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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9:42 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Kamenetz Eyes Future Of School Buildings

Members of the Baltimore County Council examining highlights of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz' 2015 budget proposal. Kamenetz announced a decade long overhaul of school buildings; many of which are at least 40 years old.

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 9:41 am

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled Wednesday a $1.1 billion school building program to accommodate increased enrollment of more than 9,000 students.

The plan, announced as part of his State of the County/Budget Message, would renovate and expand some schools and replace others over the next 10 years.

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1:49 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Making the Brown Track Green

This view from the train is among the first glimpses of Baltimore travelers see as they come to the city.
P. Kenneth Burns/WYPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 3:03 pm

The first impression train travelers from the north get of Baltimore isn’t a very good one.

And that makes potential investors leery of the city.

The train rolls past older, active neighborhoods at first. But once past Frank Bocek Park, the scenery changes to block after block of crumbling, vacant houses, right in the shadow of Johns Hopkins Hospital’s famous.  Some roofs have caved in and windows are broken.  Sometimes walls have crumbled away entirely, leaving the interior of the houses visible.

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12:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

City Hall Notebook: Final Vote on ‘Ban The Box’ Pushed To April

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 8:48 am

The Baltimore City Council put off a final vote on a bill that would prevent criminal background checks until after job interviews at the request of Councilman Nick Mosby, the bill’s sponsor.

The vote on the “Ban the Box” bill was expected at Monday’s meeting, but probably won’t come until the April 7 meeting.

Mosby said he hopes the delay will allow a fair chance for people to talk about the bill and how to provide jobs to those convicted of a crime that have been shut out of the job market for a long time.

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3:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

City Council Preview

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:23 am

A preview of tonight's meeting of the Baltimore City Council.

The Baltimore City Council is set to give permanent power to the committee that’s examining the city’s troubled red light and speed camera system, at tonight’s meeting.

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1:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Baltimore County Bans ecoATM

One of two ecoATM machines in Baltimore County at Security Square Mall in Woodlawn. It is expected to be out of operation by next month due to a ban passed by the Baltimore County Council Tuesday.

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:21 pm

The Baltimore County Council unanimously approved Tuesday a ban on those mall kiosks that pay cash for used cell phones, called automated purchasing machines, or APMs. The ban is expected to take effect in April.

EcoATM, the only company in the country in the APM business, said the action placed politics ahead of public safety.

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1:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Cleanup Budgets Snowed Under

Many jurisdictions are running low on salt. Baltimore City said they were receiving calls for help because they had ordered enough in advance of storm that hit the area Valentine's Day weekend. Mayor Spokesman Kevin Harris said they did not have to assist with salt as of yet.

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 4:26 pm

Snow budgets from the state to local governments have been busted at least twice over this season.

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5:07 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Judge Rules Henson Violated Probation

Russell Neverdon (right) said former campaign consultant Julius Henson was happy about the outcome of a Thursday court hearing but added that an appeal was ahead.

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:57 pm

A Baltimore Circuit Court Judge ruled Thursday that former political consultant Julius Henson has violated his probation by filing to run for state Senate and sentenced him to four months in prison.

But Judge Emanuel Brown stayed the sentence pending appeal and gave Henson 30 days to file that appeal.

Brown said he was “baffled” by Henson’s interpretation of the probation order, which said Henson “shall not work in any political campaign paid/volunteer during probation.”

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12:58 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Taking It To The Streets: Mayor Talks Crime

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, discussing enforcement zones as part of an overall strategy to fight violent crime in the city.

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 5:03 pm

A day after devoting most of her State of the City address to Baltimore’s crime problems, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took to the streets to highlight one of her crime fighting strategies, enforcement zones.

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11:16 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Annapolis Tackles ecoATMs

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 6:06 am

Annapolis Tackles ecoATMs

Three lawmakers from Baltimore City are pushing bills in the General Assembly this year to regulate Automated Purchasing Machines, or APMs. 

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4:06 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

A Tale of Two City Police Departments

When a plan to overhaul the operation of the Baltimore Police Department was released in November, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake packed the ceremonial room at city hall with community members and the heads of several city agencies. The mayor wanted to show unified support for the strategic plan.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 6:53 am

A Tale of Two City Police Departments

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts’ strategy of bringing in a consultant to develop a plan to overhaul the department is nothing new.  He did the same thing at his last command in Oakland, Calif.

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