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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Opponents of Maryland's death penalty say they have the largest number of lawmakers supporting repeal than ever before, but the state Senate president says there still aren't enough votes to pass the bill. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says he doesn't believe there are enough votes for a repeal in the full Senate.

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) New Castle County Executive Paul Clark has appointed the Elsmere police chief as the county's public safety director. Clark named Scott McLaren to the post yesterday.

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts says his ailing back feels much better, and pitcher Justin Duchscherer has learned there's no structural damage to his bothersome left hip. Roberts has been sidelined with back spasms.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's Public Service Commission is saying a plan to make state utilities buy offshore wind energy will not cost ratepayers as much as some had feared. The Senate Finance Committee is set to consider today Gov. O'Malley's plan that would mandate utilities sign on to 25-year contracts to buy electricity generated by offshore wind turbines.

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