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Maryland lawmakers OK bill to compensate wrongly imprisoned

Mar 31, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have approved legislation to change how the state compensates people who have been wrongly imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit.

The House of Delegates gave the measure final approval Tuesday, sending the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The measure sets a standard process for compensation.

The bill repeals current state law that leaves payments to the discretion of the Maryland Board of Public Works.

FEMA to open vaccination center in Prince George's County

Mar 30, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to open a community vaccination center in Prince George’s County.

Maryland officials announced Tuesday the center will open at the Greenbelt Metro Station on April 7, with its daily schedule to be announced.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration says as more vaccine doses become available, the center’s capacity is expected to be up to 3,000 shots per day.

This will be the first federally-operated site in Maryland. It will use direct vaccine allocations from the federal government.

Maryland enters new COVID-19 vaccination eligibility phase

Mar 30, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is entering the next phase of the state's COVID-19 vaccination eligibility.

Maryland enters Phase 2B on Tuesday to enable Marylanders age 16 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

Acting Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader told a panel of state lawmakers on Monday that the state will continue to prioritize vaccinating people 65 and older.

Separately, a Senate committee voted Monday to send Schrader's nomination to be the permanent secretary to the full Senate for a vote.

Biden nominates two Maryland women to become federal judges

Mar 30, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to nominate two women to the federal bench in Maryland.

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the White House has nominated Deborah Boardman and Lydia Griggsby to become U.S. District Court judges.

Boardman is a magistrate judge. Griggsby is on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Griggsby is a Baltimore native and former chief counsel for Sen. Patrick Leahy.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Following a new report, “Green For All: Integrating Air Quality and Environmental Justice into the Clean Energy Transition", Farajii Muhammad holds a discussion on the impact decarbonization has on Black and Brown communities. 

The study’s authors, Bridget Diana, a doctoral candidate in economics and Michael Ash, a professor of economics and public policy join Farajii to address environmental racism and actions needed to save communities of color.  

Ravens adding wide receiver Sammy Watkins in 1-year deal

Mar 29, 2021
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who won a Super Bowl with Kansas City, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

Watkins must pass a physical exam before signing. Entering his eighth NFL season, Watkins has been a solid target for Buffalo (2014-16), the Los Angeles Rams (2017) and the Chiefs (2018-20).

He was the fourth overall selection in the 2014 draft by the Bills, who traded him to the Rams in 2017.

Watkins joined the Chiefs in 2018 as a free agent.

J-CHAT with Rick Reese, former ABC News editor

Mar 29, 2021

(School of Global Journalism and Communication) Rick Reese is an adjunct professor at Bowie State University. On Friday, March 26, he was a guest speaker on J-Chat. He worked for ABC News as a producer and editor. In the virtual meeting, he talked about news and his professional experiences being a journalist.  

2 men, 1 woman charged in $1.5M 'grandparent fraud' scheme

Mar 29, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two Florida men and a Baltimore woman have been indicted on charges they engaged in a scheme to defraud at least 70 elderly people out of more than $1.5 million.

Federal prosecutors in Maryland said the three defendants duped their victims into believing that a grandchild or other relative needed money for bail, legal fees or other expenses.

An indictment unsealed on Friday charged Medard Ulysse, 37, of Miami; Eghosasere Avboraye-Igbinedion, 26, of Miramar, Florida; and Amaya English, 21, of Baltimore; with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Dr. Kaye weighs in on Equal Pay Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap, and how she feels it does not include all women.

“It is only Equal Pay Day for white women and to call it all women when you actually mean white women, is racist… It is no longer acceptable to say women and to assume that all women are included in that definition, because we’re not.” 

Maryland extends health insurance enrollment period

Mar 26, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland is extending the state’s health insurance special enrollment period until the middle of August.

Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange announced Friday that uninsured state residents will have the chance to enroll in health coverage until Aug. 15.

Orioles add Matt Harvey to major league roster

Mar 26, 2021

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Harvey is back in the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore County officials hold COVID-19 memorial ceremony

Mar 26, 2021
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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore County officials held a ceremony on Thursday to recognize the one year anniversary of the first resident in the county who lost their life to COVID-19.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises joins Farajii Muhammad to provide the latest information on the reopening process and adjustments being made as more student return to classrooms. 

To listen to the first hour of the show, click here. 

Maryland Senate votes for $50B plan to balance state budget

Mar 25, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has approved a plan to balance the state's budget in the next fiscal year, with enormous support from the federal government to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $50 billion budget plan was passed unanimously Thursday. The House already has passed legislation.

The two chambers will work on reconciling some differences before the Legislature's scheduled adjournment on April 12.

It provides nearly $1.3 billion to respond to the pandemic.

It also leaves about $1.8 billion in reserves for the future.

Eagles sign veteran quarterback Joe Flacco

Mar 25, 2021
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The Philadelphia Eagles have signed veteran quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta, made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday.