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Baltimore County’s eight-member state senate delegation met today in what’s called the Red Room at the State House. And they heard from county residents who were seeing red over the influence developers have in the county. The residents were there to back legislation that would ban the county executive and council members from taking money from developers.

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Maryland’s General Assembly returns to Annapolis Wednesday, and Baltimore County lawmakers are arriving with a wish list.

Any legislator you talk to will tell you numero uno for Baltimore County in this session is money for schools. Same goes for County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. He plans to have all county schools air conditioned in a couple of years and wants more state money to help with that.

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about the upcoming review of Baltimore County's charter and what that could mean for county residents.

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Michelle Eubank and Wayne Warble were making the rounds one recent Sunday, taking care of the dozens, if not hundreds, of feral cats that inhabit the old Bethlehem Steel property at Sparrows Point.

They poured food and water into dishes and placed them at four sites with names that harken back to the old days, when Sparrows Point was home to the largest steel mill in the world.

Rumble over roads in Baltimore County

Nov 1, 2016
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Getting roads fixed is a bread and butter job for a county councilman. But one Baltimore County Councilman says he is being kept in the dark about road projects in his district by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s administration.

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Just in time for Halloween, the ghost of the Red Line appeared as Baltimore County officials gave the state their wish list of transportation projects.

This comes as state transportation officials boast of a record number of road construction projects under way throughout Maryland, even if they do cause traffic jams.

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If you go around asking people who they plan to vote for, for president this year, you will find many are passionate about their choices. And that choice often has a lot to do with not liking the other candidate.

Take Liz Freedman, who lives in Reisterstown and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton.

"I could never vote for Donald Trump," Freedman said. "He is a misogynist."

Then there is Ed Aldridge, who lives in Essex.

"Trump all the way," he said. "Hillary will run the country into the ground."

    

As expected, the Baltimore County Council voted Monday night to phase out the county's storm water management fee. WYPR's John Lee was there and joined Morning Edition host Matt Tacka to talk about how the county will go about getting rid of the fee.

The Baltimore County Council is expected to vote tonight to phase out the county’s storm water management fee by July 2017. But the repeal of the so-called “rain tax” is proving to be a politically bumpy ride.

“Rain Tax” Going Away in Baltimore County

Oct 24, 2015

The Baltimore County Council plans to repeal the county’s storm water management fee. All seven members of the Council said Monday they are united to phase out the so-called rain tax over the next two years.

  The Baltimore County Council has put off for at least two weeks a vote on whether to make developers in Towson pay more money if their projects don’t provide enough open space. The move came during Monday’s council meeting. 

Kopp Weighs In On AC Issue

Oct 8, 2015

For three weeks, Comptroller Peter Franchot has been criticizing Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for not air conditioning all the county’s schools fast enough. It wasn’t a question of money, Franchot said, but of leadership.

Last month, Governor Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot summoned Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to appear before the Board of Public Works Wednesday. They want to question him about why some Baltimore County schools don’t have air conditioning.

But Kamenetz won’t be making the trip to Annapolis.

Kamenetz instead has a “Coffee With Kevin” meeting with constituents at the Essex Senior Center.

There was a protest at last night's Baltimore County Council meeting. About 40 people turned out to express their disapproval with plans to change the shifts at the County's 911 center. WYPR's John Lee was there, and tells Nathan Sterner what the protest was all about.

Fixing Feral Felines in Baltimore County

Sep 29, 2015

On a recent morning, Karen Stettes and Joyce Mason were prowling a Dundalk neighborhood, searching for feral cats. 

Baltimore County Crime Down

Aug 27, 2015

Baltimore County’s violent crime rate dropped by a little more than six percent last year, even though the population increased.

County police released crime stats Wednesday showing there were 25 murders in 2014, matching the annual average over the previous five years. But the number of rapes went down by nearly 30 percent and aggravated assaults dropped by more than 11 percent.

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