Semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Washington. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Feb 23, 2023

New calls by Biden, Democrats for assault weapons ban face familiar foe: most of GOP

Despite renewed calls for an assault weapons ban after a string of mass shootings, prospects for passage of any new gun safety legislation in a divided Congress are poor.

Feb 23, 2023

Defense counsel assails bill requiring alleged violent criminals’ detention

A Republican-backed bill to prevent judges from releasing before trial certain defendants charged with a violent crime drew criticism from defense attorneys.

Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown waves to an audience of legislators in the House of Delegates after he is sworn into office as the state's first Black attorney general on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023 in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
Feb 23, 2023

AG willing to defend ‘lookback window’ for expired childhood sexual abuse claims in court

Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown said he would be comfortable defending in court a proposal to create a retroactive window for out-of-date childhood sexual abuse lawsuits.

Feb 23, 2023

Cannabis interests compete for changes to Md. bill creating legal market

More than 80 scheduled speakers and dozens of others converged on the House Economic Matters Committee for a hearing on the omnibus bill to create a legal market for cannabis in Maryland.

This Feb. 15, 2023, file photo shows a portion of Baltimore's so-called "Highway to Nowhere." Members of Maryland's congressional delegation announced a $2 million grant award to Baltimore to create a plan for demolishing the failed highway construction project that decimated Black neighborhoods decades ago. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)
Feb 23, 2023

Baltimore gets grant to invest in Black communities ravaged by ‘Highway to Nowhere’

Baltimore will receive a $2 million grant award to create a plan for demolishing the so-called “Highway to Nowhere” that decimated Black neighborhoods decades ago.

An employee stocks shelves in the toy section of a Walmart in Secaucus, New Jersey, on Nov. 22, 2022. More than two and a half years into the pandemic, many businesses haven't been able to resume the same hours of operations or services as they continue to grapple with worker shortages. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Feb 23, 2023

US ending extra help for groceries that started during COVID

Nearly 30 million Americans who got extra government help with grocery bills during the pandemic will soon see that aid shrink.

Mourners gather outside Club Q to visit a memorial on Nov. 25, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lawmakers in Colorado and other states are proposing bills to roll back legal protections for gun manufactures and dealers. (Parker Seibold/The Gazette via AP, File)
Feb 22, 2023

States look to remove legal protections for gun industry

Lawmakers in Colorado and at least five other states are proposing bills to roll back legal protections for gun manufacturers and dealers.

Maryland joins 20 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands that have legalized adult-use cannabis. (AP File Photo)
Feb 22, 2023

Employers may need to change employee policies with new marijuana law

While Maryland will soon allow marijuana, the drug is still illegal federally, which can lead to confusion by employees that are required to take drug tests.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, spoke on the Senate floor last week to commemorate Black History Month and to discuss his proposed legislation creating a 12-person council that would advise the National Endowment for the Humanities on promoting Black history and culture. (YouTube screenshot by Yesenia Montenegro/Capital News Service)
Feb 22, 2023

Md. lawmakers aim to promote Black history education, as it comes under attack in some states

Two Maryland lawmakers have proposed legislation aimed at providing more federal support to promote and preserve Black history, culture and education.

Feb 22, 2023

How Section 230 helped shape speech on the Internet

Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today.

Feb 21, 2023

Bill to end qualified immunity ignites debate between rights advocates, police

Police officers sued for having allegedly violated someone’s rights would lose “qualified immunity” from being sued, under legislation before a Maryland House committee.

A black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern trains, on Feb. 6, 2023. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a package of reforms to improve safety on Feb. 21 — two days after he warned Norfolk Southern to fulfill its promises to clean up the mess and help the town recover. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Feb 21, 2023

Buttigieg urges safety changes after fiery Ohio derailment

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants freight railroads to immediately act to improve safety while regulators try to strengthen safety rules after a fiery derailment in Ohio.

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