Rachel Baye

The state Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to legislation that would ban commercial gambling, such as fantasy sports leagues. The bills would protect small-scale bets among friends or coworkers, such as March Madness bracket pools.

The legislation would give voters the final say on the matter in November.

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State officials say Maryland's five casinos generated $91.4 million in revenue in June.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about efforts by both Baltimore City and Prince George's County to ensure that jobs at new casinos go to local residents.

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WYPR's Fraser Smith and Rick Hutzell of the Maryland Gazette talk about the influx of casino money into Anne Arundel County's coffers and why citizens and journalists need to follow how it is spent.

State Senate Minority Leader E. J. Pipkin is stepping down, effective next week. Scientists are trying to find out why more dolphins are dying along the East Coast than they've seen in the past. The field is set for this year's primary elections in Annapolis. Maryland's four casinos brought in nearly $70-million last month. And more.

National Transportation Safety Board officials are going to talk to the train crew today as they investigate Tuesday's derailment and explosion in Rosedale. The 2014 Governor’s race is heating up, with two Republican candidates planning to launch their campaigns next week, and Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown set to announce that he’s teaming up with Howard County Executive Ken Ulman to vie for their party’s nomination. Furlough notices are going out this week to more than 500 civilian workers at Fort Meade. Plus: Baltimore’s coming casino, a planned Baltimore Beltway expansion, the prohibition on swimming in Baltimore’s reservoirs, and more.

Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. is facing criticism for not disclosing work that he did outside the Council since 2009. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will preside over a mass wedding of same sex couples during next month's Baltimore Pride Celebration. Congressman Andy Harris delivered the weekly Republican address over the weekend. MD's fourth casino -- the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Western Maryland -- will open later this week. Plus: a look at MD's unemployment figures, analysis of Baltimore's "local hiring mandate" legislation, a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against Annapolis, and the "Click It of Ticket" campaign ramps up on the Lower Shore.

Maryland held its first (likely annual) statewide "Gun Turn-In Day" over the weekend. Three bids have come in to run a casino in Prince George's County. The Baltimore City Council is likely to vote today on a "local hiring mandate;" the bill would require businesses that get big city contracts hire at least 51% of their new workers from within the city. Also: Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is now officially running for the state's top job in 2014, President Obama plans to visit Baltimore on Friday, the Preakness Stakes takes place on Saturday, and more.

More on the resignation of Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Andrés Alonso. A look at the online sales tax bill passed yesterday by the US Senate -- and its potential impact on Maryland gas taxes. Plus: MD's 3 casinos see record revenues in April (but only when the take of all three is combined), BWI asks for funding to make runway improvements, Anne Arundel lawmakers vote to allow County residents to own Tasers, the Baltimore Police Department gets a new head for its Internal Affairs division, and more.