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BALTIMORE (AP) A free downtown Baltimore shuttle service is slated to start next month. That's about six months later than originally planned, but officials say the delay will save the city $3.1 million.

BALTIMORE (AP) The Maryland Transportation Authority board is expected to approve toll rates for the Intercounty Connector of up to 35 cents per mile for two-axle vehicles. The board meets today to vote on the proposed toll plan that includes rates ranging from 20 to 35 cents per mile for two-axle vehicles depending on the time of day.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A group of lawmakers meets tonight to suggest guidelines on how much the state should spend in the next fiscal year. The Senate president says the state's Spending Affordability Committee likely will set the lowest recommended growth rate ever -- zero.

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