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2:34 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Cardin Talks Criminal Justice Reform, Baltimore Revitalization

Sen. Ben Cardin introduced sweeping criminal justice reform in the Senate alongside Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:09 pm

Sen. Ben Cardin was in Baltimore yesterday talking up federal legislation he introduced in the wake of the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. Cardin’s so-called BALTIMORE Act, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, is a push to improve police-community relations.

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Maryland-AP
2:27 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Maryland Casinos Generate $91.4M Revenue In June

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 8:35 pm

State officials say Maryland's five casinos generated $91.4 million in revenue in June.

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Maryland-AP
2:26 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

3 Major Agencies Give Maryland Bonds Top Ratings

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 2:19 pm

The State Treasurer says the three major national bond rating agencies have given Maryland bonds top ratings.

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Baltimore-AP
2:25 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Fentanyl-related Deaths Up 178 Percent In Baltimore

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 2:48 pm

Health officials are warning Baltimore residents that drug overdose deaths linked to a highly potent chemical commonly used to lace heroin are up 178 percent from last year.

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Baltimore City
1:02 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Case Against Vacant Slumlord Now In Federal Court

Demolition of a property owned by Scott Wizig in the 1900 block of Boone Street in East Baltimore appears to be threatening the two adjoining houses.
P. Kenneth Burns WYPR

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:22 am

  A Houston man who was ordered to fix up his derelict city properties by a Maryland judge last year has filed for bankruptcy, leaving the future of dozens of blighted properties up in the air.

Six community associations sued Scott Wizig and the nine Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) he controls in April 2013 to force him to clean up 49 properties. Baltimore Circuit Judge Pamela Brown ordered Wizig to make the repairs by the end of October last year. But he requested a reconsideration of that order, then his LLCs filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws the day before the hearing on that request.

That put state court actions on hold temporarily.

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