ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is commemorating the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hogan will deliver remarks at the Maryland Department of Disabilities on Friday in Annapolis. The governor will deliver a keynote address that gives a Maryland perspective on the ADA.

The department has been hosting a traveling tour throughout the state that runs through August in celebration of the anniversary.

Karen Goss, director of the mid-Atlantic ADA Center, is scheduled to speak at the reception.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia say a man has been charged with making threats against Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his family.
Henrico County Police say state police notified them that 47-year-old Leonard Szweda made threats against the governor and his family. Court records show he was arrested last week.
Police say Henrico officers found evidence at Szweda's home that resulted in additional charges, including possession of a firearm while subject to a protective order and possession of a firearm by a mentally incompetent person.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State auditors will review the Virginia Department of Elections after several technical problems have raised questions about the reliability of the software that powers the state's voter system.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that last month, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission approved a resolution instructing its staff to conduct an in-depth review of the elections agency.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health secretary and the head of the Maryland Department of Planning are suing the state treasurer for their salaries.
Health Secretary Dennis Schrader and Wendi Peters, who heads the planning department, filed the lawsuit against Treasurer Nancy Kopp on Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
The lawsuit stems from a long-running dispute between Gov. Larry Hogan and a state Senate committee over the Senate's role in the appointment process.


There’s been a shift in traffic patterns along the Salisbury Bypass from southbound lanes to northbound lanes between U.S. Route 50 and the median crossover south of Parker Pond.    

WBOC reports that this paves the way for work on the southbound bridges.

Work on the northbound bridges over Parker Pond and Mt. Hermon Road have now been finished.

This fall traffic will run both directions north of U.S. Route 50.

This will allow for work on the southbound bridges over U.S. Route 50 Business and Norfolk Southern Railroad.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Delaware officials say off-duty Ocean City Beach Patrol members rescued an unresponsive Virginia man who was later pronounced dead.

News outlets report 35-year-old Timothy Thompson, from Prince George, Virginia, was located after witnesses reported seeing a submerged swimmer Monday. Thompson was taken to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol cleared the ocean of swimmers and went off-duty at 5:30 p.m.

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Another 240 jobs may be coming to Dover.

The cleaning company Jan-Pro has decided to open up operations by next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it’s an Atlanta-based company that offers franchises to individual owners.

The paper reports that the company will have a regional franchise which will then be responsible for others to own and operate smaller ones

There could be as many as 80 smaller franchises with a minimum of 3 employees.

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GLEN ARM, Md. (AP) - A Maryland photographer's picture of a butterfly has landed on a Forever stamp.

One of the new Protect Pollinators Forever stamps that the U.S. Postal Service is issuing on Thursday is the work of Karen Mayford, of Glen Arm, Maryland.

It features a monarch butterfly on a coneflower. The photo was taken in Mayford's backyard.

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Governor John Carney signed measure that amends Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act that would allow development of 14 former and current heavy industrial sites.

Carney called the law a win-win opportunity for the First State that would make for a cleaner environment as well as provide additional jobs to Delaware’s economy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it has been praised by business groups but has been condemned by environmentalists.

All but one of the industrial sites are located in New Castle County.

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The case of the 2016 White Marlin Open fishing tournament may not be over yet.

Philip Heasley who was initially awarded nearly $3 million says he’s going to a federal district court decision upholding the tournament’s decision to rescind the prize money.

Tournament officials disqualified him after determining that he had violated the rules of the fishing contest following being given a lie detector test.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that White Marlin Open officials said they would distribute the money among the other winners.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville spent nearly $33,000 on the police response to a Ku Klux Klan rally last month.

About 50 members of the Loyal White Knights came to Charlottesville on July 8 to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. They were met by more than 1,000 protesters condemning the rally.

Officials tell local news media outlets that the response cost the Charlottesville Police Department about $32,835.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court says police were justified in using a cell site simulator to track down a Baltimore homeless woman's cell phone in an attempt to find her killer.

Last week's Court of Appeals decision overturns a Circuit Court ruling suppressing evidence in the case against 40-year-old Robert Copes Jr.

The lower court said use of the cell site simulator, which mimics a cell phone tower in order to connect with and collect information on nearby phones, was a search, and that a court order allowing it use was not a search warrant.


The death of Ashley O’Connor on an Ocean City beach has been ruled an accident.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Ocean City Police Department said that she was apparently suffocated in a hole as the sand closed in on her.

However, authorities say they do not know how she fell into it.

O’Connor was 30 years old from Texas and had been vacationing with her parents when they became separated.

A resort official said that she had not been missing long before her body was found.

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The Mayor of Tangier Island went on CNN’s Town Hall event last night and told former Vice President Al Gore that he did not see any evidence of rising sea levels.

Mayor James Eskridge admitted he was not a scientist “but was a keen observer.”

And he asked Gore why Eskridge “had not seen any signs of it.”

Eskridge said what his home town needed was a sea wall to fight erosion.

Gore responded by saying that he knew of Tangier Island’s erosion problem and said it was due to the rising sea levels.

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It’s been six months since the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna that resulted in the death of a prison guard.

So far, no charges have been filed against anyone.

That’s has drawn the concern of the Geoff Klopp president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware.

WBOC reports that he said there was enough evidence and enough eyewitnesses and that something needs to be done.

Governor John Carney also said that while he understood the difficulties of bringing charges he too was concerned that none had been brought.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for blocking people who disagree with him on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments.

The ACLU sued Tuesday on behalf of four people, saying their First Amendment rights were violated.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware death row inmate, who was acquitted of all charges after being retried for a drug-related killing, is suing current and former state officials.

In a federal lawsuit filed late last week, Isaiah McCoy claims he was wrongfully and maliciously investigated, prosecuted and incarcerated.

McCoy also claims state police and prosecutors knew or should have known he was innocent of the 2010 murder of James Munford, but nevertheless investigated and prosecuted him.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2014 shooting outside an Elks Lodge that left two people dead.

Thirty-three-year-old Terrance Jermaine Brown was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive life terms for the deaths of 25-year-old LeRon Todd and 28-year-old Ashley Cornish.

Cornish and Todd were shot in October 2014 outside Dorchester Elks Lodge 223, where a private party was being held.

Brown himself was shot by another man while fleeing the scene.

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There’s a new study that found that there are more than 120 regulations that must be followed by soybean producers in Delaware.

The Delaware Soybean Board authorized the study.

And Chairman Jay Baxter a farmer himself told WBOC that the local farmers needed to be educated about the many rules.

He adds that some of the regulations may not be necessary.

Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse told the television station that the regulations were there to protect the agriculture industry and not to burden the farmers.

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The Environmental Protection Agency could be coming to the aid of businesses and residents near Newark to clean up some polluted groundwater.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there are two plumes of polluted water near the Delaware Route 72 corridor.

Along with local businesses there is also a city well-water plant in the area.

Delaware environmental officials say the water has been polluted with tetrachloroethylene which the federal government says is carcinogenic.

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The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 62-year-old fisherman whose boat was 13 miles off the coast of Chincoteague.

WBOC reports that the Coast Guard was notified around 4 p.m. yesterday that a fisherman had suffered heat-related injuries.

A life boat crew got to the fishing boat Windmill Point around 5 p.m.

The Coast Guard took the man to the Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onley, Virginia.

With the new immigration policies of the Trump administration, the undocumented community has become more anxious about its future. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with some of them about the new atmosphere.


Tangier Island will be in the spotlight tonight.

Mayor James Eskridge will appear on CNN’s Global Town Hall event with former Vice President Al Gore.

The issue: Climate Change.

Gore will be discussing his latest film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Tangier Council member Anna Pruitt-Parks called the event on her Facebook page “a pretty big deal” adding that the mayor will be debating Gore.

Tangier Island is experiencing the effects of rising sea levels produced by climate change.

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The body of 30-year-old Ashley O’Connor of Texas was discovered in a hole on an Ocean City beach.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resort’s police department was notified that a body near Second Street had been found around 6:30 a.m. yesterday.

The paper reports that that O’Connor apparently got separated from her family earlier in the morning.

Authorities say her death appears to be accidental but they have not ruled anything out.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A government watchdog group in Maryland has released a report on how much it costs to run a campaign for state legislative offices.

Common Cause Maryland released an analysis of fundraising totals from the 2014 election cycle on Monday.

It found that state senators averaged about $290,000 in campaign contributions from 2011 to 2014. That's compared to a nearly $80,000 average for delegates.

The Delaware Attorney General says that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control violated the Freedom of Information Act.

The office says that the agency failed to properly respond to a request for records by the Delaware Audubon Society last year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the law requires agencies to respond within 15 days by either providing the records, denying the request or asking for more time.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - As proposals to change the nation's health insurance landscape continue to move swiftly, a Maryland commission created to monitor potential changes to the Affordable Care Act is scheduled to meet for the first time.

The panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Annapolis.

Democrats who control the legislature created the commission by legislation this year, out of concern that President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress would repeal the health care law. So far, they haven't, but the White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two top Maryland lawmakers say they support expanding the state's medical marijuana industry next year to increase participation by minority-owned businesses.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch wrote in a July letter that they support passage of "emergency legislation" in the legislative session that begins in January.

Currently, 15 growers are allowed, and but none is a black-led company. A bill designed to bolster diversity ownership failed to pass in the closing moments of this year's legislative session.

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PORT REPUBLIC, N.J. (AP) - Rising sea levels are killing trees along vast swaths of the North American coast by inundating them in salt water.

The dead trees in what used to be thriving freshwater coastal environments are called "ghost forests" by researchers.

Efforts are underway to determine how quickly the creation of ghost forests is increasing around the world.

But scientists agree the startling sight of dead trees in formerly healthy areas is an easy-to-grasp example of the consequences of climate change.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond is kicking off a series of meetings to discuss what should be done with the city's prominent Confederate monuments.

Mayor Levar Stoney announced last month that he thinks the statues on Monument Avenue should stay put, though he appointed a commission to study adding historical context, likely with signs or new statues.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a commission subgroup met Monday, and several more meetings are scheduled for this week.