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Maryland Transit Opportunities Coalition

State and local elected officials from the Baltimore and Washington metro areas are calling for a transit network that would connect their respective regions. The policy makers joined activists at a press conference Tuesday morning in front of Baltimore’s Penn Station, gearing up for a political fight that could last through the spring's General Assembly session.

The transit system the group envisions would build off MARC and the D.C. Metrorail. It would extend from Martinsburg, West Virginia to the west, to Waldorf, Maryland, to the south, all the way up Elkton, on Maryland’s Delaware line.

John Lee

Oysters are nature’s filtration machines, and there used to be enough of them in the Chesapeake Bay to filter and clean all that water in three days. Now, there are so few oysters it takes more than a year.

So, environmentalists are trying to rebuild the population by growing oysters. And one of the so-called oyster gardens is in an unlikely place-- Baltimore’s polluted inner harbor. It’s part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Baltimore Initiative.

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Repealing Obamacare has become a litmus test for many Republicans seeking federal office. But Republican Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga said Friday she wouldn’t vote to repeal the federal healthcare law.

Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, talk about the changes in Clinton v Trump polling since the presidential nominees debated in September at Hofstra University.

P. Kenneth Burns

Those who live in Baltimore’s suburbs have at least two options for cable television and high speed internet; Comcast and Verizon.  But for city residents, Comcast is the only game in town for cable television.  And they’re pretty much the only option for extremely fast internet as well.

Jason Hardebeck, Baltimore’s broadband coordinator, says it all “comes down to infrastructure.”

John Lee

Republican Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga said Tuesday that her top priority if she is elected would be to fix management problems at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The delegate from Baltimore County made the comments while speaking with WYPR’s Tom Hall on Midday.

Without the she crab, there'd be no he crab

Oct 3, 2016
Pamela D'Angelo

The Atlantic blue crab, Chesapeake Bay’s signature crustacean, has been through tough times in the last 20 years. Some recent improvement has been credited to restrictions on harvesting females. Yet Virginia still allows the harvest of egg-bearing females, something Maryland banned back in 1917. The reasons why seem to be wrapped up in economics.

Lining up already?

Sep 30, 2016

It may seem early, but Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, assess the potential candidates in the 2018 Baltimore County Executive race.

P. Kenneth Burns

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake charged Wednesday that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby caved in to political pressure in the Freddie Gray case and failed to do a thorough investigation before charging six police officers.

“You can't bow to political pressure and charge when you're not ready,” the mayor said. “You got to stand up, be in the big role and say to the people if you need time to investigate."

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, head of the Goucher Poll, talk about how Gov. Larry Hogan's non endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has left him in good standing in Maryland. 

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