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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.

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.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has signed into law the so-called “ban the box” bill, requiring most city employers not to ask most job applicants about their criminal histories until extending a conditional job offer.

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Baltimoreans will soon be able to buy insurance for the water and sewer pipes that from the municipal main to their houses. What Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger’s endorsement of Anthony Brown could mean for the governor’s race. Baltimore County officials are expected to pay at least $1.6-million to end a dispute with the police union over health insurance overpayments. Plus: a report card on Harbor health, a sewage spill in Arnold, a Maryland man in space, and more.

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More people live in Baltimore than any other city in our state. But during the summer months, Ocean City is number 2. Year-round, only about 7,000 people live there, but between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Ocean City population explodes to 320,000 or more.

Midday Friday

May 23, 2014
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Following up on interesting stories, people and ideas, from the Baltimore region and throughout Maryland.

Maryland roads will be busy over the next four days, with Memorial Day holiday travel expected to be at its highest level since 2005. The final approval has been given for construction to begin at Baltimore’s Harbor Point. A new report card is out on the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The Edgar Allan Poe House is set to reopen tomorrow. Plus: MD’s cigarette tax, plans for a cybersecurity training center at the Naval Academy, and MD’s US Senators call for the Redskins to change their name. And more.

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Congressman Elijah Cummings will serve on a new House select committee to investigate the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. US Senator Ben Cardin will visit Ukraine this weekend, as part of a delegation that will monitor that country's presidential election. Plus: a report on the Anne Arundel County Executive's race, another "secret audit" of Baltimore's speed camera system, complaints about GOP gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan's use of "Change Maryland" in his campaign, and much more.

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Former President Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial bid. State Attorney General Doug Gansler calls on Brown to answer questions about donations to – and by – his campaign. Montgomery County Delegate Heather Mizeur unveils energy proposals. Plus: a look at the state Attorney General’s race, and the race for Baltimore City State’s Attorney. Also: rockfish regulation, Kirwan announces his retirement, surveillance cameras in Ocean City, and more.

A proposed overhaul of Baltimore’s curfew passed a preliminary vote in the City Council last night. Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates call for further changes to MD’s minimum wage. Plus: “milling and paving” season starts, GPA changes considered in Baltimore schools, and a new study finds Baltimore drivers the 3rd least courteous in the nation – and the most likely to "flip the bird" to other drivers. And more.