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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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Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.
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Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.
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Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.
NPR

Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

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