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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted unanimously for the state's $40 billion budget.
 
The vote was 46-0 Thursday.
 
Lawmakers made extra cuts to restore scaled-back education funding initially proposed in Gov. Larry Hogan's budget. A 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state employees also has been restored.
 
Democrats and Republicans spoke positively about the bipartisanship that went into the Senate's budget work.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say the state is seeing a record number of influenza cases and deaths this flu season.

Officials announced Thursday that there have been 2,309 lab-confirmed flu cases so far this season. That surpasses the 2,247 cases confirmed in the 2009-2010 H1N1 outbreak dubbed "swine flu."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Natural resources officials are reminding Delaware residents that flying drones is restricted in state parks.

The Division of Parks & Recreation said in a news release on Wednesday that that the use of drones on all park lands is restricted and otherwise illegal without proper authorization.

Parks officials point out that flying of unmanned aircraft creates problems such as harassment of wildlife, filming of unaware park visitors and injury from crash landings.

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The repeal of Delaware’s death penalty inched forward this week with a Senate committee approving the legislation that excludes the 15 inmates currently on death row.

Senator Karen Peterson is cosponsor of the measure.

And, the Stanton Democrat along with other supporters of repeal says that capital punishment is not only costly but has been applied in a morally discriminatory fashion.

This is not the first time that repeal has headed to the full Senate for approval.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Officials say a Maryland college student won't return to campus this semester after an email he sent filled with racist and sexist language was made public.

University of Maryland College Park officials announced Wednesday that the decision was made by "mutual consent" with the student, who sent the email to fraternity brothers in January 2014. The school's investigation is continuing.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is conducting a field hearing in Richmond on payday lending.

The hearing Thursday will feature remarks from the bureau's director, Richard Cordray, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Consumer groups, advocates for the poor and industry representatives are also expected to speak, as well as members of the public.

Observers say the bureau could issue guidance or possibly proposed regulations for payday lending.

BALTIMORE (AP) - School systems in Maryland can apply to waive up to three snow days this year.

After a winter that saw many systems delay and cancel classes because of snow and ice, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to authorize Superintendent Lillian Lowery to make case-by-case decisions on waivers from the state's 180-day requirement.

The board also asked that each system's waiver request include an outline of calendar changes made to meet students' instructional needs.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is helping to celebrate a milestone with the MGM National Harbor resort and casino.

On Wednesday, the governor is offering remarks during the MGM Resorts International's 1,000th member construction workforce celebration.

The $925 million project was projected last year to bring about 2,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs.

The plans for the site include a casino that can hold 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games. Officials said it could open as early as 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to consider changes to the state's $40.4 billion budget plan.

Two budget bills that are working in tandem to balance the state's books for the next fiscal year will be before the Senate on Wednesday.

The House of Delegates approved the measures last week.

The House restored money for education that Gov. Larry Hogan had scaled back to help balance the state's books in the long term. The House also restored money for a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state employees.

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Great Bay Wind says it’s turning to solar power instead.

Pioneer Green Energy has announced that the obstacles to erecting a large wind farm in Somerset County have led to an indefinite suspension of its plans.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in a letter sent to the Somerset County Commissioners last week the company said that with language in the federal defense legislation last year delaying the project had caused too much uncertainty to move ahead.

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