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O'Malley Stir Septic Debate In State-Of-The-State Address
Governor Martin O'Malley dropped a surprise on Maryland lawmakers in his state of the state speech yesterday; a wide ranging ban on septic systems. WYPR's Joel McCord reports from Annapolis.
A Local Homeowner's Tortured Path To Home Mortgage Modification
A record 2.9 million properties nationwide were the target of a foreclosure filing last year, and a million were repossessed, according to RealtyTrac. As homeowners struggled to hang on, the federal government stepped in with its Home Affordable...
O'Malley Inaugurated In Annapolis
Martin O'Malley took the oath of office for his second term as Maryland's governor yesterday. WYPR's Joel McCord was there and has this report.
O'Malley Takes Oath For Second Term As Governor
Earlier today in Annapolis, Martin O'Malley took the oath of office today to begin his second term as Maryland's governor. WYPR's Joel McCord was there for the ceremonies and joins our Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith to discuss the pomp and...
Kittleman Resigns As State Senate Minority Leader
Howard County Republican Allan Kittleman surprised his State Senate colleagues this morning by announcing his resignation as minority leader, yielding to concerns of fellow Republicans over his civil unions bill. WYPR's Joel McCord reports.
General Assembly Opens On A Conciliatory Note
Maryland's General Assembly returned to Annapolis yesterday, a day of pomp and ceremony. WYPR's Joel McCord reports.
Police Look For Leads In Annapolis Packages
Two state buildings one less than a block from the State House were shut down Thursday when packages in their mail rooms spit flames at workers who opened them. WYPR's Joel McCord joins senior news analyst Fraser Smith with this report.
Mikulski Sets Senate Longevity Mark
Today , Senator Barbara Mikulski becomes the longest serving female Senator in American history. Manuel Quinones of the Capitol News Connection has more for WYPR from Capitol Hill.
Advocates Push For Alcohol Tax Before General Assembly
The very thought of raising a tax sends shivers up the spines of elected officials. But a coalition of advocates says they are close to having the votes to increase Maryland's alcohol taxes for the first time in more than a generation. WYPR's Joel...
Good News, Bad News In Bay Report
After years of depressing reports, the Chesapeake Bay appears to be staging a comeback of sorts. WYPR's Joel McCord reports.
Former Studens Call For Reforming City Schools
Six local college students, frustrated by the curriculum in Baltimore City Public Schools, have created their own education proposal. And the self-proclaimed progressive think tank is calling on city leaders and legislators to endorse their radical...
"Big's" Helping Hand Saves "Little" Brother
Sometimes, programs like Big Brothers and Big Sisters succeed beyond their own hopes. And now, with the merger of that well-known program with the Mentoring Partnership of Maryland, more successes are predicted. WYPR's Fraser Smith reports.
City Bail Bonds Operator Pleads To Federal Fraud Charges
The man city prosecutors say controlled the largest share of the local bail bonds industry will serve more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to three federal counts connecting with running his bail bonds business. WYPR's Sunni Khalid...
Suit Clouds Future Of New State Office Building Complex
A group of downtown Baltimore property owners filed suit in the Circuit Court today seeking to block development of a new state office complex. The suit charges the state of Maryland with failing to follow its own procurement laws.. WYPR's Joel McCord...
State Budget Looks A Little Rosier
Maryland's budget woes looked a little brighter yesterday after the state Board of Revenue Estimates issued its latest predictions; but only a little. WYPR's Joel McCord reports.
City Shaken By Recent Deadly Fires
In the last week, Baltimoreans have witnessed a series of fires that have ravaged city neighborhoods. This week, a family of six died as their East Baltimore home went up in flames. WYPR's Mary Rose Madden spoke with Baltimore City Fire Department...
Only Funding Is Missing From Watershed Restoration Plan
Maryland officials unveiled last week an ambitious plan to rejuvenate the state's Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. But the more environmental advocates and others look at the plan, they more they wonder where the money will come from. WYPR's Joel...
Unions, Conservationists Call For Offshore Wind Farms
A coalition of environmental groups and labor unions joined the push yesterday to speed up wind energy projects off Maryland's coast, releasing a report extolling the virtues of offshore wind and calling for state officials to pick up the pace of...
Waterman Support New Oyster Initiative
When the administration of Governor Martin O'Malley first proposed radical changes in efforts to restore Maryland's decimated oyster population, angry watermen charged it was a threat to their very existence. Two years later, it appears that the tide...
Poverty Rate Hits Home To Local Families
New figures recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that about 44 million Americans were living in poverty in 2009 - the highest percentage in 51 years - yet another reflection of the nation's tough economic times. Some Baltimore residents,...
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