Gaithersburg Residents Try To Clean Up Poison Pellets from Neighborhood; Hogan Signs 'Puppy Mill' Bill

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Poison pellets spread around Gaithersburg neighborhood 

A Gaithersburg resident who put out rodent poison has inadvertently caused his neighborhood concern. The pellets, which the man set out to eliminate pests, have spread to other parts of the Kentlands community, and signs have gone up warning people to take care. The pellets are toxic to pets, and at least one dog has had to be treated after exposure to the substance. Neighbors are helping lead a cleanup effort. [FOX5]

Bill aimed at cracking down on 'puppy mills' sighed into law

Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a bill that prohibits pet stores from selling puppies and kittens, making Maryland the second state to enact such a ban. The measure is aimed at cracking down on "puppy mills." However, owners of pet stores, such as Just Puppies in Rockville, have pushed back against the bill. They say it will leave pet owners with fewer options for buying purebred dogs when it's fully implemented in 2020. [Washington Post]

Madaleno to air campaign ad in Montgomery County

The first television ad of the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Maryland is airing Thursday, paid for by the campaign of state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. Madaleno’s campaign manager said the ad is designed to cement his advantage in Montgomery County, the senator’s home jurisdiction. The 30-second ad will appear on CNN and MSNBC stations in Montgomery County and will focus on Madaleno’s progressive track record and his family life. [Washington Post]

County Council moves to include equity analysis in legislative process

Montgomery County Council members are looking to add an equity analysis to their decision-making process. The council voted to develop a policy for including the analysis of racial and other types of equity in the staff reports about new legislation. The measure is aimed at tackling disparities that exist in the county. The council members voted unanimously in support of creating the policy. [Washington Post]

Reporters briefed on Mormon temple renovation project 

The Mormon temple in Kensington briefed reporters this week on a renovation project that has closed the iconic structure for the time being. Members of the public will be able to tour the temple for the first time since 1974 once the project is complete, possibly in 2020. The work will upgrade the temple's plumbing and electrical and mechanical systems and bring the building up to current code and life safety standards, project representatives said. [WTOP]

Sunny skies ahead on Thursday 

Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs nearly hitting 70 degrees. Rain could roll in overnight, and a low of about 50 degrees is in the forecast.

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