BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor has retreated from a plan to replace a long-running parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with what she described as a day of service.

Mayor Catherine Pugh had planned on cancelling next month's popular parade and launching a day of volunteering that would honor the civil rights leader's legacy. The city is grappling with numerous struggles including a soaring homicide rate and neighborhoods suffering from generational poverty.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel of Maryland lawmakers has voted to update the General Assembly's policy on sexual harassment.

Under the changes approved Tuesday, the legislature will keep track of complaints made against legislators.

Those complaints will be reported to the Legislative Policy Committee annually at a public hearing. While the reports will not name anyone, they will include how each matter was handled and any punishment received by a legislator.

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The Maryland state highway crews were out yesterday cleaning up the roadways after this weekend’s snow storm.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities say there were fallen trees that forced the closure of the Salisbury Zoo. But there was no significant damage to the facility’s buildings.

Some power outages were also reported due to the downing of power lines.

The paper reports one outage in Fairmount lasted 8 hours.

For residents of Salisbury the city is offering free bulk pick up of yard waste.

Wreaths Across America

On Monday a ceremony was held in Dover yesterday as part of the Wreaths Across America.

It honors veterans and those who have lost their lives in the service of their country.

It was part of a weeklong caravan that makes its way along the East Coast through Delaware and Maryland to Arlington National Cemetery.

WBOC reports that some 200-thousand wreaths are expected to by laid by the end of the event.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will take up a proposal to update the legislature's sexual harassment policy

Alexandra Hughes, chief of staff for House Speaker Michael Busch, said Monday the proposal would centrally track complaints against legislators and staff annually.

It's scheduled for a vote Tuesday before a committee that decides legislative policy.

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A consolidation plan for the Christina School District is running into trouble.

The latest draft of the memorandum of understanding between the school board, Governor John Carney and the state Department of Education may have lost support from two board members.

The latest revisions could mean a postponement of tonight’s planned vote.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the plan includes shifting students from three elementary schools to Bancroft Elementary and Bayard Middle School.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police have identified the 16-year-old boy they say was shot and killed over the weekend in an exchange of gunfire with a Delaware state trooper.

Delaware State Police on Monday identified the teen as Juliun Pitcher of Smyrna. Police said Monday that a trooper stopped a vehicle in Dover shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday for a traffic violation.

Police say Pitcher, a front seat passenger, pulled out a gun as the trooper approached the vehicle.

Pitcher was killed when police say he and the trooper exchanged gunfire.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge presiding over the prosecution of several inmates charged in a fatal prison uprising in Delaware has told attorneys he'd like to handle the defendants in groups of four.

Eighteen prisoners have been charged in the February riot. Sixteen, including some already serving time for murder, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of corrections officer Steven Floyd.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the new chief of Homeland Security will use Baltimore as a backdrop to talk about efforts to combat a notorious gang with law enforcement and immigration actions.

Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will speak Tuesday about the Trump administration's efforts to fight the MS-13 gang. They'll join officials at the U.S. attorney's office.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, have denied a permit requested by an organizer of the August white nationalist protest that turned violent.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that City Manager Maurice Jones wrote Monday that the "proposed demonstration or special event will present a danger to public safety."

Jason Kessler, a Charlottesville resident who was the primary organizer of the Aug. 12 protest, called "Unite the Right," requested the permit last month to hold a two-day rally for the event's one-year anniversary.