Maryland crab houses lose 40 percent of workforce in visa lottery

Eastern Shore crab houses this year failed to get visas for about half of their mostly Mexican workforce that pick crabs during the season from April to November. This year, the Trump administration for the first time awarded the visas in a lottery, rather than on a first-come, first-served basis. The shortage could increase the cost of picked crab meat. [Baltimore Sun

Randolph Civic Association to host candidate meet and greet tonight

Local candidates running for Montgomery County Council at-large, County Council District 4, state Senate District 18 and House of Delegates District 18 are scheduled to attend a meet and greet tonight that begins at 8 p.m. at the Viers Mill Park Activity Building, 4425 Garrett Park Road, Silver Spring. [Randolph Civic Association]

Truck catches fire at Silver Spring gas station

A truck carrying clothes and shoes broke out in flames at an Exxon station near Old Columbia Pike and Randolph Road on Thursday morning. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and the gas pumps were shut down to prevent the fire from spreading. [WJLA]

Mass casualty exercise at Montgomery College today

Rockville public safety agencies Thursday are performing a full-scale mass casualty and active assailant training exercise on the college’s Rockville campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The exercise will include scenarios with realistic-looking victims, lock down drills and public safety vehicles. The exercise will take place in parking lots in front of the Parilla Performing Arts Center. [MyMCMedia]

Another hot day expected

Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 91 and a nighttime low dropping to around 66, according to the National Weather Service.

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