Bret Jaspers

News Producer

Bret worked as an organizer, actor, and New York City waiter before he began his career in radio. He has reported for NPR, WYPR News and The Signal. Past production work has been with WNYC’s On the Media, The Brian Lehrer Show and Soundcheck, as well as Wisconsin Public Radio.

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Just three blocks north of a planned Walmart, a second project hopes to be the neighborhood’s “Main Street.” 

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The Remington neighborhood in North Baltimore is about to get two big development projects: 25th St Station, anchored by the mega-retailer Walmart, and a main street-style mixed use project called Remington Row. Some embrace the change, some warily accept it, some want design adjustments, and others outright oppose it.

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As if a visit to the doctor is not stressful enough, many Marylanders have trouble understanding the doctor or making the doctor understand them. That’s where medical interpreters come in, and the need for interpretation has grown along with the region’s non-English speaking population. In the Johns Hopkins Hospital system, for example, there were 17,313 requests for an interpreter in fiscal year 2009. Four years later, requests had jumped to 40,424. And those numbers exclude Spanish requests at Bayview and Howard County General Hospitals, which are part of the Johns Hopkins system. Those hospitals run their own Spanish interpretation programs.

Wednesday headlines from around the region.

Tuesday headlines from around the region.

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While many are trying to wade through the glitches in Maryland’s online health insurance exchange, there’s one specific group that won’t be able to get insurance, no matter what: undocumented immigrants.

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The investigation continues into a murder-suicide involving a Baltimore City police officer, firefighter and his girlfriend yesterday in Glen Burnie.

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Baltimore City purchasing officials could endorse a new water billing company as early as today.

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Baltimore sportswear manufacturer Under Armour's third-quarter profit, announced yesterday, was above predictions.

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Maryland Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler responded yesterday to criticism he’s received this week over instagram photos showing him walking through a party of teenagers who were presumably drinking alcohol.