|DESPITE UNISSUED BETTING LICENSES, REGULATORS SAY IT’S ENOUGH FOR NOW: Maryland has an abundance of unissued sports wagering licenses that one state delegate says should not be allowed to gather dust. Currently, there are 12 physical sports book locations. The state also has a dozen mobile sports wagering apps in operation. State regulators say instability in the market and ongoing consolidation mean no more are needed yet. Bryan Sears/Maryland Matters.
VIOLENT CRIME AMONG MARYLAND YOUTH DECLINES IN A DECADE: Carjackings and handgun violations by young people have skyrocketed since 2020 in Maryland, but overall youth violence has been declining for more than a decade, mirroring a national trend, a new Maryland Department of Juvenile Services report shows. Ovetta Wiggins and Jasmine Hilton/The Washington Post.
MOORE SUPPORTS BIDEN ECONOMIC MOVES: Gov. Wes Moore offered a full-throated endorsement of President Joe Biden on Tuesday. Moore, a first-term Democrat said, “you are not going to find a more vocal supporter of President Biden than me.” He continued, “We’re now going on five straight months of historically low unemployment in our state. We’re now building roads and tunnels and infrastructure,” he said. “None of that will be real without President Biden.” Jessica Yarvin/Semafor.
BIDEN TO TOUT ECONOMIC AGENDA IN MARYLAND: President Joe Biden will tout his economic agenda during a Thursday address in Maryland, a state frequented by the chief executive for speaking engagements, the White House said Tuesday. Dan Belson/The Baltimore Sun.
MOORE TO MINORITY BIZ: STATE HAS YOUR BACK: Gov. Wes Moore (D) made a promise Tuesday to small, women and minority-owned businesses: the state’s got your back.The governor gave a keynote speech at Bowie State University during a Black business expo hosted by the Maryland Minority Business Counts initiative, which consists of business, community and civic leaders who advocate for diverse small companies to receive state contracts. William Ford/Maryland Matters.
MOORE SAYS HE HAS NO INTEREST IN HIGHER OFFICE: Gov. Wes Moore fended off questions Tuesday on whether he’ll run in the 2024 Democratic presidential primary during an interview with global news organization Semafor, saying he had no interest in higher office and turning the subject to his nontraditional political background. Kiersten Hacker of Capital News Service/Maryland Reporter.
HBCU ADVOCACY GROUP CHALLENGES STEVENSON PH.D. PROGRAM: An advocacy group for historically Black colleges is challenging a Ph.D. physical therapy program at Stevenson University it says is a duplicate of a program offered by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. John John Williams/The Baltimore Banner.
STATE SECTY SAYS SERVE APPLICATIONS HIT 500: The Maryland secretary responsible with implementing the Serving Every Region through Vocational Exploration legislation, or SERVE Act, is endeavoring to have the new law live up to its name. A spokesperson for the Secretary of Service and Civic Innovation said applications to serve have been received from every region of the state, totaling more than 500. Dwight Weingarten/The Salisbury Daily Times.
JENKINS ACCUSES TRONE OF POLITICAL MOTIVATION: Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins on Tuesday accused U.S. Rep. David Trone of trying to score political points in his call to end the 287(g) immigration enforcement program in the county. Jenkins wrote in an email shared by sheriff’s office spokesperson Todd Wivell that Trone’s letter to the Department of Homeland Security is motivated by his bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Gabrielle Bienasz/The Frederick News Post.
MO CO PUBLIC DEFENDER CRITICIZES JUDGE, TOP PROSECUTOR OVER JOB NEGOTIATIONS: Montgomery County’s top prosecutor and a judge he recently hired have failed to grasp the ethical lapses of their job negotiations, the county’s chief public defender asserted in a new court motion, and the two men should be required to testify under oath about how far back their job discussions went. Dan Morse/The Washington Post.
HARFORD PARENTS QUESTION SCHOOL LIBRARY BOOK REVIEWERS: Parents and community leaders shared their concerns at the Harford County Board of Education meeting Monday about the formation of a new book review committee after sharing their concerns regarding library books with what they considered pornographic material. However, Superintendent Sean Bulson said that it is not a book review committee, but a small group that represents an array of stakeholders to consider the many elements involved purchasing and reviewing books. Katia Parks/The Aegis.