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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are gathering for the start of their annual 90-day legislative session.

It begins at noon on Wednesday in Annapolis.

As they do each year, lawmakers are expected to elect the presiding officers for the House and Senate on the first day.

While some sessions get off to a slow start, lawmakers appear ready to act soon on some high-profile issues. Democrats who control the General Assembly say they expect an override vote against Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill requiring paid sick leave for businesses with 15 or more employees.

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The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee noted that Maryland was one of three states most targeted by Russian ads during the 2016 presidential elections.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that North Carolina Republican Richard Burr used the heavily Democratic state to downplay the impact of the Russian backed ads.

The paper reports that there were 262 ads in Maryland as opposed to Wisconsin which saw only 55.

President Trump barely won Wisconsin.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A candidate for the Maryland Democratic Party's nomination for governor wants a judge to rule she's eligible to seek the office.

A Maryland gubernatorial candidate must have been a Maryland resident and registered voter for five years immediately preceding the election.

The Washington Post reports that in a filing Friday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Krishanti Vignarajah says she was always a registered voter, although she did not vote in Maryland for 10 years.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland members of the Electoral College are meeting in Annapolis to cast their votes.

State Board of Elections spokeswoman Donna Duncan says the 10 electors are meeting at 1 p.m. Monday in the Maryland State House.

They're required by law to vote for the presidential and vice presidential candidates who received the plurality of votes cast in the state in the Nov. 8 general election.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland ended up lower than state elections officials thought it would be.

Linda Lamone, the state's elections administrator, said Thursday that voter turnout was about 66 percent for both Election Day and early voting.

With some long lines at polls on Election Day, Lamone initially projected hours before polls closed that overall turnout could reach 80 percent or higher.

In the end, about 2.5 million Maryland residents voted early and on Election Day. The state has about 3.9 million eligible voters.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has been among leading states in electing women to political offices for decades, but the state could have its first all-male congressional delegation in more than 40 years unless at least one of two Republicans or a third-party candidate wins in November in the heavily Democratic state.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Pride of Baltimore II is leaving the city for a four-month voyage along the East Coast to the Great Lakes.

The tall ship's mission is to promote Maryland's economic interests to ports around the U.S. and Canada. It also will participate in the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2016. That involves several sailing races throughout the summer.

The ship leaves Tuesday and is scheduled to return in early October.

Since its commissioning in 1988, the ship has traveled more than 250,000 nautical miles and visited 40 countries in 200 ports.

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Voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. on Thursday until 8 p.m.

Early voting for Maryland's April 26 primary runs through April 21. There is at least one early voting center in each county.

Ballots should be cast at designated early voting centers in county of residence.

Voters will be choosing nominees for president and a U.S. Senate seat, as well as nominees for congressional seats. Baltimore voters will be picking a nominee for mayor.

Addresses for the early voting centers are available at 

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Virginia got White House approval for a declaration of disaster which will provide supplemental aid to the state.

January’s snow storm struck the commonwealth hard and the federal funds will go toward repairing and replacing infrastructure.

WBOC reports that twenty counties and five cities were particularly hard hit by the storm.

Meanwhile, Maryland got approval for a disaster declaration last week while Delaware is still awaiting a response to its request.

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With the oncoming snow storm Maryland and Virginia have declared a state of emergency as Delaware Governor Jack Markell urges residents to prepare for the winter blast.

Delaware is expected to be hit the hardest on Delmarva with up to 8 inches in Sussex County while in Salisbury the snow is expected to be 2 to 4 inches deep.


The National Weather Service has declared a blizzard watch for New Castle and Kent counties, while Sussex County is under a winter storm watch.