Good morning, Baltimore: Health exchange audit, Cosby sales and water bill woes

Good morning, Baltimore:  Here's what you need to know for Friday.



It's going to be  a rainy Friday with temperatures reaching 51 and falling back to 34 overnight. There is a possibility of --- there's that word again --- snow showers after midnight. Winds will be 7 to 14 mph and will  be out of the north northwest. Saturday will be cold, and once again, there is a chance of snow showers. Sunday will be sunny with temperatures in the upper 40s.


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A long-awaited audit of Maryland's health insurance exchange has found that the state improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation.

Barely 24 hours before performance time, just 59 percent of the 2,564 tickets available for the 8 p.m. Bill Cosby show at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric  had been purchased.

Baltimore officials are sending turn-off notices to 25,000 delinquent water customers, giving them  10 days to pay long-overdue bills or face the loss of water service.

Featherbed Lane Elementary School is among 220 schools in the Baltimore area that established food pantries to try and combat hunger.


Christine Samuels, 43, of Essex, was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing close to $10,000 from the Orems Elementary School's PTA during the time she was the group's president. Samuels was featured in an article in The Baltimore Sun Sunday on which she spoke about trying to save her two sons from their addiction to heroin, as well as her own struggle with drugs.

Public health officials, Annapolis lawmakers, and the beverage industry have joined to ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it even came on the market in Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday he will ask the General Assembly to put an additional $8.2 million in next year's budget to let the Maryland State Police hire 100 more troopers and reopen the closed Annapolis barracks.