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For students like Clarksburg High School senior Angie Nseliema, standardized tests mean a disruption of the normal school routine.

On the first day of state-mandated exams, she missed all her classes for the first half of the day and had substitute teachers the rest of the day.

NAACP says scrapping Red Line violated civil rights

Dec 21, 2015
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A coalition of civil rights groups and Baltimore residents filed a federal complaint Monday claiming Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to cancel the planned Red Line light rail project discriminated against the city's African-American residents.

Hogan canceled plans for the transit project in June, reallocating the more than $1.2 billion the state was expected to pay toward the Red Line toward highways, roads and bridges in rural and suburban areas instead.

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More than 20,000 people are incarcerated in Maryland, costing the state more than $1 billion a year.

A commission of state and local officials released 19 recommendations Thursday for ways to reduce the incarceration rate and save the state money.

According to the report, more than half of the people sent to prison in Maryland commit nonviolent crimes. However, offenders spend more time in prison than they did a decade ago.

Democrats To Hogan: Give Schools The Money

Nov 3, 2015
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Democratic House and Senate leaders in Annapolis renewed their call Monday for Gov. Larry Hogan to spend money they fenced off for schools.

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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is forming a commission to study legislative redistricting reform in Maryland.

Hogan signed an executive order on Thursday to create the panel.

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  Maryland should expect to have about $271 million dollars less than expected coming into its coffers over the next year and a half – that was the news out of the state’s Board of Revenue Estimates Monday. It follows already downgraded expectations for the state’s revenues.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, the state’s tax man, blamed cuts in federal spending for a state economy growing slower than expected. The state is home to about 300,000 federal workers, as well as numerous government contractors.

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Baltimore is a good place for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, according to a new study from the Human Rights Campaign.

The nation's largest LGBT advocacy group’s Municipal Equality Index looked at more than 335 cities across the US. The cities were graded on 47 criteria including non-discrimination laws, recognition of same-sex relationships, law enforcement, and the inclusiveness of city hiring and services.

It has been four weeks since more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from their boarding school. In that month, search efforts for the girls have been largely fruitless, even as media outlets continue to spread their story. It's caught the attention of communities around the world, including many Nigerian-Americans living in the U.S.

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Standing with workers at the Domino Sugar refinery in Baltimore, Governor Martin O’Malley announced Tuesday that Maryland added 7,300 new jobs last month.

‘It Was Like a United Congregation’

Aug 22, 2013

Ed Warfield, white, a retired Episcopal clergyman, was 30 years old in 1963. At the time he was serving as Vicar of the Chapel of the Ascension in East Baltimore. He lives in Sykesville now.  St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, where Warfield is still active in ministry, will have a multi-racial group of people read Dr. King's speech on Sunday, August 25.