker will take over as superintendent Sept. 11, the department wrote, and Ziegler will stay on as superintendent until that day. (Balt. Sun)

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Trump administration change could eliminate food assistance for an estimated 15,000 Baltimore residents

Baltimore resident Ella M. Scovens didn’t mince words voicing her opposition to a proposal to remove 3.1 million people from a federal food assistance program. Why would the federal government “have the audacity to take our food” and put the well-being of the nation’s children in jeopardy, the 79-year-old widow asked. Scovens, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and other advocates criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed eligibility changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — or SNAP, but formerly known as food stamps — at the Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging in Northwest Baltimore on Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Legislative Leaders, Frosh Tap Prescription Drug Board Members, Await Hogan Action

Former Maryland Health Secretary Van Mitchell has been tapped to lead the Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) announced Thursday that they were appointing former state Health Secretary Van Mitchell to lead the state’s new Prescription Drug Affordability Board. (Md. Matters)

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Maryland horse-racing commission dominated by industry players. They manage cash awards -- and win them.

Most members of the Maryland Racing Commission are financially invested in the sport they govern, including several who have won cash awards from a state program managed by the panel, a Baltimore Sun investigation has found. Maryland law for three decades has allowed no more than four members of the nine-seat commission that regulates the industry to “have a financial interest" in horse racing. (Balt. Sun)

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Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s suit to keep his finances secret

The Justice Department is siding with President Trump in his fight to keep his banking records out of the hands of House Democrats. A panel of justices at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit is scheduled to hear arguments Friday morning on Trump’s appeal in the case. Trump is appealing a district judge’s ruling that would have allowed Deutsche Bank and Capital One to hand over years of financial records relating to the president, his three eldest children and the president’s companies to two House committees. (Wash. Post)

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Franchot considering run for Maryland governor in 2022

 

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot told supporters Wednesday that he's "strongly considering" running for governor in 2022. Franchot is a Democrat, though he has long been at odds with leaders in his own party in Maryland, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. Still, he has repeatedly cruised to reelection to the statewide office of comptroller by large margins. He won his fourth term last year with more than 1.6 million votes, or about 72%. (Delmarva)

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Maryland’s new dental insurance program for low-income residents pays to remove teeth — but not replace them

Bridget Morlan called the number on her first-ever dental insurance card and held her breath. After more than 30 years of dealing with broken teeth, gum infections and toothaches that landed her in the emergency room dozens of times, the Baltimore woman hoped the new coverage would make everything better. “I’m wishing for a miracle,” said Morlan, 53, whose teeth were badly damaged years ago by an abusive boyfriend and subsequent lack of care. Maryland is one of just 15 states that does not cover dental care for adults on Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income people. But now the state has launched a pilot program to cover a small number of them — those with limited incomes who also are disabled. (Balt. Sun)

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Associated Black Charities thumbs its nose at Baltimore’s comptroller

Already under investigation for its role in the “Healthy Holly” book scandal, Associated Black Charities was placed in the crosshairs again today by City Comptroller Joan Pratt. Pratt publicly denounced the charity for refusing to present any documentation as to why seven low-scoring organizations had been awarded grants from the Children and Youth Fund that ABC administers. Pratt said ABC failed to send a representative to today’s Board of Estimates meeting to answer her questions because she would not change an unfavorable finding in a recent audit of ABC’s management of the $12 million youth fund. (Brew)

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