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State’s municipalities hoping they can limp into better times (access required)

ACCIDENT — Smoke drifts lazily above the town hall in this tiny Western Maryland municipality while inside, city leaders warmed by a squat, wood-burning stove ponder how to squeeze a few more bucks out of the $124,000 budget. Sometimes fueled by trees that fall in the town park, the stove is part of Accident’s scrimping ...