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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. Michael Zollicoffer,  a pediatric medicine specialist joins Dr. Kaye to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and to clear up confusion and concerns circulating about the different types of vaccines available. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison joins Farajii Muhammad to discuss several challenges and achievements within the police department as well as within Baltimore City communities. 

Maryland governor signs $577M HBCU settlement bill

Mar 24, 2021

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a measure to settle a long-running federal lawsuit related to underfunding at the state's four historically Black colleges and universities for $577 million over a decade.

Hogan signed the bill Wednesday with lawmakers at Bowie State University. Hogan vetoed a similar bill last year after citing economic difficulties created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore City Recreation and Parks announced select recreation centers and facilities will reopen in April under Phase 1 of their reopening plan. 

Officials say, 26 of 49 recreation centers will reopen on April 5 with limited in-person programs, weight room access, gymnasiums and computer labs. 

Rec-goers must register online before each visit. Onsite registration will only be available if a center or facility decides to fill last minute cancellations. 


Novavax trials highlight Maryland’s COVID-fighting complex

Mar 23, 2021

When Novavax Inc. received $1.6 billion last year from the federal government to speed up testing and production of a coronavirus vaccine, some observers were incredulous.

The small biotechnology firm, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was largely unknown and had never successfully brought a product to market.

But now that the company nears completion of its Phase 3 trials for its COVID-19 vaccine, which was found to be nearly 90% effective during clinical testing in the United Kingdom, it is grabbing headlines around the world.

Maryland is moving into new vaccine eligibility phase

Mar 23, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is moving into a new phase of eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Residents 60 years old and older are eligible as the state opens Phase 2A on Tuesday.

States are expecting to see a significant increase in vaccine supply.

On Monday, Acting Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader said the state could get between 300,000 and 400,000 doses a week by next week or the week after.

State lawmakers raised concerns with the health secretary about older residents who have been eligible for the vaccine, but have yet to get it.

Hogan enhances police visibility to protect Asian businesses

Mar 23, 2021

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has directed authorities to increase the visibility of police patrols to protect Asian businesses and communities.

The governor said Monday that the enhanced visibility will be done in coordination with police chiefs and sheriffs across the state in response to rising anti-Asian violence and discrimination.

Hogan made the announcement at an event in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Vaccination Site Opens at The University of Maryland, Baltimore

Mar 22, 2021
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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now open at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.


The clinic is located inside of the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center.


The clinic’s hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m, Wednesday through Saturday.


It is open to local residents along with eligible faculty, staff, and students from UMB.


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Author Albert Phillips, Jr. joins Farajii Muhammad to discuss his new book and the imperative of getting young Black teens into the job market.


  Y'all Hiring?: The Black Teen’s Guide to Navigating Employment is a culturally-relevant resource that speaks to the reality of Black youth seeking to obtain, maintain and exit a job. 

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are relaxing social distancing recommendations for schools, now saying students can sit as close as 3 feet to each other in classrooms.

The new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, announced Friday, signal the agency’s turn away from the 6-foot distancing recommendation that had forced some schools to remove desks, stagger scheduling and take other steps to keep kids apart.

Farajii Muhammad and callers weigh in on the updated guidance for schools. 

Click below to hear the discussion. 

Filmmaker tells virtual classroom, ‘what multimedia journalism can do for you’

Mar 22, 2021
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On Friday, March 19, Emmy nominee and award-winning filmmaker Kiyoka “Kex” Rhodes spoke to students of Morgan State’s School of Global Journalism and Communications. Rhodes shared her journey within the journalism and communications field and how others can do it too.

Group of independent pharmacies joins Maryland vaccine push

Mar 19, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says that a group of independently-owned pharmacies headquartered in Maryland have joined the state’s vaccine distribution network.

His office said in a statement that the network is known as EPIC Pharmacies.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore City Schools is reporting 13 positive COVID-19 results following pooled testing on staff and students. 


City school officials released a statement on Monday in regard to the test results, " As part of our safety protocols to prevent COVID spread, City Schools proactively conducts weekly asymptomatic pooled testing on staff and students that informs us if there is an individual in a learning pod that is positive.

Ravens lineman arrested in Virginia for property destruction

Mar 18, 2021

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman has been arrested in Northern Virginia after police say he tried to break into parked cars.

Arlington County Police say Broderick Washington of Baltimore was charged with destruction of property, both as a felony and a misdemeanor, and tampering with a vehicle.

Online court records show he is free on bail and will be arraigned March 31.

A police report issued on Monday says officers were called to an apartment complex off Interstate 395 Sunday at 4:20 a.m.