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MCPS paying ‘expert’ $130 an hour for COVID-related PR help, records show

Plus: Sen. Smith opts out of race for attorney general; Health department employees told to stay off computers after cyberattack

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MCPS paying ‘expert’ $130 an hour for COVID-related PR help, records show

Montgomery County Public Schools is paying a new part-time employee $130 an hour to help improve its pandemic-related public relations, records show.

In a response to a Public Information Act request by the Parents Coalition of Montgomery County, MCPS says it hired Aggie Alvez on Aug. 16, 2021, through June 30, 2022. [WJLA] 

Sen. Smith opts out of race for attorney general

Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-Montgomery) has decided not to enter the race for attorney general.

He said he decided over the weekend to remain the legislature, in part because of “logistical concerns,” most notably the prohibition on raising funds while the General Assembly is in session. [Maryland Matters]

Health department employees told to stay off computers after cyberattack

Maryland Department of Health officials told workers not to use state-issued computers Monday.

The agency’s servers remained offline as the department grappled with the effects of a cyberattack over the weekend. [Washington Post]

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Cloudy, with a high around 43 and a low around 32

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