Disconnected: Students struggle with e-learning obstacles, lawmakers earmark solutions

Students say hotspots and low-cost internet packages don’t bridge the digital divide in two of Maryland’s least-connected districts. Lawmakers and state officials say it’s time for a statewide approach and to start considering internet access as a basic utility.

White and Black communities in Maryland experience a 20% difference in small business loans from CARES Act

Predominantly white communities in Maryland received approximately 20 percent more loans and money per loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, according to data from the Small Business Administration (SBA) analyzed by Capital News Service.

Homelessness in Maryland worsens during COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has increased the strain on groups that work to prevent homelessness in Maryland, with experts saying single mothers and people of color are being hurt the most. Multiple advocacy groups have expanded their programs to try to handle the surge in cases.

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Annapolis

Disconnected: Students struggle with e-learning obstacles, lawmakers earmark solutions

Students say hotspots and low-cost internet packages don’t bridge the digital divide in two of Maryland’s least-connected districts. Lawmakers and state officials say it’s time for a statewide approach and to start considering internet access as a basic utility.

Hogan cautions Marylanders while COVID-19 surges again

Gov. Larry Hogan has started to implement more regulations across the state as coronavirus spikes. Statewide positivity and hospitalizations are at their highest rates since June. Hospitals are preparing for an influx of sick patients and nursing homes should brace for additional precautions, officials said.

Supreme Court hears case affecting Maryland LGBTQ

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, which questions whether religious-based foster care agencies choosing not to work with same-sex parents are exempt from nondiscrimination laws. Catholic Charities of Baltimore no longer provides foster or adoption services but FreeState Justice, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group, fears other Maryland social services could be affected by a religious exemption ruling.

Maryland Senate President releases plan for next session

Senate President Bill Ferguson, D-Baltimore on Friday released an operational plan for how the Senate will conduct the next session during the ongoing pandemic, including how health checks, voting procedures and public testimony will be conducted.

Washington D.C.

Police cameras disproportionately surveil nonwhite areas of DC and Baltimore, CNS finds

In parks, near grocery stores and schools, lining streets and at intersections, police-owned surveillance cameras in the District of Columbia and Baltimore disproportionately monitor majority nonwhite areas, most of which are predominantly Black, a Capital News Service analysis has found.…

Biden readies sweeping policy shifts on COVID, economy, immigration and more

President-elect Joe Biden established himself on the campaign trail as the antonym to President Donald Trump when it came to key policy stances, promising strong responses to the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, criminal justice, immigration and health care.

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., is elected 46th president of the United States

After more than three days of uncertainty in a closely-contested race, former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States.

As the nation awaits final presidential election results, Congress slowly takes shape

Democrats needed to flip four Republican Senate seats to regain control of the chamber after six years.

Data stories

Maryland

Disconnected: Students struggle with e-learning obstacles, lawmakers earmark solutions

Students say hotspots and low-cost internet packages don’t bridge the digital divide in two of Maryland’s least-connected districts. Lawmakers and state officials say it’s time for a statewide approach and to start considering internet access as a basic utility.

White and Black communities in Maryland experience a 20% difference in small business loans from CARES Act

Predominantly white communities in Maryland received approximately 20 percent more loans and money per loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, according to data from the Small Business Administration (SBA) analyzed by Capital News Service.

Homelessness in Maryland worsens during COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has increased the strain on groups that work to prevent homelessness in Maryland, with experts saying single mothers and people of color are being hurt the most. Multiple advocacy groups have expanded their programs to try to handle the surge in cases.

Hogan details further efforts to fight pandemic surge

Hogan issued a new emergency order, effective Friday at 5 p.m., closing bars and restaurants at 10 p.m., limiting capacity for retail and religious spaces to 50%, prohibiting fans at racetracks and stadiums, and implementing new hospital and nursing home visitation rules.

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