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Maryland Senate passes budget

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ANNAPOLIS -- T he state Senate approved Gov. Martin O'Malley's nearly $37 billion budget Wednesday, a 5 percent increase in spending from last year, after approving amendments increasing the amount of cash the state would have on hand to deal with federal cuts. The Senate passed the budget 42-5 after Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Prince George's and Calvert counties, made...