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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A hearing is scheduled on a measure to put the legalization of marijuana on the ballot for voters to decide in November.

The hearing in the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled for Tuesday.

Both houses of the General Assembly would need to pass the bill by a three-fifths majority to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

It would make possession and home cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and over. It also would require the state to establish regulations and taxation for a legal cannabis market.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure with a variety of crime-fighting initiatives has been approved by the Maryland Senate.

The bill passed 36-8 Monday night. It combines other bills and elements of proposals made by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. It now goes to the House.

It comes after Baltimore had 342 murders in 2017, a year that set a record for homicides on a per-capita basis.

The measure increases sentences for repeat offenders. One provision increases the sentence for a second offense of possessing a gun while committing a crime from 20 to 40 years.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Contractors working on a controversial wastewater project off Delaware's coast have abandoned a 700-foot-long (213-meter) hole and the steel casing stuck inside.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Manson Construction Company stopped work on the hole off Deauville Beach last month and began drilling a hole for the Rehoboth Beach ocean outfall project just 10 feet (3 meters) south.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman is planning to sue a social services department that she says fired her for having a concealed weapons permit.

Storm Durham tells The Roanoke Times she's working with Second Amendment advocacy group Virginia Citizens Defense League to pursue a lawsuit against the Roanoke Department of Social Services after her social media posts about her firing Friday went viral.

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The recent school shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead has spurred the state to impose new restrictions on gun sales as well as beef up school security. But the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit to halt the enactment of the new laws. All of this has led Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill to ponder the power of the NRA.

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Another winter blast is coming our way.

A nor’easter is set to hit today with rain and snow on Delmarva beginning around 10 a.m. this morning.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that less than a half inch of accumulation of snow is expected.

In Somerset and Worcester Counties are expected to see winds of up 15 mph with gusts as high as 25.

Meanwhile, in Sussex County the rain is expected to change to snow by this afternoon with an accumulation of around an inch.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say they have spent nearly $185,000 in overtime pay and helicopter costs related to the emergency response to a deadly inmate uprising last year and ensuing investigation.

The accounting of costs came in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Delaware State News

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Worcester County will be hold a conference on school safety tomorrow in the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead.

It’s called the Maryland Safe Schools Initiative 2018 conference and will be held at Worcester Technical High School.

The conference comes as a joint effort of the Maryland Center for School Safety, Safe and Sound Schools and Worcester County Public Schools.

The morning session will deal with first-hand accounts of such shootings and how to recover from them while the afternoon will focus on how to respond to such crises.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Some critics are raising concerns about whether Delaware's new economic development group is adequately transparent.

The public-private Delaware Prosperity Partnership was created last year to replace the cabinet-level Delaware Economic Development Office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the organization's 19-member governing body has met only three times so far, aside from an informal retreat.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers finished up the 2018 session Saturday without doing their most important job: passing a state budget.

They hit a stalemate because Republicans legislators can't agree on whether to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income adults.

The GOP-controlled House backs it, while the Republican-led Senate opposes it. Lawmakers will go home while negotiations continue. The state government will shut down July 1 if no budget is passed.