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Maryland lawmakers approve package of police reform measures

Apr 8, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A comprehensive package of police reform measures has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

The Maryland Senate gave final passage Wednesday to a bill repealing police job protections long cited as a barricade to accountability.

Lawmakers also approved a new statewide use-of-force policy, limits on no-knock warrants and an expansion of public access to records in police disciplinary cases. Police would be required to use body cameras statewide by 2026.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Dr. Kaye weighs in on Jim Crow and Georgia’s new election law, George Floyd’s death and police brutality as well as rising homicide numbers within Black communities. 

Baltimore-area attorney Kobie Flowers joins Dr. Kaye to provide insight on the latest developments in Derek Chauvin’s trial. 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott joins Farajii Muhammad to discuss the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine mixup, the recent removal of Captain John O’Donnell’s statute in Canton Square and a host of other issues affecting Baltimore communities. 

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new Utah law will require biological fathers pay half of a woman’s out-of-pocket pregnancy costs.

The bill’s sponsor has presented the measure as an effort to decrease the burden of pregnancy on women and increase responsibility for men who have children.

Critics argue the legislation doesn’t do enough to adequately address maternal health care needs and could make abusive situations even more dangerous.

Maryland House OKs more access to police misconduct records

Apr 7, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to expand public access to records relating to police misconduct cases and to limit the use of no-knock police warrants.

The 88-46 vote on Tuesday to pass the measure that originated in the Senate marked a step forward as the two chambers are working on finalizing an extensive package of police reform in the last week of the legislative session.

The Senate would still have to sign off on some changes made by the House.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Many people are publicly sharing information about whether or not they have received the coronavirus vaccine. But is this appropriate considering the political aspects of the vaccine ? 


For those who are choosing not to get vaccinated, is this putting us at odds with one another? Will it become detrimental?

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Maryland casinos set record $169M revenue during March

Apr 6, 2021
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland casinos set record revenues last month. The Maryland Lottery reported Monday that the state's six casinos raised $169.2 million in the month of March.

The record amount resulted from the lifting of capacity restrictions. The total represents an increase of about $5.9 million, compared to March of 2019, the previous record.

The state’s 50% capacity restriction for casinos was lifted on March 12, with two exceptions.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Georgia’s voting law is facing backlash from a number of corporations, including Major League Baseball, Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola. 

On Tuesday, MLB announced they are moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to the voting restrictions that Governor Brian Kemp signed into law March 25.


Dr. Kaye weighs in on voter suppression and “using the power of our dollar to change this country”. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Students and graduates of a public arts high school in Baltimore are speaking out against sexual harassment, bullying and assault. 

Alarming stories posted on an Instagram account, allege the school's administration dismissed and overlooked their complaints of abuse. 


Dr. Kaye speaks with the junior high school student who created the Instagram account as a platform for others to share their stories in hopes of finally having their voices heard. 

Baltimore removes statue of slaveowner near its waterfront

Apr 6, 2021
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BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore has removed a statue of an Irish-born slave-owning merchant from a square in the waterfront neighborhood he founded in 1786.

The statue of Capt. John O’Donnell was removed from his namesake park in Canton Monday night. 

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said he's committed to addressing many more symbols that reflect a legacy of racism. 

Authorities: Navy medic shoots 2, is shot and killed on base

Apr 6, 2021

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a Navy medic shot two people at a Maryland business park before fleeing to the Fort Detrick military base, where he was shot and killed.


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Another Baltimore-area restaurant is closing its doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. 


The board of Ida B’s Table announced the closure in a Facebook post on Monday: 


Respected Ida B’s Table Guests and Affiliates,

Man rams car into 2 Capitol police; 1 officer, driver killed

Apr 5, 2021
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol Police officer has been killed after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife.

The suspect died at a hospital. Police identified the slain officer as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.

Authorities said the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism. The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress was on recess.

Feds: $1 million worth of cocaine pulled off cargo ship

Apr 5, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Federal authorities say that more than $1 million worth of cocaine has been hauled of a cargo ship that was anchored in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the seizure was made Wednesday during a freighter inspection.

The agency said that agents uncovered 44 pounds of the drug in an area where the ship’s anchor is stored.

The nearly 1,000-foot vessel is named the M/V Samjohn Solidarity. Federal officials say that no arrests were made, but the investigation continues.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Reverend Dr. Reginald Thomas Sr. of Greater Gethsemane Missionary in Baltimore joins Dre, host of The Kickback, to discuss how his church plans to safely celebrate Easter Sunday and what his congregation can expect going forward.