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Few incidents of voter intimidation or harassment reported in Md.

Poll worker Alice Machinist, of Newton, Mass., right, wears a mask and shield out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting a voter, left, with a ballot during early in-person general election voting, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at the Newton Free Library, in Newton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

ANNAPOLIS — An election hotline and email account dedicated to receive complaints of voter intimidation and harassment in Maryland during the 2020 presidential election received few reports. Capital News Service through a Public Information Act request obtained records of 27 ...

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Court ruling on DACA a relief for Marylanders ‘in limbo’

DACA recipients and others leave the Supreme Court with their hands in the air after oral arguments were heard in the case of President Trump's decision to end the Obama-era, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

COLLEGE PARK — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that prevents some residents brought to the United States as children from being deported, is being restored to its former, Obama-era policies after a ruling on Dec. 4 that overturned ...

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Maryland lawmakers ‘disappointed’ by witness at MES hearing

Former Maryland Environmental Service Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships Matthew Sherring testified virtually before the Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight on Thursday as part of a review of a large payout to former MES Director Roy McGrath. (Capital News Service/Philip Van Slooten)

ANNAPOLIS — The former Maryland Environmental Service Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships invoked his right against self-incrimination more than 100 times, disappointing legislators during Thursday’s joint committee investigation of a severance payout to the agency’s former director, who was ...

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Metro budget cuts would hurt workers and residents, advocates say

In this Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, a subway train arrives at the L'Enfant Metro Station in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON – Proposed budget cuts at Metro threaten thousands of jobs, the closure of 19 stations, the suspension of 19 bus lines and an end to weekend rail service. “We’re facing an historic budget crisis,” Metro General Manager and CEO ...

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Police cameras operate in mostly nonwhite communities, analysis show

A Metropolitan Police Department closed-circuit television camera at 15th and Downing Streets, N.E., in the nation's capital. (Capital News Service/Gracie Todd)

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. ...

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Homelessness in Maryland worsens during COVID-19 pandemic

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COLLEGE PARK — 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 ...

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Health experts cite virus’s effect on Md.’s Latino community

The Cheverly Health Center in Cheverly, Maryland, has offered free coronavirus tests. (Photo by Ryan McFadden/Capital News Service)

Latino communities in Maryland have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic because of shared housing situations, lack of access to government benefits and distrust in health officials, experts told a legislative panel last month.

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COVID-19 decreased Maryland’s air pollution, research shows

An aerial picture of Baltimore from June 2018, taken during a research flight to measure air quality. Studies this year indicated a decrease in air pollution during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. (Sarah Benish)

COLLEGE PARK — In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as stay-at-home orders took effect and more commuters worked from home or lost their jobs, air pollution dropped markedly in Maryland, according to a recent report from the University ...

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