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Lining up already?

14 hours ago

It may seem early, but Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, assess the potential candidates in the 2018 Baltimore County Executive race.

Vice Presidential Debate Fact Check

Sep 29, 2016

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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P. Kenneth Burns

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake charged Wednesday that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby caved in to political pressure in the Freddie Gray case and failed to do a thorough investigation before charging six police officers.

“You can't bow to political pressure and charge when you're not ready,” the mayor said. “You got to stand up, be in the big role and say to the people if you need time to investigate."

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, head of the Goucher Poll, talk about how Gov. Larry Hogan's non endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has left him in good standing in Maryland. 

State and federal programs have poured billions of dollars into some of the nation’s worst schools since 2009 in hopes of making improvements. But once those schools show progress, the money disappears, and they risk sliding backward.

Commodore John Rodgers Elementary and Middle School in East Baltimore is one of those schools. After drastically improving test scores, school climate, enrollment and absenteeism, it is no longer eligible for turn around funding.

More than half of Maryland’s students who took standardized tests last spring failed them, according to the state Department of Education.

The department released scores on the 2016 Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests Tuesday which showed overall, modest gains throughout the state. The percentage of students passing the English test was essentially flat, but the percentage of African American and Hispanic students passing showed a small positive gain.

Rachel Baye

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga makes no secret of the fact that she has been endorsed by Gov. Larry Hogan in her bid to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Rachel Baye

A poll released Monday by Goucher College found that Marylanders are increasingly divided over whether the state should ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

The state’s moratorium on the practice is set to end in October 2017, when the Department of the Environment plans to begin issuing drilling licenses.

Style Curated

Jewelry maker, sculptor and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce J. Scott joins Midday host Tom Hall to discuss the award. Scott's handmade works range from elaborate neckpieces, to two-and three-dimensional figurative sculptures and installations. Much of her work focuses on the violence brought about by racism and sexism. 

Scott has won numerous awards for her work and many of her pieces are featured in prominent museums across the country including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington opening this weekend.

A Baltimore native, Scott shares how growing up and living in the city has shaped her work and why she says "leaving her neighborhood would be running away from herself."

East side progress

Sep 23, 2016

Fraser Smith and Melody Simmons, of the Baltimore Business Journal, talk about new housing development and sales near Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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