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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Bicyclists are pedaling in silence in six Maryland communities as a way of remembering riders who were killed or injured on public roads.

The so-called Rides of Silence are scheduled Wednesday evening in Annapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Olney and Rockville.

Coordinator Emily Ranson says they'll follow routes of 10 to 12 miles at speeds of about 10 mph.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says bicycle fatalities in the state doubled from five in 2014 to ten in 2015.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is making changes to its anti-drunken driving ignition interlock program.

Ignition interlock devices require drivers to blow into them to start their cars to determine whether they have had too much to drink.

Under changes Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved this week, all ignition interlocks in Virginia will have to be equipped with cameras. That means that officials will be able to see if a driver gets another person to take the breathalyzer test for him or her.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's lagging revenues could delay a 3 percent pay raise scheduled for state employees and college faculty.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the pay raises could be affected if the state's revenues don't catch up to projections by the end of June.

Secretary of Finance Richard D. "Ric" Brown said Monday that revenue collections through April were trailing projections by 1.9 percent. The collections had also declined by 6.7 percent from the previous April.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says Virginia has taken a "nose dive" under Gov. Terry McAuliffe's leadership and is no longer economically competitive.

Haley attended an event in Richmond Tuesday hosted by 2017 Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie's political action committee.

Haley is a GOP rising star who said Tuesday that Gillespie would make Virginia competitive again.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, has made economic development a top priority, but Virginia has been hurt by a slowdown in federal spending.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a two-year investigation into a southern Delaware drug distribution ring has netted charges against 13 people and the seizure of roughly three pounds of heroin. 

Officials said Tuesday that 13 law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation.

Authorities allege that 31-year-old Deangelo McGlotten of Felton was the ring leader of the drug distribution network, and that the illegal proceeds were being laundered by 37-year-old Salman Choudhary of Georgetown through casinos, businesses, and personal properties. 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore police sergeant and an officer took the stand for the defense in the trial of an officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

Edward Nero faces multiple charges stemming from Gray's April 12, 2015, arrest. Gray died a week later after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van.

Prosecutors say Nero illegally arrested Gray without probable cause and was negligent when he failed to secure Gray in a seat belt.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The trial for an officer facing charges stemming from the arrest and death of Freddie Gray after being injured in a police van continues with defense witness testimony.

Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. His trial began Thursday. Prosecutors finished presenting testimony Monday, and the defense called its first witness, former Baltimore commander and recently retired Charlottesville police chief Timothy Longo.

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There is a standoff between Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and County Library officials.

Culver issued a letter demanding that the library turn over 33-hundred square feet of space to store county voting machines.

That’s where the library’s Entrepreneur Center is located.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that library officials sent Culver a letter yesterday refusing to turn over the keys.

The letter said that they believed the space should solely be used for library purposes.


A dispute is developing over the cause of death for Amy Joyner-Francis who died after being jumped in a restroom at Howard High School of Technology.

The Medical Examiner’s autopsy found that she died after the assault triggered a pre-existing heart condition.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that four cardiologist with national reputations say that is not likely.

The paper cited Dr. Samuel Gidding, chief of cardiology at Nemours/A.I DuPont Hospital for Children, who said an atrial septal defect is not the cause of death.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The widow of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse has died behind bars while serving a life sentence on federal cyberstalking charges.

The Bureau of Prisons website says seventy-one-year-old Lenore Matusiewicz died May 6. Her brother, Tom Kula, said Monday that he was notified of her death May 7.

An emergency sentencing was held for Matusiewicz in February as she lay gravely ill at a Philadelphia hospital.

Ocean City buses and vans could soon have cameras – around 400 of them all told if the town council agrees.

WBOC reports that there is a federal grant for the cameras and that Maryland Transportation Authority has said it will help with the financing.

The feds would cough up $400-thousand while the state and resort would add another $50-thousand.

The resort’s Transportation Committee has said that the cost is reasonable given the safety and insurance considerations.

Officials say the cameras would help prevent vandalism and other illegal activity.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A precinct-level review of Baltimore's primary election has gotten underway.

The Baltimore Sun reports that workers from Baltimore and five other jurisdictions began checking documents in a west Baltimore warehouse on Monday. Officials are trying to find out how the number of votes at polls in the April 26 primary was higher than the number of people who checked in.

Maryland's State Board of Elections on Thursday ordered the city to rescind its certification of the primary results.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to travel to Canada this week to promote Virginia business with a top importer.

McAuliffe's office said Monday the governor will head a four-day marketing tour starting Tuesday.

The governor will visit Toronto and Montreal during the trade mission.

He will also go to Boston.

Canada is a major trading partner with Virginia, importing more than $3.3 billion in manufactured goods in 2015.

McAuliffe said he plans to promote Virginia oysters, wine, craft beer and travel opportunities during the trip.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on bill change the definition of family under Delaware law to make references to couples gender neutral.

The legislation to be voted on Tuesday eliminates "husband and wife" from among the relationships that constitute a family, inserting instead the word "spouses."

The bill also strikes language referring to a "man and woman" cohabitating with a child, replacing it with the word "couple."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has narrowly confirmed one of President Barack Obama's nominees to be a federal judge in Maryland.

The Senate voted 53-34 to approve Paula Xinis (Zin-iss) for the lifetime appointment, filling a vacancy in the Maryland district that the courts have declared a "judicial emergency" because of the number of cases pending there.

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general's office says George Mason University does not need state approval to name its law school for the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) was scheduled to vote on the proposal Tuesday. Mason announced plans to name the school for Scalia in conjunction with a $20 million anonymous donation. The $20 million is contingent on renaming the law school, which has a reputation as one of the nation's most conservative.

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An environmental consultant says that it would be okay for Wicomico County to allow the large chicken house operation slated for Naylor Mill Road.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that John D. Hynes and Associates found that the Maryland groundwater protection rules would be strong enough to protect such areas as the Paleo Channel and nearby waterways.

The paper says that Monica Brooks, a local resident and critic of the project, called the report “passing the buck” to justify going forward.

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Prosecutors have called an officer facing charges in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray to testify at his colleague's trial.

Officer Garrett Miller is the state's 14th witness called to the stand in the trial for Officer Edward Nero. Both officers face assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from Gray's arrest. Nero's trial began Thursday.

Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van while he was handcuffed and in leg irons, but left unrestrained by a seat belt.

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The development of the large chicken operations with as many as 10 houses has Delmarva officials scrambling to find ways to regulate them as local residents raise concerns ranging from the economic impact on housing prices to pollution and health risks. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with noted environmental author and Eastern Shore native Tom Horton on how he assesses the latest conflict.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Prosecutors will likely rest their case Monday against an officer facing charges stemming from the arrest and subsequent death of a man who died after being injured in a police van and could call to the stand another officer charged in the case.

Officer Edward Nero is facing assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from Freddie Gray's arrest.

Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van while he was in handcuffs and leg irons but left unrestrained by a seat belt.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Companies offering coverage on the health care exchange in Maryland are proposing to increase rates.

The Baltimore Sun reports that United Healthcare will no longer offer individual plans on the state's online exchange created under the Affordable Care Act. It will still offer plans in the small-business market. 

CareFirst Blue Cross BlueShield has asked regulators for a 12.4 percent increase in its HMO plan next year. It's seeking a 16 percent increase for its two other plans.

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Former New Castle County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi has filed a lawsuit over online posts that he says defames his reputation.

Grimaldi wants a judge to require social media websites to cough up the name of the person responsible for the posts.

He was fired by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon after an incident involving Grimaldi allegedly trying to use his position after a traffic stop.

Grimaldi denies the allegations and has filed a lawsuit against Gordon.


The waters off Ocean City got a visit from a great white shark on Saturday.

The shark’s tracker was spotted off the coast and the appearance made it on Twitter.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the shark Lydia was tagged by OC Research in March three years ago.

She is around 14 feet 6 inches long.

Another shark Mary Lee made a few appearance off the Delmarva coast last year with the latest in April.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police say a 17-year-old boy has been arrested and charged as an adult after the shooting of another 17-year-old.

The shooting occurred on Saturday afternoon. Police said in a news release that the 17-year-old victim was wounded in the upper torso and was taken to a hospital, where his condition was stable.

Police say officers quickly identified 17-year-old Michael Taylor as a suspect, and he was arrested without incident. He's been charged with first-degree assault, numerous weapons offenses and illegal gang participation.


SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have arrested a man in connection with murder in the shooting death of another man in a Salisbury home.

Troopers said in a news release that 22-year-old of Salisbury has been charged with first-and second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Irvonte C. Jones of Salisbury. Shaquille Gaskins was served with a warrant this week at in the Wicomico County Detention Center, where he is awaiting trial for a separate case.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A funeral is being held for a Maryland woman who police say was fatally shot by a federal security officer now charged with three murders.

A spokeswoman for the Catholic Church says a funeral for 65-year-old Claudina Molina of Silver Spring is being held Monday at St. Jude Catholic Church in Rockville.

Molina was fatally shot May 6 in a parking lot outside a supermarket in Aspen Hill. Police say she was shot by 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, who was apparently trying to carjack her.

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QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - A former Naval Academy instructor facing a possible court martial after a newspaper uncovered new evidence related to his convictions for indecent acts with female midshipmen walked out of his own preliminary hearing.

The lawyer for Marine Corps Maj. Mark Thompson called Friday's hearing at Quantico Marine Corps Base a "show trial." Thompson and his lawyers walked out of the hearing, which continued without him.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit over alleged bribery involving Wal-Mart's operations in Mexico.

The judge ruled Friday that a shareholder lawsuit in Delaware must be dismissed because an Arkansas judge had previously dismissed a similar complaint. Chancellor Andre Bouchard said the Arkansas ruling precluded shareholders from pursuing the Delaware lawsuit.

This week on our show we will meet Milton painter Denise Dumont. We’ll learn about the man from Dover who created the Victrola. We’ll hear about Delmarva’s Secret Gardens. And naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about birding on Prime Hook.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - In the second day of the trial for Officer Edward Nero, who faces assault and other charges in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray, the state called its ninth witness.
Brandon Ross testified that he was with Gray and another friend on April 12, when they came upon a bike patrol officer. Gray took off running and that officer and two others, including Nero, chased Gray.