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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Johnson and Johnson says a batch of its COVID-19 vaccine that was created at a production plant in Baltimore City, failed quality standards and cannot be used. 

The drug company said the mix-up happened at Emergent BioSolutions.

Data: Baltimore domestic violence cases soar during pandemic

Apr 2, 2021
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Police data show domestic violence incidents have soared in Baltimore during the COVID-19 pandemic, with police reporting a case increase of nearly one-third in the city.

Experts told the Baltimore Sun that isolation, cramped living conditions and financial hardships from the pandemic have made it more difficult for survivors to seek protection or leave their abusers.

Maryland Senate passes police accountability measure

Apr 2, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has passed an expansive police accountability measure.

The Senate voted 32-15 for the bill late Thursday night.

Supporters say it's critical legislation to help restore public trust in police, while opponents contended the legislation goes too far and will hurt police recruitment and retention.

The bill now goes back to the House, which already approved an earlier version of the bill, to consider some changes added by the Senate.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Journalist Melody Simmons with the Baltimore Business Journal joins Farajii Muhammad to provide insight on the drastic impacts of COVID-19 on Baltimore businesses and the economy. 

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12.

The announcement Wednesday marks a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before the next school year.

Most COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out worldwide are for adults, who are at higher risk from the coronavirus.

Pfizer’s vaccine is authorized for ages 16 and older. But vaccinating children of all ages will be critical to stopping the pandemic.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — In celebration of Women’s History Month, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Global Campus put together a special program to honor the legacy of Black women suffragists. 

 

Dr. Edwin Johnson, special assistant to the provost at Morgan State University, joins Dr. Kaye to share why this event is so important to Black culture and its connection to an endowed scholarship.  

Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar Returns Sunday, April 4

Apr 1, 2021
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(WEAA) —The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that Opening Day for the 44th season of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar is scheduled for Sunday April 4 from 7 am to 12 pm.

Located underneath the Jones Falls Expressway (JFX) at Holiday and Saratoga Streets, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar will open,rain or shine every Sunday through December 19, 2021.

Can I still spread the coronavirus after I'm vaccinated?

Apr 1, 2021
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NEW YORK (AP) — Experts are still studying how good COVID-19 vaccines are at preventing people from spreading the virus, but say the risk is low.

The current vaccines are highly effective at preventing people from getting seriously sick with COVID-19.

But even if vaccinated people don’t get sick, they might still get infected with the virus without showing any symptoms.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — During Dr. Kaye’s ‘weekly wrap’, she addresses a number of matters impacting the Black community. 

 

One of the topics Dr. Kaye talks about is the allostatic load, the “wear and tear on the body” caused by repeated and prolonged chronic stress, and how it is linked to racial discrimination. 

 

 

Click below to listen to the conversation

Maryland Senate advances sweeping police accountability bill

Apr 1, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has advanced a far-reaching police reform measure that already has cleared the House of Delegates.

Senators debated the bill late Wednesday and into Thursday morning before giving the measure preliminary approval.

The measure drew hours of debate. Opponents contend it goes too far and will prompt police to quit.

One provision that drew criticism would create the potential forfeiture of a police officer's pension for committing perjury or a felony.

Hogan, legislative leaders, outline $3.9B in federal relief

Mar 31, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s $3.9 billion in federal pandemic relief will be used to shore up the state’s unemployment insurance fund, support state recovery efforts, reopen schools and invest in broadband technology.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced a bipartisan budget agreement on Wednesday with the legislative leadership.

The Republican governor said $1.1 billion will be dedicated to stabilizing unemployment insurance tax rates for businesses for calendar years 2022 and 2023.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. Kaye reflects on the trial of Derick Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. 

 

Prosecutors on Monday, said Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, correcting the 8:46 timing that was initially reported. 

 

“We are going to talk about the persistent, stubborn nature of racism. We are going to talk about the path toward redemption….We are going to talk about how there can be no forgiveness without justice…” - Dr. Kaye

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. Kathleen Page, an infectious disease specialist with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Clifford Mitchell, Director of the Environmental Health Bureau with the Maryland Department of Health join Farajii Muhammad to address COVID-19 vaccine concerns, effectiveness and herd immunity.

Man sues Baltimore and BGE over August home gas explosion

Mar 31, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man who was seriously injured in a natural gas explosion in Baltimore has filed a lawsuit against Baltimore Gas & Electric as well as the city.

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the man claims both are responsible for the August explosion that badly burned him and buried him in his basement home.

Attorneys for Terry James claim that BGE knew its gas lines were unsafe and had failed to respond to a meter showing high rates of gas.

BGE spokesman Aaron Koos said the company does not comment on the merits of pending litigation.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — What does race equity and justice look like in this country? 

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial, charged with murder and manslaughter in the May 25 death of George Floyd. 

According to prosecutors, Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, correcting the 8:46 timing that was initially reported. 

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