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Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition

"If radio were a two-way visual medium," Nathan would see WYPR listeners every weekday between 5am and 3pm. Weekday mornings, Nathan serves up the latest Maryland news and weather (interspersed with the occasional snarky comment).  Nathan also does continuity breaks through the midday, edits Sheilah Kast's "On The Record," infrequently fills in for Tom Hall on "Midday," and does all sorts of fundraising stuff. When not at WYPR, Nathan teaches a class on audio documentary at Towson University, and spends spare time running around Baltimore's streets and hiking around Maryland's natural areas. Before coming to WYPR, Nathan spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington -- working every job from part-time receptionist to on-air host, gaining experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis, and program production. Nathan has also served as a fundraising consultant, and helped dozens of public radio stations nationwide with their on-air fundraisers. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Nathan has called Charm City home since 2005.

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It’s been two weeks since Maryland’s primary election, and yesterday, local election officials formally finished counting all the absentee, provisional, and military ballots. A team from Aberdeen Proving Ground has begun destroying Syria’s chemical weapons. Maryland’s two US Senators were in Baltimore yesterday, to talk about water infrastructure projects. Plus: the corruption investigation at the Baltimore City Detention Center, casino revenues, dog parks, the “Battle of the Beltways,” and more.

WYPR's Nathan Sterner and Jeremy Bauer-Wolf of talk about Sen. David Brinkley's loss to Del. Michael Hough in the primaries, and how that upset teed up a general election race with Democrat Dan Rupli.

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It's a long way from the Chesapeake Bay to Venezuela. More than 2,000 miles. But it's a trip made twice a year by ospreys. They summer in our region, and spend the winter where it's warmer. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is tracking the movement of four of them with the Osprey Tracking Project. 

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The expiration of two laws mean Maryland law enforcement agencies are no longer required to report the activities of SWAT teams or the race of drivers pulled over for traffic stops. Primary election results will be finalized today. A review of MD’s Medicaid rolls. Baltimore’s homicide total for 2014 passes the 100 mark. The Maryland Zoo asks for help in naming a bald eagle. And more.

A lovely 4th of July forecast for Central Maryland… but a wet one on the Eastern Shore, which’ll feel the effects of Hurricane Arthur today. We round up today’s Independence Day schedule changes, with information about the fireworks displays set for this evening. Plus: Brown proposes gubernatorial debate schedule, an APG team readies to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, and MD cab companies sue Uber.

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As Hurricane Arthur moves up the East Coast, Ocean City postpones its Independence Day fireworks display. A flash flood watch is in effect this afternoon and this evening for the listening area. Plus: spending cuts, BGE rates, offshore wind, the planned Red Line, and more.

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What’s now Tropical Storm Arthur is likely to become a hurricane today; the storm’s traveling up the East Coast and its effects could be felt in Ocean City.

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Maryland lawmakers react to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision that allows some for-profit companies not to cover contraceptives in their employee health insurance plans. More than 200 new laws take effect in MD today. The state’s gas tax goes up today, as do water and sewer rates for people served by the Baltimore Department of Public Works. Plus: problems at Baltimore’s 911 call center, a tropical storm could affect Ocean City on Friday, the latest installment of our series “Deconstructing Vacants: Baltimore’s Hope For A Better City,” and more.

Monday Headlines

Jun 30, 2014
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We report on last week’s meeting of the Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety Committee. Plus, the future of spice company McCormick, the Maryland Renaissance Festival’s continued push to move to Lothian, more surveillance cameras in Baltimore County schools, and travel predictions for the Independence Day holiday.

The immediate threat of a four-day strike by unionized service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital is over, following an intervention by Governor Martin O’Malley. The Republican and Democratic gubernatorial nominees host party unity rallies. An opening date is set for the Horseshoe Baltimore casino. Plus: incinerator construction halted, Remington development rekindled, homelessness in Baltimore County, water quality at MD beaches, and more.

Absentee ballots could end up deciding the victors in several Maryland primaries; counting of those ballots starts today. Maryland has been ruled noncompliant with the federal rules that apply to testing special-education students. Congressman Andy Harris pushes to stop a DC law that would decriminalize marijuana possession (but the legal ramifications of Harris’s amendment are unclear). Plus: solar power in Pocomoke city, sidewalk renovations in Thurmont, today’s US/Germany World Cup match, and more.

A look at some of the results from yesterday's primary election.

Primary Election Day

Jun 24, 2014
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Today is primary election day in Maryland. The polls are open through 8pm. You can find the location of your polling place here.

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Maryland voters head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election; the polls will be open tomorrow from 7am to 8pm. We look at turnout during early voting. Plus: O’Malley speaks in Iowa, Harris seeks a new leadership role, the chikungunya virus surfaces in Maryland, news on the Baltimore County library system, and more.

Midday Candidates' Week: Gansler

Jun 20, 2014

Attorney General Doug Gansler is one of three Democrats seeking his party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary. Prior to serving eight years as Maryland’s top legal official, Gansler was the states attorney for Montgomery County. His gubernatorial priorities include streamlining government spending, cutting taxes, and diminishing the achievement-gap in Maryland schools. Guest host Nathan Sterner

Midday Candidates' Week: Craig

Jun 20, 2014

Harford County Executive David Craig has been a Havre de Grace city councilman, its mayor, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, and a state senator. And he’s one of four Republicans vying for his party’s nomination in next week’s gubernatorial primary. Among his top, would-be priorities: An elimination of the state’s personal income tax. He’d also slash government spending. His push: To make the state more economically competitive.

Early voting is over; during the last 8 days, nearly 4.2% of eligible voters cast their ballots. Primary election day itself is Tuesday, June 24. A look at the race for state Attorney General… and the race for the 42nd District State Senate Seat. Plus: a push for progressives, Cristo Rey’s College Acceptance Rate, the MD Renaissance Festival looks like it’ll stay in Crownsville,  and more.

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Thunderstorms last night knocked out power for tens of thousands of homes and businesses in Central MD. Early voting concludes today… and amid predictions of low turnout WYPR’s Fraser Smith urges Marylanders not to relinquish the title of “voter.” Plus: a possible strike at Johns Hopkins Hospital, federal funds to restore Superstorm Sandy-damaged ecosystems, and more.

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Early voting continues. A look at why thousands of Maryland voters have left the major political parties. Federal officials eye another Maryland site as a potential shelter for immigrant children. The acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs visits Baltimore’s VA Medical center. News on the casinos coming to Baltimore and Prince George’s County. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is named as the 5th most fashionable mayor in the world! And more.

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Early voting in Maryland continues. A profile of the three Democrats vying to be Maryland’s next Attorney General. Baltimore’s budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st has been approved. A Code Orange Air Quality Alert is in effect today and tomorrow, with air pollution concentrations considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. And more…

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Early voting continues through Thursday; more than 1½ percent of eligible Maryland voters have already cast their ballots. The Baltimore City Council is poised to pass the city’s $2.49-billion budget for the next fiscal year. Plus: the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s race, “Ms. Miller’s Classroom,” and more.

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Early voting is underway for Maryland’s primary election. The Baltimore Sun endorses Larry Hogan’s bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Tax cut proposals from Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Funding for an expansion of Baltimore head start programs. The price tag of the Charles Village street collapse. Mental health care in Howard County. And much more.

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US Senator Barbara Mikulski is among a number of lawmakers supporting a bill to reform the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. Most of the Maryland gubernatorial candidates are pledging to restore funding for local road maintenance and repairs that had been cut from the state budget by the O’Malley administration. Plus: another poll on the governor’s race, a targeted enforcement of Maryland’s “move over law,” the Red Line, “use of force” investigations in Baltimore, and more.

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Early voting starts this week. The Cove Point project takes another step forward. Baltimore officials stress attendance as summer school nears. The Baltimore City Council approves a plan that would lead to more opportunities for food trucks. Water and sewer line insurance in the city will likely be available by fall. The Federal government considers a vacant office building near Baltimore’s Lexington Market into a shelter for children caught entering the country illegally. And much more.

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With just over two weeks until Maryland’s primary election, a new poll of the governor’s race indicates that the frontrunners in both parties are maintaining sizable leads. A closer look at the poll, plus: requests to change health insurance rates, a class action grievance filed by Baltimore teachers, tourism figures, new statues for the Great Blacks in Wax museum, the Cozy closes, and more.

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US Senator Ben Cardin is urging President Obama to declassify the details of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's prisoner swap as quickly as possible. A look at why GOP gubernatorial hopeful David Craig failed to qualify for public financing. Plus: casino revenue, ringworm at Howard County’s animal shelter, “The New Dundalk,” and more.

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The three top Democratic candidates for governor hold their final broadcast debate this morning. An independent expenditure group launches the latest attack ad in the governor’s race. State Senator Brian Frosh’s bid to be MD’s next Attorney General picks up the endorsement of Governor Martin O’Malley. Baltimore’s property tax rate falls. And more.

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Maryland college campuses are required to revamp their policy for dealing with sexual assault by the end of this year. We look at what the new policy contains. Plus: public financing, Harbor Point, Cove Point, a fence at the War Memorial, and more.

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Today is the last day to register to vote in advance of Maryland’s June 24th primary election; we’ve got links to do so, and to check on your registration status. Plus: yesterday’s gubernatorial debates, changes to Baltimore’s curfew, and more.

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The Baltimore City Council will likely cast a final vote tonight on a bill expanding the city’s curfew.