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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore City's COVID-19 mandates will remain in place despite Governor Larry Hogan's order easing several restrictions, including capacity limits on businesses. 

Earlier this week, Governor Hogan announced several COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted throughout Maryland starting at 5 p.m. Friday, March 12. 

Citing public health indicators, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott issued an executive order that maintains the city’s current public health mandates.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Governor Larry Hogan is lifting several COVID-19 restrictions, including capacity limits on businesses, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday. 

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott weighs in on the state's reopening plan. 

Maryland House passes extensive police reform measure

Mar 12, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates approved an extensive police reform measure on Thursday that includes repeal of job protections long criticized for impeding accountability in misconduct cases.

Maryland extends state tax deadline to July 15

Mar 12, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is extending the state’s income tax deadline by three months to July 15.

Comptroller Peter Franchot made the announcement Thursday.

No interest or penalties will be assessed if returns are filed and taxes owed are paid by the new deadline.

The extension applies to individual, pass-through, fiduciary and corporate income tax returns.

The comptroller says the extension is due to legislation at the state and federal levels that impact 2020 tax filings and provide economic relief for taxpayers harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — March 8, 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of an event where activists broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Pennsylvania and leaked documents that described the Counterintelligence Program used to monitor, infiltrate and disrupt social and political movements. 

Dr. Raymond Winbush, a research professor and the director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University joins Dr. Kaye to discuss the government program nicknamed COINTELPRO. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, a double board-certified physician in OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine joins Dr. Kaye to address COVID-19 concerns and health challenges of pregnant women during the pandemic. 

Maryland lawmakers told many bills caught in pandemic backup

Mar 11, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Senate president is bracing senators for a tough year for many of their bills due to difficulties created by the pandemic.

Senate President Bill Ferguson told lawmakers Wednesday that everything is more complicated this year due to precautions the General Assembly is taking.

He says backups are happening because it's very difficult administratively to move bills along the legislative process this year.

Legislative leaders in both chambers are limiting the amount of time lawmakers can be in session each day due to the pandemic.

More vaccines to be set aside for hard-hit Maryland county

Mar 10, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say the state will set aside at least 300 priority vaccine appointments each day at a mass vaccination site for residents in the county hardest hit by COVID-19 cases in the state.

Gov. Larry Hogan's office made the announcement Wednesday.

Prince George’s County leads Maryland in the number of COVID-19 cases.

However, the county executive told lawmakers last week that only about 10% of vaccines distributed at a mass vaccination site at Six Flags America in the county went to residents.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Beginning Friday at 5 p.m, Maryland will relax several COVID-related restrictions.

On Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining, retail, religious facilities, fitness centers, casinos, personal services and indoor recreational establishments. 

Additionally, large outdoor and indoor venues may expand their capacity to 50%. 

Sidelined Morganettes dancers cope with new normal

Mar 10, 2021
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With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing for a year, many sports and activities on college campuses have had to adapt to the new adjustments, including shutdowns. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott joins Dr. Kaye to address a number of issues affecting city residents. 

Federal stimulus package reflected in Maryland revenues

Mar 10, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say federal stimulus money has made a big impact on the state’s economic outlook, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates voted Tuesday for updated revenue projections.

They project a 1.5% increase in fiscal year 2022 revenues.

That’s about $299 million more from previous estimates for a total of about $20.1 billion.

Kevin Merida of ‘The Undefeated’ inspires aspiring MSU journalists

Mar 9, 2021
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On March 8, students of the School of Global Journalism and Communication had the unique opportunity to Zoom with Kevin Merida, ESPN senior vice president and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated, a sports blog focused on sports, race, and culture. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) Beginning Friday at 5 p.m, Maryland will relax several COVID-related restrictions but the statewide mask order will remain in place. 

 

On Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining, retail, religious facilities, fitness centers, casinos, personal services and indoor recreational establishments. 

  

  

 

State officials say Maryland continues to see significant improvements in health metrics. 

 

Naval Academy students to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Mar 9, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — U.S. Naval Academy students are scheduled to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

The academy announced midshipmen will begin receiving the vaccination as early as Thursday.

Vice Adm. Sean Buck, the superintendent, says vaccinations need to begin now for midshipmen to be able to participate in summer training programs to meet Navy requirements.

Summer training programs are usually blocked into three- to four-week periods throughout the summer.

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