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Rachel Baye

A state House committee is considering a bill gradually raising Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in the next five years. Local leaders, business owners and labor union representatives came to express their support for the bill.

BBT Is Buying SunTrust Banks (BBJ Story)

Feb 8, 2019
The Baltimore Business Journal

BB&T Corp. is buying SunTrust Banks Inc., a $66 billion merger that will create the nation’s sixth-largest bank. 

Rachel Baye

Maryland elected officials are fighting over who should decide academic calendars for public schools.

Gov. Larry Hogan in 2016 signed an executive order requiring schools to start after Labor Day and end by June 15. He is now trying to write that change into the state code, while the Senate gave initial approval on Thursday to a bill reversing Hogan’s order.

John Lee

Baltimore County is looking under every sofa cushion for money to help close a projected $80 million budget shortfall next year.


That’s led Republican State Senator Chris West to propose that the state allow the county to charge developers impact fees.



Oriole Great Frank Robinson Dies at 83

Feb 7, 2019
The Associated Press

Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame.


Rachel Baye

For a second year, Gov. Larry Hogan has proposed the creation of an inspector general within the state Department of Education to investigate reports of fraud and abuse in public schools.

At a hearing before a Senate committee Wednesday, Democratic committee members questioned whether the move would accomplish anything.

The Baltimore Business Journal

Scaffolding around the Enoch Pratt Central Library came down recently, a sign that the $115 million renovation of the building is nearly complete. 

Daniel Carl Torsch Foundation

Dan Torsch’s older brother John remembers. It was about 17 years ago. 


“I can trace his addiction back to one 100 milligram morphine pill,” Torsch said.


They were teenagers, partying in Ocean City. Drinking, smoking weed, snorting cocaine. John offered his brother the morphine pill. The next morning John said he woke up with a hangover. 


“All I wanted to do was lay on the beach, maybe smoke a joint and eat some food,” Torsch said. “What do you think the very first thing Dan asked me when he woke up? ‘You got any more of those pills?’”

John Lee

Hundreds of Baltimore County teachers and their supporters rallied Tuesday night to push the school board to ask County Executive Johnny Olszewski to find the money for teacher pay raises.


They also want smaller classrooms and schools that are not in disrepair. WYPR’s John Lee was there and talked about what happened with Morning Edition host Nathan Sterner.



The Baltimore Business Journal

A convention for black engineers is making its return to Baltimore after more than a decade away. 

The Baltimore Business Journal

That new McCormick & Co. Inc. seasoning you buy for your summer cookout may have been created by a computer. 

Timothy Vollmer/flickr

Audio coming soon. 

Ever since Al bought a pasta making machine, he loves trotting it out every now and then and whipping up a few yards of fresh pasta. Good enough. But when he compared his little strips of fettuccine with some of the complicated shapes he sees at the store, he got the feeling that he could be doing better. In this episode of Radio Kitchen, Chef Jerry Pellegrino, a great fan of home-made pasta, tells us how we all can have more fun with it.

AP Photo/Patrick Sison

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski is considering appointing an Opioid Czar to be the point person as the county grapples with the second-highest rate of fatal opioid overdoses in Maryland. This comes as the county is being criticized for not doing enough to address a problem Olszewski says is ravaging parts of the county.



On the docket for this week in the Maryland General Assembly: bills about increasing the number of early voting centers, expanding food stamp eligibility, penalties for online harassment of minors, raising the minimum wage, and more. Here's a partial listing of committee hearings and other items of interest for Feb. 4--8, 2019.

Vision Technologies Seeks New HQ (BBJ Story)

Feb 1, 2019
The Baltimore Business Journal

Vision Technologies Inc., a local IT company with revenue over $120 million, is looking for a new headquarters after a deal to move to Hanover fell apart. 

The Baltimore Business Journal

The partners behind a popular Washington, D.C.-based cannabis brand are now working to build up a new cultivation facility in Hagerstown.

As Nazi power spread in the 1930’s and Jews in Europe struggled to escape, many countries closed their borders to Jewish refugees. An exception was the international city of Shanghai, China, which required no visa. Thousands of Jews made their way across continents to shelter in Shanghai. Marvin Pinkert, director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, explains how the early welcome the refugees received … withers after Japan, a Nazi ally, occupies Shanghai. And we meet Jack Jacob, a Pikesville resident who was born in Shanghai--and is now a world ping-pong champion.

The Baltimore Business Journal

With speculation of a possible presidential run continuing to mount, Gov. Larry Hogan again preached bipartisanship during his fifth "State of the State" address. 

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

In the first State of the State address after winning reelection, Gov. Larry Hogan highlighted several of his priorities for the legislative session, including tax cuts and tougher sentences for violent crimes. His agenda was met with both praise and criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to deliver his annual State of the State address on Wednesday, highlighting some of his priorities for the General Assembly’s current legislative session. On Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the legislature announced their major priorities.

Hogan Promising Tax Cut In Speech (BBJ Story)

Jan 29, 2019
The Baltimore Business Journal

Gov. Larry Hogan promised a "major tax cut" when he delivers the first "State of the State" address of his second term on Wednesday. 

Rachel Baye

Now that the federal government has reopened, state lawmakers have turned their attention toward protecting Maryland residents from the economic effects of the next shutdown, and they warn that the next shutdown could be just around the corner.

The state’s Joint Committee on Federal Relations met Monday to consider the various impacts of any federal shutdown — the 35-day one that just passed, or the one that could come when the current federal funding agreement expires in three weeks.

The Baltimore Business Journal

XPO Logistics Inc. plans to close its warehouse at the Perryman Logistics Center in Aberdeen in March less than three years after it opened. 

Mary Rose Madden

As the partial federal government shutdown grinds into its second month, food banks have been cropping up to help federal workers—and contractors--who just missed their second paycheck.

The Maryland Food Bank, for example, has been setting up “Pantries on the Go” throughout the region to help, like the one this week in a parking lot just off Interstate 95 in Arbutus. There, workers set up tables covered with cans of soup, baskets of produce, and boxes of granola bars.

John Lee

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski is telling his department heads not to expect any more money in the next fiscal year than they got this year. That’s because the county has a projected $81 million shortfall this coming year.


Meanwhile, constituents are giving the county executive a long list of things they say they need.



Rachel Baye

Audio coming soon.   

The Maryland Transit Administration is offering federal workers who are working without pay free rides on MARC trains, MTA commuter buses, and Baltimore buses, subways and light rail, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday.

The state will also be collecting canned food to support area food banks.

Rachel Baye

Audio coming soon.   

The leaders of five Baltimore-area jurisdictions said Wednesday that the ongoing federal government shutdown is straining local resources, including food assistance programs. At a press conference in Annapolis, they urged Congress and President Donald Trump to end the shutdown immediately.

John Lee

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski last night appeared before the school board to give them a sobering presentation on the county budget. And part of his message to the board was that it will be years before three new high schools can be built in Baltimore County.


WYPR’s John Lee was there and spoke with Morning Edition host Nathan Sterner about what happened.



Economic Outlook For Maryland (BBJ Story)

Jan 22, 2019
The Baltimore Business Journal

An economist had a stark warning for Maryland lawmakers: Expect a recession in mid-2020. Moody's Analytics economist Dan White told members of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee that because the federal government accounts for a large part of Maryland's economy, the state is in better position than most others to withstand the impact of a recession. 

A Shark that Smells Blood, Episode 5

Jan 21, 2019

A community organizer who was deceived by Kahan speaks out; meanwhile, Kahan's influence among the power players in the city starts to wane.

Season 1, Episode 5.