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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's Senate president says change is needed to save the state from steeply rising pension costs. Thomas V. Mike Miller is making a push for a bill to split teacher pension costs with local governments.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) A fourth-grader from Frederick will appear in the First Lady's new public-service announcement promoting a national fitness campaign. The one minute spot shows Michelle Obama watching a tennis match between nine-year-old Alexa Orlando and another girl at The Tennis Center in College Park.

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) Authorities say there were no injuries after a tractor trailer container fell off a tractor trailer onto Route 13 when it hit an overpass in New Castle. The container lay across all three northbound lanes of the road.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference is honoring a Maryland forward as its women's basketball rookie of the year. Forward Alyssa Thomas headlined the league's all-freshman team.

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