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Oxford Residents Grapple with Increasing Flood Frequency

Parts of the mid-shore, including Dorchester and Talbot counties, were inundated overnight as flooding covered streets in low-lying areas. Residents in Oxford accustomed to periodic flooding found themselves grappling with what they described as increasingly frequent occurrences. Dave Carroll, who resides in Oxford, recounted the challenges of navigating the high waters, even having to carry his dog through his flooded property.

Read More: WBOC
Prince George’s Co. passed new restrictions on cannabis dispensaries — but how long will it last?

The Prince George’s County Council passed new restrictions aimed at limiting where cannabis dispensaries can operate. But one state lawmaker from a neighboring jurisdiction is unhappy with the new ordinance and the council that passed it. The county law might not stand for very long anyway.

Read More: WTOP
Chesapeake 1000, largest floating crane on Eastern Seaboard, used to clear Key Bridge collapse site

The Unified Command team used the crane barge Chesapeake 1000 for some heavy lifting Sunday at the wreckage site of the Key Bridge in the Patapsco River. The Chesapeake 1000 is the largest floating crane on the Eastern Seaboard. The crane is being used to move a large piece of supporting steel from the bridge that will assist in opening a limited access channel that will allow one-way ship traffic to the Port of Baltimore.


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Families of Key Bridge collapse victims rely on translators to navigate life: ‘When someone cries, I cry’

(Photo: Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun Staff) In the more than two weeks that have passed since the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse snatched the lives of six construction workers, the bilingual case managers guiding the victims’ families through the ongoing fallout have spoken to the victims’ immediate and extended families “almost every day,” making themselves available after hours and on days off, according to two employees at the Baltimore-based Esperanza Center.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
New state website offers resources for Key Bridge collapse

Maryland has a new website with information about federal, state and local resources and programs related to the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, Gov. Wes Moore said Thursday. The website includes details for affected workers and businesses. It also includes major traffic updates for commuters and guidance on in-person resources available through Maryland Business Recovery Centers.

Read More: WBALTV
Maryland’s very first tulip festival comes to Carroll County this weekend

The same people who brought you “Christmas in the Corn” are hosting Maryland’s very first tulip festival. The Maryland Tulip Festival features some 100,000 tulips as far as the eye can see at Local Homestead Products in New Windsor. “We wanted to bring something different to Carroll County,” said Trevor Hoff, with Local Homestead Products.


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City moves forward with efforts to make immigrant affairs office permanent

Baltimore is one step closer to having a permanent office that serves as the city’s hub of services supporting its immigrant population. The more than decade-old Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs was created as a division of the mayor’s office that could be cut at any time. Under a bill being considered by the City Council, it would be added to the city code as a permanent office.

‘They saved my life’: Montgomery Co. police sergeant who lost legs in hit-and-run helps honor officers at awards ceremony

Dozens of Montgomery County, Maryland, police officers were honored Thursday for their lifesaving and heroic acts; among them was a group that raced to help a fellow officer as they attempted to stop a speeding driver in October. Montgomery County police officers Matthew Duerr, Julian Martinez, Nicole Seymour, Diane Burkes and Andre Smith were honored for their actions after Sgt. Patrick Kepp was hit by the driver on Interstate 270 last October.

Read More: WTOP
Prison system inks deal with Maryland’s public universities to expand higher education

The state corrections department on Thursday announced a new agreement with the University System of Maryland that will “establish a framework” to bring higher education programs to every state-run prison, utilizing newly reinstated federal Pell grants to allow incarcerated people to pursue bachelor’s degrees.

Aldermen review capital plan for Frederick’s parks, infrastructure

The city of Frederick’s proposed budget for facilities and infrastructure will include renovations to parks and well-known landmarks, along with investments in the city’s sidewalks, buildings, and other structures around the city. The Capital Improvements Program lays out a 6-year plan for the construction of facilities and infrastructure in the city, although only spending planned for fiscal 2025 will be approved by the aldermen when they vote on the budget in May.

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