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8:31 am
Wed April 9, 2014

A Bill-Signing Ceremony, A Strike At Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Prayer At Carroll County Meetings

Senate President Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley, and House Speaker Mike Busch sign laws a day after the 2014 General Assembly session ended.
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

110 bills passed during the just-finished General Assembly session have been signed into law. A service and maintenance workers’ strike at Johns Hopkins Hospital has begun. Sectarian prayers at Carroll County Commissioners meetings have been suspended. Plus: O’Malley’s legislative legacy, Clinton endorses Brown, tree-planting incentives in Ocean City, and more.

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Cellar Notes
12:50 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Inexpensive Bordeaux - 4/9/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine
 

Ch. Tuilerie Pagés, Bordeaux 2010 *  $    
(Light, inexpensive Bordeaux for current every day drinking)

Ch. La Landotte, Médoc 2010 **  $$
(Classic petit Bordeaux, suitable for laying down for aging)

Ch. Gachon, Montagne Saint-Emilion 2008  *1/2  $
(5 years old, nearly mature, decent fruit, significant tannin)

Ch. Les Vielles Pierres, Lussac-St. Emilion 2009 **  $
(A very good value in petit Bordeaux, merlot dominated)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Wine World.  See sponsor tab.

The Morning Economic Report
8:39 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

GDP - 4/9/14

You probably have never celebrated the existence of the economic measure known as gross domestic product or GDP.  Perhaps you should.  The Bureau of Economic Analysis recently listed GDP as one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century.  According to writer Fred Andrews, GDP was devised during the Great Depression when President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal needed a gauge to determine how well programs were working and the economy was faring. 

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Radio Kitchen #1229
8:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Spring Potatoes

  April 8, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Potatoes

I'm unusually skeptical about the weather this year, and I wish I could feel more confident that spring truly has arrived.  In many ways this is like the beginning of a new year for us, with all of the springtime produce now in the pipeline.  And one thing I can't get off my mind are those lovely little tender white potatoes that we get this time of year.

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The Nature of Things
3:28 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Deer & Wildlife Management

For many people, the sight of a white-tailed deer bounding gracefully through the forest is an exciting and memorable experience that they would like to see more often.

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Public Commentary
3:07 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Josh M. Sharfstein, M.D.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein

Dr. Sharfstein is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Previously, he served as the Commissioner of Health in Baltimore, Maryland and as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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The Environment In Focus
2:07 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Wind Farm Proposal Hit by Hurricane of Political Opposition

Fourth generation farm owners Mary Anne and Rick Peterman are among the residents of the Eastern Shore of Maryland who would profit from a proposed 50-turbine wind farm that could be the first built on the Delmarva Peninsula. 

Environment In Focus Podcast 4-9-2014

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 8, 1-2 p.m.
11:03 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Hillary Clinton 2016

Hillary Clinton's super PAC has already netted $4 million dollars in the case that runs for president in 2016.

Jonathan Allen, the White House reporter for Bloomberg News, and Amie Parnes, the White House correspondent for The Hill, are the authors of "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton."

With production help from Paula Gallagher.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 8, 12-1 p.m.
10:55 am
Tue April 8, 2014

General Assembly Wrap

The Maryland General Assembly voted this year to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10.
Credit The Capital Gazette

The day after the Maryland General Assembly session ends, we take a look at what was accomplished, or not. Our guests: Chris Connelly, WYPR state house reporter; C. Fraser Smith, WYPR senior news analyst; and Erin Cox, Maryland politics reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

ADDITIONAL READING:

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Maryland Morning
10:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

As Session Ends, Lawmakers Increase Minimum Wage, Create New System for Medical Marijuana

Credit Compfight

Sheilah Kast recaps the final days of the General Assembly with WYPR Statehouse reporter Chris Connelly and The Washington Post's Jenna Johnson.
The population of Annapolis has gone down this morning.  Maryland state senators and delegates are home, or heading home.  In the legislative session that ended at midnight, they raised the minimum wage to $10.10/hour by 2018 and expanded the school day for some pre-schoolers.  
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