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Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 at 11:37 PM

Va. AG Attends Interfaith Event on Race Relations, Injustice

Virginia’s attorney general made his first public appearance Sunday night since admitting to wearing blackface in college in 1980. Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 at 11:07 AM

Maryland Could Allow Use of Food Stamp Cards at Restaurants

Maryland Could Allow Use of Food Stamp Cards at Restaurants

Maryland state legislation could allow people to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — known as the Food Supplement Program in Maryland — to purchase meals at restaurants. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 at 7:21 PM

Maryland Lawmakers Censure Delegate for Use of Racial Slur

In a rare move, Maryland lawmakers voted Thursday to formally reprimand a state delegate who used a racial slur to describe Prince George's County. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 at 7:43 AM

Virginia First Lady Pam Northam Apologizes After Handing Cotton to Black Children

Virginia's first lady apologized Wednesday after a state employee reportedly told lawmakers and the governor's office that Pam Northam handed out cotton to her daughter and another black child during a...

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 at 5:40 PM

Md. Delegate Should Resign Over Use of Slur, Governor Says

A white Maryland lawmaker who used a racial slur for African Americans to describe a legislative district in Prince George's County should resign, Gov. Larry Hogan and a growing number of lawmakers said... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:20 PM

Maryland Delegate Loses Leadership Position Over Racial Slur

Maryland Delegate Loses Leadership Position Over Racial Slur

Maryland's House speaker has removed a white lawmaker from a leadership position for using a racial slur for black people. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 at 6:40 AM

Maryland Bill Named for Teen Who Died After Police Struggle

Maryland Bill Named for Teen Who Died After Police Struggle

Black died Sept. 15 after an 11-minute struggle with three Greensboro police officers and a civilian outside his family's home on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 at 6:39 AM

Virginia Bill to Ban Hand-Held Phone Use While Driving Fails

Virginia Bill to Ban Hand-Held Phone Use While Driving Fails

Both the House and Senate passed legislation that would have outlawed hand-held phone use while driving, but the two chambers couldn't agree on compromise language to get a single bill through both chambers. Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2019 at 7:40 PM
Montgomery Co. Red Flag Law Removes Guns From People at Risk

Montgomery Co. Red Flag Law Removes Guns From People at Risk

Maryland's Red Flag law is designed to prevent people deemed a risk to themselves or others from owning guns. In Montgomery County, 203 red flag petitions have already been granted since the law went into effect... Watch »

Monday, Feb 25, 2019 at 7:06 PM

Justin Fairfax Compares Himself to Lynching Victims

Embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has compared himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims as he resists widespread calls to resign, prompted by allegations of sexual assault. Read »

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