Mayor Pugh sues Stronach Group to seize Pimlico, block move of Preakness to Laurel

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sued the owners of Pimlico Race Course in hopes of blocking them from moving the Preakness Stakes or using state bonds to fund improvements at Laurel Park.In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Baltimore Circuit Court, Pugh, on behalf of the city, also asks the court to grant ownership of the racetrack and the race to the city through condemnation. In a statement, the Stronach Group, which owns the track and the race, said: “These actions are premature and unfounded.” (Balt. Sun)

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Bel Air approves regulations for small-cell wireless technology equipment in town

The Bel Air town commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance and three resolutions Monday to regulate small cell wireless facilities and utilities in public rights of way. There were no comments from residents on the resolutions at the meeting.“These are facilities designed to provide smaller, more numerous structures in rights of way typically on existing facilities to provide 5G digital data for consumers, which provides greater speed,” Director of Planning Kevin Small said during a public hearing on the small cell ordinance. (Balt. Sun)

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Chesapeake Park: Group proposes $278 million public funded sports complex

Building more than two dozen fields, a 10,000-seat stadium and retail and hotel space would cost about $278 million dollars at the Crownsville Hospital Center grounds and it will likely take taxpayer-funded bonds to do it. Chesapeake Sports and Entertainment Group on Tuesday unveiled the numbers behind their concept proposal for Chesapeake Park. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour moves closer to Hogan’s desk

Legislation to raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour will probably reach Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk in coming days after a legislative committee hammered out an agreement over differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills. Earlier versions of the legislation passed by a veto-proof margin, meaning if Hogan (R) rejects the bill, the Democrats who control both chambers of the General Assembly probably could override his veto. (Wash. Post)

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Gov. Hogan to Amazon: ‘We are still here, and we are still interested’

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Tuesday that he pitched Maryland as a possible alternative to New York for Amazon’s second headquarters in a recent conversation with leaders at the company and is not giving up on luring the retail giant to the state. Amazon officials have said they do not intend to reopen a search for a second headquarters but will continue with plans to put at least 25,000 jobs at a new campus in Arlington, Va. Hogan, who toured an Amazon processing facility at the site of a former steel mill in Baltimore County Tuesday morning, said he met with leaders at the company about a week ago to tell them: “We are still here, and we are still interested.” (Wash. Post)

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Fearless Solutions expands at Spark, preps for additional growth

Baltimore software firm Fearless Solutions has taken more office space — again — to accommodate a growing staff and planned future expansions. The tech company, which specializes in developing software platforms for nonprofit organizations and public agencies, was founded in 2009 and moved its headquarters from Catonsville to Baltimore in 2015. It took two office suites in the then-newly opened Spark Baltimore coworking space developed by the Cordish Cos. at Power Plant Live! (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Two More UMMS Board Members Resign In Controversy Over Financial Dealings With Hospital System

Two more members of the University of Maryland Medical System board of directors have resigned, while four others who have financial relationships with the system have been asked to immediately take a voluntary leave of absence. The news is part of the fallout of controversy over Mayor Catherine Pugh's since-disclosed book deal with the medical system. Pugh had sat on the board since 2001. She resigned that unpaid position on Monday, days after it came to light she and other board members benefited from contracts with the private health system. (WBAL)

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CNSI lands $28M Medicaid enrollment system contract

Rockville-based CNSI was awarded a four-year, $28 million contract Tuesday from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to design and implement a new provider management and enrollment system for the state’s Medicaid program. CNSI will modernize, streamline and advance the state’s existing Medicaid provider management platform in accordance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicaid Information Technology Architecture framework. When complete, the solution will enable Texas to operate, manage, control and configure provider management, including functionality for online enrollment or reenrollment through one centralized portal. (Daily Record)

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