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Laurel man is Maryland’s newest lottery millionaire

LAUREL, MD—A Prince George’s County man is celebrating after ending up with a $1 million prize, thanks to a phone call and a $20 scratch-off ticket. “I was in traffic heading for a work appointment when I remembered that there was a phone call I’d forgotten to make,” the sales account manager said as he visited Maryland Lottery headquarters on …


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AAA: Gas prices hold steady after recent spike

BALTIMORE, MD—After a sudden rise of more than $1 a gallon in two weeks, the national average price for gas has remained relatively flat this week, AAA reports. The price as of last week was $3.27, which is 20 cents more than last month but 12 cents less than a year ago. The drop in price is being attributed to …


Maryland Attorney General joins fight for fairer drug prices

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has joined 39 of his fellow attorney generals in calling for reform of the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry. The coalition of attorneys general released a letter (PDF) to Congress urging them to engage in meaningful debate on reform. The letter highlights three bills as critical pieces of legislation: the DRUG Act, the …

Maryland’s new HUBZone designations open doors for small businesses

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Wes Moore this week announced that Maryland is better positioned to compete for federal contracts for small businesses located in historically underutilized areas thanks to new HUBZone designations. The designations are a result of the governor’s office submitting a petition to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which allows the state to choose areas in need of economic development. …

Wildfires set Maryland ablaze: 199 incidents in 2023

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Forest Service has released new data that shows a significant increase in the number of wildfires in the state in recent years. According to the Annual Wildland Fire Report, 199 wildfires were recorded in Maryland in 2023, burning a total of 4,483 acres of land. This is higher than the 10-year average of 127.8 wildfires per year …

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile customers face widespread outages across U.S.

BALTIMORE, MD—Approximately 32,000 AT&T customers were reported to have experienced service disruptions across the U.S. on Thursday morning, according to the tracking site DownDetector. The outages were concentrated in areas such as Baltimore, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, with more than 50,000 customers reporting issues in the affected areas, NBC News reports. Verizon and T-Mobile customers also reported …

Maryland launches $10M grant program for small businesses

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Wes Moore this week announced grants of up to $50,000 to help small businesses expand or open in designated areas. The grants are part of the state’s Project Restore 2.0 and Business Boost grant programs. “When storefronts close down, our entire state feels it,” said Governor Moore. “Now is the time to work in partnership with the private …

Former Maryland bank employee used position to commit identity theft, bank fraud

GREENBELT, MD—A former bank employee has been convicted in a federal court in Greenbelt for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Jalen Craig McMillan, 30, of Jessup, faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years for the conspiracy and for each count of bank fraud. He will also serve a mandatory prison sentence of two …