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A state commission charged with determining whether Maryland students spend too much time taking standardized tests issued a final report today. Among the recommendations was a suggestion that local jurisdictions examine their own required tests.

VPs, e-mail and trust

Jul 6, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department at Washington College, take up Donald Trump's vice presidential choice, Hillary Clinton's e-mail woes and the matter of trust.

Rice trial begins Thursday

Jul 5, 2016
Baltimore Police

The trial of Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer of the six charged in last year’s death of Freddie Gray, is to begin Thursday morning.  And it will be a bench trial.

Rice, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment, waived his right to a jury trial during a hearing before Circuit Judge Barry Williams Tuesday.

Baltimore celebrates Lor Scoota

Jul 2, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns

Baltimore’s farewell to local rap artist Tyriece Watson took a New Orleans flavor Friday; a somber funeral in the morning at the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Park Heights and an upbeat community repast in the afternoon at Pennsylvania Avenue and McMechen Street.  But instead of jazz, the music was hip-hop.

Watson, known as Lor Scoota, was shot and killed June 25 as he was leaving a peace rally at Morgan State University.  Police continue to look for a suspect in his murder.

The threat of rain was not going to stop anything.

P. Kenneth Burns

After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the center of the podcast "Serial" has won a new trial in Baltimore.

Rachel Baye

Maryland’s prison system is short several hundred correctional officers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union called on the state to fix the problem at a news conference Thursday morning at the Dorsey Run Correctional Facility in Jessup. Union leaders say the shortage endangers correctional officers.

What’s next for prosecutors in Freddie Gray case?

Jun 30, 2016

  Prosecutors will continue to seek a conviction in last year’s death of Freddie Gray when the trial of Lt. Brian Rice begins Tuesday with a motions hearing.

But after three trials, they have yet to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any of the officers tried so far were criminally responsible for Gray’s death.

The Baltimore Police Department has updated its use of force policy to mandate officers to immediately render aid if someone in custody complains of an injury a year after an arrestee suffered a critical spinal injury in a police van but was initially denied medical treatment.

Lor Scoota to be celebrated through three days of healing

Jun 29, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns

The family and friends of slain local rap artist Tyriece “Lor Scoota” Watson announced Wednesday plans to celebrate his life and artistry over the next three days.

Minister Marvin McKenstry said the circumstances of Scoota’s death have overshadowed his legacy.

Rachel Baye

The Maryland Department of the Environment is in the process of drafting new regulations that would govern hydraulic fracturing, a drilling process better known as fracking, in western Maryland. Monday night, the agency held a public meeting in Baltimore to discuss the proposed new rules. WYPR's Rachel Baye joined Nathan Sterner to talk about the debate over the issue.

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