Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says it will move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November's election will be able to vote.

McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said Monday that the administration expects by the end of this week to restore the voting rights of the roughly 13,000 felons who registered to vote under the Democratic governor's April executive order.

Virginia's Supreme Court struck down that order Friday, saying governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis.

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SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a missing father and son were found on their disabled boat in the Delaware Bay after a seven-hour search.

The Coast Guard said in a news release Monday that they went boating near Cedar Creek Boat Ramp on Sunday afternoon, but the Coast Guard received a report from a 911 dispatcher Sunday night that they were overdue.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of bikers, veterans and supporters of the Confederacy celebrated the raising of one of the biggest Confederate flags in the country to protest a decision by the Danville City Council to remove the flag from city property.

The Danville Register & Bee reports that supporters of the Confederate flag used a hydraulic crane Saturday to raise a 30 foot by 50 foot flag while others fired off rifles and cannons in salute.

With temperatures in the 90’s Sussex County has announced it is opening up four cooling stations.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Sussex County through 6 p.m.

These stations include the County Administration Office in Georgetown as well as the public libraries in Greenwood, Milton and the South Coastal branch in Bethany Beach.

Paramedics will also make routine stops and answer any heat related questions.

There will also be free bottled water available at the County Administration building for those suffering from the heat.

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There were a number of arrests along the Ocean City boardwalk over the weekend.

WBOC reports that authorities say the first incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday around 7th Street where a large crowd turned hostile toward law enforcement.

Authorities say there were nine arrests.

It took officers from the Maryland State Police and deputies from Worcester County Sheriff’s Office before the crowd was broken up.

This was followed by another crowd that gathered around 10th Street.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education has found that Maryland's spending on prisons is growing at a rate that's twice as fast as spending on education.

The Baltimore Sun reports that such an increase is not unique to Maryland. Nationally, state and local budgets for incarceration rose three times faster than school spending.

The report analyzed spending data from 1980 to 2013. During that time, Maryland's incarcerated population rose from about 11,000 to nearly 34,000. The state's population rose as well, but at a far slower rate.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Three Baltimore police officers cleared of criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray now face internal administrative reviews.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Montgomery County police are leading investigations to determine whether Lt. Brian Rice and Officers Caesar Goodson Jr. and Edward Nero broke department rules when they arrested Gray and transported him in a police van last year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former attorney general Doug Gansler says he's being asked to consider running against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.

Gansler tells The Baltimore Sun  he's being asked to run "pretty much every day." Gansler says Democrats are "looking around for the most viable candidate to beat the governor."

Gansler says he isn't ruling out another run for public office. But he says he's not currently organizing a campaign.

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Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has been among leading states in electing women to political offices for decades, but the state could have its first all-male congressional delegation in more than 40 years unless at least one of two Republicans or a third-party candidate wins in November in the heavily Democratic state.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is planning to make a campaign stop in Virginia.

Trump's campaign and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, are expected to hold a town hall event on Monday at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center.

The event will begin at 3 p.m.

Trump's visit to the crucial swing state comes on the heels of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's announcement Friday that she chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police didn't follow state guidelines to prevent escapes when officers left a suicidal suspect unattended at a local hospital.

Police took 25-year-old Anthony Jerome Clark Jr. to a hospital for psychological treatment in May after he harmed himself when they tried arresting him for a robbery.

Police say the hospital never notified them of Clark's release. Weeks later, police say Clark shot and killed 13-year-old DiAndre Barnes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of protesters streamed into Virginia's capital city to criticize the Democratic governor's energy policies, including his support for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Carrying signs that read "We won't pipe down," the group on Saturday also lambasted Gov. Terry McAuliffe's support for offshore oil drilling and for not trying to stop an electric company's release of treated coal ash water into rivers.

This week we will meet artist Hannibal Lee who translates paint in to fabric. We will hear the story of World War II POW camps here on Delmarva. And naturalist Dave Wilson shares his conversation about coyotes on Delmarva with Salisbury University Professor Dr. Aaron Hogue.

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There will be an active shooter exercise today at the Dover Air Force Base.

So officials say that those near the base should expect to see a large number of police, firefighters and emergency personnel.

The told WBOC that this could cause some traffic congestion including delays at the entrance to the base.

There will also be some unusual sounds coming from the base including alarms.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Virginia woman has accused an Ocean City police officer of slamming and pinning her to the ground while she was unarmed and pregnant.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports Dalima Palmer filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Baltimore.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker says he wished he had been more transparent about his business connection to the cannabis industry prior to championing the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Del. Dan K. Morhaim is the clinical director for a company called Doctor's Orders, which is seeking a license from the state to dispense medical marijuana. Morhaim, a Democrat from Baltimore County, is also an emergency room doctor.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware students performed better on the Smarter Balanced Assessment this year, but still only about half are proficient in the two subjects tested - English and math.

The state Department of Education released figures Thursday showing 55 percent of students showed they are proficient in English and 44 percent showed they are proficient in math, compared to 52 percent and 41 percent, respectively, last year.

Department of Education spokesman Michael Watson says officials want to maintain an increase of three percent per year.

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It’s that time of year for the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

Next Wednesday thousands of visitors are expected to see the ponies cross the Assateague Channel sometime between high and low tide.

There will be private touring companies that provide the opportunity to view the crossing from the water.

Visitors can also see the ponies for free from Memorial Park.

Tourists are encouraged to use the local shuttle to get to the event since the only nearby parking will be reserved for those who are handicapped.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a federal appeals court to delay action for 30 days on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case - to allow both sides time to analyze it.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the U.S. Attorney's Office said the motion filed jointly Thursday proposes that parties file a briefing schedule or update the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on discussions after 30 days.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration wants to know how the state can strengthen relationships between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve.

The administration is planning to hold four "listening sessions" across the state in August and September to get recommendations on ways to improve police-community relations. They're inviting law enforcement agencies and community partners to attend.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Environmental groups and other advocates say there are more than 650 people from around the state who plan to attend a protest aimed at Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The protesters plan to rally at the executive mansion Saturday, and want McAuliffe to adopt stricter environmental control and landowner-friendly policies.

The groups want the governor to oppose two planned new pipelines in Virginia and to reject Dominion Virginia Power's plan to pump treated coal ash water into the state's rivers.

With the Republican National Convention over, we get local Republican reaction as to how the convention went.


Mark Edney, Vice Chair of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

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The Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP has blasted Sheriff Mike Lewis for recent remarks holding President Barak Obama responsible for recent police across the county.  

NAACP Branch president Mary Ashanti told the Salisbury Daily Times that, “This kind of statement is inflammatory and reckless.”

Lewis’ direct quote from the paper reads as follows: “I’m hold Barack Hussein Obama responsible for what’s going on in the country.”

Lewis also criticized Obama’s sympathy for the Black Lives Matter movement which he said had caused a backlash against police.

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Tonight Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump will give the police speech of his life as the Republican National Convention comes to a close. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Eastern Congressman Andy Harris at the convention to talk about what he expects from the party's nominee and the divisions that have appeared within the GOP.

*Our interview with Congressman Andy Harris took place before the address to the convention by Ted Cruz in which the Texas Senator failed to endorse Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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It was crabs and politics for visitors who flocked to the 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake festival in Crisfield yesterday.

High profile politicians including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan showed up for the event skipping the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

And, politics was on many minds as visitors braved the heat.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Fair organizers say this year's slice of summer fun caters to both traditional tastes and users of modern technology.

The fair opens Thursday and runs through July 30 in Harrington.

Spokesman Danny Aguilar says in a statement the event will include staples such as barbecue, baby animals, carnival rides and a homemade ice-cream contest.

For the first time this year, visitors can learn all about the attractions through a mobile app available on the state fair website.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - A new corral awaits the Chincoteague ponies for their annual swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.

Kevin Sloan, refuge manager of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, tells The Salisbury Daily Times that the old corral was in disrepair and located on a creek bank.

And a recent infestation of southern pine beetles on Assateague meant trees had to be cut down because of the damage. So, the corral could be built without cutting down living trees.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's state prosecutor says the former police chief of Pocomoke City and a police lieutenant have been charged with misconduct in office.

State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced the charges Wednesday against ex-chief Kelvin Sewell and Lt. Lynell Green.

Davitt said they interfered with the investigation of a motor vehicle accident by subordinate officers to benefit a local correctional officer.

They have been charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in office and one count of misconduct in office.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An American Civil Liberties Union attorney says she is relieved Maryland state prison officials have decided to withdraw a proposal to create the nation's first total ban on letters sent to prisoners in an effort to curb inmate access to a highly addictive drug. But she says the ACLU remains concerned that such a policy was introduced in the first place.

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An alleged embezzlement scheme involving millions from the Malaysian government dragged eight limited liability companies based in Delaware into the scandal.

The U.S. Justice Department announced that a number of Malaysian officials took money from their country’s economic development account and passed it through a number of front companies.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that prosecutors specifically cited TWOWS LLC based in Delaware.