Maryland Transit Administration forecasts $2 billion shortfall over next decade

The Maryland Transit Administration faces a funding shortfall of more than $2 billion over the next decade — money that is needed to keep the agency’s transit systems running safely, in compliance with regulatory requirements, and enhanced with new technology and mobility options, according to the agency’s first Capital Needs Inventory. The report, required as part of last year’s Maryland Metro/Transit Funding Act following the emergency shutdown of the Baltimore Metro Subway, identifies $5.7 billion in necessary spending between now and 2028. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery Co. council waits for official word on police chief candidate

The search for a new police chief for Montgomery County, Maryland, appears to be over — but there’s no official word about who is being considered for the post. County Executive Marc Elrich said he has chosen a candidate. On Thursday, the county council that approves appointments told Elrich it wants formal notification of the selection. “We have received a confidential transmittal, but not an official (one),” Council Chair Nancy Navarro said. “So, at this point, we don’t have a particular appointee to consider.” (WTOP)

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Maryland Native Asante Blackk Talks About His Role In The Emmy-Nominated Netflix Series ‘When They See Us’

Nearly 30 years ago, the Central Park jogger case sparked a media frenzy. For a young New York City banker, a nightly jog through Central Park was part of her routine. But one night in April 1989 that would change. Known then as the Central Park Five, five teens were convicted for her beating and rape that night. Maryland Teen Actor Asante Blackk Nominated For Emmy For Work In ‘When They See Us’. (WJZ)

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Housing discrimination lawsuit involving two Baltimore women to continue after judge denies motion to dismiss

A federal lawsuit against Bank of America and Safeguard claiming that the companies did not properly maintain Bank of America-owned properties in minority neighborhoods in 37 metropolitan areas while doing so in white neighborhoods will be allowed to proceed after a judge struck down a motion to dismiss the case Thursday. In a memorandum, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake wrote that the claims brought by the National Fair Housing Alliance, a coalition of affordable housing agencies and two Baltimore residents “are not minor, temporary, or localized” and are serious enough to warrant the case moving forward. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police officer testifies to shooting Keith Davis Jr.

Police Sgt. Lane Eskins said he saw a man run from the car with a handgun. Then Eskins said he chased the man into a mechanic’s garage and faced the barrel of a gun. “He was holding the gun, pointing it at me,” Eskins testified Thursday. “I yelled, ‘Gun! Gun!’ and my sergeant started firing.” Baltimore police grievously wounded Keith Davis Jr. that day in June 2015. Now a highly politicized murder case against Davis hinges on those tense moments in the garage. (Balt. Sun)

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Government Leaders Preparing Ellicott City Business Owners, Residents For Potential Flooding Ahead Of Stormy Summer Weather

It has been a year since floodwaters devastated historic Ellicott City. With severe summer weather looming, Howard County officials are bracing for another potential disaster. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and Howard County Delegates went door to door on Main Street on Thursday to hand out preparedness packets and to talk with merchants. “How to prepare, what to look for, great information so that people feel safe and sound here in Ellicott City,” Ball said. “I know that’s a nice little tool and everyone appreciates the time that went into this.” (WJZ)

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Md. hospitals, city work to keep cool during heat wave

The heat wave smothering the region this week also represents a challenge for the state’s hospitals as they work within Maryland’s unique hospital payment system. Maryland hospitals receive a global budget from the state’s Health Services Cost Review Commission and are encouraged to find ways to help people before they are forced to visit the hospital, especially through the emergency department. Often this policy manifests in the management of chronic illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease. (Daily Record)

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Questions Slow County Building Request

County leaders voted not to move forward with replacement of a communications building this week, citing questions surrounding the proposal. The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday denied a request from Director of Emergency Services Billy Birch for funding for replacement of the communications shelter located near Snow Hill’s water tank. Commissioners expressed concerns with the estimated cost as well as the proposal itself. (Dispatch)

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