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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former aide to Michelle Obama is running for governor of Maryland.

Krish Vignarajah announced Wednesday she is entering the race for the Democratic nomination. She has scheduled an official campaign kick-off for Sept. 19.

She says she's running because she is worried her daughter won't have the same opportunities she has had.

She's the first woman to enter the race. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, has said she is thinking about running.

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The Sussex County Council may cut back on concerts in the region.

Currently, events that are three days or less are not regulated by the conditional use regulations.

But public hearings will be held on a proposal that would allow a maximum of five days of events each year at a particular venue.

That does not include set up or breakdown time.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Hudson Fields which hosts outdoor events has received complaints about the sound.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling by a Delaware judge in a lawsuit involving a company targeted for an abandoned property audit.

While agreeing that many claims asserted by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline in its 2015 lawsuit were premature, a three-judge panel said Wednesday that the judge erred last year in dismissing the company's procedural due process claim.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has a plan to combat violent crimes in the city, and has named a new director to help her lead the fight.

Pugh appointed Drew Vetter, who had been chief of staff at the Baltimore Police Department, to direct the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado briefly struck Salisbury, Maryland, on Monday afternoon.

Meteorological technician James Foster said in a phone interview Tuesday that the tornado was powered by winds of up to 105 mph. National Weather Service experts arrived Tuesday to assess the damage.

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Federal officials say 21 guns have been detected so far this year at a Maryland airport.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Tuesday that it most recently discovered guns as they were carried through a checkpoint at BWI on Sunday.

TSA officials said a man had a 9 mm handgun and a .22 caliber pistol. He also was allegedly carrying a total of 42 bullets.

The TSA did not identify the man but said he lives in Prince George's County, Maryland. He was also accompanied by two children.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has ruled against former state treasurer Chip Flowers in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against former Gov. Jack Markell.

In Tuesday's ruling, the judge said Markell's office did not violate Delaware's FOIA law by withholding emails from Flowers simply because they were sent or received by a lawmaker or legislative staffer, without regard to their content or context.

State lawmakers have specifically exempted their emails from the FOIA law.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to attend a news conference in St. Mary's County, where officials plan to announce separate indictments against drug dealers relating to about a half dozen overdose deaths.

County law enforcement has scheduled an announcement Wednesday morning in Leonardtown.

St. Mary's County Sheriff Timothy Cameron and State's Attorney Richard Fritz are scheduled to attend, as well as Col. William Palozzi, the Maryland State Police superintendent.

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Former Governor Jack Markell has wrapped up his bike ride across the country.

The Delaware Democrat arrived a day early in Rehoboth Beach from the west coast.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this was on the governor’s bucket list.

He told the paper that it was a win-win for him getting in shape and seeing the country.

Markell was riding for ”Motivate the First State” which raises funds for seven charities in Delaware.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the storm that blew through Salisbury, Maryland, was most likely a tornado.

Meteorologist Mike Dutter said Monday that the service will make an official confirmation on Tuesday when officials inspect the damage.

Eyewitnesses said trees were split and cars were overturned. Homes and buildings were also damaged. No injuries had been reported Monday afternoon.

Dutter said the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning with the possibility of a tornado.

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Despite the stormy weather the 44th annual White Marlin Open kicked off yesterday with some 353 boats competing for nearly $5 million in prize money.

But organizers say it was a rocky start.

The docks at Harbor Island were filled with boats staying in for the day.

But the weather is expected to clear up this week giving anglers a chance to shoot for the big prize.

Aside the storm clouds the tournament is also weathering a legal battle in federal court.

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There could be a grand jury indictment within the next 90 days in the uprising and death of a prison guard at the James T. Correctional Center near Smyrna.

That’s the word from the Delaware Attorney General’s office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports officials added that the investigation poses a number of unique issues including the fact that most of the witnesses are inmates.

The uprising involved 120 prisoners from Building C.

Both the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware and Governor John Carney have expressed concern over the delay.

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DARLINGTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning to make an announcement after the second Conowingo Dam Summit.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday in Darlington.

The Hogan administration has been focusing on ways to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution that comes by way of the dam. The Republican governor highlighted the significance of addressing sediment overflows at the dam during his 2014 campaign.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Police Department is having a tough time restoring public confidence in the troubled agency.

The city is on pace to break its decades-old murder record and the body camera program that was rolled out to increase transparency has fueled allegations of misconduct after a pair of problematic videos recently surfaced.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Chris Coons is joining law enforcement officials in Delaware to discuss the critical need for funding a program to provide armored vests for police officers.

Coons is a co-founder of the Senate's Law Enforcement Caucus. He was to join New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, Wilmington Police Department Inspector Cecilia Ashe and members of the New Castle County police departments Tuesday.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A man who claimed to have killed 10 people but was convicted of murdering two has been found dead in prison.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Joseph Metheny was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday afternoon. The 62-year-old was incarcerated at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland.

Correction officials said they're conducting a routine investigation into his death.

Metheny was serving two life sentences for the murders of two women in the 1990s, including a Baltimore prostitute.

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We go through many doors in life, both physical and mental. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill recalls one door that made him ponder the many he has opened.

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Ocean City has been gearing up for the start this week of the 44th annual White Marlin Open.

The tournament has gotten national interest with the disqualification of Philip Heasley who was initially awarded nearly $3 million.

That was rescinded after tournament organizers decided he had violated competition rules by leaving the dock earlier than allowed.

Heasley eventually lost in federal district court but has said he would appeal.

The tournament is worth $4 million this year as boats return to the ocean waters.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's police commissioner says he's proud of community efforts to establish a citywide cease-fire this weekend, even though two people were shot and killed.

In a statement Sunday, Commissioner Kevin Davis said the cease-fire efforts, promoted under the moniker "Nobody Kill Anybody," served as a "great conversation starter and momentum builder."

He said success of community efforts is measured over the long term as opposed to expecting instantaneous change.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The death of a Texas woman found buried on a Maryland beach is highlighting the potential dangers of digging holes in the sand.

The Daily Times reports that the danger is significant enough that beach patrols in Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware enforce a rule barring beachgoers from digging holes deeper than knee-length.

A 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found collapsing sand holes caused 31 deaths over a 10-year period in the 12 states examined in the report.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - College students in Virginia who fall behind on tuition payments can have a hard time digging out thanks to a state law that pushes unpaid bills into the hands of private collection agencies.

The Washington Post reported Sunday  that a little-known Virginia law requires public colleges to turn over unpaid accounts of less than $3,000 to private debt collectors if they are 60 days past due.

The debt collectors can add a 30 percent fee to the unpaid account.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The price motorists are paying for a gallon of gas in Virginia is up six cents from a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday that the average price of a gallon of regular, unleaded gas in Virginia was $2.15, up from $2.09 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 20 cents below the national average of $2.35.

The average price of a gallon of gas in cities around the state includes $2.10 in Charlottesville, $2.17 in the Norfolk area, $2.15 in Richmond and $2.07 in Roanoke.

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Consolidation of the Delaware’s 19 school district begins to get a hard look this week.

A taskforce has been created for the review consisting of lawmakers, school district officials and parents.

WBOC reports that some have been urging reduction in the number of school districts arguing that it could save some serious cash for the state by eliminating duplication of services.

State Senator Colin Bonini (R-Dover South) said the state should be looking seriously at combining services.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Chemical company DuPont has agreed to pay nearly $400 million to settle environmental lawsuits ahead of its planned merger with the Dow Chemical Co.

The Delaware-based company agreed last week to pay more than $50 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal government and the State of Virginia over the release of mercury from a former facility in Waynesboro, Virginia.

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On todays program, we get local reaction to the week's political news.


Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

Shawn Bradley, with the Republican Party in Wicomico County

Mike Pretl- with the Wicomico County Democratic Club

Julie Brewington, with the Republican Central Committee in Wicomico County

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A judge has blocked an environmental group's challenge to a large-scale poultry farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

The judge on Thursday upheld a decision by the Wicomico County Board of Appeals not to hear an appeal from the Salisbury-based Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs.

CAFO is an acronym for concentrated animal-feeding operation.

The judge agreed with the county that that the group missed a 30-day deadline last November for filing its appeal.

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The number of rescues by the Ocean City Beach Patrol has shot up this summer.

WBOC reports that there are normally around 25 a day.     

That figure has risen to nearly 200.

Skip Lee with the Ocean City Beach Patrol told the television station that the summer had been normal until this past weekend.

He said that serious storm has changed the bottom of the ocean resulting in the uptick in rescues.

Lee tells those on the beach their feet should stay in the sand until a lifeguard arrives in the stand.

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If a student in the Wicomico Public School System is not up-to-date on their vaccinations before the 20 day of the term they could be kept out of school.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that those children in kindergarten through 3rd grade, for example, must be vaccinated for chicken pox.

To help with that and other vaccinations the County Health Department is setting up clinics that can provide such vaccinations at the Fritz Health Center at 300 West Carroll Street.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Planned Parenthood is planning to spend $3 million to help Ralph Northam win this year's closely watched race for governor in Virginia.

Planned Parenthood Advocates for Virginia CEO Jennifer Allen said Thursday that the group is backing Northam because he'll work to protect "every woman's right to make the best choices for herself and her family."

The abortion-rights group's political action committee plans to knock on more than 300,000 doors and send mail to more than 400,000 people.

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An owl is on the loose.

And the Salisbury Zoo is determined to find it.

The rare bird escaped when a massive Maple Tree fell last Friday morning at the facility.

Brinkley Rayne with the zoo told WBOC that the bird is fully capable of flying and can go anywhere she wants.

There was an attempt to lure the owl back but that failed.