Politics & Business

Protecting the mental health of Md. police officers


Capital News Service – Maryland police officers who are dealing with stressors — such as family issues, substance abuse or mass protests — will have access to confidential mental health aid under a bill progressing in the state legislature.

The Police Officers Mental Health Employee Assistance Program, sponsored by Del. Benjamin Brooks, D-Baltimore County, and Sen. Mary Washington, D-Baltimore, would require each law enforcement agency to provide its officers with access to an employee assistance or mental health program at a minimal cost to the officer.

Gambling risks for youth may be taught in Md. high schools

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Capital News Service — Maryland high schools may soon be required to adopt a curriculum on gambling addiction, depending on the fate of one bill in the state legislature.

SB0243, sponsored by Sen. Bryan Simonaire, R-Anne Arundel, directs the Maryland State Department of Education to develop a program for local schools to teach high school students the dangers of gambling.

Maryland reports 2,166 new coronavirus cases, 46 COVID-19 deaths

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

Maryland health officials on Thursday reported another 2,166 coronavirus cases and 46 new deaths related to the virus.

Maryland leaders react to the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, and Kamal D. Harris was sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States. Photo courtesy of Joe Biden/Instagram.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, and Vice President Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States — the first woman, the first Black American and the first Asian American to hold the position.

In his inaugural address, Biden vowed to “restore the soul of America,” as the nation grapples with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the tremors of a pro-Trump insurrection of the U.S. Capitol building that took place just two weeks earlier on Jan. 6.

Baltimore to resume in-person dining, other limited activities on Friday

Effective Friday at 6 a.m., Baltimore will ease some coronavirus-related restrictions, including allowing indoor and outdoor dining to resume at limited capacity, Mayor Brandon Scott announced on Wednesday. Image via Facebook Live.

Baltimore restaurants, bars and breweries will be allowed to resume indoor and outdoor dining and service at limited capacity starting Friday at 6 a.m., Mayor Brandon Scott announced Wednesday morning.

Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations dip slightly, state records 38 new deaths

This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

There are currently 1,858 Marylanders hospitalized with coronavirus, with 17 fewer patients than on Tuesday.

Of the state’s current COVID-19 patients, 1,438 are in acute care and 420 are in intensive care.

Gov. Larry Hogan presents FY 2022 budget proposal

Gov. Larry Hogan presents highlights of his budget to the press in the reception room of the State House Jan. 19, 2021. Photo by Darryl Kinsey Jr. for Capital News Service.

Capital News Service – Despite economic turmoil brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan announced a budget aimed at providing economic relief to Marylanders while also funding essential services.

BCPS To Begin Vaccinations, But Reopening Remains “Up In The Air”

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch at January 19, 2021 news conference in Towson. Photo courtesy of Sean Naron/Baltimore County.

Baltimore County teachers and staff will begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine this week, but it is unclear how that will affect when school buildings reopen for students. All of the county’s school buildings have been closed since March.

Curbside recycling is back in Baltimore, and drivers are using some new tech

Photo by Bill Smith

Curbside recycling is returning to Baltimore on Tuesday (1/19) with a new digitized system to help drivers navigate collection routes.

Volunteer Maryland accepting applications from Maryland nonprofits to host volunteers

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Maryland nonprofits can now apply to be assigned volunteers from Volunteer Maryland for the 2021-2022 service year.