Local columnist Brice Stump has a new book, Working Skipjacks of Deal Island.  In the second half, the battle over pharmaceutical drug pricing has come to Maryland.

Guests: Brice Stump, author of Working Skipjacks of Deal Island

Maryland State Senator Jim Mathias

Vincent DeMarco, President of Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative

Tammy Bresnahan with the AARP

Dana Whitehair

The Wreaths Across America convoy rolled up to the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial on its way to Arlington Cemetery. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are proposing a new tax on Delaware homeowners and businesses to fund a host of clean-water initiatives.

A bill introduced on Thursday would add a new surcharge on personal income tax payments and business license fees.

The surcharge would equal 10 percent of the net income tax liability for individual taxpayers, but it would be capped at $80 for people filing joint returns and $40 for individual tax filers

The bill also imposes a new surcharge of $45 for business licenses.

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There’s a legislative proposal that would allow a school board in Delaware to remove members from office.

Grounds for dismissal would include perceived misconduct, incompetency or willful neglect of duty.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the proposed legislation is drawing skeptical criticism that the measure is aimed at removing those who do not abide by Governor John Carney’s policy for education reform.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Medical marijuana regulators in Maryland have approved 12 new dispensaries to open.

The Baltimore Sun reports the decision on Thursday more than doubles the number of businesses allowed to sell the drug in the state.

Still, regulators cautioned that the supply is still low. That means it could be hard to buy marijuana until at least March.

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Chairman Bryan Lopez says product is limited, and that officials expect that it will continue to be limited.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland has received federal approval to expand services for people with developmental disabilities.

The state health department said Thursday said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved expanding services through the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration's Community Supports Waiver.

The department says services offered through the waiver will be available by February.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Ohio man accused of ramming a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally this summer in Charlottesville has had his most serious charge upgraded to first-degree murder.

Twenty-year-old James Alex Fields appeared in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors said they filed a motion earlier in the day to amend the second-degree murder charge he previously faced.

The judge certified the murder charge and all others against Fields. His case will now be presented to a grand jury for an indictment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A judge has ruled Gov. Larry Hogan's health secretary and another official in his administration must be paid, but a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office says the case will be appealed.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Ronald Silkworth ruled Thursday in a lawsuit brought by Dennis Schrader and former acting Planning Secretary Wendi Peters.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Police are investigating four separate heroin overdose cases in northern Delaware, three of which were fatal.

New Castle County police say they responded to three separate incidents within a span of two hours Wednesday in which a person died and evidence of heroin use was recovered.

Police also responded to one overdose where an antidote was used to save a subject from dying.

The incidents occurred in the Bear, Brandywine and Claymont areas.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A whistleblower lawsuit accuses the Johns Hopkins Health System of prioritizing out-of-state patients over Maryland residents to increase revenue.

News outlets report a former supervisor in the patient appointments department, Anthony C. Campos, filed the lawsuit Wednesday, saying his department was directed to fill the appointment schedule with out-of-state patients.