The Morning Report is a quick roundup of links to stories that Carroll County residents are talking about for Friday, July 1, 2016. Read our eNewspaper, a PDF replica of today's paper.
- Anger regarding the closure of three Carroll County schools, and what some are calling wastefulness, culminated in an altercation Thursday at New Windsor Middle.
- Transgender military members can now openly serve in the military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced in the Pentagon Thursday afternoon.
- The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved $1.1 million for a year of service maintenance and upkeep to the radio system, as well as almost $78,000 on the purchase of 17 reserve radios for the county to use as needed.
- The union that represents correctional officers at Maryland prisons charged Thursday that the state needs 1,000 more guards to be fully staffed.
- The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an "active shooter" report that turned out to be a false alarm.
- Carroll County started 2016 in a more positive fashion than the year prior when it comes to fatal drug overdoses, seeing roughly half as many deaths related to drugs and alcohol from January through March of this year compared with the same time period in 2015 and bucking a statewide trend of increasing numbers of deaths.
- Howard County-based Taylor Farms will add 150 jobs to expand its produce packaging and distribution operations.
- The light shows, the blaring music, the packed arena — Meghan Small had never experienced anything quite like what she felt when she walked out for the 200-meter individual medley final at the Olympic Trials.
- The stakes on a summer morning in South Carroll High School's gymnasium were much lower than those of April's national championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston, but it didn't much to the pair of 11-year-olds facing down a dwindling clock at South Carroll's annual boys basketball camp.
- Andrew Luck's new contract bumped Joe Flacco down to No. 2 on the NFL's highest-paid list.
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