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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's health care commission is getting an update on enrollment in the state's health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Thursday's briefing comes as federal officials report that 5,875 Delawareans have signed up for coverage during the current open enrollment period, which began Nov. 1. That number includes new signups and renewals. Delawareans are again facing steep price increases under the ACA this year, with an average rate increase of 32.5 percent...

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state task force is set to vote on recommendations on the use of restraints on youths in the juvenile justice system. The task force is scheduled to meet Thursday in Annapolis. The panel has met several times this year. It has been studying the use of restraints and searches of children in the juvenile justice system. It will be submitting a final report to Gov. Larry Hogan by the end of the year. The panel's recommendations could result in legislation in the upcoming...

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state agency is promoting fresh ideas in agriculture during a one-day conference in Stevensville. Thursday's Grow Maryland Summit is sponsored by the Rural Maryland Council, a state rural development agency. The meeting is about value-added agriculture. That's an umbrella term covering on-farm production of everything from wine to wood chips. It includes meat and vegetable production, cheesemaking, agri-tourism and horse-riding stables. The event includes a...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware drivers will soon be able to reserve a retro, five-digit license plate number from the Division of Motor Vehicles. Media outlets report that starting Thursday, a limited number of plates will be available for purchase at all DMV locations on a first-come, first-served basis. The five-digit plates are available seasonally each year. Drivers can buy stainless steel or porcelain plates made by the Delaware Historic Plate Company for $110, plus fees. Drivers who...

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The Sussex County Council delayed action on the proposed Arbor-Lyn development. There was a proposal to reduce its density. But the four council members present wound up in a 2-2 tie. Council member Joan Deaver was not present to break the vote. The development would include single family home, townhouses and condominiums. WBOC reports that council member George Cole said he was concerned about traffic congestion with the proposal’s density. Project manager Roger Gross told the council that...

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The Salisbury Zoo got a $5-thousand check from M&T Charitable Foundation to help repair some of the damage from the recent rains at the facility’s exhibits. WBOC reports that a September storm felled two trees damaging the owl exhibit. One crushed a fence along the perimeter on the south side. The money from the foundation associated with M&T Bank will also go towards expanding the burrowing owl exhibit.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland legislative leaders are announcing a compromise with Gov. Larry Hogan on school funding and a loan for Northrop Grumman. House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the compromise Tuesday. Northrop Grumman requested aid to acquire a 300,000 square-foot facility in Linthicum and keep 10,000 employees in Maryland. Last year, lawmakers approved a $37.5 million tax credit for the defense contractor. Another $20 million proposed...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is heading to Washington to meet with other state and local Democratic leaders. Markell was scheduled to deliver opening remarks to a group called NewDEAL, speaking at the first two sessions of the group's annual conference Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Markell is an honorary co-chair of the organization, which highlights pro-growth progressive leaders with innovative ideas for broad and sustainable economic growth. Since its launch in 2011, the...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has started awarding new business development grants to farmers. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Tuesday that the state had given two $5,000 grants to two farms. The new grants are designed to help farmers manage risk and broaden income sources. The state plans to award 30 grants a year for activities like business restructuring, farm succession planning, feasibility studies, marketing plans, website design, and recipe development. The first two...

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A task force in Charlottesville, Virginia, says two Confederate statues should remain in the city but possibly be moved. News outlets report the Charlottesville Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces unanimously voted Monday to send two options to the City Council for each statue: move the monument to a different park or leave it in place but add historical context about racism. The council will vote on the fates of the Robert E. Lee and...

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For the undocumented immigrant the transition team of President-Elect Donald Trump has been unsettling. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been named to be Attorney General and he has been strong supporter of a crackdown on illegal immigration. At a small restaurant in Georgetown where many undocumented immigrants gather they ponder their future with the new administration. Editors Note: Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided translation and reportorial work for this story.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy are decorating a tree to inspire giving. The U.S. Naval Academy says in a statement that it will hold a ceremony Tuesday in honor of its 26th annual "Giving Tree." Midshipmen at the school in Annapolis decorate the tree with paper and angel ornaments provided by the Salvation Army. Each ornament has the first name, age, gender, clothing sizes and wish list of items for a child in need in the local community. Naval Academy midshipmen,...

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are hoping that thousands of dollars in grants will spur recycling efforts across Delaware. Officials say more than $714,000 is being awarded this year in recycling assistance grants to schools, businesses and municipalities for projects that develop or expand waste reduction, reuse or recycling activities. Gov. Jack Markell planned to join environmental secretary David Small at Brittingham Elementary School in Milton on Tuesday to announce awards to 13...

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An Accomack woman has been stabbed to death after a domestic dispute in the parking lot outside the Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that 58 year-old Winston Burton was arrested in the death of 43 year-old Sheli Crocket. She was stabbed multiple times. The paper reports that Crockett was employed as part of the hospital’s environmental services operation and has worked at the facility since 2005. Burton is being held on First degree murder charges. A 911...

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A computer glitch is at the heart of a lawsuit by two Delaware men who say they won a total of $2 million on the bingo-style lottery game Keno. The Wilmington News Journal reports that John Brookings and Richard Spence entered copies of the two winning tickets in their lawsuit. The plaintiffs say that when they tried to get their winnings Delaware state officials turned them down. Officials said that the tickets were the result of a computer glitch. The News Journal reports that state...

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There are now 13 confirmed cases of the flu in Delaware. That’s above the figure in 2015 but still – what has been called – a relatively quiet start to the flu season. The Delaware Division of Public Health says that does not take into account those who have the flu but have not sought medical attention. Authorities are recommending that local residents over the age of months get their flu shots.

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There were more than a dozen dogs rescued from a Millsboro property last week with one man facing animal cruelty charges. WBOC reports that the state’s Division of Public Health got a tip about some abandoned dogs. They found 14 severely emaciated canines some of whom need medical attention. Atwood Timmons of Millsboro…is facing 18 counts of animal cruelty and other charges. The Brandywine SPCA says told the television station that many of injuries were suffered when the dogs tried to escape.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state's economy is improving and he won't have to cut as much from the state budget as previously thought. McAuliffe told reporters Monday that he and other state officials are "cautiously optimistic" about the direction of the state's economy, in part because of an increase in state payroll tax revenues in recent months. The governor made the comments following a private meeting with state budget officials and business leaders. This...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's embattled economic development office has named a new chief executive. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership announced Monday it had hired Stephen Moret as its new CEO. Moret previously held a similar job in Louisiana. The VEDP has come under fire recently for the lax vetting of a Chinese company's rosy pitch that secured $1.4 million in state funding for a deal that later unraveled. And a recent report by the General Assembly's watchdog group found...

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SALEM, Va. (AP) - Officials hope rain will extinguish immediate concerns about wildfires in southwestern Virginia. Ed Stoots of Virginia's Forestry Department says most fires are out after weeks of work by fire crews. He said rain expected through Wednesday night could fully resolve current worries. Since mid-October, fire crews have battled 160 blazes that have burned nearly 5,400 acres. More than 400 homes and structures were saved, although four homes and 22 structures suffered damage....

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This Thursday Rehoboth Beach will mark its annual World AIDS Day with a candlelight vigil. This will be the 23 rd time since the mid-1990’s that the resort has honored those who have been lost to the deadly disease. CAMP Rehoboth, an organization that serves the LGBT community, has been organizing the event since the beginning. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the gathering is marked by the reading of the names of those who have died from the disease. Included in the ceremony will be...

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland's medical marijuana panel is scheduled to choose finalists on the pathway for licenses to open marijuana dispensaries. The commission is meeting Monday in Ellicott City. There can be up to 109 dispensaries in Maryland. The law allows for up to two in each of the 47 state Senate districts. It also allows for each the state's 15 growers to apply for a license. Companies receiving initial approval Monday will still have to go through background checks before...

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) - Flags in Maryland are flying at half-staff in honor of a man who led the Maryland National Guard for 16 years. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff starting Monday at sunrise in honor of retired Lt. Gen. James F. Fretterd, who died Saturday at age 86. Flags will return to full-staff at sunset on Friday. Fretterd served in the Maryland National Guard for 52 years starting in 1951. He led the Guard from 1987 until his retirement in 2003....

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) -- Rehoboth Beach and neighboring Dewey Beach are getting an $11 million infusion of sand as a part of a beach restoration project. The sand infusion is a part of a long-term, federal beach restoration contract with the state. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Stephen Rochette says dredge crews are completing a beach restoration project at Long Beach Island in New Jersey. Once that is finished, they will move south to Rehoboth. Rochette says the New Jersey project is...

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is flying high after regaining use of a helicopter for aerial surveillance.

The agency said in a statement Wednesday that it's using the chopper this fall to help enforce deer hunting and oyster-harvesting regulations.

The aviation unit was eliminated in 2009 in a cost-cutting move by the administration of former governor Martin O'Malley. The agency says the helicopter was transferred to the Harford...

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The price motorists are paying for gas in Maryland is unchanged from a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.17, the same as last week. The price of gas in the state is 4 cents more than the national average of $2.13. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.15 in Baltimore, $2.34 in Cumberland, $2.25 in Hagerstown and $2.09 in...

This week we’ll hear the story of Delmarva natives and Civil Right Heroes Richard Allen and Absalom Jones. We’ll learn about feeding our feathered friends, during cold winter weather. And naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about Terrapin Beach Park in Stevensville, Maryland. But first up an all new story. Meet artist Wende Woodham who paints with ribbons.

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