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O'Malley To Lay Out Legislative Agenda Including Minimum Wage Increase

Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative priorities will include a measure to advance efforts to create a unified communications network for first responders.

Nina Smith, O'Malley's press secretary, said more details about the governor's top goals for the legislative session will be released Monday.

A main focus will be to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016. The current wage is $7.25 an hour. O'Malley, a Democrat, also wants to index the minimum wage to keep up with inflation.

His minimum wage proposal also would increase the cash wage rate for tipped workers from 50 percent to 70 percent of the minimum wage.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will push for added protections for domestic violence victims, and an expansion of prekindergarten.

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'We're Mostly Republicans': New Hampshire Voters Explained By 'Our Town'

After NPR's Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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'We're Mostly Republicans': New Hampshire Voters Explained By 'Our Town'

After NPR's Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.
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Infomagical: WNYC's 'Note To Self' Tries To Make Information Overload Disappear

NPR's Ari Shapiro checks in with Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's podcast, "Note To Self," about their "infomagical" challenge. They're trying to mediate the problem of information overload and have some results to share.

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