In scoring transit projects, Hogan administration ranks road-widening plan first, Baltimore Red Line last

After Republican Gov. Larry Hogan killed Baltimore’s proposed $2.9 billion Red Line light rail project in 2015, Democratic lawmakers in the General Assembly tried to fight back — passing legislation mandating the Maryland Department of Transportation create a metric-based scoring system to rank capital projects. The idea, they argued, was to prevent the governor from killing major projects on a whim or prioritizing cars over public transportation without supporting data. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County Council raises questions about police practices

Montgomery County Council members are asking police to release “all body camera footage” from the May 9 incident in which a white county police officer is heard using a racial slur when confronting a group of black men outside a McDonald’s in White Oak. “We’re trying to dig into the underlying circumstances around why this interaction happened in the first place,” Council member Will Jawando told WTOP. In a letter sent to acting police Chief Russ Hamill, the nine members of the county council also expressed concerns about what they say are apparent agreements between some local businesses and the police department. (WTOP)

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Powerful senator part cheerleader, part skeptic of Gov. Hogan highway plan

This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. A powerful committee chairwoman whose district is at the center of a tug-of-war over transportation policy has strong feelings when it comes to a key plank of the Hogan administration’s plan to widen two crowded interstate highways. (WTOP)

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Councilman Says Recovery From Ransomware Attack Could Take Up To Three Months

A Baltimore City councilman said Wednesday he's been told recovery from the ransomware attack on city government could take anywhere from three weeks to three months. "It's been, I would say, frustrating--from the government side, it's been very frustrating," 4th district Councilman Bill Henry said. "I'm sure it's just as if not more frustrating from the side of constituents who are trying to reach us." Hackers demanded 13 Bitcoin. At the start of the hack, that was equivalent to around $75,000. However, the same amount of Bitcoin ran more than $100,000 on Wednesday. (WBAL-Radio)

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Anne Arundel Co. adopts stricter rules for waterfront developments

The rules surrounding new development in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, just got tougher on projects that encroach against wetlands. “In Anne Arundel County, the land that is easy to development (sic) and has no environmental problems has mostly been developed,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman, speaking in front of some wetlands at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis. “So often they’re going into areas that it’s more difficult.” So now, it won’t only be developers who identify where any wetlands are that could be impacted by a project. The county and the state will both travel to those scenes and verify things, Pittman said. (WTOP)

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Berlin officially adopts 18 percent property tax increase

Berlin officials have approved a significant property tax rate increase for town residents. Town officials voted Monday, May 13, to move forward on a proposed budget increase that would raise property taxes 18%. The move was made to help Berlin counter a $15 million debt. For more than a decade, Berlin has not raised the property tax rate, which is currently set at 68 cents for every $100. With this new increase, the rate will now be 80 cents for every $100. (Delmarva)

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Senate committee, Donald Trump Jr. strike deal for interview

The Senate Intelligence Committee has struck a deal with Donald Trump Jr. to appear for a closed-door interview next month, pulling the two sides back, for now, from a confrontation over a subpoena as part of the panel's Russia investigation. Under the terms of the deal, according to two people familiar with the agreement, Trump Jr. will talk to the committee in mid-June for up to four hours. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday to discuss the confidential terms. (Balt. Sun)

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‘What real assurance can they give us?’ New Baltimore mayor faces skepticism

On his first weekend as mayor, Bernard C. “Jack” Young visited a neighborhood where a gunman’s stray bullets outside a corner market wounded five people, including two toddlers. “My heart breaks for our babies,” said Young, standing in the rain alongside the police commissioner, himself only recently hired. They were seeking to reassure a raw and frazzled city three days after a scandal forced former mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D) to resign. Their audience was skeptical. (Wash. Post)

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