150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln
1:10 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Tracking Lincoln’s Assassin

The President's Box at Ford's Theater in Washington, restored to its appearance in April 1865
Joel McCord

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:05 pm

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, died at 7:22 a.m. April 15th, 150 years ago. That much is certain. But trying to piece together the story of his murder and the escape of assassin John Wilkes Booth is something like that college stunt where someone runs into a classroom, fires a cap pistol and runs out and the professor asks what happened. 

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3:24 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Baltimore County Council Gets Proposed Budget From Kamenetz

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 2:54 pm

  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz plans no property or income tax increases to support the $1.9 billion budget he delivered to the county council Tuesday.

Appearing in a packed council chamber, Kamenetz said taxes would not go up under his proposed budget, and all county employees would get at least a three percent pay raise. Teachers would get an additional two percent pay hike.

There also is money in the budget for five new elementary schools and for renovating four high schools.

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10:37 am
Tue April 14, 2015

'Age Of Aquarius' in Annapolis Ends In Party Line Budget Vote

Confetti and balloons drop at the end of the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session.

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 11:09 am

  Maryland’s General Assembly went out of business for another year on Monday, ending a session that many hoped would signal the dawn of a new bipartisan era in a party line budget settlement.  GovLarry Hogan praised the legislature for its bipartisan work, but said he probably wouldn’t spend money Democrats set aside for public education, state worker pay and Medicaid and other safety net programs.

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1:28 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Budget Battle Brews In Annapolis As Time Ticks Down

House Speaker Mike Busch talks to reporters about his budget standoff with Gov. Larry Hogan.

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 10:46 am

A budget showdown has been simmering in Annapolis, and with just a few days left before the end of the session, tensions are peaking. House Speaker Mike Busch and Gov. Larry Hogan had tough words for each other Thursday as the two leaders insist on preserving their priorities in the budget.

Busch drew a line in the sand, saying he won’t move forward on the governor’s budget priorities until he gets some assurances on priorities that House lawmakers have expressed.

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Sports At Large
1:07 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Sports At Large: Will Our Birds Be Singing This Summer?

Orioles celebrate after they clinch AL East title September 16, 2014

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 1:52 pm

Ah, the first week of April in Baltimore, a time when the senses are stirred anew by the smell of freshly mown grass on the Camden Yards diamond and the sound of bat hitting ball, along with the sight of piles of nervously bitten fingernails.

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1:05 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Maryland Politicians Spar Over Indiana Law

Gov. Larry Hogan

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:19 pm

Indiana is drawing fire over a religious freedom law that critics say protects people who want to discriminate based on religious principles, particularly against gays and lesbians. Sparks flew in Annapolis on Wednesday over how Maryland should respond.

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1:40 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Federal Budget Fight Reveals Differences Between Would-Be Mikulski Successors

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 4:03 pm

Usually, you think the budget brawls in Washington pit Republicans against Democrats. And that’s true. But this year they also highlight the differences between two Maryland Democrats aiming to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.

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1:36 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Hogan Charter Bill Moves Forward After Major Overhaul

Gov. Larry Hogan, center, reads with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, right, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at Empowerment Academy charter school in Baltimore.

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:32 pm

After days of re-drafting and deliberation, a Senate committee moved forward Tuesday on Gov. Larry Hogan’s charter school reform legislation. But it did so after major re-working. In the end, all but one senator on the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee approved a charter reform bill that looked very little like Hogan’s proposal.

“Nobody’s going to be completely happy,” said Chairman Joan Carter Conway. “I haven’t been happy since the day I saw this bill.”

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Sports At Large
1:43 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Sports At Large: Does Diamond Stone Add Too Much Bling To UMD's Roster?

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 1:16 pm

By this time next week, the 2014-15 college basketball season will be but a memory. And with the Maryland men’s advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010, that memory is a pleasant one. But, over the weekend, the Terps and coach Mark Turgeon got news that could make next season tip way past pleasant all the way to delirious.

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1:14 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Annapolis Wrap: Health Exchange Audit, Budget And Phosphorous Rules

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:34 pm

There are just more than two weeks until the end of the legislative session in Annapolis. News Director Joel McCord talked to WYPR’s Christopher Connelly about some of the big items in the state house this week. 

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