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BALTIMORE (AP) Constellation Energy says requiring utilities to buy offshore wind power will cost customers billions at the expense of more cost-effective clean-energy alternatives. Gov. Martin O'Malley is supporting a bill to require state utilities to enter into decades-long contracts for offshore wind energy.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Maryland company says it will likely begin manufacturing wind turbine blades on Maryland's Eastern Shore in two years. AC Wind plans to spend at least $10 million retrofitting a plant in Salisbury to construct the 130-foot blades and could become the first manufacturer of wind turbine components in the state.

BALTIMORE (AP) The chief of staff for Baltimore's mayor will be leaving her post next month. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Monday that Sophie Dagenais plans to depart March 21. The mayor says the search for a new chief of staff is under way.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Officials say an inmate has escaped from the Plummer Community Corrections Center in Wilmington. Authorities say 29-year-old Pleasant Hardy was seen jumping over the center's wall about 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

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