Baltimore sees biggest population loss in single year since 2001, census estimates show

The U.S. Census Bureau’s annual population estimates have rarely brought good news for the city of Baltimore in recent years. The latest release is no exception. The city lost 7,346 people, or 1.2 percent of its population, during the 12 months that ended July 1, 2018, according to census figures published Thursday. The decline, which puts Baltimore’s estimated population at 602,495 as of July 1, 2018, is the biggest loss the city has experienced in a single year since 2001. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore cop who was found drunk on duty faces up to 30 days in jail

A Baltimore police officer who was found drunk while on duty faces up to 30 days in jail as part of a plea agreement on misconduct in office and drunk-driving charges, prosecutors said. Aaron Heilman, 27, was fired in October 2018 after being discovered slumped over in his car during the early afternoon in Pigtown. A Breathalyzer found his blood alcohol level was 0.22, almost three times the legal limit. (Balt. Sun)

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Arlington, Montgomery County to formalize deal on airport-noise study

Arlington government officials plan to formalize their agreement with leaders in Montgomery County, Md., to fund a study on the northerly aircraft departure route out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The County Board plans to ante up half the projected cost for a consultant, with the Montgomery County Council putting up the other half. The agreement will ratify a less formal arrangement between the two jurisdictions that has been in effect since last summer. (WTOP)

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Maryland health department reports fourth measles case in the Pikesville area

A fourth measles case has been confirmed in a person in the Pikesville area, the state Department of Health reported Friday. Public health officials had said the virus is highly contagious and other cases were possible since the first case was reported April 5, though so far they have been contained in a section of Baltimore County north of the city with the zip codes 21208, 21209 and 21215. (Balt. Sun)

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Stahlman named Frostburg administrator

Elizabeth Stahlman’s naming as Frostburg city administrator Thursday makes her the first woman to lead a municipal or county government agency in Allegany County. Stahlman formerly served as the Mountain City’s community development director. “It’s not lost on me that I am the first female city or county administrator in Allegany County,” Stahlman said. (Times-News)

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Carroll commissioners keep funding for anti-opioid program at $300,000 for next fiscal year

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday afternoon to maintain the amount of money dedicated to the Not in Carroll anti-opioid initiative for fiscal year 2020 at the $300,000 level the board had budgeted for FY19. After having initially lowered that commitment to $250,000, the board ultimately voted 4-1 to restore the $300,000 level for the next five years. Commissioner Eric Bouchat, R-District 4, voted against. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Pimlico flooded with calls from Preakness ticket holders looking to change seats located in closed section

Pimlico Race Course has been asking for patience from ticket holders calling to exchange Preakness seats they purchased that are among the nearly 7,000 in a section that the Maryland Jockey Club has closed because it is no longer safe. A call to the number listed for exchanging tickets – 877-206-8042 – was greeted by a message warning callers of extended waits. “We are currently experiencing an extreme volume of calls,” the greeting stated Thursday. “If you are calling about a ticket exchange we ask you to please remain patient as we are currently speaking individually with all affected customers to determine the best seating solution for everybody. (Balt. Sun)

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As Md. roadway deaths drop, educational campaign for pedestrians, bikes begins

While deaths on Maryland roads dropped by nearly 9 percent in 2018 from the previous year, officials in the Washington, D.C., region are preparing to launch a campaign to prevent deaths among pedestrians and bicyclists. State transportation and law enforcement officials announced Wednesday that 511 people were killed in vehicle crashes across the state in 2018, down from the 558 people killed in 2017. (News-Post)

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