3-Week Funding Bill Gives One Maryland County’s Federal Workers Little Reason For Optimism

Howard County, Md., is home to roughly 50,000 federal employees and government contractors. County officials estimate the government shutdown affected at least 10 percent of the people who live there. And the three-week funding agreement that Washington, D.C., political leaders reached yesterday gives many of those federal workers little reason for optimism. This story aired…

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Jealous Campaign Gets Help From Overseas

In his quest for the Democratic nomination for governor, Ben Jealous raised more than $2 million. Nearly half of his roughly 20,000 donors had addresses in California, Maryland or New York. But several dozen donors listed addresses outside the United States. Read the full story.

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Baltimore House Members Take On Incumbent Senators

Thirty-five-year-old Cory McCray checked his list of registered Democratic voters before climbing each set of porch steps and knocking on each door in a Northeast Baltimore neighborhood on a recent afternoon. “I’m Cory McCray, your state delegate,” he told a resident who answered her door. “I’m in a very contentious race, so when you go…

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A state lawmaker’s fight to keep 9-1-1 from failing

  Since the first 9-1-1 call was made 50 years ago, not much has changed about how Maryland’s 9-1-1 system functions. As a result, there are times when 9-1-1 doesn’t work. That’s what happened to Carl Henn on July 25, 2010. The 48-year-old was having a picnic with some friends at a park near his…

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State lawmakers seek to give tampons to prisoners

Female inmates at the state prison in Jessup, Maryland — the state’s only women’s prison — say getting feminine hygiene products, like pads and tampons, while they’re incarcerated can be challenging, sometimes even impossible. “On the first of the month, when they’re supposed to get the supplies, they will go through and in every cell…

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General Assembly prepares for a contentious 90 days

  The opening day of the General Assembly session is always filled with platitudes about bipartisanship and displays of camaraderie. Along these lines, Gov. Larry Hogan urged cooperation in his opening remarks to legislators on Wednesday, the first day of the 2018 legislative session. “Over the next 90 days, our goal is going to be…

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Maryland poor get little help on childcare

    Thirty-seven-year-old Tara Herbert entered a classroom at the Little Flowers Early Childhood and Development Center in West Baltimore, where she’s a teacher. Five one-year-olds sat around a small table while a movie played nearby. Another teacher was spoon feeding one of the toddlers. “Yeah, they all sleepy. It’s almost their lunch time,” Herbert…

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When addiction treatment means decades on Methadone

Odell Jones describes himself as a “working addict.” For decades, he maintained a career in social work and politics, as well as a family — four children and a wife — while using and selling heroin. ”An individual would not know that I was a drug user, or a drug dealer, for that matter, unless…

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