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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor two deputies who were shot and killed by a gunman who opened fire inside a crowded restaurant when they became involved in a shootout.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said last night that authorities identified the shooter as 67 year-old David Brian Evans who was also killed in the shootout.

The sheriff said Evans had outstanding warrants for his arrest in Florida and Harford County. The sheriff added that a loaded handgun was recovered from him.


They were mostly students and faculty as Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach took the stage yesterday for a Town Hall.

It was entitled “Rap With Me.”

But in recent months the issue of diversity on campus led to a group of students who met with the President about – what they see – as a lack of racial awareness on campus.

They presented the President with a statement during their meeting with her and then said they would return with specific issues.

The 4-to-2 law that restricts the number of tenants in a home in Salisbury is being challenged by a landlord who is seeking $750-thousand in damages.

The defendants include the city and former Mayor Jim Ireton.

The former mayor who is currently running for congress in Maryland’s First District pushed to clean up poorly kept rentals.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Adams Housing LLC says that it was in compliance with the law because two of the three tenants were related.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - People who smoke cigarettes in cars with children could be hit with a $100 fine if legislation proposed by a Virginia House Republican becomes law.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in a car with a child under the age of 8.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure in Maryland would end animal use in medical education and training, if there is an alternative method.

The bill is scheduled to have a hearing on Thursday in the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

Bill supporters say Johns Hopkins University is the only school in the state, and one of two in the United States and Canada, that uses animals for medical education.

Johns Hopkins has been criticized for the use of live pigs in surgical training. Critics say that's unnecessary and outdated.

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A measure in the Virginia legislature would allow state government officials from having to perform same-sex marriages if it violates their religious beliefs.

The bill also would allow religious organizations and their employees to deny services and facilities for marriage related activities.

The bill was approved by a legislative committee despite the opposition of the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality Virginia.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the legislation was introduced after the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A legislative panel has killed a bill that would have required students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the bill died Tuesday with an 8-13 vote in a House subcommittee.

It sought to require school boards to adopt policies ensuring that restrooms and locker rooms are "only used by students based on their biological sex."

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Georgetown Town Council member David Anderson in his second year in office has quit citing personal reasons.

The Town Council will be searching for a replacement to serve out the rest of his term which ends in May or this year.

The new term from 2016 to 2018 will be filled through a municipal election

The fourth ward covers the area south of West Market Street and west of South Bedford Street.

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SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware wildlife officials say recent harsh winter weather has been posing a threat to coastal diamondback terrapins.

The Delaware State News reports the wind and waves, combined with the freezing temperatures, have wreaked particular havoc on those turtles.

The terrapins have been hibernating, but the strong waves have washed away much of their habitat, especially during the Jan. 23 storm.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are outlining a package of gun-control measures as part of their legislative priorities this session.

One measure discussed Wednesday would ban guns on public college campuses. Now, gun policies are decided on a campus-by-campus basis.

Another bill would ban people on the national no-fly list from buying guns. It would prevent the state police from issuing gun permits to those on the terrorist-watch list that is maintained by the FBI.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving will release its first report on the number of times drunken drivers are stopped from using their vehicles by ignition interlock devices in all 50 states.

The group will release the report Wednesday in Annapolis.

MADD is releasing the report in a state where lawmakers are pushing to require all drunken drivers with blood alcohol content of .08 or greater to have the ignition interlock devices.

State law now requires them for those with a BAC of 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit for driving.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State public health officials say the mosquito-borne Zika virus has turned up in Delaware.

Officials say the first Delaware Zika case in a woman is travel-related, and that pregnancy is not an issue.

Public health officials planned to provide more details in a teleconference on Wednesday.

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Governor Jack Markell is set to sign a measure that apologizes for Delaware’s role in the institution of slavery.

The measure acknowledges the cruelty and brutality of not only slavery but the injustice of the Jim Crow laws that imposed segregation for the next hundred years.

On the 150 anniversary of the ratification of the 13th amendment that ended slavery Markell said it was essential that the state publicly acknowledge the everlasting damage of “those sins.”

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The Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure that allows felons to vote while they complete parole or probation.

The key vote came from Democrat Craig Zucker who voted for the override first as a Delegate and then as a state Senator after his appointment.

The Senate vote was 29 to 16.

A similar bill now goes back to the House of Delegates where a second override effort will take place without his vote.

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Repair crews are out along the Ocean City shoreline repairing damage done by the recent snow storm.

The beach cleanup is being carried out in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

It’s estimated that as much as 880-thousand cubic yards of sand was lost.  

The initial assessment last week was $21 million.

Mayor Rick Meeham told WBOC that this is only for the beaches adding that an official estimate for homeowners and businesses has not yet been released.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Conservancy says the Obama administration included $29 million in the fiscal 2017 budget for land conservation across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The conservation group says the funding will help protect significant wildlife habitat and historical sites in Virginia and Maryland. Under the proposed spending plan, the National Park Service and other federal agencies would receive the funding.

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The fight over hiking the minimum wage is heating up in Delaware.

The Delaware Restaurant Association headlined Carrie Leishman yesterday whose organization represents 2-thousand restaurants in the state.

She called for broadening the battle in the court of public opinion.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the effort to hike the minimum wage above the current $8.25 an hour has been led by labor unions and Democratic Party leaders.

The paper reports nearly 50-thousand have jobs in the restaurant industry in the First State.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Democratic senator who broke from her party to support Republicans' pick for the Virginia Supreme Court says she has changed her mind.

Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas joined Republicans on the Senate Court of Justice Committee Tuesday in endorsing Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston for the high court. Lucas said she agreed to it in exchange for her neighbor and political mentor being put on the appeals court.

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DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say they've charged a 17-year-old from the Bethany Beach area with bringing a pellet gun and knife to Indian River High School.
Police say a concerned student alerted administrators on Monday that the student had a knife and a gun.
A school resource officer responded to the school, cleared the classroom where the student was at the time and searched the student.
Police say the detective found an 8-inch knife in the student's boot and a pellet gun in his book bag.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Winter storm and coastal flood warnings have been issued for Delaware as a winter storm bears down on the mid-Atlantic region.

The storm warning took effect at midnight and remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

On the mid-shore this includes Kent Counties in both Maryland and Delaware as well as Queen Annie’s County.

The coastal flood warning is in effect through noon today, with moderate to minor flooding during this morning's high tide.

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The University of Delaware Faculty Senate has voted to push to allow in-state students to keep SAT scores from being considered as part of their admissions.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the program would begin in 2017 and would be reviewed in four years to see if could be expanded.

The vote yesterday was the result of research that finds high school grades are a much better predictor of how well a student does in college.

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EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - Mount St. Mary's University says its president has apologized and its provost has resigned after some embarrassing publicity about a plan to boost the schools' student-retention rate.

President Simon Newman said in a campus-wide email Friday that he had requested and received Provost David Rehm's resignation.

The Mountain Echo student newspaper reported last month that Rehm had criticized Newman's plan to identify, through a freshman survey, those who might not succeed and help them withdraw and obtain tuition refunds.

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The town of Reboboth Beach is looking at draft legislation that would limit the number of people who can spend the night in a rental unit.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the measure would impose a maximum of two people per bedroom plus four additional people.

The paper reports that for a rental with seven bedrooms the total limit would be 18.

And, an efficiency with no bedrooms could have four.

The paper reports that the proposal is the result of raucous behavior during the summer season.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have a potential quandary on their hands that's rare, if not unprecedented: Can one of their own vote twice on the same bill?

At issue is a measure allowing felons to vote while on probation or parole. Supporters say the measure will help reintegrate felons into society, but opponents say those felons haven't yet paid their debt to society.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed it. The House barely overrode the veto.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill that's making its way through Virginia's General Assembly would prevent political parties from requiring voters to sign a party affiliation statement in a presidential primary.

The Republican-led Senate voted 34-5 to approve the bill Monday. It heads to the House. 

The state Republican Party had planned to require voters in the party's March 1 primary to sign a statement affirming they're Republicans before casting a ballot. But it later changed its mind amid criticism from Donald Trump supporters.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state committee is set to consider a variety of funding requests from local law enforcement agencies for new equipment and training.

The State Aid to Local Law Enforcement committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, weather permitting, to consider the requests.

The largest single request comes from the Wilmington Police Department, which is seeking $35,000 for training and more than $13,000 to buy automatic external defibrillators.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Law enforcement officials plan to announce an initiative to deal with the heroin problem in Virginia's Tidewater region.

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente (BEN'-tay) and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be joined by other federal, state and local officials at the news conference Tuesday morning at the federal courthouse in Norfolk.

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As this week’s snow draws near a coastal flood advisory is in effect for the Delaware coastline into tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service says the alert bean at 5 a.m. this morning through 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The storm surge is expected to be as high as 2 and a half feet.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that as the winter storm advances tomorrow the ocean waves are expected to reach 8 to 10 feet.

The bay could see a height of up to 5 feet.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Opponents of capital punishment are planning a rally to protest the defeat of a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty, and what they describe as chronic racial injustice in the state.

Demonstrators planned to gather for a "Moral Monday" protest outside Legislative Hall on Monday.

They say protests will be a weekly occurrence during this year's legislative session.

Organizations supporting the protests include the NAACP, the Complexities of Color Coalition, the Delaware Repeal Project, and Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty.