Gov. Hogan: Radio tower will go forward in Montgomery County, Md., despite objections

\Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday that the state will move forward with building a public safety radio tower in northern Montgomery County, despite plans from County Executive Marc Elrich to find a new location for the structure. “While certain local officials have expressed concern over the location of the tower, our administration remains committed to providing our emergency responders with the tools necessary to adequately protect our communities,” Hogan (R) wrote in a letter to the president of Montgomery’s firefighters union.  The siting of the tower had become a point of controversy in the populous county’s years-long quest for an updated communications system. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel County Council passes workforce housing legislation, postpones anti-discrimination bill

Among a mixture of outcry and support, the Anne Arundel County Council passed workforce housing legislation and postponed the fair housing bill after its Monday meeting ran past the window of time for votes on legislation. With a 4-3 vote, the bill that will create incentives for workforce development and expand zoning districts from two residential zones to nine in residential, commercial, industrial and mixed use, was approved. (Balt. Sun)

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More than 100 cast ballots in Ward 6 special election in Annapolis

More than 300 people cast votes Tuesday in the Annapolis City Council special election in Ward 6, with 202 write-in votes. Democratic candidate Yiannes Kacoyianni had 61 votes, putting him over Republican George Gallagher on the ballot who received 46 votes. But if 61 or more of the write-in votes that were cast are for DaJuan Gay, who campaigned as a write-in candidate, he would become the next Ward 6 alderman. (Cap. Gazette)

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House committee sues Trump administration in federal court for access to president’s tax returns

 

A House committee sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting up a legal showdown over the records. The House Ways and Means Committee said it needs the documents for an investigation into tax law compliance by the president, among other things. It asked the court to order the administration to turn over the documents. (Chi. Tribune)

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Baltimore jury awards record $229 million for brain injury during child's birth at Johns Hopkins Bayview

When a pregnant Erica Byrom arrived at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center nearly five years ago, doctors had alarming news. The 16-year-old mother had dangerously high blood pressure from preeclampsia and said doctors told her that her baby would die or suffer brain damage. Facing that prognosis — which Byrom’s attorneys would later call mistaken — the teen decided to forgo a cesarean section, resulting in lasting brain injuries to her daughter. A Baltimore jury awarded Byrom and her daughter, Zubida, $229.6 million Monday in what her attorneys say is the largest medical malpractice verdict ever awarded in the United States. State laws to cap malpractice verdicts will likely reduce the amount to just over $200 million — still a record sum, said Mary Koch, her attorney. (Balt. Sun)

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Trump administration will print 2020 Census without citizenship question, Justice Department says

 

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday started the process of printing the questionnaire without the controversial query. Trump administration attorneys notified parties in lawsuits challenging the question that the printing of the hundreds of millions of documents for the 2020 counts would be starting, said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco confirmed there would be "no citizenship question on 2020 census." (Chi. Tribune)

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'I am ashamed': Crowd gathers in Catonsville to protest Trump border policy, urge Congress to act

Under the hot sun Tuesday, a crowd of about 50 listened as the Rev. Bev Lewis railed against Pres. Donald Trump’s immigration policies and the treatment of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. “I am ashamed,” said Lewis, minister of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Catonsville. “I never saw families being ripped into shreds. Y’all, it’s time for this to stop.” Lewis was out speaking and protesting, she said, because she was following the mandate passed down to Christians by Jesus. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Lawsuit Seeks To Block US Policy On Children Seeking Asylum

Advocates for immigrant children are suing to block the Trump administration from enforcing a new policy that they say would erode legal protections for thousands of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the U.S. A federal class action filed Monday in Maryland claims a May 31 memorandum issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services dramatically curtails asylum provisions for unaccompanied immigrant children. (WJZ)

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