Where should a new Chesapeake Bay Bridge be built? Maryland asks the public

 

Where should the new bridge be built across the Chesapeake Bay?  The state of Maryland is asking for the public's help with that high-stakes question. "People have been talking about a new crossing for years, but this is the first real, tangible step toward doing it," Heather Lowe, the Maryland Transportation Authority project manager, said of the $5 million study. (Daily Times)

 

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Pay raises recommended for county executive, sheriff

A committee charged with reviewing salaries for Wicomico County elected officials has recommended raises for the county executive, sheriff and County Council members. The biggest increase recommended by the 11-member Wicomico County Compensation and Allowance Commission headed by Memo Diriker would be for county executive, which has a salary of $85,000 that was set in 2006 when the office was first created. (Daily Times)

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Bills focused on development issues introduced to County Council

How much should developers be required to pay when they build a house in Frederick County? That’s a question the County Council will consider over the next few months — with a hopper that’s now filled with four bills about the impacts of development, including dueling measures that would amend the county’s Forest Resource Ordinance. The bills were introduced on Tuesday and will get public hearings at a later date. (News-Post)

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Residents talk multi-sports facility, gas pipeline, other issues at lawmakers' public forum

Residents sought help in battling a proposed gas pipeline in the area, building an indoor multi-sports facility in the county and debated other issues related to public education, the work force, firearms regulation and water availability in Hagerstown during a public forum with members of the local state delegation Tuesday night at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center. The meeting was the culmination of others held earlier in the day as local lawmakers met with various groups and individuals to learn about issues and prepare themselves for the the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly, which starts Jan. 10. (Herald-Mail)

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Carroll commissioners discuss more education, opioid-related bills

The Board of County Commissioners discussed possible legislation to move forward to the delegation, two of which dealt with opioids and education, topics that have run strong through many of the commissioners’ proposals this year. Four bills were discussed Tuesday, two of which were introduced at a previous meeting. The first dealt with a current state law that makes it illegal to have unlicensed junk vehicles on a property if they can be seen from the street, and the second one that dealt with allowing fraternal organizations like the Moose or Elks lodges to have instant lottery ticket machines in Carroll County. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Roland Park Civic League apologizes for yard sign flap

The Roland Park Civic League has apologized for asking residents to remove signs welcoming immigrants and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. “I would like to personally apologize if the recent Roland Park News conveyed to you the impression that we wish to interfere with your First Amendment right to free expression,” Civic League President Hap Cooper wrote in an open letter posted to the group’s website Dec. 5. “We support and encourage respectful dialogue without exception.” (Balt. Sun)

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Court program helps criminal defendants enter job training, forge new paths

Judge Nicole Pastore-Klein picked up a thick yellow folder documenting Tyronne Fowler’s criminal record and smiled at the 28-year-old man sitting in the front row of her Baltimore courtroom Tuesday. His infant daughter, girlfriend and sister sat beaming proudly on the benches behind him. Fowler, of Cherry Hill, was one of nearly 30 men and women who completed the District Court’s fledgling jobs training and placement program and took part in the courtroom “graduation” ceremony. In exchange, they saw their probation periods cut short, were granted probation before judgment, and had their required meetings with probation officers reduced. (Balt. Sun)

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December 5 // Prosecutors say number of criminal cases to be dropped for reliance on indicted Baltimore gun unit rises to 125

Prosecutors have now dropped or plan to drop a total of 125 criminal cases that rely on the testimony of eight Baltimore police officers indicted this year on federal racketeering charges, they said Monday. Those include more than 50 adjudicated cases that prosecutors successfully reopened only to drop, in consultation with defense counsel. (Balt. Sun)

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