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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced new initiatives aimed at boosting job creation.

Hogan made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday.

He says it's an effort to build on legislation approved this year. The law provides incentives for manufacturing companies to create jobs in areas with higher unemployment by providing a tax credit for each new job created. Hogan says in less than six months, nearly 70 manufacturers have filed letters of intent to participate, and 17 have filed official applications that would create about 450 new jobs.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Judges are asking Maryland lawmakers for clarity about how long people can be jailed while waiting to be transferred for psychiatric care.

Three judges testified before state lawmakers in Annapolis on Wednesday. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the judges also are asking who will be responsible, if deadlines pass.

Acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader is under a judge's contempt order for the shortage of beds and long waits for patients. He also is asking the legislature for guidance.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake has occurred in Delaware after another happened there nearly two weeks before.

The USGS says the magnitude 1.2 earthquake occurred Wednesday at 12:45 a.m. roughly 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of Dover. A magnitude 4.1 happened on Nov. 30 roughly 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the city, south of where Wednesday's was.

The Wednesday quake had a depth of more than 1.5 miles (2.7 kilometers), while the depth of the November one was more than 6 miles.

Allowing Guns in Church

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EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) - Following last month's mass shooting at a church in Texas, a Maryland sheriff is asking state lawmakers to let parishioners bring their handguns to church.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he'll try again to make congressional redistricting a nonpartisan process.

Hogan, a Republican, said Wednesday he will submit legislation in the next session to create an independent commission to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Now, the governor and lawmakers craft them.

Hogan has made the reform proposal in each of his three years as governor, but it has not advanced.

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The annual Wreaths Across America (WAA) escort to Arlington National Cemetery will stop in Salisbury on Thursday, Dec. 14 to join Perdue Farms and its truck drivers in a public wreath laying ceremony.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is calling on congressional leaders to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Hogan sent a letter to leaders of both parties in Congress on Tuesday.

Hogan says the program serves more than 146,000 low-income children. If Congress fails to reauthorize funding, Hogan says Maryland will run out of money for the program by April. That would cause Maryland's federal match to revert to 50 percent from 88 percent.

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It’s been 19 years since the Old West Steakhouse opened its doors in Salisbury.

But this Sunday will be the last time for customers to dine at the restaurant.

It’s going out of business.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports it will be selling off its collection of antiques and memorabilia.

The owner Martin Sanchez told the paper that his lease was terminated by Royal Farms which owns the shopping center.

But he adds after 19 years he needed a break.

In its place will be a carwash along with some remodeling of the rest of the building.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - State Police say a Delaware man with five DUI convictions has been arrested again on charges of drunken driving.

Authorities say 41-year-old Lance Q. Perry of Georgetown was arrested shortly after midnight Tuesday after a trooper spotted him committing a traffic violation.

Perry is charged with sixth offense driving under the influence, driving while his license has been suspended or revoked, and failure to have two headlights.

Perry was being held on $7,001 cash bond. It was not immediately clear whether he has a lawyer.

Christina School Board

The Christina School Board has put off a vote on a memorandum of understanding with the Governor John Carney over plans for school consolidation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one board member called the latest draft “power-play gut punch” that failed to focus on students.

Board member Elizabeth Paige said instead it focused on buildings and adults.

She wound up voting not to table the item because she was not sure if further negotiations with the governor would make a difference.