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Maryland voters break early voting turnout record

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Baltimore City voters cast ballots at New Era Academy in Cherry Hill on Tuesday. Photo credit: Rachel Baye, WYPR

More than 161,000 Marylanders turned out for the state’s first day of early voting Monday, setting a record for the most ballots cast in a single day of early voting in state history, according to the state Board of Elections. About 1.1 million Marylanders have voted so far.

Baltimore City Schools See $21 Million Shortfall As Pandemic Expenses Total $131 Million

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Baltimore City School Headquarters

WYPR – The Baltimore City school board stared down a $21 million shortfall Tuesday night brought on by pandemic spending, as its CEO decides how to handle the rest of the fall term.

Green Party Candidate Muller Paz Challenges Incumbent Democrat In Baltimore’s 12th District

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Franca Muller Paz speaks during a Baltimore Teachers Union rally outside BCPS headquarters last month. The Green Party candidate is challenging incumbent Democrat Robert Stokes in the Baltimore City Council’s 12th District race.
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An unusually competitive general election race is heating up in Baltimore City’s District 12, where Green Party candidate Franca Muller Paz has outraised incumbent and establishment Democrat Robert Stokes.

Your Guide To Baltimore’s Ballot Questions

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A Baltimore City mail-in ballot.

In the wake of disgraced ex-mayor Catherine Pugh’s resignation, the Baltimore City Council introduced so many charter amendments intended to restructure power in City Hall that City Council President Brandon Scott created a new committee to manage them.

Baltimore City Outsources Water Meter Reading Operations Amid Sustained Billing Struggles

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Baltimore will outsource water meter reading operations to the same third-party vendor that installed water meters throughout the city earlier this decade, Mayor Jack Young announced Wednesday.

Baltimore Teachers And Parents Decry Tentative Reopening Plans Outside BCPS Headquarters

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Teachers stage a die-in outside of Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Ave. on Wednesday night.
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The Baltimore Teachers’ Union staged a die-in protest at school headquarters Wednesday night, demanding that classes remain online through 2020. More than 50 teachers and parents lay on the ground to show they, or someone they know, have conditions such as asthma or diabetes that could make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

Baltimore Bill Would Rename Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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A statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. The Italian’s legacy is under renewed scrutiny.

A Baltimore City Council bill to officially change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day throughout the city, at a time where the Italian explorer’s legacy is under renewed scrutiny amid a massive reckoning over racial injustice.

Scott, Henry and Mosby urge voters to cast ballot for Joe Biden

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City Council President Brandon Scott (left), Councilman Bill Henry (right) and Del. Nick Mosby (bottom) at a news conference Tuesday morning. Photo credit: Screenshot via ‘Brandon for Baltimore’ Facebook page.

Baltimore’s three Democratic nominees for citywide office came together Tuesday morning to urge voters to elect their party’s presidential nominee, Joe Biden, in a show of unity that was lacking in 2016 when then-nominee Hillary Clinton appeared to be on the way to victory.

Baltimore Should Terminate Master Lease With Grant Capital, New OIG Report Says

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Baltimore’s chief solicitor will recommend the city sever a lucrative contract with a company whose founder, J.P. Grant, illegally funneled $170,000 to disgraced former mayor Catherine Pugh.

Hogan Eases Indoor Dining Restrictions, But Some Local Leaders Will Hold Back

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Gov. Larry Hogan.

Gov. Larry Hogan will allow restaurants to expand indoor dining capacities to 75%  at 5:00 p.m. Monday. The governor is encouraging residents to partake in Maryland’s first statewide Restaurant Week, despite concerns over COVID-19 spread throughout the state.

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