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During roundtable with Franchot small business owners call for tax credit (access required)

Retailers feeling the economic pinch of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic said a tax credit could help ease their pain. The call for a tax credit came during a roundtable discussion between more than a dozen retailers — mostly small business ...

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Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount (access required)

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to find out the results.

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Cuomo takes over governors group leadership from Hogan as virus batters states (access required)

  ALBANY, N.Y. — The governor who in large measure has defined states’ up-and-down fight against the coronavirus, including occasional combat with the White House, is poised to widen his national spotlight. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the reins ...

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Lamone: Absentee ballot applications to be mailed this month (access required)

The first batch of more than 4 million absentee ballot applications will be mailed in less than three weeks, according to the state’s top election official. The announcement came late Tuesday in a letter from state Elections Administrator Linda Lamone ...

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Md. gets nearly $1M for housing for human trafficking victims (access required)

U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur of the District of Maryland Tuesday announced Maryland has received $999,990 from the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs and its component, the Office for Victims of Crime, to provide safe, stable housing and ...

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Hogan orders ban on blanket school closings in Maryland (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan issued an amendment to an emergency order on Monday, giving local school systems across Maryland the authority to determine when to open their schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order would impact a private school ...

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City police leaders seek legislation to allow officers to be fired (access required)

Leaders of the Baltimore City Police are asking a legislative commission to make recommendations for legislation that would allow for the firing of officers charged with crimes before a trial. The department, which is subject to a consent decree following ...

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Hogan criticizes online-only private school order (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Saturday criticized an order by the health officer for the state’s most populous county that requires private schools to remain closed for in-person instruction through Oct. 1 and to conduct online-only classes due ...

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Serafini to resign; earned bipartisan respect as budget expert (access required)

Sen. Andrew Serafini, a western Maryland Republican who built respect among his Republican and Democratic peers as a trusted voice on budgetary issues, will resign effective Aug. 1. Serafini had talked about departing the legislature for well over a year but ...

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Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies at 74 (access required)

ATLANTA — Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of a major pizza chain who went on to become an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 74. A post on ...

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