Maryland weather: Drought may be developing across much of Baltimore region

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, released Thursday, shows abnormally dry conditions stretching across Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel counties and most of Carroll County. The dry trend stretches down the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay and covers the upper Eastern Shore, too. (Balt. Sun)

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New Push To Fix Dangerous Railroad Crossing In Baltimore County

Startling statistics from Operation Life Saver say every three hours someone in the U.S. is hit by an oncoming train. Unfortunately, one crossing in Baltimore County has been the scene of three collisions in the last decade. “One accident is one too many and multiple is certainly cause for concern,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. Olszewski is urging drivers, in the meantime, to take the extra precaution and stop before crossing the train tracks.

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Prince George’s County Police Trying To Identify Person Of Interest In 3 Separate Fires

Police in Prince George’s County are trying to identify a woman who they are calling a person of interest.  Investigators believe she may have information about three separate fires that happened over the weekend on Steeple Chase Way, Fox Chase Court and Green Meadow Way in Largo. (WJZ)

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Multiple Maryland Museums To Offer Free Admission Saturday For Museum Day

Multiple museums in Maryland and across the country are offering free admission Saturday as a part of Museum Day. Some of the museums include Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the National Museum of Health and Medicine and more, according to the Smithsonian. See the full list of museums here. (WBAL)

 

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End Criminalizing Addiction, Centreville Physician Says

As opioid deaths in Maryland remain a public health crisis, a Centreville doctor is calling for decriminalization and a public health approach to addiction modeled on successful reforms in other parts of the world. Dr. Eric Ciganek, who treats recovering opioid patients in his Centreville practice, said the U.S spends “billions of dollars” a year on drug enforcement “because it’s the only thing we know.” (Chester. Spy)

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Metro has ordered Silver Line builder to stop running test trains because of construction flaws

Metro officials are so concerned about the quality of the tracks being built for the Silver Line rail extension that they have ordered the builder to stop running test trains, officials said Wednesday. The news came on the same day that board members of the agency overseeing construction of the multibillion-dollar rail project sought to play down reports of problems, suggesting they were overblown and that the staff managing the project deserves praise, not criticism for its work. (Wash. Post)

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Waterfront Partnership to head $16.8M renovation of Rash Field

The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore will take the lead on a major renovation of Rash Field Park, set to get underway in January. The city's spending board approved the public-private partnership Wednesday, allowing the nonprofit to oversee construction of the $16.8 million phase one of the project. The organization will also head up fundraising and planning for phase two, as it did for the first. (WBAL-TV)

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Talbot wages below national average

For 17 out of 24 counties in Maryland, wages are below the national average, and Talbot is among them. The living wage per adult here in Talbot County is $12.96/hour, but the minimum wage is still currently only $10.10/hour. When the Talbot County Council secretly sent a letter to the state opposing minimum wage legislation, Chuck Callahan said [we were] "... making a decisions for the best interest of the community." (Star Dem.)

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