Friday, December 8, 2023 |
Partly Cloudy

Around Maryland

Maryland and World Recycling Company agree to $200K settlement over open dumps, water pollution

The World Recycling Company has agreed to pay $200,000 as part of a settlement with the state over unauthorized disposal of solid waste at facilities in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County. According to the lawsuit, state inspectors repeatedly found illegally stored piles of trash at both facilities over the last nine years as litter and debris entered storm drains and polluted surrounding bodies of water.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Morgan State and employees’ union tentatively agree to contract, nearly finalizing negotiations

Both Morgan State University and the unit representing nearly 400 of the institution’s employees have tentatively agreed on a contract they have been negotiating since 2020, the union confirmed Tuesday. The final contract – set to last until July of 2026 – will grant workers a flat dollar amount increase to their salaries, which will also receive a percentage increase based on years of service, according to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 3, which oversees nearly 45,000 public service workers in Maryland including the local representing Morgan State staff.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Wicomico County has high rate of students sent to hospitals for mental health evaluation

Three times a week, on average, a police car pulls up to a school in Wicomico County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A student is brought out, handcuffed and placed inside for transport to a hospital emergency room for a psychiatric evaluation. Over the past eight years, the process has been used at least 750 times on students. Some are as young as 5 years old.

Transportation commission to consider recommendations on tolls, vehicle fees

New fees for electric vehicle owners and increases in tolls are on the table as part of a set of interim recommendations due later this year from a blue-ribbon transportation panel. The Transportation Revenue and Infrastructure Needs Commission will meet later this month. During that meeting — the final one of the year — the panel will consider at least three recommendations made by the commission’s chair, Frank Principe.

Artscape will return to summer in 2024 as festival is scheduled for August

Would you rather be wet from rain or wet from sweat? If you chose the latter, you’re in luck: Artscape is scheduled for August in 2024. The annual free arts festival will take place Aug. 2 through Aug. 4, according to Barbara Hauck, communications manager of Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. During a press conference Monday about a bill requiring procurement of electric vehicles in Baltimore, Mayor Brandon Scott spoke about the news.

Can Howard County’s hospital cut ER wait times with a new behavioral health unit?

At any given time, the emergency department at the Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center is treating an average of 11 patients with mental health or substance use crises — in a unit equipped for just six of them. Behavioral health patients at the emergency room often wait 24 hours to be transferred to a facility with an open bed, said Dr. Shafeeq Ahmed, the hospital’s president.

10 staples to donate to Baltimore food pantries this holiday season

It’s the time of year for giving — and for some, that includes swinging by a local food pantry to drop off a grocery bag of kitchen essentials. “The main thing that pantries need during the holiday season is support from their communities in any way, shape or form,” said Eileen Compton-Little, executive director of the Community Crisis Center, a Reisterstown food pantry founded in 1982. “Just because the pandemic’s over, doesn’t mean that we still don’t need help.”

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Paramedic response times faster as Fire and Rescue rolls out plan

Paramedic response times have become faster countywide as the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services has increased staffing and changed its strategies, officials said. Advanced life support (ALS) response times, involving paramedics, have decreased 24 seconds, according to Frederick County Fire Chief Tom Coe. January and September, the average time from dispatch of a medic unit to the patient’s side was 8 minutes, 10 seconds.

Local nonprofit expands with new food pantry

If You Go Where: 12428 Fingerboard Road, Monrovia When: Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact: Call or text 240-388-6514 Helping Hands and Caring Hearts, a nonprofit organization based in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, recently opened a food pantry in Monrovia to serve individuals in rural parts of Frederick County. The pantry offers non-perishable foods, as well as other necessities, like blankets and hygiene supplies, according to the group’s executive director, Jenifer Zimmer.

Preserving the civil rights history of Old West Baltimore, one renovation at a time

Alvin Hathaway was in awe as he slowly walked around the white-walled room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, welcoming natural light from almost every direction. Sporting a white construction hat and neon vest, the Baltimore native gushed over the progress made so far in transforming P.S. 103, the former school of Justice Thurgood Marshall in West Baltimore. “I think this space is going to be absolutely phenomenal, because this is the space where we are going to be historically accurate as it relates to the restoration of an 1877 classroom,” Hathaway said of one of his favorite rooms in the formerly segregated school building.

The Morning Rundown

We’re staying up to the minute on the issues shaping the future. Join us on the newsletter of choice for Maryland politicos and business leaders. It’s always free to join and never a hassle to leave. See you on the inside.