STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials worked into the night to help clean up communities on the Eastern Shore that were hit by a tornado.

The National Weather Service say a tornado touched down 1:30 a.m. Monday near Stevensville in Queen Anne's County. Meteorologists say the tornado's wind speeds reached 125 miles per hour.

The storm downed trees, collapsed buildings and knocked out power to thousands in the Kent Island area. A hospital official says one injured man has been released.

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Has Wicomico County’s revenue tax cap run its course?

The Greater Salisbury Committee will be conducting a study to take a look at the measure’s impact 17 years after it was approved by voters.

The cap limits property tax revenue to a two percent increase or the Consumer Price Index whichever is less.

The Salisbury Daily Times notes that the CPI has not been above the 2 percent mark over the last half decade.

Mike Dunn, the committee’s CEO, told the paper the organization believed it was time to take a look at the cap.

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The head of Delaware’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health has quietly resigned.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the 67-yearold Mike Barbieri handed in his resignation on July 6th.

One week later indictments were handed down against three former employees of the Delaware Psychiatric Center alleging neglect that resulted in the death of a patient.

Barbieri’s division operated the center.

Adding to the controversy was his time as CEO of Crossroads of Delaware which was an outpatient addiction treatment facility.

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A 7 year old Assateague pony has died after eating a large amount of dog food earlier this month.

A post-mortem investigation found the food had caused an internal blockage which created a rupture within the horse.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that dog food generally contains a recipe that is too rich for the animal and in large amounts can cause death.

Generally, the ponies consume large amounts of beach grasses and other vegetation with high fiber.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Some Maryland residents are raising concerns about plans to open medical marijuana dispensaries near their homes.

The Baltimore Sun reports that after John Seifert signed a lease to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to operate in his shuttered Baltimore County flower shop, a county councilman introduced legislation that could potentially block the dispensary from opening there.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue dropped by the Delaware State Fair yesterday.

The former Georgia Governor toured the fairgrounds and stopped at the 4-H and FFA exhibits

WBOC reports that Perdue took time to criticize government regulations saying they made farming more difficult.

The Delaware Farm Bureau also brought up the issue of over regulation with its president Kitty Holtz saying that the regulations need to be “cleaned up”.

Sonny Perdue is no relation to the Perdue Farm family.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Community and labor groups are urging Baltimore officials to oppose a proposed mandatory one-year sentence for possession of an illegal handgun.

They have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday in Baltimore. The groups include Communities United, Jews United for Justice, The Sentencing Project and Baltimore BLOC.

They say decades of research show that incarceration doesn't make communities safer. They say neighborhoods most impacted by violence are already the most incarcerated in the state.


A 12-foot-5 inch great white shark was spotted off the Delaware/Maryland coast on Friday

The non-profit organization OCEARCH which tracks the sharks said it has been following Hilton since May.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 13-hundred pound male shark moved into the Delaware waters and was last seen south of New Jersey.

The shark was tagged off Hilton Head in March and has been tracked ever since.

Another shark that has often been seen along the Delmarva coast line is Mary Lee.

That 16-footer was last seen in Beach Haven, New Jersey.

BAY CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials on Maryland's Eastern Shore are asking residents to shelter in place after severe weather overnight caused extensive damage and knocked out power to thousands.

Queen Anne's County Emergency Services Director Scott Haas said at a news conference early Monday that emergency workers have transported one person with a puncture wound that wasn't considered life-threatening. He says officials are headed out to assess the damage.


WASHINGTON (AP) - A beloved longtime news anchor in the nation's capital has died.

WRC-TV President and General Manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement that Jim Vance died Saturday morning.  He was 75 years old.

Vance told viewers earlier this year that he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

The Washington Post reports that Vance's 11 p.m. shows with longtime broadcast partner Doreen Gentzler regularly attracted more viewers than the prime-time shows on the three major cable networks combined.

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Despite the expectation of a large number of college students during College Beach Week Ocean City remained quiet for the most part this week past weekend.

There were more Ocean City Police and some Maryland State Troopers on hand along the boardwalk just in case.

Ocean City police told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were very few criminal incidents.

They added the arrests that did take place were for minor infractions.


An ATV driver was hit by a crop duster that tried to land at an airfield in Worcester County yesterday morning.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. when the pilot 25-year-old Christopher Bunting attempted to land his aircraft.

The pilot was not injured but 23 year-old Drew Eckman of Berlin was taken to the Atlantic Hospital with minor injuries.

WBOC reports that Eckman told police he had just finished an inspection of one of the aircraft and was driving his ATV on the runway when he noticed the aircraft attempting to land.


This weekend many in the city of Cambridge marked the 50th anniversary of the riots shook that the town in the midst of the civil rights movement.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that around 200 gathered at the Bethel AME church on Saturday under the banner, “A Community Conversation on Race”.

It was 50 years ago that a fire on Pine Street symbolized the upheaval of the times.

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HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor clashed at their first debate over President Donald Trump, health care, immigration, and social issues.

Republican Ed Gillespie said Saturday that he doesn't always support Trump's policies, but is willing to work with the president on issues important to Virginia, such as military spending.

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PASADENA, Md. (AP) - The minority leader of Maryland's House of Delegates says he and his family's dog were injured in an attack by a pit bull.

Del. Nic Kipke said on his personal Facebook page that his family was out for a walk on Friday when they were attacked by the unleashed pit bull. Kipke's wife and 2 1/2 -year-old-son weren't injured.

The Anne Arundel Republican said in an email Sunday that his arm looks like someone "took a chainsaw to it." He said he also has bruising, scratch marks and puncture wounds on his legs, side and hand.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Six teams are vying to become an independent monitor over police reforms in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the six teams were chosen as finalists from a list of more than two dozen applicants for the job. The team selected will oversee the implementation of reforms mandated under the agreement between the city and U.S. Department of Justice.

The six teams under consideration are CNA Consulting, DLA Piper, Exiger, Powers Consulting Group, Susan Burke and Venable.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - About 600 concrete balls will be placed into the Lafayette River this summer to help restore the oyster population.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said in statement that it used a crane last week to lower 100 of the balls into the water in Norfolk.

The Lafayette is a tributary of the Elizabeth River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The nearly 5-acre (2-hectare) reef is being constructed at the mouth of the Lafayette.

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With a popular sitting Republican Governor, particularly here on the Eastern Shore , what are the prospects for  Maryland Democrats? Kathleen Matthews, the current chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, gives us answers.

In the second half, Vincent DeMarco with Maryland Health Care For All to discuss the latest developments with the Affordable Care Act. 

Guests: Kathleen Matthews, the current chair of the Maryland Democratic Party

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Essay: All A Twitter

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There was a time when a tweet was a sweet sound instead of 140 characters. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill yearns for the quiet moments of those bygone days.


It’s another scorcher today with the highs expected to reach the upper 90’s.

In Maryland Worcester County is opening up cooling stations at their libraries in Berlin, Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Pocomoke and Snow Hill.

The first floor in the County Government offices will also be open with seating and water.

In Wicomico County the Youth and Civic Center has been set up as a cooling center.

For those over 50 the MAC Center will be open through the weekend.

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Meanwhile Ocean City is gearing up for College Beach Weekend.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take required action under the Clean Air Act.

Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles notified the agency of the state's plans in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Shellfish harvest in the Delaware Bay and inland rivers has been suspended for the second time this year because of wastewater discharge.

The Delaware State News reports Kent County Public Works Director Andrew Jakubowitch says the Kent County wastewater treatment plant has been discharging "undertreated" wastewater since July 5 because of operational issues, resulting in significantly elevated levels of the enterococcus bacteria.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited Delaware charter schools from giving enrollment preferences to children living within a 5-mile radius.

Carney announced the veto Thursday, saying in a statement that he believes sponsors wanted to expand students' options and boost diversity, but the bill "unfairly excludes some of our most vulnerable students."  He says it created a new standard that limits options for at-risk students in the Christina School District portion of Wilmington.

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland has launched its pilot program for a phone-based digital driver's license.

The state's transportation department said in a statement Thursday that volunteers are working with various institutions and businesses to test out the IDs.

The state said the APP will serve as a secure companion to physical IDs. They're also more private. Digital driver's license holders only have to display the information required in a particular situation.

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TYSONS, Va. (AP) - A second debate in Virginia's closely watched governor's race has been scheduled for September.

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam will participate in a debate Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Capital One headquarters in Tysons.

NBC journalist Chuck Todd, who hosts "Meet the Press," will serve as moderator.

The Northern Virginia Chamber and George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government are hosting the event.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man at an airport in Maryland after they said he carried in a loaded gun and extra bullets.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Thursday that the man was caught at a security checkpoint at BWI Airport.

The TSA said the man told officials he forgot about the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. They said it was loaded with nine bullets and found in his backpack. He also had an extra magazine containing nine bullets.

The TSA did not identify the man but said he was from Laurel, Maryland.

There was a tasing incident on the Ocean City boardwalk when a husband claimed one of the trams had hit his wife’s foot.

The Ocean City Police Department says that the man became disorderly and was stunned with a Taser by the arresting officer.

WBOC reports that the incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. last night.

Police tell the television station that the woman would not move out of the way of the tram and then claimed her foot had been struck.

Officials say that the woman declined to be treated by the emergency medical services.

Prospects for another span to alleviate the traffic jams on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is running behind schedule.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the $5 million study to examine the feasibility of such a span could hit a funding problem.

The paper reports that the Maryland Transportation Authority had hoped to have a preliminary draft by the end of this month.

But now that has been postponed until the end of October.

That means the list of alternative routes will not be unveiled until the end of the year.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - One child has suffered non-life threatening injuries after a school bus collided with an oncoming pickup truck.

Delaware State Police said in a statement Thursday that 15 students were on the bus. All were taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

Police said the children were between the ages of six and 11 and attended Passion Care Day Care Center in Bear. 

The crash occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Wrangle Hill Road at River Road north of Delaware City.

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It was hot and sunny as people crowded into the 41st annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake yesterday afternoon.

Daniel Thompson, president of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce, told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were over 4-thousand pre-sold tickets with an expected 45-hundred more by the end of the day.

The Chamber had some 300 bushels of crabs on hand along with up to 334-thousand clams.

Of course, this is a semi-political event with Republican Governor Larry Hogan making his way through the crowd shaking hands with those gathered around the tables.