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Maryland's Debate Over Minimum Wage Could Complicate Plans In D.C. Suburbs

When the Maryland General Assembly convenes next year, it's near certain that its members will take up a bill to raise the minimum wage in the state to $10 per hour. That may make some people cheer, but it's below what's being sought in some of the state's D.C. suburbs.

Several state lawmakers, including House Speaker Mike Busch, say it's best for the General Assembly to deal with any possible minimum wage hike, since it would make the pay rate uniform throughout Maryland.

Opponents of raising the minimum wage to $11.50 in Montgomery County sounded similar concerns at a public hearing on Thursday, saying it could lead businesses moving to Frederick and Carroll Counties where the rate would be lower.

But County Councilman Marc Elrich, sponsor of the bill raising the minimum wage, says cost of living rates are different throughout the state.

"I actually think different wage levels by areas of the state is actually a good idea. I support that $10 state movement, but that wage in western Maryland makes sense if you look at the housing costs there. It might make sense in Wicomico County if you look at housing costs there," he says.

A vote on the Montgomery County bill is still a ways off, as a Council committee must first issue recommendations on it, which it could do at a meeting right before Thanksgiving.

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Rita Dove: "Collected Poems: 1974 - 2004"

Rita Dove's poetry career has spanned more than forty years. During that time she won a Pulitzer Prize and became the first African-American poet laureate of the United States. Now she's released a new edition of collected works. Rita Dove on a life lived in verse.

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Frozen Food Fears: 4 Things To Know About The Listeria Recall

The FDA issued a massive recall of frozen fruits and vegetables this week. Here's what you need to know about the nasty bug that's causing all the problems.
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Back From The Breach: Moving The Federal Workforce Forward

A year after a massive cyber breach compromised the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, Kojo talks with OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert about her agency and key issues facing the federal workforce.

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Why Medical Error Is The Third Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S.

New research shows medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 250,000 people a year. Why there are so many mistakes, and what can be done to improve patient safety.

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