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WYPR News
12:05 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Task: Find Ways To Fight Heroin

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:25 pm

National health agencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration and others have reported an increase in heroin addiction throughout the nation. And they say it’s fueled by people looking for something to replace the high of prescription pain pills that are more difficult to get because they are closely monitored by a health department prescription registry. Heroin, the professionals say, is now stronger, cheaper and more easily available than before.

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WYPR News
12:59 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

A Stat-like Solution For Rats

Baltimore City Public Works Director Rudy Chow said a new program targeting rats will include a new system to predict where the vermin are traveling and adjust where rat catchers are needed based on 311 calls.

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:00 pm

Baltimore City officials announced they will nearly double the size of their rat-eradication team in hopes of ridding the city of the vermin.

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General Assembly
9:36 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Will New Lawmakers Make Annapolis More Partisan?

Maryland House of Delegates

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:41 pm

When the Maryland General Assembly starts its session in January, it will be dealing with a new governor from a different party and about a third of its members will be freshmen.  Between a Republican governor and a host of more left-leaning Democrats coming in, the next four years bear the signs of a more partisan landscape in Annapolis.

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Inside Maryland Politics
8:46 am
Wed November 19, 2014

What Hogan May Have Signaled When He Hired Bobby Neall

Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) in July.

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:00 am

Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) has assembled a transition team and one prominent member is former State Sen. and Anne Arundel County Executive Bobby Neall.  WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what this decision says about how Hogan might lead in Annapolis.

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Baltimore City
10:22 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Police Body Cameras, Bag Ban Face Final Votes And Vetoes

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is promising to veto two bills expected to pass the city council; requiring police officers to wear body cameras and banning plastic bags. City Council President Jack Young is a co-sponsor on the camera bill and led the change on a bill that would originally charge a nickel per plastic bag.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:55 am

  A final vote is expected to take place on whether Baltimore City Police officers will be required to wear body cameras at Monday’s city council meeting.  The bill, which is expected to pass, is also under a veto threat by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who called the proposal rushed and not thought out. 

The mayor is also threatening to veto a bill that would ban plastic bags.  The bill originally proposed as a plastic bag fee in April was changed to a ban at last week’s council meeting.

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Empty Desks
10:21 am
Mon November 17, 2014

One-of-a-Kind Daycare Center In Baltimore Helps Teen Parents

The main room of the daycare center for student parents at the Benjamin Franklin High School can accommodate 24 babies and toddlers.
Gwendolyn Glenn WYPR

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 5:29 pm

There are nearly 1,000 babies born to teenagers in Baltimore each year, according to the Kids Count Data Center. And that has led to a lot of students missing more than 20 days of school each year, making them chronically absent.

So officials at Benjamin Franklin High school came up with a way to help teen parents balance school work and child care. They opened the city’s first all-day childcare center within a school.

The center was three years in the making. Principal Chris Battaglia spearheaded a campaign to raise nearly half a million dollars from the city school system, the state department of education, the city health department, the United Way and other donors to renovate unused space in the building. The day care center opened its doors Oct. 30.

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Elections
8:35 am
Fri November 14, 2014

The Unique Political Position Of Peter Franchot

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D).

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:58 pm

Despite a strong Republican showing in last week's election, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot easily won his bid to retain his seat. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about Franchot's unique place in the state Democratic party.

WYPR News
11:32 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Smith: Death Of George King Another Reminder To Demand Accountability

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 5:52 am

A disturbed and obstreperous hospital patient was physically restrained and then hit with an electronic stun gun repeatedly. The patient, George King, fell into a coma. A week later, he died.

“Natural causes,” according to the state medical examiner. And the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office says the police were not responsible.

For an old police reporter, the report was reminiscent of the arrestee who falls getting in or out of the police wagon. Used to happen all the time – as a way to explain bruises accumulated on the way to the station house.

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Sports At Large
11:11 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Will UMD's Cole Field House Have A Second Life?

Cole Field House

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:17 pm

Signs of intelligent life are starting to emerge from College Park. First, there was the August announcement that the school would guarantee scholarships to student-athletes until graduation, regardless of how they perform on the playing field. Then, there was the decision of the Board of Regents of the University System that coaches’ bonuses would be tied to the academic performances of their teams. Now comes word that one of the great and historic buildings in all of college athletics may get a second life.

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Inside Maryland Politics
1:38 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

How Much Money Is The City Spending To Patrol Baltimore's Privately-Owned Casino?

Baltimore City Hall

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 1:36 pm

How many police are working to protect a casino with dismally low attendance numbers? And is one too many?  How much is this costing Baltimore's taxpayers? Fraser Smith talks to Mark Reutter who reports the story in The Baltimore Brew

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