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In an "11th hour" move, Governor O'Malley put forth rules to tighten regulations on phosphorus that runs off into the Chesapeake Bay. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Tim Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun talk about what this means for farmers, the Bay, and why O'Malley made the decision when he did.

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Chants of "Brantley Security, shame on you" reverberated through Harbor East Monday afternoon as more than 30 Brantley officers began a 24-hour strike against the company.  The officers, who provide security for the shops, restaurants, hotels and residences of Harbor East, claim the company’s managers have retaliated against them for trying to unionize.

The big Republican wins in the November election have led lawmakers in Baltimore and Annapolis to look toward rolling back the stormwater remediation fees imposed after the 2012 General Assembly session. The fees have been derided by opponents as a “rain tax.”

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The election’s behind us. Winter lurks. And depending on who or where you are on the political spectrum, it’s a season of change, challenge and melancholy.

Call it the Transition Blues. No one’s immune.

Take governor-elect Larry Hogan. He’s about to take charge of a $40 billion government with a deficit of about $1 billion. You probably can’t keep your tax-cutting promises. The ecstasy of victory slams into reality.

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Baltimore City officials announced they will nearly double the size of their rat-eradication team in hopes of ridding the city of the vermin.

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When the Maryland General Assembly starts its session in January, it will be dealing with a new governor from a different party and about a third of its members will be freshmen.  Between a Republican governor and a host of more left-leaning Democrats coming in, the next four years bear the signs of a more partisan landscape in Annapolis.

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Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) has assembled a transition team and one prominent member is former State Sen. and Anne Arundel County Executive Bobby Neall.  WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what this decision says about how Hogan might lead in Annapolis.

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Around the metro area, Sunday, families reconnected for the first time in months. Naps were taken, priests and pastors delivered fully developed homilies and sermons and people actually had extended conversations without one eye cocked to the television.

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It’s about 6:30 a.m. and 17-year-old Julia Miller, dressed in jeans and tennis shoes, is ready for school. But before she can head out, she has to wake up her two-month-old son, Logan, and feed and dress him. Miller already fed him sometime between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. and fell back asleep. “I’m exhausted,” she said as she trudged up the narrow stairs to her room in the small townhouse she shares with her mom, older brother and Logan’s father, 19-year-old Shaquille Johnson. He works afternoons in a grocery store and was walking around sleepily helping Miller with the baby.

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Despite the threat of vetoes, the Baltimore City Council approved bills Monday that would ban plastic bags and require police officers to wear body cameras.

Councilman Jim Kraft originally proposed a five cent fee on plastic bags. The bill was changed to an outright ban last week.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has complained that the public was shut out of discussion on the ban, but Kraft said it was discussed at a hearing on Nov. 5 and at hearings on other plastic bag fees proposed over the last eight years.