Jones says she'll likely push to protect abortion rights

Maryland’s new House speaker said Thursday she “most likely” will push to protect abortion rights in the state’s constitution next year, as her predecessor sought to do this year. House Speaker Adrienne Jones, in an interview 15 days after she won the speakership, said she expects the issue to come back before Maryland lawmakers, especially after Alabama’s governor signed the strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban Wednesday. (Star Dem.)

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio jumps into Democratic race for president

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to an already long list of candidates itching for a chance to take on Donald Trump. The mayor announced his run with a video released by his campaign, then headed to the Statue of Liberty, where he said the country is in an "identity crisis" around immigration, which he called "the founding and unifying element of the American experience." (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland officials seek unedited police video of racial slur

County officials in Maryland want more transparency from police after a white officer's use of a racial slur was live-streamed on Instagram by a black man accused of trespassing at a McDonald's. The Montgomery County Council is seeking the release of unedited body camera video that apparently shows the officer echoing the slur to the black man, who said it first to insult the officers. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland takes legal action against OxyContin maker owners

The state of Maryland is accusing members of the family that owns the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin of deceptively marketing the drug. The state joined four others Thursday in announcing legal actions seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for an opioid overdose and addiction crisis. (WTOP)

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Former Pugh chief of staff, interim schools CEO to lead new Baltimore Office of Children & Family Success

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has tapped Tisha Edwards to lead his new Office of Children & Family Success, he formally announced Thursday. Edwards, who previously served as then-Mayor Catherine Pugh’s chief of staff, will start Monday. The office is tasked with identifying and developing opportunities to support young people across the city. (Balt. Sun)

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Comptroller Franchot questions whether Maryland has investments in Alabama, in light of abortion law

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is asking officials to review whether the state’s pension system has investments in Alabama, which just enacted a law that bans almost all abortions. Franchot, a Democrat, noted in a Facebook post on Thursday that he can’t control Alabama lawmakers “who choose to weaponize their system of laws to punish women who are already experiencing great vulnerability.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Inspector General investigating city Department of Public Works trash yards

Agents from the Baltimore Inspector General's Office conducted an investigation Thursday at Department of Public Works waste disposal yards on Bowleys Lane and Reedbird Avenue, a spokesman for the department said. Investigators were seen at City Hall, where their offices are located, unloading boxes of documents taken from the Reedbird Avenue yard. (Balt. Sun)

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Future Of The Preakness At Pimlico Remains On Minds Of Many Ahead Of Saturday’s Race

Along with dishing up crab cakes and fried chicken- owners, trainers and jockeys also had something new to chew over at this year’s Alibi Breakfast; the very real possibility that Preakness will leave Pimlico in 2021. “It would be kind of like if they took the Derby away from Louisville, which would be horrible,” said Sherri McPeek, owner of “Signalman,”. “So I think it should stay, maybe they want to update the facility or maybe build a new facility.” (WJZ-TV)

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