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MPT News Direct Connection with Jeff Salkin is a different type of local public affairs program with its focus on personalities from all arenas. Viewers can join in by asking their question directly to the guest via phone call-ins and e-mails.

Whether conversational or confrontational, Salkin, known for his thorough investigative style, does what it takes to get in-depth answers to the questions viewers want asked. Following the interview, viewers get a chance to join in a discussion with experts or reporters who are covering stories in the mid-Atlantic region.


MD Senator Senator Jill P. Carter, sponsor of one of nine bills in a package of police reform legislation, says she supports the group of bills even though she would have preferred a tougher approach with some of the them. The legislation goes before the full Maryland Senate next week. #MDGA21


MD Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chair Senator William C. Smith, Jr. says the package of nine law enforcement reform bills to be considered next week by the full Senate is the most meaningful change in policing and community relations in over 40 years. #MDGA21


A package of law enforcement reform bills will go before the full Maryland Senate next week. Sen. Pres. Senator Bill Ferguson calls the package transformative. #MDGA21


#MarylandSenate Pres. Senator Bill Ferguson gave the all clear following what turned out to be false positive #COVID19 quick test results on Tuesday. "We dodged a bullet."


Even as the state's #COVID19 numbers drop, reports of #COVIDVaccine fraud are up. Governor Larry Hogan says the state will prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law.


Final arrangements are underway for Maryland's public schools to re-open next week. Governor Larry Hogan says he signed an #executiveorder today requiring masks be worn by anyone age 5 or older in any area of a school where they're likely to interact with others. #COVID19


In a call today with the White House and the CDC, Governor Larry Hogan said he was told the #JohnsonandJohnson #COVIDVaccine may get the necessary approvals and be distributed as early as next week.


With the state's 3rd mass #COVIDvax site about to open, Governor Larry Hogan says a fourth site in Southern Maryland will be operational in Charles County in the next couple of weeks.


Governor Larry Hogan says with #COVID19 cases and hospitalizations down, they're now stepping screening for variants.


#MarylandStateBoardOfEducation approves abbreviated spring statewide testing of grades 3-8 and high school. Maryland State Department of Education Supt. #DrKarenSalmon says the info is needed to recover and rebuild from the pandemic.


Senator Bill Ferguson told members of the #MarylandSenate there were several positive rapid #COVID19 tests this morning. They're now waiting for the results of more comprehensive tests so they can determine how to proceed.


During this week's mtg. of the #MDSenate #COVID19 Oversight Cmte mtg., #SenatorJimRosapepe asked Maryland Department of Health Acting Sec. #DennisSchrader why Maryland ranks so poorly when it comes to administering 1st & 2nd #COVID19 vaccinations.

State to offer centralized preregistration for COVID vaccinations

Maryland Department of Health Acting Secretary #DennisSchrader tells the #MarylandSenate #COVID19 Oversight Committee that starting next month they'll be launching a centralized pre-registration system for vaccination appointments at the state's mass vaccination sites.

Billion dollar COVID RELIEF Act signed into law

MD Senate Pres. Senator Bill Ferguson, at today's signing of an emergency $1 billion #COVID19 relief bill, praised Governor Larry Hogan and lawmakers for working together to get the much-needed aid approved and signed into law in under three weeks.

COVID Relief aid package signed into law

#Maryland Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Senator Bill Ferguson joined with Governor Larry Hogan at Monday's #COVID #ReliefAct bill signing. The $1 billion aid package provides a combination of tax breaks and economic incentives for families & small businesses continuing to struggle because of the pandemic.

Gov. Hogan signs emergency COVID relief bill

Governor Larry Hogan, joined by State House leaders including Senate President Senator Bill Ferguson & House Speaker Adrienne Jones, signed an emergency billion dollar #COVID19 relief bill into law Monday. Hogan says the relief package provides a lifeline to those most in need.

Hogan: fallout from attack from Capitol not over

Governor Larry Hogan, appearing today on CNN State of the Union, was asked if he agreed with #SenateMinorityLeader Senator Mitch McConnell's
suggestion that #formerPresidentTrump should face criminal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. #ImpeachmentTrial

MD House Committee hears testimony on police reform legislation

Vanessa Atterbeary testifying in support of police reform legislation told the House #JudiciaryCommittee Monday the provisions include mandatory de-escalation, mandatory training, a ban on chokeholds as well as a repeal of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights. #MDGA21


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Love watching MPTV but the last couple months the reception has so bad. I can't watch my lovely afternoon programs. So sad😢
With the FBI investigation and the second time someone has died from a knee on the neck by a law enforcement officer.. America should make putting pressure on the body's weakest part, the neck,, illegal and subject to immediate incarceration and charges of attempted murder,
Watch Dr. Joshua Sharfstein of @Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health takes your #Coronavirus questions now
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There’s still time to submit your homeowner or renter tax credit application. Michael Higgs of the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation has the details Thursday on Your Money & Business.
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I am beyond disappointed in Direct Connection tonight. Why not just acknowledge it was a Slam Trump show. Clearly Jeff Salkin did not do his homework and invited in two profs with their own agenda. Your viewers deserve more than this. It is presentations like this that convince people that PBS should not receive federal funds. You treat it like it is your own money to promote your own agenda. Some of us, you might be frightened to know, actually support the President POTUS Donald J Trump and we are not bots or zombies or mindless unthinking individuals with racist views. Tonight's show just did me in as a Maryland taxpayer. Sorry Governor Larry Hogan please step in here.
I would first like to say, Jeff, it was great seeing you again after 30 some years. Thanks for showing people that Duckpins are alive and well. So if we need a sub, are you in? Great feature and again thank you.