Thousands protest immigration ban at BWI

Roughly 2,000 people packed BWI Airport’s international terminal Sunday night to protest President Donald Trump’s recent executive order restricting immigration. People came from across the Washington and Baltimore metro areas. There were families with young children, and people of all races and religions. Shakeela Shabbir came to the protest from Ellicott City with her husband…

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Mayor promises ‘welcoming’ city for immigrants

Mayor promises ‘welcoming’ city for immigrants

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake promises that immigrants will continue to be welcome in Charm City, and that the city police will not be actively checking immigration status. The promises are a reaction to President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed immigration policies and could cost Baltimore some of its federal funding. Read and listen to the full story here.

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Western Maryland voters avoid talking about politics

In Western Maryland, politics can be a sensitive subject. Travis Miller lives in La Vale, just outside Cumberland. He works on furnaces and drives a fuel truck. And he didn’t want to say who he plans to vote for in the presidential election. “It’s my personal right to have my personal opinion and my privacy…

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In race for Senate, Szeliga highlights ties to Hogan

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga makes no secret of the fact that she has been endorsed by Gov. Larry Hogan in her bid to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. She calls attention to the endorsement in her first ad since the primary, released last week. “I am proud to have the endorsement of Gov….

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Police launch program to recruit city residents

The Maryland Legislative Black Caucus and the NAACP announced a new legislative agenda last week, following the release of a U.S. Department of Justice report chronicling a system of discrimination in the Baltimore Police Department. Changing police recruitment practices was on the list. “We will mandate and oversee the recruitment of officers by the Baltimore…

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Western Maryland town proposes fracking ban

Maryland’s two-year ban on hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is expected to end in October 2017. But a small town in northern Garrett County wants to keep the drilling technique from ever being used within its borders. The issue is divisive among the town’s roughly 500 residents. “I’d say it’s about 50-50 in the…

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Capitol Gains: South Carolina politicians use office to pad pockets

South Carolina elected officials and candidates have what amounts to a personal ATM that dispensed nearly $100 million since 2009 for such things as car repairs, football tickets, male-enhancement pills, GoPro cameras, overseas junkets and gasoline. A joint investigation by The Center for Public Integrity and The Post and Courier also found state lawmakers and…

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