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The National Folk Festival has announced its first eight musical acts for this year.

Among them are the award winning blind fiddler Michael Cleveland & The Flamekeeper, Sounds of Korea and the fiddle Western singing group Quebe Sisters.

In addition there will be Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band, Imamyar Hasanoy & Abbos Kosimov as well as Mariachi Los Comperos, Marquise Knox and Orquesta SCC.

Mayor Jake Day said that he was “blown away at how lost you get in the talent.”

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware prison officials are restricting inmate visits as a preventative health measure amid the current flu epidemic.

Officials say that starting Wednesday morning, prison visits will be suspended for any child under the age of 16.

Meanwhile, Department of Correction officials say they are working with the Division of Public Health and are treating all offenders with elevated temperatures and symptoms of the flu.  To date, 64 offenders have been treated with Tamiflu.  

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On a 3-to-2 vote the Sussex County Council has approved a $1.5 million loan to the Sussex Sports Center Foundation.

The money allows for a new sports complex to be constructed off Sand Hill Road in Georgetown.

The agreement requires the foundation to use its own money to match the loan.

WBOC reports that those who opposed the 56 acre project said they did not believe there had been enough public input and questioned whether it was worth the money.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - To help steady Maryland's struggling health care exchange, Maryland is considering steps some other states have started taking to stabilize insurance markets: revive a sort of insurance for insurers.

Measures relating to health insurance are scheduled for hearings Wednesday.

One includes a proposal for what's known as reinsurance, which protects insurers against very high claims.

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Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath now has enough signatures to qualify to run for Wicomico County Executive as an independent.

He handed in over 800 signature to local election officials that goes beyond the 651 needed to get on the ballot.

The requirement is 1 percent of the total registered voters in the county.

Health told the Salisbury Daily Times that he looks forward to the general election in November when he is expected to run against the incumbent Republican Bob Culver.

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