If you’re planning on adding fertilizer to your lawn in Maryland, think again.

From November 16th through March 1st a 2013 law says people cannot apply it.

It should be done by certified lawn care professionals.

WBOC reports that “Farmers and Planters” in Salisbury is trying to help people out providing information and options.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture says that those who violate the law face fines of up to $2-thousand.  

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A charter bus driver carrying students from Bennett Middle School has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was stopped in Talbot County by police after the group was returning from a field trip in Calvert County.

The school district says the students and chaperones were safe.

Parents were told of the late arrival of students.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Stony Brook University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Dennis Assanis has been named president of the University of Delaware.

University trustees unanimously approved the appointment Wednesday following the unanimous recommendation of a 15-member search committee.

Assanis succeeds Patrick Harker, who resigned earlier this year to become president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a wetlands license needed to build more than 1,000 homes for senior citizens on Kent Island.

The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 Wednesday for a license needed for the Four Seasons development, a project that has sparked debate for years.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted for it.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - The Montgomery County School Board has banned apparel displaying Confederate and other symbols in public schools.

Media outlets report that the board voted Tuesday to revise a countywide student dress code policy to ban apparel that would disrupt a school's learning environment.

Examples of items that will be banned include clothing displaying Confederate symbols and items denoting neo-Nazi and other hate groups.

The ban is effective Feb. 1, 2016.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a tractor trailer carrying suits used for radioactive cleanup overturned on Interstate 81 in western Maryland.

It happened about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday on I-81 southbound in Hagerstown, troopers said in a news release. The truck was carrying two sealed shipping containers that held the suits. Police say the cargo was considered safe by hazardous material crews and posed no threat to people or property. The containers will be re-evaluated for soundness before being removed from the scene, troopers said.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - A Maryland doctor is now a Delaware record holder after reeling in a huge bluefish during a fishing tournament.

Dr. Luis Mispireta of Stevensville, Maryland was participating in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament Monday over the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Reef, the largest artificial reef on the Atlantic Coast.

While on board the charter vessel Katydid about 26 nautical miles from Lewes, Mispireta caught a black sea bass. As he began to reel it in, a large bluefish suddenly grabbed the sea bass and hooked itself as well.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated a public defender who represents juveniles to be a judge at Family Court.

Markell nominated Natalie J. Haskins on Wednesday, according to a news release from the governor's office. She would fill the vacancy left when Judge Alan Cooper died last month.

Haskins, who lives in Wilmington is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received her law degree from American University. She began her career at a Wilmington law firm and also was deputy attorney general.

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Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon as well as Florence & The Machine are headlining next year’s Firefly Music Festival.

The announcement shocked fans because last time the lineup was not officially announced until February.  

Early bird admission for the four day wristbands is $279 and will go up to $299 on December 31.  

The general admission wristband that includes a collectible pass runs $289.

Or, if you want a bandanna and water bottle the price is $309.

Around 80-thousand attended the last Firefly Festival.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced that a 61-year-old woman is the first confirmed influenza case in Sussex County.
The woman visited the emergency room Nov. 6 and is now recovering at home. She contracted the influenza B/Yamagata virus.
Information was not available on whether she had been vaccinated or if she had any underlying conditions that made her more susceptible to infection.

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - Washington College in Maryland has closed its campus until further notice after a student went missing after returning home to Pennsylvania to get a gun.

The college said in a statement Tuesday it would close after receiving new information from law enforcement. The school was closed Monday after a student's parents reported he retrieved a firearm and they were unable to reach him.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he is asking federal authorities to stop any additional settlements of Syrian refugees in Maryland.

The Republican governor announced in a statement Tuesday that he is asking the U.S. government not to allow more Syrian refugees in the state until it can provide assurances they pose no threat to public safety.

Hogan writes that he made the request after careful consideration, following the terrorist attacks on Paris on Friday. He says the safety of Maryland residents remains his first priority.

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Wicomico County schools have canceled three field trips for early this week to Washington D.C. and other cities on the Western Shore in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County schools Superintendent John Fredericksen said that no decision had been made about field trips to metropolitan areas on Wednesday.

Fredericksen told the paper that he had been informed of threats in several major cities in our region…where students would have been visiting.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a man who was running from law enforcers was slightly injured when he was hit by a cruiser.

It happened about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Salisbury. Troopers said in a news release that state police and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force were working in the area tried to talk to a man who was walking through back yards.

Authorities say the man ran when he saw police officers, eventually running into the street, where he was hit by an unmarked police car responding to the chase.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his public corruption convictions has gotten support from former lawyers for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Media outlets report that Greg Craig, former White House counsel for Obama, and John M. Quinn, former counsel to Clinton, were among the signers of 11 amicus briefs that support McDonnell's position in his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County education leaders are moving forward with plans to eliminate high school final exams, despite teachers' concerns.

The Washington Post reports the school board backed a proposal to get rid of exams in September, and reaffirmed its decision at a meeting last week.

Starting next school year, 45-minute quarterly assessments will replace two-hour semester exams. Officials say this will mean two more weeks of instructional time a year because there will no longer be special exam weeks when teaching stops.

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During a Town Hall meeting last night in Wilmington civil rights activists called for a major reform of the criminal justice system and the repeal of the death penalty.

Charles Madden, executive director of the Hope Commission, noted that 62 percent of African American males in Wilmington have either been incarcerated or are on probation or parole.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in Delaware of the 56-hundred people in jail last year around 56 percent of them were black.

On death row nine of the 15 inmates are black.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Advocates for the legalization of marijuana and other changes to U.S. drug laws are getting together for a four-day conference in the Washington area.

The 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is being hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance. It's being held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

The group is also planning to lobby Congress on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to pass bills that would make it easier for states to change their marijuana laws and decrease penalties for people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Students housed in Maryland Juvenile Services facilities across the state are speaking out - in an oratorical contest.

The Maryland Court of Appeals is hosting the annual event Wednesday in Annapolis. It's sponsored by the state departments of juvenile services and education.

The contestants are the winners of speech contests at the state's 14 juvenile facilities. They're delivering 3-to-5-minute speeches they wrote, based on the inspirational poem, "The Victor," By C.W. Longnecker.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are issuing an election-year guide stressing a moral imperative to evaluate candidates according to their positions on marriage and abortion.

The bishops adopted the guide called "Faithful Citizenship" at their national assembly Tuesday in Baltimore. The document was approved overwhelmingly in a vote at the event.

The statement was especially watched for how much it reflected the priorities of Pope Francis, who was elected two years ago.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - About 2,000 former students in Virginia won't have to pay $2.3 million in outstanding loans for online courses of a Pittsburgh firm that runs for-profit trade schools and colleges.

Attorney General Mark Herring announced Virginia's portion of the agreement Monday with Education Management Corporation.

The U.S. Justice Department announced a $95.5 million settlement to resolve allegations that the corporation used enrollment incentives to pay its recruiters and exaggerated its career-placement ability.


LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Authorities say four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after a passenger reported suspicious behavior as the plane taxied to the runway.
Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green said Tuesday that Spirit Airlines flight 969 was taxiing Tuesday morning when the crew decided to return to the gate. He says that the captain asked police to remove three men and a woman from the plane and that police are investigating.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new state forecast expects Virginia's Medicaid costs to increase by nearly $1 billion through the next two-year budget.

Delmarva Public Radio  is pleased to partner with StoryCorps and to announce The Great Thanksgiving Listen . On Thanksgiving weekend, teachers and high school students across the country will use the StoryCorps App to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

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A big crowd that included state and local leaders showed up for the swearing of Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and the newly elected city council members last night at the Cypress Street Fire Station.

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With the terrorist attacks on Paris last week that saw around 130 people killed many others injured many are trying to take in the meaning the events. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with local officials to get their reactions and their concerns.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov.  Jack Markell is standing by his support for President Obama's decision to provide asylum for Syrian refugees in the United States, despite Republican calls not to accept refugees in Delaware.

The head of the Delaware Republican Party, along with state Sen. Colin Bonini, a GOP candidate for governor, urged Markell on Monday not to accept Syrian refugees in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris.

Markell responded that former Republican President Ronald Reagan was committed to welcoming those seeking safety from fear and persecution.

Angela Brinkley a Washington Academy and High School special education teacher has been killed in a traffic accident. The accident occurred in Fruitland at around 5:47 p.m. yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Route 13 and Main street.

The 48-year old teacher’s husband was driving his Cadillac when it struck a Chevy truck with two adults and a child on board.

The four other people suffered minor injuries.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that portions of Route 13 and Main Street were closed for a number hours.

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - Washington College in Maryland says its shelter in place recommendation continued throughout the night after a missing student went home to Pennsylvania to get a gun.

College spokesman Michael O'Connor says the parents of a sophomore notified the school early Monday that the student returned home outside Philadelphia and retrieved a firearm.

The college says Chestertown police currently consider the student a missing person. The school is in Chestertown on the state's Eastern Shore.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's in complete remission after months of chemotherapy for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but he acknowledged the possibility of the cancer returning and says he'll continue preventive health care and monitoring.

The 59-year-old Republican governor made the announcement after receiving a PET scan Monday.

Dr. Aaron Rapoport is Hogan's oncologist. Rapoport says Hogan will continue to take medication for about a year. He says the governor is in a "very positive" place.