Gov. Hogan last week established a 10-member task force to examine the state’s heroin crisis. We explore that problem from several angles including the personal toll as well as law enforcement, legislative and treatment aspects.
Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford to lead the administration's efforts to fight heroin overdose deaths in Maryland.
Barbara Mikulski, Maryland’s senior Democratic senator, announced her retirement this morning in Baltimore. Mikulski, a social worker and community activist, first went to Congress in the 1970s; she was elected to the Senate in 1987 and became the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress in 2012. In this hour of Midday, more on the Mikulski announcement from WYPR’s senior news analyst Fraser Smith and from Washington College political scientist Melissa Deckman. What does her announcement mean for Maryland Democrats, including former Gov. Martin O’Malley, who aspire to higher office?
Maryland is one of the only states in the county that permits a governor to reject or veto a parole commission’s recommendations. We take another look at parole reform in this hour with Tessa Hill-Aston, president of Baltimore’s NAACP, and Walter Lomax, of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative (MRJI), who served 39 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. Here is a link to the report, "Still Blocking the Exit," written by the ACLU of Maryland and the MRJI.
In "Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite," journalist Suki Kim provides a chilling account of everyday life inside the hermetic North Korean regime. In 2011, Kim spent six months teaching at a North Korean university. Her last day at the school was the same day former dictator Kim Jong-Il died.