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P. Kenneth Burns


Kenneth Burns is WYPR's Metro Reporter; covering issues that affect Baltimore City, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

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

The Prince George's County native has been a journalist since high school. He was a teen editor with Children's Express, later becoming news editor with Young D.C., a newspaper written by high school students. He started his professional career during his first year in college at WTOP in Washington, D.C. Other career stops includes the Radio America Network and Salem Communications as a producer. He also was a news contributor to WGMD in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Kenneth earned his associate's degree from Anne Arundel Community College and his bachelor's degree in political science from Towson University. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Online News Association.

You can keep up with his "notebook" at pkbnews.wordpress.com and follow him on twitter @PKBNews.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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.

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

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.

Since the beginning of October, taxi and limo services in Baltimore City have been required to add an extra fee on fares they charge.