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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore interim police commissioner says the department is making arrests in homicides and is linking seized guns with crimes, some years old.

Kevin Davis, at his second news conference in as many days, said Wednesday that officers have made arrests in four homicides in the past 48 hours, and in five non-fatal shootings in the past two weeks.

Davis says ballistics tests on seized firearms have led detectives to link guns to crimes. One handgun was linked to three shootings, an armed robbery and a homicide, some dating to 2003.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Cramming for finals could become a thing of the past for some students in suburban Washington.

The Montgomery County, Maryland, school board is backing a plan to end final exams in middle school. The board is also looking closely at a proposal to scrap high school finals.

The end of finals for high school students could begin as soon as the next school year.

Board president Patricia B. O'Neill says the move means more instructional time for students. In Loudoun County, Virginia, the school system recently made a move in the same direction.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Chris Christie has picked up the presidential endorsement of Maryland's governor.

Republican Larry Hogan says Christie tells it like it is and most politicians don't - and that the New Jersey governor can work with Democrats and independents.

Hogan made the endorsement Wednesday during a stop at a diner near the Maryland Capitol in Annapolis.

It's a bit of political payback.

Christie was a strong supporter of Hogan's underdog campaign for governor last year in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's public defenders have continued their push to reopen hundreds of drug cases by saying that the state should not be allowed to argue that one drug felon can withdraw his guilty plea while hundreds of others cannot.

The Wilmington News Journal  reports that the Office of the Public Defender filed a motion Friday asking Superior Court Judge William Carpenter to bar prosecutors from arguing that the guilty pleas cannot be vacated just because the defendants admitted guilt.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - The 39th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is set for Crisfield.

The seafood festival is scheduled for Wednesday at Somers Cove Marina.

The event is known as a draw for Maryland politicians. The outdoor all-you-can-eat event features crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob and watermelon.

The event is named in honor of Crisfield native J. Millard Tawes, who was governor from 1959 to 1967.

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A video released by Mercy for Animals last week allegedly showing animal abuse at a chicken farm in Sussex County has been called a “hatchet job” by Delaware top agriculture official.

Secretary Ed Kee told WBOC that he does not believe that the video reflects poultry production practices.

He said in his statement to the television station that those working the farm are “great stewards”.

Kee went on to say that poultry is raised in a humane way in the First State.

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The U.S. Justice Department will be looking into alleged misappropriation of grant funds.

WBOC has learned from several sources that the money was supposed to be used for a new hire at the police department.

Instead the television station reports it was used incorrectly.

The station says that the Justice Department would not confirm the investigation because of policy practices.

But the television station reports that federal officials will be in the town on July 22.

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Confusion now reigns over whether there will be an expansion of the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex after all in conjunction with Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on Monday Mayor Jim Ireton said that Wicomico County officials decided against asking for a 35 acre donation from the City of Salisbury.

In addition, the paper reports that a hearing on the donation set for later this month has also been cancelled.

The city said that Wicomico County officials have indicated that they are looking at other pieces of property.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit aimed at keeping cattle out of Virginia streams that feed into the Chesapeake Bay has been rejected by a Circuit Court judge in Richmond.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said Tuesday it will review the decision before deciding on its next step.

The foundation sued the state to push for regulations that would require Virginia's largest livestock operations to fence off streams to keep their animals out of the water.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Delaware group is helping low-income residents of Sussex and Kent county stay cool.

The First State Community Action Agency will be accepting applications for free air conditioners on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 308 N. Railroad Ave. in Georgetown. They'll also take applications on July 21 at 655 S. Bay Road, Suite 4J, in Dover, and by appointment.

Applicants must be 60 or over, have a disability or have children under the age of 5. Households must also meet income eligibility requirements.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming to Maryland for an announcement related to his presidential campaign.

Christie's campaign announced Wednesday's event at the Double T Diner near Maryland's capitol in Annapolis.

Christie was a strong supporter of Gov. Larry Hogan's underdog campaign last year in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. A spokesman for Hogan declined to comment on the event. 

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When undocumented immigrants apply for driving privilege cards in Delaware they must submit their finger prints that go to law enforcement for a criminal background check.

That requirement was a compromise reached with law enforcement when the legislation was approved this year.

State Senator Bryan Townsend who sponsored the legislation and is co-chair of a panel that will review the law next year fears finger printing could keep people from signing up for a license.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach Police say a fifth lifeguard stand missing from the beach has been found off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the stand, one of seven that disappeared last week, was spotted on Tuesday.

A fishing boat spotted two stands floating about two miles offshore near Fenwick Island on Saturday and brought one back to shore. Officials say the U.S. Coast Guard brought in two. On Monday, a fourth was found washed up on a private beach in Bethany Beach.

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SURRY, Va. (AP) - The nuclear reactors at Dominion Virginia Power's Surry County plant have been shut down to repair water leaks.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the first unit was taken offline over the weekend for planned maintenance on its coolant pumps.

The second unit was deactivated Monday after failed attempts to repair a spray valve that's part of its coolant system. Both units began operating in the early 1970s.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set a tentative date for a court-ordered special legislative session to redraw Virginia's congressional boundaries.
 
McAuliffe's office said Tuesday the governor has informed leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly that he intends to call a special session on Aug. 17.
 
A 2-1 ruling in June by a panel of judges directed the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by Sept. 1 to correct a 2012 redistricting plan the court found used race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries.
 

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Senator Ben Cardin reacted to the new nuclear agreement with Iran by reminding his congressional colleagues they must do a judicious review of the deal.

The Maryland Democrat said congress must ensure that the agreement if variable, comprehensive and long lasting.

He added if Iran breaks the agreement it must also provide for the sanctions to snap back.

Congressman Andy Harris noted that Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the deal which could make for difficulties in congress.

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The developer that brought downtown Salisbury Headquarters Live and the Brick Room is looking at buying up two of the city’s parking lots in the area.

Devreco is a local developer and has put out a bid for lots 1 and 11 which stand between Circle Avenue and Downtown Plaza.

Currently they offer two hour parking.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they handed in a proposal and are now negotiating with the city on issues ranging from the purchase price to when construction must begin.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach Police say some of the seven lifeguard stands stolen from the beach have been found, including some spotted floating miles offshore.

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Monday night’s Pocomoke City Council meeting was crowded with demands for the return of fired police chief Kelvin Sewell.

Some even wore T-shirts with his picture on it and with words of support.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Reverend James Jones with the New Macedonia Baptist church said that there were more than 500 signatures on a petition to get Sewell back on the job.

The paper reports that after the meeting Mayor Bruce Morrison along with two council members refused to comment on the dismissal.

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Some Selbyville residents found themselves without water last night after a major water line was hit by a utility truck in the area of Church Street and Baker Alley.

The problem was expected to be fixed by this morning.

During the water shutdown residents were told that once the water was turned back on they should boil it before using it.

In addition, residents were asked not the water their lawns until the problem had been fully fixed.

State officials will test the water to ensure safety.

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The clouds were active yesterday new Tangier where a number of waterspouts were seen on the Chesapeake Bay.

There were 911 calls around mid-morning on the western side of the island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that resident Anna Pruitt-Parks said she saw four funnel clouds.

The National Weather Service says a series of thunderstorms in expected in the mid-Atlantic region that could bring hail and a few tornadoes.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has classified DuPont as a severe violator of federal work place standards.

The decision follows the deaths of four employees during a massive gas leak last year in Texas.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that around 300 workers were making pesticide and other chemicals at the plant.

DuPont says that it is disappointed adding that the company has not yet had time to review decision.  

The government says that preventable deaths and other serious problems were evidence of a failed safety program.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The Department of Health and Social Services says Democratic State  Rep. Michael Barbieri has been named director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

Secretary Rita Landgraf announced the appointment Monday, saying it is effective on Aug. 4. Barbieri, ,who has represented the Newark area since 2008, will resign from the House on Aug. 3.

Barbieri, a social worker, is chief executive officer of Crossroads of Delaware, a youth treatment center in Wilmington. He says he will relinquish his ownership in Crossroads.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Frederick committee that began as a grass-roots watchdog on biological defense laboratories is electing a new leader.

The Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee meets Tuesday night in Frederick. The group is starting its fifth year with members appointed by Frederick city and county government.

Longtime chairwoman and co-founder Beth Willis says she left the panel when her term expired June 30. Willis says she's exhausted.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police in Annapolis say they used a stun gun on a naked man who failed to comply with an officer's orders to stop.

Police say it happened Monday just before 10 a.m. when authorities received a call that a naked man was walking along Forrest Drive. An Annapolis Police Department officer arrived and a Prince George's County officer was on scene. Police say the man did not obey an order to stop and the Annapolis officer used a stun gun to get the man under control.

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JESSUP, Md. (AP) - Maryland public safety officials are hosting a media day at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup.
 
The tour on Tuesday is one of a series of media days that are being held in Maryland's state correctional facilities.
 
State officials say Patuxent is a unique treatment-oriented maximum-security correctional facility. It houses both men and women separately. It also operates on a graded-tier system for inmates.
 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting higher-than-expected state tax revenues as a sign that Virginia's economy has recovered from the Great Recession.

McAuliffe said at a news conference Monday that the state's revenues were $553 million more than projected for the last fiscal year that ended in June.

The extra revenues, mostly due to income tax collections, will largely be set aside in the state's rainy day fund. The extra money means the state will be able to go ahead with pre-approved raises of 2 percent for state workers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A longtime Annapolis recording technician has said a song he recorded at the Naval Academy would be a good replacement for "Maryland, My Maryland," a song written by a Confederate sympathizer.
 
Seventy-one-year-old Charlie Richardson tells The Capital that a song called "My Home, My Maryland" stands out to him as the best representation of the state.
 
Richardson says the song was composed and performed in 1976 for the Naval Academy Glee Club's bicentennial concerts.  
 

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - A $38 million effort is underway to restore marshland at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Sussex County.
 
Officials say the project will create a marsh and beach that can better withstand storms and the effects of climate change
 
The project has been partially funded by federal money from the Superstorm Sandy relief fund.
 

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There were around 94 boats that went out over the weekend for the 28th Annual Tuna Tournament in Ocean City this weekend.

And coming out on top was Rob Wagner who pulled in over a half a million with the largest single tuna and heaviest stringer.

That was followed by Tyler Nichols and Ryan Yost  in both categories.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Don Rush has this report on what Matt Forney found at the event.

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