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UMBC’s incoming leader: It’s all about ‘values and principles’

When Freeman Hrabowski, the longtime leader of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who led the once-little-known commuter school for three decades, announced his upcoming retirement, the central question on everyone’s mind was who could replace such a towering figure. Enter Valerie Sheares Ashby, a veteran university administrator, the current dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University, a chemist by training, and, soon, the first woman to lead UMBC.

Exelon awards 8 Md. schools with Green Lab Grants

Eight Schools in Maryland are sharing in $1 million in Green Lab Grants awarded to dozens nationwide by Exelon Corporation, the parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric, which are developing projects to advance STEM education in under-resourced communities.

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For businesses in Maryland, paid family and medical leave a ‘giant question mark’

Much remains unknown about a new law passed by the Maryland General Assembly creating a paid family and medical leave program, but one thing is certain: It will cost businesses and their employees money. Democratic lawmakers pushed through the so-called “Time to Care Act” and overrode a veto by Gov. Larry Hogan before the 90-day legislative session ended on April 11. As passed, the law creates a program that will give workers up to 12 weeks annually of paid time off to take care of a new child, medical problems, or a family member’s serious illness or military deployment. A parent could get up to 24 weeks if medical leave is needed during pregnancy, followed by parental leave after childbirth.

Maryand gains 3,900 jobs in March, unemployment rate declines

Maryland added 3,900 jobs in March as a decline in coronavirus caseloads helped the economy continue its recovery, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. March marks two months in a row of job gains for Maryland. The state’s unemployment rate also fell to 4.6% during the month, compared to 5% in February. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since before the pandemic. The improvements in Maryland came as the U.S. economy overall continued to surge. The U.S. added 431,000 jobs in March while the national unemployment ticked down from 3.8% to 3.6%.

Maryland & Temple Rare D-I Schools With Top Black Leadership

In the past year, Temple has hired a new president, athletic director and football coach, all Black men. The moves have made Temple just the second school that plays major college football to have an African-American in all three of those high-profile positions, along with Maryland. Temple is also the only school among 131 that compete at the highest level of Division I to have Black people leading the university, the athletic department, the football program and both the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

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Amtrak turns to eminent domain in attempt to take control of Union Station

Amtrak is turning to eminent domain in an attempt to take control of D.C.’s Union Station so it can move ahead on expansion plans and other improvements at the busy rail station. According to a complaint filed Thursday, Amtrak is looking to seize the property interests in the station owned by Union Station Investco LLC, a subsidiary of Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., which operates the property through a sublease from nonprofit Union Station Redevelopment Corp. that runs through 2084.

Talbot Goes Purple will collect medications for National Take Back Day

Talbot Goes Purple this week announced prescription medication collection from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 30, in St. Michaels, as part of National Drug Take-Back Day.  National Drug Take-Back Day is an annual collection event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA also sponsors a collection event each October; that event saw 372 tons of medications collected across more than 4,900 sites, including two in Talbot County. For this month’s event, Talbot County Sheriff’s deputies will collect unused prescription medications at the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department at 1001 South Talbot St. in St. Michaels. Medication collection here in April filled an entire barrel.

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Maryland’s sports betting handle rose to $31 million in March

Maryland’s sports betting handle totaled $31 million in March, up from the month before and almost on par with January, the first full month of sports betting operations in the state. The handle — or the amount of money that bettors wagered on games using Maryland sportsbooks — is one measure of the fortunes so far of the state’s budding sports betting industry, which launched in mid-December. For now, sportsbooks are up and running at five casinos, with more facilities on the way and a state-appointed commission looking at how to award more licenses to smaller operators and mobile platforms.

New construction contract for Maryland’s Purple Line signed

The private consortium managing Maryland’s Purple Line project has signed a $2.3 billion contract with a new construction team to complete the long-delayed light-rail line, according to the consortium and the Maryland Transit Administration. The deal, which went into effect Thursday, adds $1.46 billion to the Purple Line’s construction costs, bringing the total to $3.4 billion. That’s almost 75 percent more than the $1.97 billion the state initially budgeted. About $1.1 billion of work was completed before the original contractor quit in fall 2020 after several years of cost disputes with the state.

Atlantic General Hospital names new president and CEO

Atlantic General Hospital has a new president and CEO, the Berlin-based health system announced. Donald Owrey comes to Berlin from Pittsburgh, Pa., where he spent the past 20 years in various leadership roles with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, AGH stated in a release. Owrey succeeds Michael Franklin, who left the health system in September last year after 17 years.

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