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MCHENRY, Md. (AP) Forecasters say the storm pummeling much of the Northeast has dropped more than 18 inches of snow in far western Maryland. No serious accidents have been reported and the snow is expected to give a boost to ski area operators in the state.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's governor is offering buyouts to executive branch employees in a bid to cut the size of state government. The governor's office hasn't siad how many of the state's 79,000 employees would be eligible for the buyout.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) A grand jury in Delaware has issued a superseding indictment for Dr. Earl Bradley, the former pediatrician accused of sexually abusing children. Authorities say the indictment doesn't raise new accusations but does reorganize charges outlined previous against Braldey, who faces trial starting in mid-February.

BALTIMORE (AP) A Maryland state official says the Preakness Stakes is "safe," but details are still being worked out on the scheduling of live racing that has threatened the race. The Maryland Racing Commission has rejected OAKLAND, Md. (AP) A study concludes that anglers and boaters are willing to pay more to keep the North Branch of the Potomac River running clean. The $40,000 study by Downstream Strategies of Morgantown, W.Va., was delivered Friday to state regulators by the Maryland State Water Quality Advisory Committee.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) Fire officials say a blaze that destroyed a duplex in Hagerstown, injuring a firefighter, was intentionally set. The Hagerstown City Fire Marshal's Office is asking for the public's help in getting information on Saturday's fire.

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) Anne Arundel County Police have arrested a man in a fatal shooting outside a Glen Burnie tavern. Thirty-three-year-old Clayton Battle is charged with murder in the shooting Saturday morning of 30-year-old Kelly Fisher of Glen Burnie.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) Hagerstown officials say work on the water transmission system may cause low water pressure and minor discoloration. The Water Division will work starting at 11 p.m. tomorrow and expects to finish around 9 a.m. Thursday.

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