Somerset County Public School has seen “alarming” total positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the school year

Somerset County Public Schools have had high rates of total positive COVID-19 cases, with about 7% of the total population among students testing positive since August 2021. Within Eastern Shore counties, Somerset County has the lowest vaccination rate and highest poverty rate. Somerset County also has the highest population percentage of Black people among Eastern Shore Counties.

Legislature plans special session on redistricting, vetoes

The Maryland General Assembly plans to convene for a special session Monday to focus on congressional redistricting and overriding vetoes from the 2021 session.

Bike infrastructure will help prevent crashes and fatalities, advocates and researchers say

There are 2,000 miles of road in Baltimore City. Only 10 of those miles include separated bike infrastructure that divides the road into distinct lanes for cars and bikes.

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Annapolis

Legislature plans special session on redistricting, vetoes

The Maryland General Assembly plans to convene for a special session Monday to focus on congressional redistricting and overriding vetoes from the 2021 session.

Hogan announces COVID measures in face of omicron variant

Maryland is working to increase its capacity to track COVID-19 variants, Gov. Larry Hogan, R, announced Wednesday, as a new variant is being found around the globe, including in the United States.

Maryland counties vaccinate youngest schoolchildren

Over two weeks into vaccine eligibility for 5- to 11-year-olds, all local school and health systems in Maryland have agreed to facilitate clinics, and vaccination rates are climbing.

Maryland State House dome, grounds slated for repairs

The historic dome atop the Maryland State House, and surrounding grounds and structures, is scheduled to get a revamp with a new $619,620 state contract.

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Washington D.C.

Supreme Court weighs Mississippi abortion law, future of Roe v. Wade

The justices signaled that they were aware of the highly-charged political nature of the case. Many of their questions centered on how their decision could impact American society.

Supreme Court to hear arguments over Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, considers the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The Congressional Black Caucus: Building a legacy for half a century

WASHINGTON — William Lacy Clay Jr. remembers being 12-years-old and standing beside his father launching his campaign bid one day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the spring of 1968. It was a historic race for…

Marylanders say they are feeling the pinch of inflation

The Consumer Price Index, which is a common measure of inflation, climbed 6.2% in October compared to last year – the largest yearly increase in more than 30 years.

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Maryland

Maryland turkey farmers have high sales and high costs

Maryland’s small turkey farmers faced higher costs this year, but Thanksgiving has allowed many to sell their entire inventory well before the holiday.

High fuel costs have led to high feed prices, according to a local farmer, leading some to raise turkey prices while others absorb the hit.

Data shows Maryland General Assembly is becoming more representative of state

The Maryland General Assembly is starting to become a leader in state to Legislature representation. However, there is still work to be done.

Silver Spring salon stays open with little relief, lots of resolve

Alchemy Hair Salon is nestled right next to Trader Joes in a Silver Spring shopping center. Today most of the chairs are full and the sound of blow dryers is everywhere. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Maryland salon…

Legislative redistricting group releases draft congressional maps

The General Assembly’s redistricting group released four draft congressional maps Tuesday, but critics say the maps show signs of continued gerrymandering.

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