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Do GOP lawmakers have the votes to avoid a government shutdown? Also on the Monday rundown: groups laud Zinke’s departure, but worry about who’s next. Plus, a call for review of Veteran’s Administration dog research.

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Public News Service - MD: Civil Rights

A landmark court case, Unger v. Maryland, is being used to offer lessons for national and state policymakers in tackling mass incarceration and the aging prison population. (Justice Policy Institute)<br />

BALTIMORE – A new study shows that when older people are released from prison, they aren't the only ones who benefit – Maryland taxpayers also stand to gain, in terms of savings. In 2012, a Maryland Supreme Court decision prompted the release of 188 inmates because of contradictory inst

Maryland Department of Corrections officials plan to step up screening of books coming into the system. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – After inmate advocates objected to new restrictions, Maryland prison officials are allowing inmates to continue receiving book shipments from online retailers and directly from relatives. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer recently reversed th

Regina Belle is a singer-songwriter from Englewood, New Jersey, and also an AARP Caregiving Ambassador. (Regina Belle)

BALTIMORE – The all-black U.S. Cavalry regiment known as the Buffalo Soldiers, created after the Civil War, will be honored this Saturday with a memorial banquet featuring Oscar and Grammy award-winning singer Regina Belle. Known for hits like "Show Me the Way" and her duet on the Aladdin so

Maryland is home to the fourth-largest community of Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status in the nation, some 20,000 people according to the New York-based Center for Migration Studies. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As the Trump administration moves forward with plans to end the protected status of thousands of immigrants who fled conflicts and disasters in their home countries, local governments are passing their own resolutions calling for the temporary protections to stay. The Department

Maryland already is feeling the punch from climate change. (Maryland Climate Coalition)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Now that President Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, several groups have banded together to ask lawmakers in Maryland to make a firm commitment to address climate change regardless of what happens on the federal level. They've sent an open l

There is a call for schools to create policies on gender identity. (cdc.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A report on transgender student policies in American schools by a conservative think tank is being taken to task by experts. The report from the Heritage Foundation, called "Gender Identity Policies in Schools: What Congress, the Courts and Trump Administration Should Do," came o

Advocates for the LGBT community say they hope the nation's next president will make as many strides for equal and fair treatment as President Obama has. (whitehouse.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With just over three weeks to go before the November 8 election, advocates backing a variety of issues are urging people to get out and vote. One issue that hasn't gotten much coverage in the presidential campaign, according to Isaiah Wilson external affairs manager with the Nati

Another ruling is expected today in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. (baltimorecitypolicedept.org)

BALTIMORE – Another tragic weekend – this time with police officers killed in Baton Rouge, La. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, unrest continued as more than 60 people were arrested, 10 of them juveniles, accused of blocking traffic on Interstate 63. They were protesting what they consider v

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