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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.

Young and Homeless

Jan 21, 2016
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We look at the findings of the first-ever census of homeless youth in Baltimore and across the state. More than eight hundred young people surveyed reported that they were either homeless right now or living in unstable housing conditions. First we're joined by Ryan Shanahan, project manager for two projects aimed at preventing and ending youth homelessness: Youth REACH MD and Thrive at 25. Both are out of The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis Talks Police Reform

Jan 20, 2016
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A lot of focus right now on police reforms: body cameras, a new leadership team for Baltimore police, more of a chance for the public to see the evidence against officers accused of misconduct. Are these reforms enough to build public trust in the police in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death?

  What responsibility do white people have to rectify America’s legacy of slavery? What does the Gospel charge Christians to do to address racial discrimination today? Activist Jim Wallis, author of America's Original Sin says white Christians need to act more Christian than white.

Up front: Andre Robinson, Executive Director of the Mount Royal Community Development Corporation, and MRCDC co-founder Richard May join us to tell us more about 'Innovation Village,' a coalition of city leaders and community activists who aim to bolster the economy in West Baltimore. 

A Look at Black America in 2016

Jan 18, 2016
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  In 1967, six months before his untimely death, Dr. Martin Luther King warned of three evils that would threaten our democracy: Racism, Poverty and Militarism.

What progress have Americans made in the past five decades to thwart these evils? And have two terms with the United State’s first ever black President set us forward or backward?

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What is the right balance among history, art, and 21-century awareness? A Baltimore City task force this week made preliminary recommendations to remove two Confederate monuments. We’ll speak to a Elissa Blount Moorehead, a member of the commission, and Jay Barringer from the Maryland Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans about what should be done about the monuments. 

Plus, this week Maryland was ranked dead last among states in how its consumers manage their credit; Nina Heck from the nonprofit ‘Guidewell Financial Solutions’ shares tips on tackling debt. We’ll also talk about news headlines from the Baltimore Business Journal, how colleges in Maryland are approaching consent and sexual assault on campus and how Baltimore's Creative Alliance and local musicians remember David Bowie.

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The deaths of more than 80,000 blacks, Hispanics and other minority Americans each year are attributed to health disparities. These are inconsistencies between whites and blacks, not only in overall health status, but specifically in the quality of medical care received by African Americans.

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  This morning began Maryland’s 2016 General Assembly session. Tax cuts, paid sick leave, environmental regulation, and police reform are only a few of the hundreds of bills to be heard over the next ninety days. With partisan tensions looming over a budget that make or break the jobs of thousands of Marylanders, this session may well test the mettle of leaders and the patience of citizens.

Maryland Reporter’s Barry Rascovar and Maryland Non Profit CEO Heather Iliff join us for a “State of the State preview,” as we determine where there’s common ground, and which issues will steal the headlines.

State of the Environment: 2016 and Beyond

Jan 12, 2016
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  During his eight years in office, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley gained a reputation for being one of the country’s most progressive state leaders on environmental issues. It’s been one year since Republican Governor Larry Hogan has taken the helm: has he helped Maryland keep its standing as an environmental leader?

In this hour of Midday, the Chesapeake Bay Journal’s Rona Kobell and Tim Wheeler catch us up on the big environmental stories of 2015, and give us a heads up on which policies affecting the Bay will sneak into 2016’s General Assembly starting tomorrow. The highs and lows of environmental news and policies.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals orders a delay in trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, the driver of the police van that transported Freddie Gray. WYPR reporter Kenny Burns has the latest at noon. 

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