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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A proposal Gov. Martin O'Malley is pushing to require septic systems for new developments would severely limit how state farmers sell their land. The bill would give farmers one chance to split their land into plots.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The governor is supporting a bill that would close a campaign finance loophole. Gov. Martin O'Malley expressed his support today to close a loophole that would count limited liability corporations and individual owners as one contributor, if they are closely related to the same person or people.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) Delaware prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a Maryland man convicted of murdering a Georgetown police officer. Derrick Powell of Cumberland, Maryland, was convicted last week in the shooting death of Chad Spicer.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have designated Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata as their franchise player. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says the move, announced today, locks up Ngata for the 2011 season while the team keeps working out terms on a lengthy contract.

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This post was updated at 5:30 p.m.

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