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Maryland Awaits Governor's Decisions On Purple Line, Hotel Taxes

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has until the end of the month to decide whether to sign or veto several bills with major implications for the state and its economy.

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With Preakness On The Way, Horse-Racing Fans Worry The Race Will Leave Baltimore

Hanging over Pimlico is the usual rumor; that the Preakness may move out of Baltimore soon, likely to the race track in Laurel, Maryland. This year the rumor has more resonance, though.
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Montgomery County School Board Finds 'Preferred' Candidate For Superintendent

Dr. Andrew Houlihan, currently the chief academic officer for the Houston Independent School District in Texas, is the Montgomery County Board of Education's preferred pick to the be the school system's next superintendent.
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Airbnb Users Won't Be Able To Escape MoCo Hotel Taxes For Much Longer

Much like D.C., Montgomery County will start collecting hotel taxes on bookings made through Airbnb, the service that lets homeowners rent out a room or property.
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Hogan's Cuts To Tolls Favor Some Voters Over Others, State Senator Says

Bay Bridge users, for example, will benefit more than Intercounty Connector users. Sen. Richard Madaleno says the governor is rewarding toll payers "by where they live and where they vote."

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Maryland Legislators Push For Changes To How Police Misconduct Is Investigated

A group of state lawmakers in Maryland looking at police accountability measures will likely push for independent prosecutors to handle cases where an officer faces serious charges.
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Stagnant Wages, Scant Affordable Housing Keep People Homeless In D.C. Region, Report Says

There were fewer homeless people in the region this year than last, though a shortage of affordable housing remains a significant challenge for many low-income families.

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College Isn't For Everybody, Latino Activists Tell Montgomery County Schools

Programs that offer technical and career training should be expanded to better serve the county's growing population of Latino students, the activists argue.

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Hogan Signs Law Allowing Police To More Easily Use Body Cameras

Police departments across the state of Maryland can now issue body cameras to their officers without fear of running afoul of the state's wiretapping law.
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'No Reason For Optimism' On Purple Line Decision In Montgomery County

A decision from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan regarding the Purple Line could come any day now, and Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal isn't feeling great about its chances.