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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.
Rawlings-Blake To Preside Over Mass Same Sex Wedding, Olszewski Criticized For Failure To Disclose, and Baltimore's "Local Hiring Mandate"
May 20 2013 - 8:04am
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.
May 17 2013 - 8:01am
Hundreds of bills have been signed into law, including new restrictions on guns, higher taxes on gas, a stricter prohibition on using cell phones while driving, and plan to fund the renovation or reconstruction of dozens of Baltimore schools. Plus: a look at a new Justice Department study showing that the Baltimore City Detention Center has the nation's second highest rate of sexual contact between prisoners and staff. Also, we continue our series on chronic absenteeism in city schools, preview President Obama's visit to Baltimore, and prepare for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
250+ Bills To Be Signed Into Law, Gambling Helps MD's Horse Racing Industry, and Sequestration's Impact On Defense Department Workers
May 16 2013 - 8:03am
A bill expanding Maryland's gun laws another raising taxes on gasoline are among more than 250 measures set to be signed into law today by Governor Martin O'Malley. With the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, we look at how gambling is benefiting Maryland's horse racing industry. Civilian Defense Department employees at Fort Meade and U.S. Naval Academy are getting ready for furloughs brought on by the federal sequestration cuts. Plus: tuition to increase in the University System of Maryland System, a look at Attorney General Doug Gansler's possible entry in the 2014 Governor's race, and more.
Dwyer Appeals Sentence, Harford County Lawmakers Criticize Gun Bill, and The GOP's 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates
May 15 2013 - 8:13am
Anne Arundel County Delegate Don Dwyer was sentenced to 30 days in jail on a drunken boating charge, but is appealing the sentence. The Harford County Council has passed a resolution critical of the gun legislation set to be signed into law tomorrow. We analyze the crowded field for the 2014 Republican Gubernatorial nomination. Plus: the latest on the corruption case at the Baltimore City Detention Center, higher docking fees at the Inner Harbor, a lower voting age in Takoma Park, Preakness prep, the Ravens' Super Bowl rings, and more.
Baltimore's Local Hiring Mandate, Delegate Dwyer To Plead Guilty, and Trees Reveal The Effects Of Climate Change
May 14 2013 - 8:00am
A bill that would require companies that win large contracts from Baltimore to hire at least 51% of their new employees from within the city has won preliminary approval in the City Council. Delegate Don Dwyer says he'll plead guilty to a charge of boating while under the influence of alcohol when he appears in court today. WYPR's Fraser Smith looks at how trees are revealing the effects of climate change. Plus: a reduction in the female blue crab catch limit in the Chesapeake Bay, higher docking fees proposed for the Inner Harbor, MD's fast-growing gaming market, and Preakness preparations.
May 13 2013 - 8:12am
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.
Republicans Call For Independent Investigation Of Maryland Prisons, Brown (Likely) To Announce Gubernatorial Bid
May 10 2013 - 8:28am
Republicans are calling for an independent investigation of Maryland's prison system; Governor Martin O'Malley vows to "root out corruption" at state corrections facilities. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is expected to formally enter the 2014 Governor's race today. Today is the deadline for bids to run a casino in Prince George's County -- only one has come in so far. Plus: Frederick County property tax rates rise, a nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs shuts down, Maryland State Police hold their Fallen Heroes Ceremony today, and police and the state Attorney General's office hold "Statewide Gun Turn-In Day" on Saturday.
AG Gansler Says Gun Legislation Is Constitutional, More On The Prison Corruption Case, and A Committee Vote On Perez Delayed
May 9 2013 - 8:35am
Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to sign a sweeping gun control measure into law next week, and Attorney General Doug Gansler has issued an opinion saying that it will not be overturned in court. Lawmakers continue to call for answers about alleged corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center. A committee vote on Tom Perez's nomination to be US Labor Secretary is again delayed. Plus: Fraser Smith on Andrés Alonso's legacy, the "Baltimore Spectator" likely to be released from jail today, a potential bidding war for a PG County casino license, Preakness preparations, and more.
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