Hogan says third span near existing Bay Bridge is ‘only’ option he’ll consider

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A day after state officials presented three possible options for another Chesapeake Bay crossing, Gov. Larry Hogan said he would only accept the one that calls for a third span near the existing Bay Bridge.

“While the federal process requires multiple proposals, the data is indisputable— this option would maximize congestion relief & minimize environmental impact,” he posted on Twitter.

Warren Road Bridge reopens ahead of schedule after more than $900K in repairs

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Nearly half a year after being shut off to cars for emergency repairs due to concerns about its structural integrity, the the city-owned Warren Road Bridge in Cockeysville has been fixed and reopened, officials said.

Young says he is scheduled to meet with FOP; union says otherwise

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said today he is scheduled to meet with leadership from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 as the police union continues to lob social media criticism of the city’s crime-fighting efforts.

The union representing sworn officers, sergeants and lieutenants, however, said the meeting was supposed to take place this past Monday, and Young cancelled “citing his disagreement with the main topic.”

At this point, there’s nothing scheduled, per the FOP.

Just what they will talk–or would have talked–about is a bit unclear.

Man sentenced to 25 years in killing of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott

A poster of McKenzie Elliott, 3, who was killed in a shooting in Waverly in August 2014. Photo via former BPD spokesman T.J. Smith/Twitter.

A 30-year-old Baltimore man convicted of fatally shooting 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott on a Waverly front porch five years ago has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

DOJ sues Baltimore Co. police, alleging discrimination against black applicants

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The U.S. Department of Justice today filed a lawsuit against Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Police Department, alleging a written exam used to hire police officers and cadets discriminates against African-American applicants.

According to the DOJ’s complaint, a passing score is needed to be considered for a position within the department, even though is “not job related.” Prosecutors say the test does not comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

And then there were three: MDTA narrows down potential third bay crossing corridors

Corridors 6, 7 and 8 are the favored options among 14 original corridors for a proposed bay crossing. Image via MDTA presentation.

State officials have trimmed an early list of 14 potential corridors for a third Chesapeake Bay crossing to three, with an added “no-build alternative” that would leave things as they are.

DOT partially closed the Hanover Street Bridge today due to missing grates

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The Hanover Street Bridge was shut down for several hours earlier today after crews found pieces of grating were missing.

Trump administration change to food stamps would cut benefits for estimated 15,000 Baltimoreans

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Baltimore’s mayor, health commissioner and others on Thursday railed against a proposed change by the Trump administration that would change how states determine who qualifies for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

After Planned Parenthood ouster, Dr. Leana Wen joining GW as visiting professor

Dr. Leana Wen at a Baltimore Women’s March rally in January 2018. Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr.

A month after being suddenly removed from her post as head of Planned Parenthood in what she said was a “secret meeting” of the organization’s board, former Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has landed a temporary teaching job and fellowship at George Washington University.

Burnett’s bill would force vacant property owners to post a sign or a pay a fine

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Tired of the thousands of vacant structures blighting city neighborhoods, Councilman Kristerfer Burnett is proposing a new way for Baltimore to hold negligent owners accountable.