Mike Preston's report card in Week 3

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Hogan tours Jerusalem during trade mission

Gov. Larry Hogan toured the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday, including a stop in the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Hogan also visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem during the Sabbath. He was joined by Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun.

The Republican governor spent the week in Israel on a trade mission.

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Audit of Baltimore finances shows 'significant deficiencies' in water billing, handling of grant money

An annual audit of Baltimore's finances found three "significant deficiencies," including in how the city handles water billing and grant money, according to City Auditor Robert L. McCarty.

McCarty, who reports to Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, presented the audit's findings to the Board of Estimates last week. The audit covers all city spending for fiscal year 2014.

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Morhaim facing ethics inquiry for role in medical marijuana industry

Ethics staff for the General Assembly are conducting a preliminary investigation into Del. Dan K. Morhaim's ties to the medical marijuana industry, according to three people with direct knowledge of the inquiry.

The preliminary work precedes an Oct.

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Experts: Youths charged with crimes should be strip-searched only when there's 'reasonable' suspicion

The Department of Juvenile Services should strip-search youths charged with crimes only when agency officials have a "reasonable" suspicion that they have contraband, a panel of national experts told a state task force Thursday.

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On MSNBC, Rawlings-Blake says no 'quick' or 'easy' way to fix race relations in America

On MSNBC this afternoon, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake addressed the violent protests in Charlotte sparked by the killing of 43-year-old Keith Scott by police. 

Rawlings-Blake compared the events in Charlotte to the protests and violence that followed the death of Freddie Gray in police custody last year in Baltimore. 

She told host Thomas Roberts that there are no "quick" or "easy" ways

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Poll finds Clinton, Van Hollen with wide leads in Maryland

While Donald Trump has made up ground recently in several battleground states, a new independent poll released Thursday finds the Republican presidential nominee has seen no improvement in deep blue Maryland.

Democrat Hillary Clinton is leading Trump 58 percent to 25 percent in the new Goucher Poll — a slightly larger margin than she had in a poll conducted in the state late month.

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