Business, Traffic

Gas prices fall to four-year lows

TOWSON, MD—The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped below $2 per gallon on Tuesday for the first time in four years. Tuesday’s national gas price average stands at $1.99. In Maryland, the average is $2.02, down more than 63 cents since last year. AAA expects gas prices to push cheaper, with the national price average hitting $1.75 …


Business, Health, Sci-Tech

JCPenney to extend closures, furlough workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The response to the COVID-19 emergency continues to take its toll on the economy. JCPenney announced on Tuesday that it would extend the temporary closure of its stores and business offices. As a result of these store closures, the company will also temporarily furlough the majority of store hourly associates, beginning on April 2nd. Beginning on April 5, a …


Marriott data breach impacts up to 5.2 million guests

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Marriott International announced on Tuesday that the names, addresses, account numbers, and other data of approximately 5.2 million guests may have been exposed in a massive data breach. This marks the second major breach to hit the hotel chain in less than 24 months. The company says that hotels operated and franchised under Marriott’s brands use an application to …

Maryland Department of Health opens COVID-19 test sites at Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program locations

Baltimore, MD—The Maryland Department of Health, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland National Guard, Maryland State Police, local health departments, and private partners, will begin offering drive-through COVID-19 testing to residents who are symptomatic and at high risk for complications from the disease. The test sites, which will be open starting Wednesday, April 1 will be located …

Olszewski unveils Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Tuesday announced the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which will support the county’s efforts to promote public health and support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will be managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation, and county leadership will determine how the fund is allocated. “We know that in addition to health …

Governor Hogan authorizes remote notarizations

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday issued an emergency order that temporarily waives the in-person requirement for notarizing documents in Maryland for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, subject to guidance provided by Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith. Notaries Public commissioned in Maryland who are in good standing may perform a notarial act using communication technology for a remotely …

Baltimore County Council sessions to be held virtually due to COVID-19

TOWSON, MD—In compliance with the newest guidelines pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, Chair of the Baltimore County Council, on Monday announced new policies for the council work sessions and legislative sessions. These sessions will be held as scheduled but, until further notice, the meetings will be held virtually and remotely via WebEx. The meetings will be convened …

Maryland School for the Blind donates N95 face masks to Baltimore first responders

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland School for the Blind has donated five cases of N95 masks to Baltimore’s first responders who are on the front lines helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Maryland. MSB facilities staff found the face masks in a supply closet in one of the buildings on the school’s campus located at 3501Taylor Avenue and brought it to …