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The Daily Dose: Maryland Confronts COVID-19
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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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  • We’ve got lots of news to catch you up on our Thanksgiving eve episode! Governor Hogan once again calls out Baltimore in his tough on crime measure. Our Baltimore City reporter has a round up of coverage on the city state’s attorney’s clap-back to the Governor’s criticism of Baltimore’s violent crime rate...Mayor Scott’s plan for a jobs training program for the City’s squeegee kids... and U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg on his second visit to Charm City. Our Baltimore County reporter got the lowdown on just how much last year’s ransomware attack cost BCPS, and a local councilwoman is under fire for not living in the district she represents. All that along with some tips from experts for keeping us safe and sane through another holiday amidst a pandemic.
  • In Maryland, addressing the school bus driver shortage is being hampered by a licensing process for even the most experienced drivers. And Friday’s CDC decision cleared the way for all fully vaccinated adults to get a COVID-19 booster shot. We’ll hear from the Chief Medical Officer of Walgreens about the availability of boosters.
  • CDC advisers approved Moderna and Pfizer boosters for all adults today. Baltimore County volunteer fire companies, which have been hit hard during the pandemic, will not see a dime of ARPA money. And the Baltimore faith community tries to heal in the wake of a year of 300 homicides, including the recent death of church worker Evelyn Player.
  • The State Board of Education got an earful from parents at a hearing yesterday as they near a decision to lift or keep in place the statewide mask mandate in schools. Baltimore’s mayor announces how $55 million will be allocated in the next round of ARPA funds spending. And we have more from our City Hall reporter on a package of bills that may bring back Baltimore’s dollar housing program.
  • Johnny Olszewski proposes Baltimore County’s first public campaign financing system to equal the playing field...but some opponents are already crying foul. Baltimore City Council’s president has a bill to bring back the dollar housing program. And as we near the end of another year under the pandemic, the so-called ‘new normal’ has taken a tremendous toll on families of school aged children and teachers. We'll hear from a local teacher about why so many have left the profession and why she’s staying.
  • The child care industry across the state is suffering financially, and the COVID-19 pandemic is only partly to blame. The debate over how to redraw Baltimore County Council maps to represent racial equity is an unsolved conundrum. And President Biden paid a second visit to Baltimore, this time drumming up enthusiasm for his recently passed trillion dollar infrastructure package.
  • President Biden tours the Port of Baltimore. And counties scramble to fill school-bus-driver shortages.
  • President Biden says he’s visiting Baltimore to tout his $1 trillion infrastructure package, which is expected to give Maryland as much as $6 billion. The future of telemedicine services, made more accessible by expiring laws, is uncertain. And Baltimore food bloggers are trying to help local restaurants and bars survive the pandemic.
  • The Baltimore City Health Department has announced locations for COVID-19 vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman will use ARPA dollars to ease the county’s school bus driver shortage. In Baltimore City, the pressure is on for leaders to lower water bills for low-income residents. Plus, if you’re a Baltimore County resident, you might be seeing a little more green in your neighborhood.
  • 5 to 11 year olds are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. We have the latest from the state health department, Baltimore City and surrounding counties on vaccine rollout... plus a conversation with a pediatrician about the vaccine for children. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski shares his plans for spending $160 million in ARPA funds. Meanwhile in Baltimore City, Mayor Brandon Scott’s administration is now required to give monthly reports on federal relief spending. And the latest on what the Maryland Food Bank is doing to fight food insecurity.