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Wrap-up of news stories taken from the day's local headlines.

Maryland lawmakers approve package of police reform measures

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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.

One measure would create a unit in the attorney general’s office to investigate police-involved deaths and prohibit law enforcement from buying surplus military equipment.

The measures now go to Gov. Larry Hogan.