Articles by Brian Witte

Governor Hogan Says All Maryland Businesses Can Open Friday

All businesses in Maryland will be able to open later this week as the state enters the third phase of its coronavirus recovery plan, Governor Larry Hogan announced Tuesday. Movie theaters and performing arts centers will be able to open …

Maryland Governor Announces $501M Unemployment Insurance Fraud Case

Maryland uncovered a massive criminal enterprise involving identity theft and more than 47,500 fraudulent unemployment insurance claims in the state adding up to more than $501 million, Governor Larry Hogan said Wednesday, saying the case relates to activity in at …

Maryland Moves into Phase Two of Coronavirus Reopening Plan

Maryland further eased restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus by allowing businesses to reopen Friday, but some of the state’s largest jurisdictions are waiting to enter Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. Governor Larry Hogan announced …

Maryland, Virginia, D.C. Intend to Sue EPA on Bay Pollution

Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to require two other states to implement plans to cut pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, officials said Monday. EPA Administrator …

Group Preparing to Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Pollution

A conservation group announced Monday that it’s preparing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce the Clean Water Act relating to pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced it is preparing a notice …

Maryland’s Attorney General Sues Kushner Apartment Company

Maryland’s attorney general on Wednesday sued a real estate company once run by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law over allegedly illegal and harmful rental practices, including the kind of rodent infestations the president has accused Baltimore leaders of failing to address. …

Maryland Suing EPA on Power Plant Pollution in Other States

Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The …

Maryland Plans Lawsuit Against EPA Under Clean Air Act

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration announced plans Thursday to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, if the agency doesn’t respond to Maryland’s request to make sure power plants in neighboring states use pollution controls. Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department …

Maryland School Bus Driver Killed in Crash Had Traffic Violation History

The Baltimore school bus driver who died along with five others in a collision with a commuter bus was found at fault in three traffic-related cases in the last eight years, according to civil and criminal court records and an …

Maryland AG, Lawmakers Look to Improve Structured Settlement Law

Maryland’s attorney general and lawmakers are looking at ways to protect the public from bad deals offered by businesses that have bought legal settlements from lead poisoning victims, such as Baltimore’s Freddie Gray, at a steep discount. David Nitkin, a …