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Congressman Elijah Cummings says he told President Trump that his language has been “hurtful” and “insulting” the African American community.

The Baltimore Sun reports that he also urged the president to take a look at voter suppression as well as election fraud.

The paper reports that the conversation occurred during an Oval Office meeting in which the Maryland Democrat provided the President and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price with a plan to allow the federal government to negotiation drug prices under the Medicare program.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Two people have been arrested after officials say they attempted to catch a house on fire in Salisbury.
 
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office tells local media that 38-year-old Netisha Black and 62-year-old Gregory Wilson tried to detonate a Molotov cocktail on Feb. 12 next to a Salisbury home.
 
According to a statement, the homeowner found the device burning next to his home. Fire investigators later determined the attack was the result of a family dispute.
 

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Perdue Farms has a new Chief Executive Officer.

Randy Day has been named to that position after serving as the Chief Operating officer since May of last year.

Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, noted that Day has been with the company 36 years and has embraced the need for change and innovation.

Day is a native of the Eastern Shore and earned a master’s degree in poultry nutrition from the University of Maryland College Park.

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More correctional officers have quit their posts at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in the aftermath of an inmate uprising in which one guard was killed.

The additional handful of officers leaving the institution now puts the overall figure for the department to at least 30, according to Jayme Gravell, a prison system spokesperson.

WBOC reports that Gravell said she could not reveal if this was related to the uprising in which officer Steven Floyd died.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump say they’re going to hold a rally this Saturday in Worcester County.

It will be held along the shoulder of Route 50 just before Route 611.

The rally will be visible to those coming into Ocean City for the resort’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Participants are encouraged to wear green and a $50 gift certificate will be awarded for the best outfit.

It’s being organized by a group called the Main Street Patriots of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno says he's considering running for governor.

The Montgomery County Democrat said Wednesday he is giving some thought to running for the Democratic nomination next year to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

He says he believes Maryland needs "an optimistic vision for rebuilding" the state.

Madaleno has been a senator since 2007. Before that, he served a term in the House of Delegates starting in 2003.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says the health care plan proposed by House Republicans in Congress still has a long way to go.

He said it's too soon to say how the legislation will affect Maryland residents.

The Republican governor said states that expanded Medicaid need to be considered as lawmakers work on the legislation.

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A series of kidnappings and sexual assaults of women has sent fear through New Castle County – especially University of Delaware students.

There have been three incidents so far with an armed masked man carrying out the attack.

He is described as 5-fee-7 inches, tall with a thin build.

The university has shared posts by the New Castle County Police Department along with safety tips but has not sent out an alert.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a transgender teenager who's suing his school board for the right to use the boys bathroom are asking that arguments be expedited so he might see a ruling before he graduates.

The filing Wednesday in Gavin Grimm's case comes two days after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order handing the case back to a Richmond appeals court without reaching a decision.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia beat out Maryland to land a Spanish manufacturing company that will create 15 new jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Atarfil, which makes thermoplastic geomembranes, will spend $5.1 million build a manufacturing facility in Suffolk. It's the company's first U.S.-based facility.

Virginia is giving a $60,000 grant to the company, which will also be eligible for other tax incentives.

McAuliffe said the company's decision to locate in Virginia shows that the state's advanced manufacturing industries are gaining momentum.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Leading Maryland Democrats are supporting legislation for funding Planned Parenthood because of concerns that the federal government will cut family planning funds.

House Speaker Michael Busch joined other lawmakers Wednesday to express support for continued family planning services in the state. Busch says the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Washington could cut family planning services that help 25,000 women in the state.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Forms filed by Virginia lawmakers that show gifts they've received, what companies they own stock in and who employs them and their immediate family members are now online for public view.
    
A change in the law in 2015 mandated that the forms be maintained in a searchable database available to the public on the website of the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council. The council was formed following the gifts scandal of former Gov. Bob McDonnell.
    

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate in her 2016 presidential bid, was one of six people arrested during a counter protest at a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Minnesota.
 
The protesters clashed with hundreds of Trump supporters gathered at the State Capitol rotunda in St. Paul last Saturday, a scene that played out during rallies in other cities around the country.
 

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Some cancer patients and survivors showed up outside the Salisbury office of Representative Andy Harris (R-Md).

Their message: Any changes in the Affordable Care Act must maintain adequate and affordable coverage.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the group chanted, ”Keep us covered. Don’t cut our lifeline.”

Of special concern was keeping the provision that would not allow insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of a pre-existing condition.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is more than halfway through a series of community meetings he's holding up and down the state to discuss Delaware's budget challenges and receive feedback from members of the public.

The latest in Carney's "Budget Reset" community meetings was scheduled for Wednesday night at the Carlisle Fire Hall in Milford.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's minimum wage would rise to $15 over several years under a measure before state lawmakers.

Del. Jeffrey Waldstreicher, a Montgomery County Democrat, outlined the bill Tuesday before a House committee.

Maryland's minimum wage is now set to reach $9.25 an hour in July and increase to $10.10 in July of 2018. The bill would raise it to $12 in July 2019. It would go up a dollar each year after that, until it reaches $15 in July 2022.

The measure would phase in the increases by a dollar less a year for businesses with 25 employees or fewer.

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AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) - The newly designated Harriet Tubman national historic site in central New York has launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy a rare photograph of the 19-th century abolitionist.

Swann Galleries in New York City said earlier this year it would offer the photo for sale at its Manhattan auction house on March 30. Experts say the newly discovered photo of the Maryland-born Underground Railroad hero was taken in Auburn, New York, in the late 1860s.

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LA PLATA, Md. (AP) - A former Charles County judge who ordered a deputy to shock a defendant in his courtroom has been sued in federal court.

The Daily Record reports that Delvon King, a defendant who was shocked in court in July 2014, filed suit Monday against Robert Nalley, the judge who ordered a deputy to activate his stun cuff.

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A four hour barricade situation has ended in Willards ending with a round fired by the Maryland State Police wounding the suspect.

WBOC reports that police say 25 year old Alex Bartell barricaded himself in a house owned by his firlfriend's mother after reports of shots being fired.

He was treated at the R. Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center for injuries.

Bartell's girlfriend was inside the home with her three year old son and tried to call 911.

But the call was hung up.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Industry officials are urging poultry growers on the Delmarva peninsula to take extra precautions following a bird flu outbreak in a commercial breeder flock in Tennessee.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 73,500 chickens were destroyed at a Tennessee farm because of H7 avian influenza, and that 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined.

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A proposed budget by the Trump administration would slash funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration by 93 percent. But environmentalists a confident that the proposal by the Office of Management and Budget will not stand. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Kim Coble, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, about the the push back against such a spending cut. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An attorney for the family of a prison guard killed in an inmate uprising is promising to sue state officials in federal court unless the family gets some answers.

Thomas Neuberger says Steven Floyd's family especially wants to know how he died in the Feb. 1 uprising at Vaughn Correctional Center.

In a letter delivered Monday to Gov. John Carney's Wilmington office, Neuberger said state officials have neglected a broken prison system, plagued by chronic understaffing and overcrowding, putting Floyd and other workers at risk.

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A proposed waterpark on Chincoteague Island has been given a local okay.

The Chincoteague town council approved a conditional use permit for the project yesterday on a 5 to 1 vote.

The facility will be located on the 2-and a half acre site that was the former Maddox Family Campground.

There was so much public interest in the issue that the meeting was moved to the municipal center across the street from the council chambers.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that 13 people spoke during the public hearing with 10 against the project.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The family of the chief justice who presided over the Supreme Court 160 years ago apologized to the family of a slave who sued for his freedom.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A nominee to the Maryland State Board of Education is facing questions about a record of traffic offenses and debt.

Brandon Cooper appeared Monday before a state Senate panel that is considering his nomination by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Cooper, who is 28, says he has learned from his mistakes. His record includes a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to appear in court and liens for failing to pay state taxes.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a new film that documents the important ecological relationship between horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds.

Gov. John Carney is among those scheduled to get a preview of the film Tuesday at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington.  The film will premiere to the general public on Saturday as part of a Shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs day at the museum.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The 17-year-old at the center of a high-profile lawsuit over transgender students' bathroom access says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to back out of his case is a disappointment that will keep other students like him in limbo.

Gavin Grimm, a high school senior in Gloucester, Virginia, spoke to reporters Monday, hours after the justices handed his case back to a lower court without reaching a decision.

Grimm said that while he hoped for a different outcome, he's "just as empowered" as ever and ready to stick with it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to nullify four previous calls to the U.S. Congress to hold a constitutional convention.

The Senate voted 34-13 Monday night for the resolution. One Republican joined 33 Democrats to support the resolution. Thirteen Republicans opposed it.

The Maryland General Assembly has passed four calls for a convention since the 1930s to amend the U.S. Constitution. The last one in the 1970s called for an amendment that requires a balanced federal budget.

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The unemployment rate in Delaware inched up slightly to 4.4 percent in January – the first change since July when it was 4.3 percent.

That’s according to the Labor Department.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the increase appears to be the result of people returning to the workforce faster than its expansion.

The labor force had grown by 600 people while the number employed rose by 400.

The paper reports that the figures are based on the latest monthly surveys of around 13-hundred businesses and 850 households in the First State.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland has processed more than one million tax returns so far this tax season.

The office of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said in a statement Monday that the one millionth return was submitted by a tax filer in Calvert County.

The office says that last year it processed 3.2 million personal income tax returns. About 84 percent of those filings were filed electronically.

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