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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Lawmakers are concerned that the governor's plan to have state utilities buy wind energy would cost ratepayers too much money. Lawmakers are five days from the end of session, with many of the governor's top priorities, including the wind bill, still awaiting decisions.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) A civil liberties group says the state prison agency may be invading Facebook users' privacy by asking prospective correctional officers to let background investigators view their personal websites. The state says applicants will be asked to voluntarily log in so that investigators can review the sites.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) Scores of people are lobbying lawmakers to vote against a bill that would offer legal recognition to same-sex couples in the state. People opposed to the same-sex civil unions gathered at the state capitol for what was being called "Defend Marriage Day" today.

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have won four games so far in this baseball season and they are trying for a fifth win over the Detroit Tigers tonight. Detroit ace Justin Verlander will face the Orioles' Brad Bergesen at Camden Yards.

BALTIMORE (AP) A judge did not immediately rule on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against a $1.6 billion redevelopment of State Center. State attorneys say Baltimore business and property owners suing to stop the project waited too long to object.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Authorities say a suspicious letter found at a state building contained a pouch of harmless baby powder. Fire trucks blocked the street in front of the Jeffrey Building this afternoon, where the letter was found at the state's mail processing facility. An Annapolis fire department spokesman said the letter was called in at about 1 p.m.

DOVER, Del. (AP) The governor wants businesses to spread the word that Delaware is a good place to do business. He spoke today at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce's Manufacturing Conference and Legislative Brunch.

TOWSON, Md. (AP) The state of Maryland and Baltimore County are loaning Stanley Black +amp; Decker $1.1 million to secure the company's presence in Towson. The company says it is investing $12 million to modernize its Towson campus over five years.

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore mayoral candidate Otis Rolley is opening his campaign headquarters. Rolley, who served as former Mayor Sheila Dixon's chief of staff and as city planning director, will officially open his new headquarters tonight on The Avenue in Hampden.

BALTIMORE (AP) A group of Baltimore property owners is seeking to halt a $1.6 billion redevelopment of State Center. The first hearing in the lawsuit is scet for this morning in Baltimore Circuit Court.

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