Peninsula Regional Medical Center earns top hospital honors

 Steve Leonard, president/CEO of the Peninsula Regional Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, announced that PRMC has achieved the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award. This is the second consecutive year that Healthgrades has recognized the Salisbury hospital as being among the best in the nation. Peninsula Regional Medical Center is the only hospital on the Delmarva Peninsula to achieve this recognition and one of just nine in Maryland. (Salisbury)

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Spirit Airlines Announces Services Between BWI Marshall Airport & Charlotte, North Carolina

Spirit Airlines will soon serve its fourth destination in Charlotte, North Carolina. Beginning June 20, 2019, Spirit will have nonstop daily service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Newark. The four routes to some of Spirit’s most popular destinations will also provide dozens of connections to destinations throughout the airline’s international network, including the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline currently serves Asheville and Greensboro and will begin serving Raleigh-Durham on May 2. (WJZ-TV)

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Anne Arundel Co. may ban plastic lunch trays, takeout containers

Anne Arundel County, Maryland, may soon be making the switch from plastic to paper when it comes to takeout containers and lunch trays. This is the second attempt by Democrats in the county to ban polystyrene containers, which are used for school lunch trays and takeout containers in many restaurants. This time, the bill is likely to pass. Proponents of a ban argue that polystyrene negatively impacts the environment. The substance isn’t biodegradable, and fish can mistake it for food. (WTOP)

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Maryland American reservoir is in operation for Bel Air customers; water bills to rise

Much of the facility was covered with fresh snow this week, and most of the water’s surface was frozen, but Maryland American Water’s $15.4 million, 90-million gallon water storage impoundment is in operation. It will provide a backup water supply for the company’s 5,000 customers in and around the Town of Bel Air. “Seeing it all come together . . . and adding value to our customers, it’s something that will be here forever,” Operations Manager Richard Corbi said Monday in the midst of a heavy snowfall. (Aegis)

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Baltimore City Council approves air standards bill that could shut trash incinerators

The Baltimore City Council approved a bill Monday applying stringent emissions limits on the city’s biggest source of industrial air pollution, a step that could end the burning of trash across the region without a plan for how to pay for sending more waste to landfills. The council passed the measure 14-0 without debate or a roll call vote. The final approval came Monday despite concerns voiced by some members about the change’s estimated $15 million cost and the lack of a clear plan to get rid of the hundreds of thousands of tons of garbage that are currently burned at Wheelabrator Baltimore’s plant with its iconic smokestack next to Interstate 95. (Balt. Sun)

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Taneytown appoints Lt. Jason Etzler to Acting Chief, announces audit to be performed by outside agency

Taneytown Mayor James McCarron announced Monday that the city had appointed police Lt. Jason Etzler to acting chief and that it will ask the Maryland Police Training Commission to audit the department’s training records “to ensure that best training practices are being followed.” The announcement comes about one week after former police Chief William Tyler was federally indicted on illegal possession and transfer of machine guns charges. Tyler has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. (Carr. Co. Times)

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On first day, acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Harrison calls new job a ‘privilege’

On his first day on the job, acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said he’s eager to get to work, meeting the community and the 2,000 officers under his command. “It’s an honor. It’s a privilege,” Harrison said as Mayor Catherine Pugh introduced him to reporters at City Hall on Monday morning. ”I’ve enjoyed a 28-year career in law enforcement and now this is the evolution of my career. The next chapter in my professional and my personal life.” (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Public Service Commission sets new hearing dates in power line case

The Maryland Public Service Commission has set new hearing dates in the case of a proposed power line. The commission pushed the dates back by more than a month. Friday's order cancels public hearings initially planned for March in Harford and Washington counties. The public hearings are to be rescheduled. The delay allows time for additional analysis of a possible alternative route identified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Power Plant Research Program. Under the new schedule, evidentiary hearings before the commission will now start in June rather than April. (Herald-Mail)

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