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BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) Authorities say an investigation has shut down southbound lanes of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Powder Mill Road in Beltsville. U.S. Park Police say officers are investigating a carjacking in the area near Greenbelt Road.

LARGO, Md. (AP) Public works officials say a boil water advisory remains in effect for about 400,000 customers in Prince George's County following a massive water main break. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says the advisory affects customers who live south of Central Avenue and Route 202.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's Senate and House majority leaders plan a news conference today to talk about their proposed Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act to recognize same-sex couples. The legislation seeks to end the exclusion of committed same sex couples from civil marriage while also protecting the religious freedom of churches and synagogues.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland budget analysts say debt service payments related to the state's transportation trust fund are expected to nearly double from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2016. Legislators were briefed yesterday by analysts with the state's nonpartisan Department of Legislative Services.

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