Funeral arrangements for former Md. Gov. Harry Hughes

The funeral for former Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes will be held Thursday in Annapolis. Those who wish to pay their respects may visit Moore Funeral Home in Denton, Maryland, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The funeral service will be at noon Thursday at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church at 199 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis. (WTOP)

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City solicitor on lawsuit against Pimlico owners: the Preakness 'needs to be in Baltimore'

The “immediate goal” of Baltimore’s lawsuit against the owners of Pimlico Race Course is to force them to negotiations over keeping the Preakness in the city, solicitor Andre Davis said Wednesday. Davis said “a resolution would be far preferable to full bore litigation” that seeks to block the Stronach Group from moving the race or using state bonds to pay for upgrades to Laurel Park. “The suit demonstrations that the mayor and City Council are serious about the importance of the Preakness to Pimlico, to the city,” Davis said. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Lawmakers Pass $15 Minimum Wage Starting In 2025

The Maryland General Assembly has passed the ‘Fight for 15’ bill that would require all businesses in the state to pay a $15 minimum wage by 2025. As long as the bill is signed by Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland’s minimum wage will be $15 by 2025. Baltimore Senator Cory McCray was one of the key sponsors of the bill. “You can’t live anywhere in the state of Maryland and make under $13 and still be able to survive on those basic necessities,” he said. (WJZ-TV)

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Md. Rep. Elijah Cummings Accuses White House Of ‘Unprecedented Level Of Stonewalling, Delay And Obstruction’

House Oversight committee chairman Elijah Cummings accused the White House of an “unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction” in a Washington Post op-ed published Tuesday as his committee seeks information related to multiple ongoing investigations into the Trump administration. Cummings said the administration has not turned over “a single piece of paper to our committee or made a single official available for testimony during the 116th Congress” related to the ongoing committee investigations. (WJZ-TV)

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Green and Libertarian parties are technically no longer recognized in Maryland. Here's why.

Maryland voters registered as members of the Green and Libertarian parties may have received a letter in the mail stating their party is no longer recognized by the state. Here’s why that’s happening, and what voters need to know about it. Who got a letter? Maryland residents who are registered to vote as members of the Libertarian and Green parties. The letters from their local board of elections notified them that their party failed to maintain recognition in Maryland after the 2018 general election. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Senate passes renewable energy bill; House outcome uncertain

The Maryland Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would dramatically increase the state’s requirements for renewable energy, even as the measure faces uncertain odds in the House of Delegates. The “Clean Energy Jobs Act” requires the state to accelerate its use of renewable energy, requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2030. The bill passed by the Senate also disqualifies trash incineration from receiving subsidies for renewable energy. That component of the bill targets facilities such as Baltimore’s Wheelabrator incinerator, which is the city’s largest single source of industrial air pollution. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Lawmakers Announce More Than $1M In Affordable Housing Grants For Baltimore Region

Maryland lawmakers announced Wednesday more than $1 million has been given in affordable housing grants for Baltimore City and the region. This includes $322,500 for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc; $227,500, for the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center; and $572,000 for AHC Inc. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes announced their support and part in the grants. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller expects medically assisted suicide to pass his chamber narrowly

Maryland's Senate president said Tuesday that he thinks his chamber will pass a measure to allow the terminally ill to end their lives with a doctor's help in "a very, very close vote." Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told reporters he believes there will be "a lot of amendments" offered to a bill now before a Senate committee. Then, he said, he thinks there will be a majority of 24 votes needed in the Senate, "but there won't be many more than that." "I think it's going to be a close vote," Miller, a Democrat, said, adding that he believes he will "probably" vote against it, but he believes "it's going to pass." (Balt. Sun)

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