Regional Recap, April 5, 2011

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BWI Roadway Ramp To Close For Project BWI Marshall Airport will close the vehicle ramp from northbound Maryland 170 (Aviation Blvd) to eastbound Interstate 195 for a reconstruction and repaving project.The ramp closure is expected to run from Monday through Sunday, according to a BWI spokesman.Vehicles from northbound MD 170 will be able to access the BWI Marshall Airport terminal and the BWI Marshall Airport Hourly Garage via Terminal Road.

Lawmakers Settle Pension, Retiree Benefits Differences.  A panel of Maryland lawmakers has settled pension and retiree prescription drug differences between the House of Delegates and the Senate. The compromise worked out Monday addresses one of the biggest differences between the two chambers in budget legislation. The compromise contains elements from both chambers and the governor’s plan. The panel settled on retiree prescription drug changes that will raise out-of-pocket expenses, but not as much as had been considered. Currently, out-pocket expenses are capped at $700 a year, but that will rise to $1,500 for the retiree and $2,000 for a couple.

Budget Standoff May Lead To Government Shutdown. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that America is about to hit its debt limit of $14.3 trillion, and if Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on federal budget cuts by midnight Friday, the government will shut down.”It’s one of the worst things that can happen, particularly in this fragile economy,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, said.Officials said there’s a huge divide between the $33 billion in cuts offered up by Democrats and the $100 billion in cutbacks some freshmen Republicans are proposing.

O’s Stay Undefeated, Crush Tigers. For all the hype about the additions the Orioles made to their lineup during the offseason, the most productive player thus far is the one who’s worn a Baltimore uniform the longest: leadoff batter Brian Roberts.Roberts hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta allowed one run in six innings and the unbeaten Orioles thrilled a sellout crowd in their home opener by defeating the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Monday.On a gorgeous afternoon at Camden Yards, Baltimore extended a surprising winning streak that began with a three-game sweep at Tampa Bay. Off to its best start since 1997, the Orioles (4-0) have not yet trailed, haven’t given up more than one run in a game and have outscored the competition 17-4.

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