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Fiscal Cliff Could Change Maryland's Growing Revenue

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Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot released updated revenue estimates for the state yesterday, projecting the state will bring in an additional $161 million for the next two fiscal years.

Franchot says that means the state's economy is growing, but very modestly. He adds it could all be undone, if Congress goes over the fiscal cliff at the end of the year.

Franchot also says employment is showing noticeable improvement in the state, but wage growth is exceedingly poor, with Maryland's private sector weekly earnings ranked 46th in the nation.

Also yesterday, a panel of state lawmakers recommended cutting the state's ongoing projected budget deficit of $382 million by more than half in the next fiscal year. Maryland is required to have a balanced budget each fiscal year. However, projected spending for future years has exceeded revenues in recent years.

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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

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