Friday News Round-Up: Felon Voting Rights; Aid to Syria; BBJ | WYPR

Friday News Round-Up: Felon Voting Rights; Aid to Syria; BBJ

Jan 22, 2016

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Should felons on probation or parole have the right to vote? Democrats in the House of Delegates voted to override a veto of a bill that would give them that right, but the Senate has postponed its vote until early February. Delegate Brett Wilson, who represents District 2B in Washington County, voted to sustain the veto. We talk with him, as well as Perry Hopkins, a community organizer and ex-felon who works for Communities United. He hopes to vote for the first time this year.

Also, the worst humanitarian crisis in the world right now: millions of Syrians have fled their home or been displaced within their country. Mark Ohanian of International Orthodox Christian Charities, based in Baltimore, just returned from Damascus. He’ll tell us how Syrians are coping with the harsh winter. Then, news headlines from the Baltimore Business Journal and tips for keeping your pets safe in the snow.