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DOVER, Del. - State lawmakers are wrapping up their work on the budget bills for the fiscal year that begins Tuesday. The state House on Wednesday gave final approval to a $3.8 billion operating budget, and members also tweaked the proposed capital budget to allow for a $10 million bailout for Delaware’s three casinos. On Thursday, the finance committee was set to begin work on a $45 million grants package for community organizations and nonprofit groups. By Randall Chase. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 p.m. EDT, 500 words by 6 p.m. EDT.


DOVER, Del. - State officials are in contract negotiations with a lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper to run Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Public health officials informed Mark Lally, president of First State Compassion Center, in a letter last month that his organization submitted the top bid for the medical marijuana operation. Officials released the letter Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING 450 words by 3 p.m. EDT


WASHINGTON - A giant food service company that bumped thousands of college cafeteria workers from its health plan earlier this year now says it’s backtracking. Sodexo had justified its original decision by saying it was aligning corporate policies with the requirements of President Barack Obama’s health care law. But the move fueled a union organizing drive and campus protests. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.


SPARKS, Md. - There may be no company that says Maryland like Old Bay Seasoning. The rust-colored blend of herbs and spices has been included in recipes for everything from baked pumpkin seeds to chicken wings and of course, steamed blue crabs. The question is how big of an ingredient the product will remain in Maryland’s economy as its owner, McCormick & Co., considers relocating. By Jonathan O’Connell of The Washington Post. SENT: 500 words.


BALTIMORE - Baltimore is paying Joseph T. “Jody” Landers III to be its Nate Silver of real estate. The Board of Estimates approved a $35,000 agreement on Wednesday with Landers, a former mayoral candidate and former vice president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, to develop a graphic based database showing how the housing market has performed in each of the city’s neighborhoods. It’s similar to how Silver, at his website FiveThirtyEight, uses data and graphics to breakdown a news story, or find America’s best burrito. By Adam Bednar of The Daily Record. SENT: 330 words.



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