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Biden administration takes aim at improving Black maternal health care

Marking Black Maternal Health Week, the Biden administration is moving to put more federal resources behind improving Black maternal health care. “Make no mistake. Black women in our country are facing a maternal health crisis,” Vice President Kamala Harris said…

House committee passes DC statehood bill

A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill granting statehood to the District of Columbia, setting the stage for a full House floor vote as early as next week. After hours of debate, the House Oversight and Reform Committee voted…

A look at a family’s journey of adopting amid a pandemic

Before the pandemic, the process of adopting a child took six to nine months. But now, it may take up to a year, according to Stephanie King, program manager for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s therapeutic foster program in Baltimore.

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Annapolis

Maryland schools continue comparatively slow reopening plan

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

Maryland lawmakers wrap up 2021 session with pandemic aid; reforms to police, betting

The Maryland General Assembly operated like never before in 2021 but still passed significant measures that included a multi-billion dollar COVID-19 relief plan, historic police reform, legalized sports wagering, and a wave of overrides of the governor’s vetoes.

Bias training bill passes in Maryland Legislature

A bill that would, among other things, mandate healthcare workers participate in implicit bias training, is on the desk of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, R.

Bill for gun rights Medical cannabis users gun rights bill stalls in House

A bill that would protect firearms rights of medical cannabis users in Maryland ran into a roadblock in the Maryland House of Delegates on Friday.

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Washington D.C.

Chesapeake Bay, southern Maryland could see new federal park, heritage designations

The Maryland congressional delegation is pushing legislation to protect and enhance the natural resources throughout southern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay area with new federal park and heritage designations. Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both of Maryland,…

House committee passes DC statehood bill

A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill granting statehood to the District of Columbia, setting the stage for a full House floor vote as early as next week. After hours of debate, the House Oversight and Reform Committee voted…

Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan starting May 1, ending by Sept. 11

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan on May 1, completing a full withdrawal by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. “I’m now the fourth United States president to preside…

Pandemic upends usual procedures in adoptions and foster care

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced departments of social services and foster care programs across the nation to adapt. But for many children and youth, who rely on stability, there is still a lot of disruption, experts say.

Saltwater Invasion

Maryland

Community organization helps vaccinate stray cats to avoid euthanization

Beltsville, MD – Beltsville Community Cats helps stray cats by vaccinating and giving them all the necessary shots to prevent them from getting euthanized.

Metro PD advises civilians on how to keep safe from increased homicides and car jackings

Washington – Homicides and juvenile fronted carjackings have increased in the DMV area. As we go into the summertime, the Metropolitan Police Department gives us answers on how we can keep ourselves and our neighbors safe and protected.

Student athletes and coaches reflect on how great it feels to have fans back in the stands

College Park, MD.- It’s been over a year since Terp fans could fill the stands of the many stadiums across campus. Not only is it a relief for fans to finally be back, but Maryland teams say it creates a…

Equity Task Force to help COVID-19 vaccine distribution among minorities

Statewide disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations expose barriers that underserved populations face in avoiding life-threatening infection. Maryland’s early vaccination rollout shows a pattern of racial disparity mostly among Black and Latino residents.  Healthcare disparities hold a firm grip on communities of…

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