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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland environmental advocates are pleased lawmakers put $23.5 million in a fund to fight pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, despite a tough budget year. Kim Coble, Maryland's executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, says the environment did well in terms of the budget, but not in terms of policy legislation.

ARNOLD Md. (AP) The president of Anne Arundel Community College will retire next year. Martha Smith has informed the college's board of trustees that she plans to step down on August 1st, 2012.

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore's spending board members plan to have a May 18 hearing on increasing the city's water and sewer rates by 9 percent. The Baltimore Sun reports that the Board of Estimates says an average family of four would pay about $88 more per year.

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore police aim to hire another 300 officers by year's end and they want to make sure they are attracting city residents to the force. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld plan to announce the effort today at police headquarters.

BALTIMORE (AP) A Delaware official says Navy plans to recycle rather than sink four retired warships won't affect plans to scuttle a destroyer off the coast of Maryland. The coordinator of the artificial reef program for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the ship is to be sunk this year.

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore police want to hire another 300 officers by year's end and they want to attract city residents to join the force. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld plan to announce the effort today at police headquarters.

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore's spending board members plan to hold a May 18 hearing on increasing the city's water and sewer rates by 9 percent. The Baltimore Sun reports that the Board of Estimates says an average family of four would pay about $88 more per year.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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