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Baltimore launches pilot program to cut down on illegal dumping

Apr 13, 2021
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(BALTIMORE, MD) - On Monday April, 12, Mayor Brandon Scott and the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) announced a pilot program consisting of a community cleanup in partnership with the Coldstream Homestead Montebello (CHM) Community Corporation. The pilot program will help increase the cleaning services of DPW by hiring community residents to clean up their neighborhood. 

 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Is it time to abolish the police?

 

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man was stopped by Minnesota police on Sunday for —according to a police chief— having an expired registration on the vehicle. During the encounter, Daunte was shot and killed. 

Maryland session ends after focus on pandemic aid, policing

Apr 13, 2021

The Maryland General Assembly has adjourned its 90-day session that focused largely on COVID-19 recovery, expansive police reforms and longstanding economic and health disparities worsened by the pandemic.

With top-priority legislation on economic relief and police reform already passed earlier in the session, lawmakers approved a measure to implement sports betting.

Maryland voters approved sports betting in November with 67% support. Sports wagering could begin as soon as the fall.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby joins Farajii Muhammad to address the federal investigation into his family and the council’s ongoing efforts to battle COVID-19, including the passage of legislation to assist renters. 

 

Baltimore City Council recently passed a bill that offers alternatives for renters struggling to pay security deposits. 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Following the death of hip hop legend DMX, Farajii Muhammad reflects on the rapper’s life and his impact on the music industry and Black culture. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — April is Confederate History Month in many Southern states. Confederate History Month was established to recognize and honor the history of the Confederate States of America.

Cicadas will soon invade the state of Maryland

Apr 12, 2021

Brood X, a new generation of cicadas, will begin to show up in Maryland in the next few weeks,  after a 17-year-long hiatus.

These periodical cicadas  — cicadas that emerge every 17 years — are only found along the eastern half of the United States, according to experts.

Experts say the red-eyed, “straw-nosed” bug will begin to show up as early as late April, will fully emerge by the beginning of May and last until June.

A glance at bills passed by the Maryland General Assembly

Apr 12, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have reached the last day of their annual 90-day session with priority legislation on pandemic relief and police reform already approved.

Gov. Larry Hogan and lawmakers were quick to enact more than $1 billion in pandemic relief early in the session.

The Democrat-controlled General Assembly also overrode the Republican governor's vetoes on three bills containing key parts of sweeping police reform legislation.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — What do you want the internet to know about you?

Farajii Muhammad talks with Stephanie Humphrey, a tech lifestyle expert and author who shares her knowledge on what not to do to build your brand online and the impact certain digital activities can have on your future.

Click below to hear about "digital footprints". 

  For the first hour of the show, click here. 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — The bill pushing for local control of the Baltimore City Police Department, was unanimously approved by State senators on Wednesday under the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021. 

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Cory McCray and Del. Melissa Wells, is now headed to Governor Larry Hogan's desk. 

It will be the first time since 1860, that Baltimore City will have control of the Baltimore City Police Department. 

 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Maryland health officials are reporting 1,840 new coronavirus cases within 24 hours, the most daily cases in months. 

 

Data shows 14 deaths have been added bringing the state’s COVID-related death toll to 8,238. 

 

Currently, 1,249 people are hospitalized due to the virus. An increase of 33 patients since Thursday morning. 

Hogan vetoes bill prohibiting juvenile life sentences

Apr 9, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure that would prevent juveniles charged as adults from being sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Hogan also announced a veto Thursday night of a bill that would expand the state's prevailing wage law on public work project contracts.

Both of the measures passed in the Maryland General Assembly with enough votes to override the vetoes.

Senate President Bill Ferguson says he's confident both vetoes will be overridden by Monday's scheduled adjournment of the 90-day legislative session.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Rapper DMX remains on life support after suffering from a drug overdose that triggered a heart attack.

Farajii Muhammad and callers share their experiences with facing end-of-life decisions and the importance of having the dire conversation regarding life-sustaining measures and difficult family dynamics. 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby joins Farajii Muhammad to discuss how she is using her power to challenge the status quo, being under investigation and how her office is redefining public safety. 

 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — During Dr. Kaye’s ‘weekly wrap’ she addresses a number of topics and provides listeners with the opportunity to call in and discuss whatever is on their mind. 

 

During the discussion Dr. Kaye weighs in on: 

 

  • Hubert Davis facing backlash for his comments during a news conference. Davis spoke on the significance of being the first Black head coach in University of North Carolina history and how he is “very proud” his wife is white.

“It’s significant that I’m African American and I’m the head coach here. It’s significant…I know that in terms of Division 1 head coaches all around the country, only 26 percent of the head coaches are compromised by minorities, specifically African-Americans… I know that it is significant that I’m fourth African-American head coach in any sport in the history of North Carolina. I’m very proud to be African American. But I’m also very proud that my wife is white, and I’m very proud that my three beautiful, unbelievable kids are a combination of both of us,” Davis said.

 

  • Vaccine passports, documentation that proves you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, sparking debate and division. 

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