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The Daily Dose

An evening roundup of WYPR's latest reporting on Maryland's COVID-19 response, a summary of essential state and local updates, and a forum for locals who want to share stories about everyday life in the era of Coronavirus. Let your voice be heard on the podcast! Leave a voicemail with your thoughts, questions, and insights about life in the Coronavirus era at 410-235-6060.

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  • The Maryland General Assembly wraps up its annual session tonight at midnight in what’s been an historic session. We take a look at its major legislative accomplishments, including a final bill to reform the parole process over Republican objections. Plus: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott gives an update on the city’s ongoing vaccination efforts.
  • A new bill lowers the age of consent for Maryland minors to access mental health treatment. Governor Hogan creates a working group to combat hate crimes against Asian Americans. And, she’s got giant eyelashes, purple eyes and a big mouth. We’ll take you to the site of Baltimore’s newest trash wheel designed to clean garbage from the Gwynns Falls.
  • After a long contentious debate, the Maryland General Assembly passed a landmark police reform bill Wednesday. Governor Larry Hogan hasn’t committed to signing the bill, but had a sharp rebuke for it this morning. Maryland senators have inched the state closer to legalized sports betting. The University of Maryland Medical System aims to tackle racial disparities in health care with its first chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. And we’ll hear from a leader at the Justice Policy Institute, about the toll this pandemic has had on Maryland prisons.
  • Baltimore City’s newly released 3.2 billion dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year reflects the financial toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken. The University of Maryland Medical System’s first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer says he will prioritize reconnecting with Baltimore’s communities of color. And Dr. Leana Wen spells out what vaccinated and unvaccinated people can and cannot do safely.
  • Maryland is opening vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older, weeks earlier than anticipated. The Maryland State Fairgrounds will become a mass vaccination site. Baltimore County is expanding services to help residents experiencing a mental health crisis. A bill limiting no-knock warrants is moving through the Maryland General Assembly. Meanwhile, a controversial bill that would provide Baltimore renters alternatives to security deposits, awaits the mayor’s signature. And the director of the state health department’s call center for vaccines talks about pre-registration and how to secure your first dose.
  • All Maryland adults are now eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. With infection numbers up in Baltimore, city officials urge residents to stay cautious over the holiday weekend. And advocates for Baltimore renters say a bill being considered by the City Council will only help landlords.
  • Maryland will get billions of federal dollars to help residents hit hard by the pandemic, and there’s bipartisan agreement on how to spend it. National polls show Republicans are less likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but some Baltimore County republican lawmakers scoff at a few of the theories swirling about. And the Maryland General Assembly considers bills that would change the way those sentenced to long prison terms are treated.
  • The state’s Acting Secretary of Health, Dennis Schrader, moves a step closer to becoming the head of the Maryland’s Health Department. And new training for Baltimore City officials aims to change how trauma is addressed and healed.
  • The top headlines of the day, plus reporter Sarah Y Kim takes us on a tour through the mass vaccination site at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.
  • All Baltimore City residents over the age of 16 are now encouraged to pre-register for a Covid-19 vaccine. We'll hear from an OBGYN encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated. Baltimore County contemplates summer school to combat learning loss created by remote learning. Plus, could funding from the American Rescue Plan provide an opportunity to re-envision the country’s educational system?