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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Transportation officials say the cost of removing snow from last weekend's storm is nearly $27 million and could go higher. The highest by far for agencies under MDOT was the State Highway Administration, which incurred costs of $20 million.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has signed a zoning measure, paving the way for Maryland's largest slot machine facility at Arundel Mills Mall. Opponents to the mall site say they will try to halt the project in a county referendum.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) A Pennsylvania man is charged with second-degree assault and other offenses after witnesses say he struck a vehicle with a hatchet on the Capital Beltway. Maryland state police are calling it a road rage incident. Troopers found the hatchet under Shaun Tomlinson's seat after making a traffic stop.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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