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Apr 24 2013 - 8:18am
Baltimore City is throwing out some 6,000 tickets issued by its speed and red light cameras. Many Maryland health insurers are looking to impose steep rate increases for the health insurance plans that'll be offered through the state's health benefit exchange next year. A report on plans to rebuild and renovate dozens of Baltimore city school buildings. Plus: a new legislative audit reveals problems with the electronic servers that maintain Internet communications for 30 different state agencies. The State Board of Education approves new emergency planning guidelines aimed at helping school systems prepare for disasters. A look at yesterday's indictments in an alleged Baltimore jail smuggling operation. And more.
Apr 23 2013 - 8:02am
We look at how the sequestration spending cuts are affecting Maryland's largest employer, Fort Meade... and at the furloughs for air traffic controllers that are kicking in this week. A report on the potential leadership battle brewing for Republicans in the House of Delegates. Plus: the latest on challenges to MD's new gun control legislation, proposals for Baltimore's budget, and a look at how a US Senate bill requiring state sales taxes for internet buys could impact MD's gas taxes in the year to come.
Apr 19 2013 - 12:48pm
Brown's Gubernatorial Ambitions, Congress Moves On Gun Control, and A Call For A Dog Bite Liability-Focused Special Session
Apr 12 2013 - 8:18am
Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown says he'll make a "very special announcement" next month; likely, that he's running for Governor in 2014. US Senator Ben Cardin praises his colleagues for moving a gun control bill to the Senate floor. A Montgomery County lawmaker calls on Governor Martin O'Malley to call a special session of the General Assembly to deal with dog bite liability. Plus: a look at how the GOP fared in the just finished General Assembly session, the state's Public Service Commission overturns its own ruling on flat taxi fares from the Port of Baltimore, MD's Congressional delegations calls for the FBI's new HQ to be located in Prince George's County, and the ACLU challenges an Ocean City noise ordinance.
Obama's Budget, An Immigration Reform Rally, Next Steps For O'Malley and Ruppersberger, and Good News For Chesapeake Bay Oysters
Apr 11 2013 - 8:28am
A look at what President Obama's budget proposal holds for Maryland, and at the high turnout of Marylanders at yesterday's rally for immigration reform legislation in Washington DC. Plus: Governor Martin O'Malley says he'll give "serious consideration" for a presidential bid in 2016; Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger says he's "considering" a gubernatorial bid in 2014. Plus: oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay continue to rise, table games begin at Maryland's largest casino, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks about school violence prevention in Baltimore County, and more.
Apr 10 2013 - 8:26am
More than 150 of the bills passed by the General Assembly this year have been signed into law by Governor Martin O'Malley, including a bill designed to foster an offshore wind industry and other bills the Governor says are aimed at job creation. O'Malley has not yet signed into law a package of gun legislation, but that measure is likely to face challenges in court and at the ballot box. Hundreds of Marylanders will be in DC today, to rally for immigration reform legislation. Plus: the Navy's Blue Angels are grounded due to sequestration, table games are coming to Maryland's largest casino tonight, and Governor O'Malley is headed to Denmark.
Medical Marijuana, Cell Phones Behind The Wheel, Early Voting, and More From The Final Day Of The 2013 General Assembly Session
Apr 9 2013 - 8:08am
This year's General Assembly session ended at midnight last night. Yesterday, lawmakers signed off on a program allowing medical marijuana, an expansion of the state's early voting program, a campaign finance reform measure, tougher distracted driving laws, and more. But they failed to pass bills dealing with automated speed cameras and dog bite liability. We've got a rundown of some of what passed -- and some of what didn't.
Apr 8 2013 - 8:23am
On this final day of the 2013 General Assembly session, lawmakers will vote on issues including medical marijuana, speed cameras, the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, dog bite liability, campaign finance reform, stormwater fees, and more. The legislature has already approved legislation permitting undocumented immigrants get second-class drivers licenses and granting the Prince George's County Executive increased control of the county's school system. More on those stories, plus a look back at other bills passed this session, a look at the FAA's decision to delay the sequestration-related closing of 5 Maryland air traffic control towers, and more.
Apr 5 2013 - 8:18am
Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to sign a sweeping package of gun control legislation into law as soon as next week; this, after the State Senate yesterday signed off on the version of the bill recently approved by the House of Delegates. The measure bans the sales of dozens of different assault weapons, as well as ammunition magazines with more than ten bullets. More on the legislation, plus a look at another bill headed to the Governor's desk, dealing with cyberbullying. Plus: 4th District Congresswoman Donna Edwards takes a pay cut in solidarity with those impacted by sequestration, and the Orioles prep for this afternoon's home opener.
Apr 4 2013 - 8:01am
The House of Delegates passed a version of Governor Martin O'Malley's package of gun legislation yesterday, sending it to the Senate; Delegate Joe Vallario tells WYPR he hopes that "the amendments that have been adopted by the House will be acceptable to the Senate and that they will adopt the entire bill." More on the gun bill, plus a look at legislation that would allow casino jobs to go to some convicted criminals, a bill dealing with automated speed cameras, and how the agenda in Annapolis reflects issues in the national interest. Also: furloughs for Maryland's 30 federal public offenders, and Frederick County Animal Control's search for two dogs killing livestock near New Market.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 4:44am
For Baltimore businesses, this is "Clean Your Files" day, pat of the city's campaign to...
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 6:35am
WYPR's Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun talk about the Baltimore City...
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 4:41am
More than 17,000 Baltimore students miss 20 or more days of school a year. Many of these...