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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Robert R. "Bob" Timberg, a Marine Corps veteran who survived horrific injuries in Vietnam and became a Washington reporter for The Baltimore Sun, has died at a hospital in Annapolis. He was 76.

The Hardesty Funeral Home in Annapolis, where he lived, confirmed Wednesday that he had died Tuesday.

Timberg graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was sent to Vietnam as a Marine. In 1967, the amphibious tractor he was riding hit a land mine, burning him with fuel. He underwent 35 operations to help reconstruct his face.

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There’s been an explosion at a garage at a farm equipment supplier in Centreville, Maryland.

WBOC reports that the Office of the State Fire Marshall says that a 55 gallon drum barrel blew up around 11 a.m.

One person was injured with trauma to the head and face.

They were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma.

It took firefighters around 10 minutes to put out the blaze.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan and Treasurer Nancy Kopp are sparring over Hogan's executive order to start school after Labor Day.

The two clashed verbally during the start of the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday, after Comptroller Peter Franchot praised the governor's decision.

Kopp, a Democrat, called it an "abuse of executive authority." She says Maryland has had a long history of local school governance. She says she looks forward to an attorney general's opinion on the governor's decision.

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It was a hot August for Maryland casinos.

State officials say they brought in over $100 million last month.

That’s 3.7 percent higher than last year at this time.

The big winner was Maryland Live Casino which raked in nearly $56 million while Horseshoe Casino Baltimore pulled in nearly $28 million.

Ocean Downs produced $6.2 million with its 800 slot machines. It does not have any table games.

Hollywood Casino Perryville brought in $5.9 million. That was a decline of 9.5 percent from this time last year.   

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DOVER, Del. (AP)- A federal judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit alleging that mentally ill inmates in Delaware have been subjected to solitary confinement without proper evaluation, monitoring and treatment.
    
Under the settlement approved late last week, the Department of Correction will limit the length of time that inmates spend in disciplinary housing and will increase the amount of unstructured recreation time available to inmates in certain maximum security settings.
    

UPDATE:- The Transmitter replacement date has been moved.

During the week of September 19th, Delmarva Public Radio will have its aging and failing FM transmitters replaced with two brand new models.  These new transmitters will improve WSCL’s and WSDL’s signals, sound quality, and allow us to improve our on-air reliability as well.

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The Wicomico County Council approved a set of regulations for large chicken house operations yesterday.

The new rules call for greater setbacks, significant vegetation buffers and construction approval by the Board of Appeals for those in residential areas.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Council President John Cannon said that the new rules would protect health and property values for those who live in the agricultural areas.

Meanwhile, the lone dissenting vote was Ernest Davis who lives in the Naylor Mill area where a large operation is planned.

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A power outage hit Milton residents last night when a tractor trailer struck a utility pole.

The outage caused many to get up in the dark for school and work this morning.

WBOC reports that Delaware State Police say that a 39 year old man was driving a truck with an Allen’s Family Foods Trailer northbound on Harbeson Road.

When he got to Carpenter Road the driver missed the curve in the road and overcorrected before slamming into the pole and overturning.

Delmarva Power pushed back the time for restoring power to 8 a.m.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Children with medical conditions that can be alleviated with marijuana oil no longer have to choose between going to school and taking their medicine.

A bill being signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell allows designated caregivers to possess and administer, and qualifying children to use, medical marijuana oil in a school bus or on school grounds.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The chairman of Maryland's medical marijuana commission says the panel will work with the attorney general's office to address diversity concerns in the state's medical marijuana licensing process.

Dr. Paul Davies met for about an hour with Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday.

Davies says a group that will include commission staff members and members of the attorney general's office will be evaluating options. He says conducting a disparity study is on the table as a means of working to address the issue.

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There will be no expunging the arrest record of former Dover police officer Thomas Webster IV on assault charges in his arrest Lateef Dickerson.

WBOC reports that a judge last week said the Webster had not shown that he would be subject to an injustice but did allow him to submit a petition with specific allegations.

In August of 2013 Webster was seen on a dash cam video kicking Dickerson when he was slow to follow his command to lay down on the ground.

Dickerson suffered a broken jaw as a result.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities say fewer people were killed on Virginia's highways over Labor Day weekend this year compared to last year.

State Police say seven traffic deaths were reported over the holiday weekend this year. That's down from 16 deaths over Labor Day weekend in 2015.

Police say two of the people who were killed this year were motorcyclists.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Four Maryland breweries are collaborating on a beer dubbed "Ryelief" that will benefit businesses affected by flooding in July.

The beer is being released Wednesday. The breweries say 100 percent of the proceeds from the beer's sale will be donated to the Ellicott City Partnership fund to benefit businesses in Ellicott City as well as the fund assisting Nepenthe Homebrew in Baltimore, which was also damaged by flooding July 30.

The flooding killed two people and devastated the Ellicott City historic district.

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Governor Jack Markell is getting into presidential campaign mode.

The Delaware Democrat will be in Ohio to stump for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tomorrow.

Markell and top Democrats endorsed Clinton early in the primary season as she faced off against Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was on hand in April to introduce her during a campaign stop in Wilmington.

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The strong winds from Tropical Storm Hermine propelled Wadie Murphy’s Rebecca T. Ruark to win the 57 Annual Skipjack race on Labor Day off Deal Island.

Coming in second was the Thomas Clyde captained by Lawrence Murphy and coming in third was the Ida Mae commanded by Sean Ridgely.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Fannie Daugherty had to return to the dock at the beginning of the race because a song wind broke away its jib sail.

This was Wadie Murphy’s 11th victory in the skipjack race.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Hermine is expected to begin weakening as it churns hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

But forecasters are warning it could continue to impact areas from New York to southern New England with pounding waves, coastal flooding and beach erosion before it moves out to sea.

There is a coastal flood advisory in effect through 8 p.m. along the Delmarva shores.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect Tuesday from Long Island to Massachusetts.

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CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say a stretch of ocean beach at Cape Henlopen State Park have reopened now that the nesting season for piping plovers has come to an end.

Officials say the beach area between Gordons Pond and Herring Point, and beachfront along the oceanside of The Point on Cape Henlopen have reopened, making the beach accessible for fall surf-fishing.

But the bay side of The Point will remain closed until Oct. 1 to accommodate migratory birds that pass through Delaware on their way to wintering grounds to the south.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The chairman of Maryland's medical marijuana commission is meeting with Maryland's attorney general to discuss diversity concerns in the state's marijuana licensing process.

Dr. Paul Davies is scheduled to meet with Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday.

Critics have noted a lack of diversity in applicants selected as finalists to grow and process marijuana. Davies wrote last week that the commission is committed to promoting racial diversity in the state's developing medical marijuana industry.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials project the cost of handling elections this year will reach $3 million.
    
Media outlets report that much of that money is spent on personnel and transporting voting machines.
    
Officials say the job is never easy or cheap despite the fact that Delaware has only three counties.
    
Besides the general election in November, Delaware held its presidential primary in April. A statewide primary is scheduled for Sept. 13. There are other local contests as well.
    

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is set to receive $9.5 million in federal grants to help improve water and sewer infrastructure as well as housing rehabilitation and other projects.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office recently announced that 13 projects around the state will receive federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant program.

The projects include road projects and downtown revitalization programs.

The largest grant, of $1.4 million, is for a water supply project in the town of Pocahontas.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Authorities say someone fired multiple gunshots at a New Castle home while three people were inside.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that no one was injured in the early Monday shooting.

Delaware State Police say a resident found a bullet hole in a window as well as holes in the water pump and wall to his above-ground pool.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact State Police Troop 2 at (302) 834-2630.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The State Highway Administration says bridge work on U.S. 40 just west of Frederick will affect traffic trying to enter westbound Interstate 70 from the state highway.

The agency says in a statement it's closing the westbound U.S. 40 ramp to westbound I-70 for two nights, starting as early as Tuesday.

On those nights, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., westbound U.S. 40 traffic will be detoured to southbound Route 17 and through the town of Myersville before rejoining I-70.

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The emergence of the large chicken house operations has caused a stir in Wicomico County. Residents near a proposed 10 house operation near Naylor Mill Road have protested the project and led to the County Council to draw up new regulations for these types of operations. In part three of our series Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at the residents, the local officials and the fight over the new regulations.

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Tropical Storm Hermine is headed our way and could dump as much as 5 inches of rain on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City is clearing life guard stations from the beach.

Rip currents were being reported yesterday at the resort.

In Crisfield officials are waiting to decide if they will go ahead with the annual National Hard Crab Derby.

Also set for Labor Day is the annual Skipjack races and organizers hope the storm will be over by then.  

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for drunken drivers this holiday weekend.

Officials say law enforcement members in the state will conduct about 140 sobriety checkpoints over Labor Day weekend. They will also be performing 530 saturation patrols, which are concentrated enforcement efforts aimed at cracking down on impaired driving.

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The Patricia Guerrieri Academic Commons on the campus of Salisbury University officially opened yesterday.

It now become the biggest structure on the campus with 221-thousand square feet.

Featuring the school’s library University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach said she wanted this facility to be a place where students could gather, study and learn.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - School administrators across Maryland are ripping up their calendars for next year and considering shortening spring break in order to meet the requirements of Gov. Larry Hogan's new executive order to start future school years after Labor Day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The chairman of Maryland's medical marijuana commission says the panel is committed to promoting racial diversity in the state's developing medical marijuana industry.

Dr. Paul Davies wrote Thursday the panel will work with the legislature on the issue.

Critics have noted a lack of diversity in applicants selected as finalists to grow and process marijuana. They say the law required the commission to "actively seek to achieve" racial, ethnic and geographic diversity.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says the federal government will reimburse Maryland state and local governments $25.4 million to cover most of their costs related to a January snowstorm.

Spokesman Ed McDonough said in an email Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid about $4 million to date.

The payments follow a presidential disaster declaration in March for the storm Jan. 22-23 that buried the state in up to 38.5 inches of snow.

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