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Compromise Made On Pensions, Prescription Drugs In Maryland

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A move toward the middle -- seen as a significant step between the governor and the legislature to shore up the state's long-term fiscal health. The compromise worked out Monday addresses one of the trickiest budget hurdles between the two houses.

The panel settled on retiree prescription drug changes that will raise out-of-pocket expenses, but not as much as had been considered.

Currently, out-of-pocket expenses are capped at $700 a year. But that will rise to $1,500 for the retiree and $2,000 for a couple. The panel had been considering an out-of-pocket expense of $2,000 for the retiree and $3,000 for a couple.

The panel also decided to create a cost-of-living adjustment between 1 percent and 2.5 percent for retirees, but only to adjust for inflation.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 2, 2015

You can plan for dinner and a show (for a cause) or check out a reggae concert.

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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U-S is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: how revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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