Maryland sticking with its health care website

Maryland will not partner with the federal health care marketplace during the current open enrollment period, despite requests from one federal lawmaker. U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac has again written the state asking it to abandon its struggling exchange and use the federal one, which appears to have worked out its initial kinks. But Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D) has said the state is working to solve its problems. (Gazette)

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Councilman calls for refunds for erroneous tickets

A Baltimore City councilman wants a City Council investigation of the city's speed camera program after a newly-disclosed audit shows way more people in Baltimore may have received flawed speed camera citations than originally thought. The speed-camera program in Baltimore has a long history of problems. It was suspended last spring, when dozens of false citations came to light. (WBAL-TV)

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Severe winter weather causes BGE bills to spike

BGE officials said from Nov. 1, 2013 to present, central Maryland has had 655 hours where temperatures were at or below freezing. That's compared to 226 hours over the same time period last year, which is a 290 percent increase. (WBAL-TV)

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Washington County lawmakers pan, applaud O’Malley’s minimum wage push

Gov. Martin O’Malley made another push for raising the minimum wage Thursday during his last State of the State address as governor of Maryland. Republican lawmakers from the county’s delegation greeted the governor’s comments on minimum wage with silence, even as some Democratic legislators applauded the governor. (Herald-Mail)

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Thousands Dream Of Summer As Annual Boat Show Docks In Baltimore

A thick layer of snow blankets the ground in Charm City, but thousands will be dreaming of summer this weekend at the Baltimore Boat Show. This is what summer looks like. It’s a 22-footer, a pontoon, or maybe a fully loaded tugboat. Most of the folks at the Baltimore Convention Center can see it well. (WJZ-CBS)

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County pushes forward New Market annexations, bridge

New Market is poised to nearly double in size. Frederick County commissioners approved two annexations to the town Thursday by a vote of 3-1. Commissioner Paul Smith abstained, and Commissioner David Gray opposed the plans, saying the town is growing in the wrong way. (News-Post)

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Harford County, municipalities have mixed views on proposed water authority

Harford County's three municipal governments are set to decide if they should sign on for an $831,000 study that will push them toward being part of a countywide water and sewer authority. County Public Works Director Tim Whittie said the authority could help make it easier for developers setting up shop in the future, as well as provide water security and stabilize rates for taxpayers in both the county and the municipalities of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace. (Balt. Sun)

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