BALTIMORE (AP) - Attorney General Doug Gansler wants a task force to study options for high-speed rail service between Baltimore and Washington.
Gansler, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, says that if he's elected governor, he'll gather representatives from transportation agencies, housing and environmental advocacy groups and private businesses to submit recommendations.
He says it would boost Baltimore's economy.
There are two proposals in the works for a high-speed rail within Maryland, but they depend largely on the federal government.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says more friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in support of a massive restoration of the estuary.
The leading advocate for the bay's cleanup says one amicus brief has been filed by several cities, including New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A second was filed by Florida conservation groups.
This month, Virginia's attorney general filed an amicus brief in support of the plan.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A report by a think tank at UCLA says legalizing gay marriages in Virginia could generate up to $60 million in spending in three years.
The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that about 7,000 same-sex couples may choose to get married in Virginia within three years of a change in law. In February, a federal judge in Norfolk struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. The decision has been stayed pending an appeal, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Richmond on May 13.
SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - A death certificate states the death of a Delaware inmate has been ruled a homicide.
The certificate provided Steve Hampton, an attorney representing the family of 48-year-old Ronald Shoup of Lewes, shows that the Sussex Correctional Institution inmate "sustained lethal trauma while being restrained multiple times by prison response team."
With the nation marking Earth Day, Alan Girard, Eastern Shore director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says much progress has been made in cleaning up the bay and dealing with population growth on Delmarva.
Delaware’s revenue forecasting panel says the state’s budget problems just got worse predicting that it will fall $75 million short of previous estimates.
The new projections by the non-partisan Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council means that the state’s governor and lawmakers may have to consider budget cuts as they head toward the June deadline.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that Governor Jack Markell is expected to put $20 million back into the general fund that agencies will not spend this year.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A pair of ospreys whose nest had been removed by state transportation workers because it was blocking a traffic camera rebuilt the nest, only to have it removed again.
The back-and-forth between the migratory birds and the Maryland Transportation Authority began Friday when the state agency tried to move the nest on a pole that holds a traffic camera on the Bay Bridge.
Agency spokesman John Sales said officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.
BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are blaming the weather for holding up a streetscape project in Bethany Beach.
The Delaware Department of Transportation says harsh weather this winter slowed work on Garfield Parkway near the boardwalk and the project won't be complete before Memorial Day. Work will be put on hold during the summer tourism season and resume in the fall.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor says a state jail in Baltimore will no longer automatically comply with federal requests to hold immigrants past their release date for possible deportation.
Gov. Martin O'Malley says the Baltimore City Detention Center will now consider the severity of the charges a person is facing when reviewing U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement requests to hold immigrants through the "Secure Communities" program. O'Malley notified Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson of the change in a letter released last week.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state report shows Delaware's red-light cameras are reducing the frequency of dangerous crashes at 30 intersections, even as they bring in fewer dollars than in past years.
The News Journal reports the Delaware Department of Transportation's program generated more than 39,000 red-light tickets and about $4 million in fines last year. Fines are $112.50 each. After the program's expenses, it brought in just under $900,000.
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official financial projections is updating revenue estimates lawmakers will consider as they work on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council meets Monday, one month after lowering its overall revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by almost $108 million compared to its December forecast. Leading that decline was a $70 million drop in estimated corporate income taxes.
BERLIN, Md. (AP) - The Worcester County Sheriff's Office says a 75-year-old woman died after cleaning her home in Berlin.
Officials say the woman was cleaning her bathroom at her home at the Lake Haven Trailer Park on Sunday, when she mixed a cleaning product that may have had ammonia in it with bleach, a combination which can create toxic vapors.
The woman was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where officials say she was pronounced dead.
Officials say the incident is still under investigation, but they are reminding people to never mix cleaning products.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Anne Arundel County school board is delaying its selection of a new schools superintendent.
The Capital reports the board previously scheduled its section for this week's meeting on Wednesday. But Board of Education President Teresa Milio Birge says the board wasn't able to get everything done in time.
A decision could come at the May 7 meeting. The board could also call a special meeting to make a selection.