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WYPR Coronavirus Coverage

  • Baltimore is set to receive more than 650 million federal dollars as part of the American Rescue Plan, and at least one city official says Mayor Scott needs to drain the swamp before he can address any of the city’s needs. And we’ll hear how the pandemic knocked Maryland’s child care industry off its feet and what local, state and federal aid might do to revive it.
  • A multi-million dollar partnership between Maryland and private organizations will help disadvantaged children hit hardest by the pandemic. Baltimore’s Mayor announces a pilot program to divert certain mental health calls away from BPD and to a new crisis unit. Plus, we talk with the young organizers behind this weekend’s Virtual Prom 2021.
  • It’s not quite a meeting at the OK Corral, but a Twitter spat between Maryland’s Governor and Baltimore’s Mayor over the City’s violent crime rate, has led to an upcoming meeting. We’ll hear from Mayor Scott and Governor Hogan. Plus, Baltimore County’s leader has ended speculation about whether or not he’ll run for Governor.
  • The U.S. changes course on its opposition to lifting patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines. A federal judge rules the CDC’s moratorium on evictions overstepped legal bounds, so what does this mean for Maryland renters? The state shores up efforts to get nursing home patients and staff vaccinated. And a hate crime murder in Towson will be remembered at the scene of the crime, more than a century-and-a-half later.
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  • As the U.S. tries to reach herd immunity, and reach the vaccine-hesitant, there’s a shift in strategy, from federal health officials on down to local leaders in Maryland. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is about to get emergency authorization for use in 12-to-15-year-olds. We’ll hear from an expert on the pros and cons, and what it means for the upcoming school year. And Baltimore City council members propose a shift in oversight of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management.
  • Advocates for Baltimore’s homeless help clear an encampment under a city overpass and find temporary housing for those who lived there. Mayor Scott responds to WYPR about getting delinquent homeowners off the upcoming tax sale list before they face foreclosure. And Baltimore’s former health commissioner says the Biden administration blew a big opportunity last week to tout the benefits of getting vaccinated.
  • Mayor Brandon Scott will remove the vast majority of owner-occupied properties from Baltimore City’s tax sale list, after housing advocates demanded a clear-cut plan as the annual event’s May 17 date nears.
  • The outspoken public health advocate says President Biden missed a chance to address Americans' flagging interest in getting COVID shots.
  • Baltimore City’s outdoor mask mandate will be relaxed in line with state guidelines. The Maryland Health Department will restart distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week. Housing advocates have a plea to Mayor Brandon Scott: Stop this year’s tax sale! And state transportation officials look to ease traffic congestion on the Bay Bridge, but the plan is drawing criticism from lawmakers on the shore and beyond.