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WYPR's Fraser Smith and John Fritze of the Baltimore Sun talk about federal auditors' announcement that they will review Maryland's health insurance exchange and what role Rep. Andy Harris (R) had in that decision.

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The investigation into Baltimore’s troubled speed and red light camera system continues today, when the leader of a city council committee will put in a bill that would give his panel expanded powers. WYPR's Kenneth Burns talks with Nathan Sterner about the investigation, and previews today's "State of the City" address, to be delivered at 2pm at City Hall by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

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A lot of first steps will be taken this week at Baltimore city hall... the first steps towards making way for the east-west mass transit Red Line, and the first official steps towards beginning the subpoena process for the city’s problem-plagued speed and red light camera program. WYPR reporter Kenneth Burns gives Nathan Sterner an update on both.

Baltimore’s troubled speed and red light camera system will be the focus of today’s City Council meeting.

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The Baltimore City Council holds its first meeting of the year tonight. On the agenda: a proposal to ban smoking near playgrounds and school yards. And later this week, council members will hold a hearing to examine the city’s red light and speed camera system. WYPR's P. Kenneth Burns spoke with Nathan Sterner about both issues.

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Nearly half of all teachers quit the profession within the first five years, according to the National Education Association. But for Danielle Miller, a first-year, seventh-grade science teacher at Holabird Middle School, quitting is not an option. “Teaching is what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life,” Miller said last week, at the halfway point of her rookie year. “I am definitely enjoying it.”

Forecasts of snow have prompted many schedule changes in MD. Baltimore City schools and Baltimore County schools are closed. Our complete list is as follows:

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The first day of school can be a working definition of chaos: everyone needing directions, projectors that don’t work, balky computers, students looking for supplies and parents trying to decipher an identification system  – all of it there to be handled calmly by a very nervous first-year teacher.

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