A New Maryland Bill Would Fine Anyone Who Releases Balloons

Letting a balloon float away in Maryland would draw in a fine of $250, under a bill sponsored by Sen. Clarence Lam, D-Howard and Baltimore counties, legislation that is similar to a Queen Anne’s County law. Lam said he hopes that this bill does two things: reduces the amount of waste that ends up in the environment, and raises awareness of the need to properly dispose of balloons. (WJZ-TV)

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SHA to hold December workshop on I-270 project

Maryland transportation officials will host a workshop in December for small companies and those owned by minorities, women or veterans that are interested in working on a project to add lanes to Interstate 270. The Dec. 5 event in Hyattsville is designed to help those that want to participate in the Interstate 495 and I-270 public-private partnership project. Under the project’s designation as a P3, developers and private funding sources pay for the project in exchange for a share of the revenue that the toll lanes generate. (News-Post)


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Ocean City asks county to cover more of town's EMS costs

Ocean City officials are asking Worcester County to repay the town almost $400,000 and start covering more of the cost for the Ocean City Fire Department to respond to medical calls in West Ocean City. West Ocean City isn't a part of Ocean City. It's an unincorporated area of Worcester County. OCFD covers the fire and EMS emergencies in the area through mutual aid agreements with the county. (Delmarva)

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Fire Breaks Out At Edmondson Village Shopping Center

A four-alarm fire broke out in west Baltimore Friday morning at the Edmondson Village Shopping Center. According to fire officials, the blaze started around 12:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Edmondson Avenue. As crews tried to put out the flames, the fire fueled by a gas line tore through several buildings. Ten businesses were damaged in the fire. (WJZ-TV)

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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleads guilty to conspiracy, tax evasion in ‘Healthy Holly’ book scheme

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy and tax evasion Thursday, publicly acknowledging wrongdoing involving her “Healthy Holly” book deals for the first time since The Baltimore Sun began exposing them in March. The plea in federal court came one day after prosecutors alleged in an 11-count indictment that Pugh’s self-publishing enterprise amounted to little more than a criminal racket. (Balt. Sun)

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Officials in Montgomery, Pr. George's reject toll-lane study for Beltway, I-270

Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to add toll lanes to the Beltway and Interstate 270 received a cold shoulder Wednesday from planning officials in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. According to The Washington Post, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission unanimously voted against the state’s plan because they said state officials had not addressed their questions about the toll-lane plan’s environmental impacts, finances and lack of transit options. (Balt. Bus. Journal)


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Elijah Cummings daughters snub late congressman's widow in race to replace him

The two adult daughters of the late House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings are spurning the candidacy of the Maryland Democrat's widow, who is running for the seat he held for 23 years. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a former Maryland Democratic Party chairwoman, is one of several prominent figures running in the Feb. 4 special election to represent a district covering much of Baltimore and leafy suburbs to the north and west that includes several rural stretches. (Wash. Examiner)

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Western Maryland Republican delegate to run for Congress

A western Maryland Republican says he is running for Congress. Del. Neil Parrott of Washington County made the announcement on Thursday. He is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Rep. David Trone in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. The district includes all of Allegany and Garrett counties, as well as parts of Frederick and Montgomery counties. (Wash. Post)

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