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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — A House committee voted to advance a decades-long effort to create a commission to study the effects of slavery and reparations for Black Americans. 

This is the first time the bill, H.R. 40, has made it out of the Judiciary Committee since it was originally introduced by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) in 1989.


The bill now moves to a full House vote.


Maryland schools continue comparatively slow reopening plan

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Maryland public school students have had some of the least opportunities in the nation to attend regular in-person instruction despite the state’s moderate COVID-19 spread.

Roughly half of normal in-person instruction is open in Maryland — the fifth-lowest in the nation as of April 13, according to Burbio, a community event tracker.

Maryland ranks toward the middle of states in daily average of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days, at 23, according to The New York Times tracker.

Lights, camera, vax-tion?

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Excuse the cliché, but things just aren’t how they used to be. 


A global pandemic threw a wrench in just about everything. Now as the world gets vaccinated, schools and businesses are trying to regain what they’ve lost. In the case of Morgan State University theatre, returning to performing comes with caveats.


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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor has charged a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright with second-degree manslaughter.

(BALTIMORE, MD) — Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford joins Farajii Muhammad to discuss policing in America and the impact the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has on the state's distribution efforts. 

Lt. Gov. Rutherford also shares a major announcement regarding his political future. 

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Three Baltimore teenagers charged in fatal carjacking

Apr 15, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — Three teenagers have been charged by Baltimore police in connection with a fatal carjacking.

The Baltimore Sun reports one of the suspects is a 13-year-old girl. According to police, 41-year-old Fabian Mendez was carjacked while going to work on April 2.

A police officer who was in the area saw the victim being assaulted. Three suspects jumped into the car and attempted to flee, and the driver struck and dragged Mendez several blocks.

The patrol officer was able to catch one of the suspects, a 16-year-old boy who has been charged as an adult.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Maryland is once again seeing a surge in coronavirus cases. 


As of Thursday morning, state health officials report an increase of 1,444 positive cases within 24 hours. 


Data shows, 19 more virus-related deaths have also been reported. 


More than 8,300 people have died from COVID-19 in Maryland. 

(BALTIMORE, MD) —During the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a former police officer and use-of-force expert said Chauvin’s actions were justified. 

Republican Kelly Schulz enters Maryland governor's race

Apr 14, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Commerce Department Secretary Kelly Schulz is running for governor. Schulz announced Wednesday she'll seek the Republican nomination in the 2022 election.


(BALTIMORE, MD) —“This takes an emotional toll on you, every death, every abuse, every time that our humanity is not recognized by this government… it’s painful…”- Senator Jill Carter

On Saturday, Maryland lawmakers enacted multiple police reform measures by overriding Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the bills. 


The extensive measures include a new statewide use-of-force policy, expansion of public access to records in disciplinary cases and limiting the use of no-knock warrants. 

(BALTIMORE, MD) The country is once again focused on what happens when an unarmed Black person is killed by police.  

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man was killed Sunday by police following a traffic stop in Minnesota. Dereck Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer is currently on trial for the murder of George Floyd. 


Maryland trooper shoots, kills teenager who had airsoft gun

Apr 14, 2021

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) — The superintendent of the Maryland State Police says a trooper responding to a pair of 911 calls shot and killed a teenager who was pointing what investigators determined was an airsoft gun at the officer.

Superintendent Woodrow Jones II said Tuesday that the shooting occurred near the State Police barracks in Leonardtown.

Jones says the responding trooper encountered the 16-year-old Peyton Ham at a home and shot him after he displayed the weapon.

Journalism can tell true stories of people of color: CNN anchor

Apr 14, 2021
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Abby Philip realized her passion was in journalism and not cardiovascular surgery her junior year upon walking through The Harvard Crimson halls.

A trip to Mississippi and Tennessee cemented this passion. 

"We traveled to the place where Emmett Till was killed," she said Friday during the Georges Conference on College Journalism, a zoom event sponsored by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.

Judge discusses plans for trial in newspaper shooting case

Apr 14, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Nearly three years after five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper were killed, a Maryland judge has discussed plans for holding the second part of the shooter’s trial under COVID-19 court protocols.

Judge Michael Wachs on Tuesday also set a deadline of noon Friday for lawyers to say if they plan to seek a postponement.

Jarrod Ramos, pleaded guilty in 2019 to all 23 counts he faced in connection with the attack on the newsroom.