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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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In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.
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To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business-School Basics

Farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. That means getting creative to succeed.
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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

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