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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Officials say a federal government shutdown could have a vast effect on Maryland's own government. It could force furloughs of employees supported by some federal grants, or require the state to absorb that cost.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The governor's office says a government shutdown also could cost the state millions in reduced income tax revenue and reduced spending on taxable goods. Governor O'Malley's office says there could be more revenue losses from the furloughing of federal contractors working in the state.

DOVER, Del. (AP) A conservative Democrat has added two last-minute amendments as state senators prepare to vote on a bill offering legal recognition to same-sex couples in Delaware. The bill to be voted today would authorize civil unions for same-sex couples but continue to limit marriage under Delaware law to opposite-sex couples.

BALTIMORE (AP) After suffering their first loss of the season last night against Detroit, the Baltimore Orioles continue their series tonight against the Tigers. The Orioles face Detroit pitcher Brad Penny, who gave up eight runs on seven hits in less than five innings on Saturday.

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore city officials have approved $75,000 to fund an investigation into the shooting death of a police office in January. The Board of Estimates also approved the costs yesterday of a funeral held for Officer William Torbit, who was fatally shot by fellow officers after responding to a disturbance outside a nightclub.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) The Greenbrier in Charleston, W.Va., will close its underground casino for three days in June while it hosts a judicial conference. The conference's sponsor, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, requested the casino's closure during the gathering of about 1,000 judges and lawyers from West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

BALTIMORE (AP) The Coast Guard warns people who pay to go fishing on the Chesapeake Bay to avoid illegal charter boats. Coast Guard investigators have seen an increase in reports of vessels illegally charging to carry people over the last two years.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A measure to extend protections to transgendered individuals in Maryland is advancing in the state Senate. But it faces long with the 2011 session rapidly coming to an end.

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