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A Call To Cap Health Insurance Rate Hikes, A Prison Corruption Probe, and The Latest On The 2014 Governor’s Race
Jun 5 2013 - 7:55am
MD Attorney General Doug Gansler wants state regulators to put a temporary cap on health insurance rate hikes that would limit them to 5%. GOP Delegate Ron George plans to formally enter the Governor’s race today. Legislative leaders are planning to appoint a special committee to investigate possible prison reforms. A new report shows that Maryland has the fourth highest rate of arrests in the country for marijuana possession. Plus: Baltimore’s stormwater fees, budgets in Anne Arundel County and Ocean City, and a report on the generosity of Marylanders. And more…
MD's DNA Evidence Collection Law Upheld, Baltimore’s Local Hiring Mandate Passes, and The Latest On The 2014 Governor's Race
Jun 4 2013 - 8:08am
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Maryland law giving police the right to collect DNA from people arrested for – but not convicted of – violent crimes. Lots of news on the 2014 Governor’s race: Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown officially teams up with Howard County Executive Ken Ulman in a bid for the Democratic nomination; Harford County Executive David Craig launches his bid for the GOP nomination; former Republican Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele says he’s “looking into” getting into the race. Baltimore’s City Council has unanimously approved a bill requiring companies that win large city contracts to hire more than half their new workers from within the city. And a new FBI reports says the Baltimore had the 6th highest murder rate in America among cities with populations greater than 100k. And more…
2014 Election News, Two Petition Drives Fail, and Baltimore’s Local Hiring Mandate Could Be Approved Today
Jun 3 2013 - 8:07am
Lots of news about next year’s elections. Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown will formally announce his running mate pick for his gubernatorial bid (that pick is almost certainly Howard County Executive Ken Ulman). Attorney General Doug Gansler isn’t saying whether or not he’ll run for governor next year, but says he will not seek a third term as AG. Republican Harford County Executive David Craig will formally enter the governor’s race today; he will not face former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino in the primary, as Bongino says he’ll run for the 6th District Congressional Seat. Also: two petition drives fail to bring in enough signatures, meaning that Maryland’s death penalty repeal and its new gun law will not go before voters. We look at Baltimore’s “local hiring mandate” – likely to be approved by the City Council today. Plus: water quality in Baltimore’s harbor, BARCS temporarily stops taking in stray dogs, a look at why the region’s hospitals want proton beam therapy, and more.
The Train Derailment Investigation, Petition Drives, Furloughs at Fort Detrick, and O’Malley’s Speech At The Center For American Progress
May 31 2013 - 7:53am
State police and federal regulators are planning to audit the trucking firm whose vehicle was involved in a crash that caused Tuesday’s train derailment in Rosedale. There’s a deadline tonight for groups gathering signatures in an effort to put newly-signed laws before voters. Sequestration-related furloughs are being announced for the civilian employees at Frederick’s Fort Detrick. Plus: a look at Governor O’Malley’s speech at the Center for American Progress, the latest on the 2014 Governor’s race, the latest installment in our series on chronic school absenteeism in Baltimore, a report on controversial plans for a Royal Farms store on Baltimore’s Harford Road, a coordinated traffic enforcement effort on I-83, and more.
The Train Derailment Investigation Continues, The 2014 Governor’s Race Intensifies, and Furlough Notices Go Out At Fort Meade
May 30 2013 - 8:02am
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
Rosedale Train Derailment, The Prison Corruption Case, and Former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith Appears Poised To Become MD Transportation Secretary
May 29 2013 - 7:34am
The latest on Tuesday afternoon’s train derailment in Rosedale, where the investigation will likely have members of National Transportation Safety Board on the scene for several days. The former security chief at the Baltimore City Detention Center is fighting her termination. Former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith appears poised to take the reins of the Maryland Department of Transportation. Plus: Frederick County Commissioner David Gray is out of the hospital, after a heart attack… MARC ridership hit a record level in April… and more.
A Prison Task Force, Baltimore's Memorial Day Weekend Violence, and Wastewater Bills Dropping For Thousands Of AA County Residents
May 28 2013 - 7:03am
With a legislative hearing on alleged corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center scheduled for next week, Governor Martin O'Malley has formed a new task force to investigate. A violent Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore saw 12 people shot. About 16-thousand Anne Arundel County residents have been paying too much for sewer service, and their bills are now set to go down. Plus: an update on yesterday's boat fire near Edgewater that injured 8 people... and on yesterday's fire on a cruise ship near the Bahamas that's prompting their return to Baltimore today. Also, the interleague series between the Orioles and the Nationals continues today; the O's won yesterday's game.
May 27 2013 - 6:31am
We round up some of the schedule changes in effect this Memorial Day. Plus: a look at why gas taxes in Maryland will be higher NEXT Memorial Day – and where they’ll go from there. Also: a look at a study on the need for a new Bay Bridge, the beginning of the summer boating season, and more.
May 23 2013 - 8:02am
Baltimore property taxes are going down in the coming fiscal year, but will still be the highest in Maryland. Senator Barbara Mikulski holds a round table meeting aimed at reducing the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs. WYPR Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith looks at open meetings and transparency in government. Plus: more on the "local hiring mandate" proposed for Baltimore, the opening of MD's 4th casino, Ocean City's "Walk Smart" campaign, and more.
May 22 2013 - 8:22am
The Baltimore City Council is considering Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposal to require civilian city employees contribute to their pensions. Despite a prediction that fewer Marylanders will travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the state's expecting more traffic at its toll facilities. A state panel has ruled that Baltimore's red light camera task force held a meeting in violationof MD's open meeting laws. MD has a new Natural Resources Secretary, but the Transportation Secretary post remains vacant. Baltimore County residents likely won't see a water and sewer rate hike this year, even if Baltimore City residents do. Plus: casino and gambling news, concussion regulations, another reactor shutdown at Calvert Cliffs, and more.
IN FOCUS TODAY
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 4:55am
Visions of a newly mobile and vibrant Baltimore could be derailed if the Red Line project fails...
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 6:35am
WYPR's Fraser Smith and Candy Thompson of the Baltimore Sun talk about why many are optimistic...
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 5:05am
The Baltimore City Council approved Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s $2.4 billion operating...