P. Kenneth Burns

Kenneth Burns is a reporter for WYPR covering Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Prior to joining WYPR, Kenneth worked at WBAL and WNAV in Annapolis.

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Baltimore Casino
9:52 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Last Roll Before Opening

Charles LeBoy, assistant director for gaming for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, shares what regulators look for while inspecting a mechanical slot machine. Behind the video overlay are the machines mechanical reels.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 7:55 am

More than 2,000 invited guests took a chance on games at the new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore this week, ahead of the official opening scheduled for Tuesday.  It’s called a “controlled demonstration” to make sure everything is in order.

The demonstration is the last hurdle Caesar’s Entertainment – the Horseshoe’s owner – must clear before regulators award an operating license. If inspectors are satisfied, Caesar’s gets its license.

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WYPR News
10:55 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Election 2014: Who Is Russell Neverdon?

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 5:32 am

Election 2014: Who Is Russell Neverdon?

Though the primary is over, the race is still on for Baltimore City State's Attorney. WYPR's Joel McCord and P. Kenneth Burns talk about the background and platform of an independent candidate, local defense attorney Russell Neverdon.

WYPR News
10:03 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Better Waverly Remembers McKenzie

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake with Anthony Lipford and Nina Epps, the parents of three-year-old McKenzie Elliot who was killed by a stray bullet last Friday in the 3600 block of Old York Road.

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 9:25 am

Residents in a North Baltimore neighborhood had planned to celebrate their collaboration with police Tuesday during National Night Out. But that changed last Friday when three-year-old McKenzie Elliott was shot and killed by a stray bullet.

What was to have been a celebration in Better Waverly became a vigil for McKenzie. 

“We wanted to give tribute to the baby,” said Sonja Merchant-Jones, president of the Better Waverly Community Association.

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Metro Baltimore
11:35 am
Wed July 30, 2014

State Commissioners Raise Taxi Standards, But Not Fares

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:58 pm

The Maryland Public Service Commission has decided to keep taxicab rates the same in Baltimore City and county, but at the same time require cab drivers to install new meters that take electronic payments.

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WYPR News
1:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

City and County Pick It Up; Litter That Is

A series of trash booms on the Back River, underneath the Baltimore Beltway in Essex, guides trash from Herring Run to the shore line where crews collect it.
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Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:20 pm

Baltimore City and County are fighting a common enemy these days: trash.  Both are finding ways to keep their foe out of the streams and rivers that flow through the two jurisdictions and into the Chesapeake Bay.

In the county, a series of booms guide those potato chip bags and fast food wrappers that wash into the Back River from Herring Run to the shoreline off Diamond Point Road in Essex. The booms, installed four years ago, are one piece of the anti-trash strategy.

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WYPR News
9:06 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Order To Henson Made Clear: Your Campaign Only

Julius Henson leaving the Mitchell Courthouse after a judge vacated his ruling that Henson violated the terms of his probation.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 9:10 am

Political consultant Julius Henson’s quest for public office can continue, a Baltimore judge ruled Friday. But Henson can’t work on anyone else’s campaign; at least until next June.

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WYPR News
9:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Candidates Make Municipal Leaders Happy; They Promise Money

WYPR's Shielah Kast moderating forum with six of the candidates for Governor.

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 9:33 am


Six of the candidates from both parties running for governor repeated their usual positions on jobs, the economy and health care during a forum at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual convention in Ocean City. And then they all said something that all of them agreed on.

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WYPR News
4:25 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Anthony Hamilton Join the Movement at Artscape 2014

Members of the Daydreams Nightmares Aerial Theatre demonstrating their flying dance moves above Charles and Lanvale Streets after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the highlights for Artscape 2014

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 1:15 pm

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, along with Ozomatli, Galactic and Anthony Hamilton will be among the musicians to perform at the 33rd annual Artscape in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday.

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WYPR News
11:01 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Who’s A Better Republican?

State Delegate Steve Schuh (top) speaking to Severna Park resident Paul English as he campaigns for Anne Arundel County Executive. Schuh faces Laura Neuman in the Republican primary. Neuman was selected by the County Council over Schuh to finish the term of John Leopold, in the Republican Primary in February 2013.

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 8:43 am

Policy wise, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and State Delegate Steve Schuh agree on most everything: cutting taxes and county fees, hiring more police officers and building new schools.

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WYPR News
11:46 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Bernstein And Mosby Agree on Repeat Offenders, And Not Much Else

Marilyn Mosby and Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein agree on how to get bad guys off the streets of Baltimore but not much beyond that. Mosby is challenging Bernstein for his job.

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:48 pm

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein and his challenger in the Democratic primary, Marilyn Mosby, agree that targeting violent repeat offenders, or VROs, will take bad guys off the streets of Baltimore. But that’s about the only thing they agree on.

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