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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland will continue to give out free paper state road maps to residents and visitors this year.

A Maryland State Highway Administration representative told The Cumberland Times-News the state map includes the latest changes to Maryland's transportation system, tourist attractions, historical sites and county boundary lines. About 1,100 towns and destinations in the state are highlighted.

The map is also available online, though the organization says the paper maps remain popular.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's air quality has continued its steady improvement, but the state still gets a failing grade for having high levels of ozone on hot and sunny days.

The News Journal reports the American Lung Association gave all three Delaware counties a grade of F for having too many high-ozone days.

The report showed some improvement, with the county of New Castle earning a C grade on particle pollution, an improvement upon last year's D grade. The other two counties received A's in that category.

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There is a proposal to expand the medical marijuana law in Delaware that would allow those under the age of 18 to get low THC oil.

State Senator Ernie Lopez is now pushing to change the current law that only allows adults with a medical card to obtain the drug.

WBOC spoke with the parents of 9 year old Ryley Maedler from Rehoboth Beach who said they want the choice of obtaining the medical marijuana for their child.

They said they have tried other medications to help Ryley who had major survey for bone tumors whose complications have led to seizures.

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$5.6 million in grants is set to revitalize the downtown areas in Dover, Seaford and Wilmington.  

There are thirteen projects in all from a state grant for areas designated as Downtown Development Districts earlier this year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that these include commercial and mixed use as well as residential developments.            

Officials hope that the state funds will generate as much as $114 million in private money.

The grants will provide up to 20 percent of construction costs for those projects that have already been completed.

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There will be no right to work law in the state of Delaware.

The Republican measure was turned down by Democrats in the state Senate Labor Committee yesterday with the backing of unions.

Under the bill right-to-work zones could have been carved out to attract manufacturing and it would have kept workers from having to join a union or pay for the upkeep of a union contract.

Since 1990 the state has seen more than 20-thousand manufacturing jobs disappear from the First State.

There are 25 states that have right-to-work laws.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.

The bill being considered Thursday adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to a 12-year-old law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

Amendments added to the bill since its introduction would exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes.

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Wicomico County has issued a deadline to the city of Salisbury.

It wants to know by May 1st if the city will go through with Mayor Jim Ireton’s threat to cut off Fire and EMS service to surrounding county areas if there is no agreement by July 1st.

The Salisbury Fire Chief and a top city administration official met with county officials yesterday to begin discussions on a new agreement.

The city says that currently it is costing the Salisbury $2.2 million to provide service without adequate compensation from county residents.

SU Unveils Master Plan

Apr 29, 2015

The master plan for Salisbury University was unveiled yesterday that would ensure a central academic base, while improving the ties to the East Campus.

There is a proposal for a Fine and Performing Arts complex on the main campus and a Field House on the East campus.

It would also include the potential plans to improve not only the academic side of the campus but for student life and recreation.

The plans would establish – what has been described as – University District that would cross Route 13.

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There will be no field trips to Baltimore by Wicomico county public school students.

The West Salisbury Elementary School was supposed to have gone to the Baltimore Zoo today but officials decided to call it off because of the disturbances in that city.            

Instead, the school buses picked up student and took them for a trip the National Zoo.

Meanwhile, WBOC reports students at Mardela Middle and High Schools also saw their trip to the Baltimore Zoo also canceled.

It would have been their second visit. 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore streets once filled with rock- and bottle-throwing protesters were quiet and nearly empty of civilians as residents heeded an overnight curfew enforced by 3,000 police and National Guardsmen.

The curfew, in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, got off to a rocky start, when as many as 200 protesters showed no immediate signs of going home.

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Route 13 in Princess Anne found students blocking traffic yesterday to protest the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who died after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody.

According to the University the demonstration consisted of 75 to 100 students and began at the school before making its way to Route 13.

Traffic was halted for around 10 minutes before 20 to 30 officers arrived on the scene.

The university said that many of the students came from the Baltimore area.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee is set to consider legislation allowing terminally ill patients access to experimental medicines that have not received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

The so-called "Right to Try" bill was to be discussed Wednesday in the Health and Social Services committee.

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The Delaware Senate gave the final okay to a measure that clamps a moratorium on all new charter schools in Wilmington through 2018.

The measure now goes to the Governor for his signature.

But the Senate vote fell along party lines with Republicans charging that the measure is part of an anti-charter school movement in the state legislature.

The state House of Representatives and the Senate are controlled by Democrats.

The measure comes after the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee called for a temporary halt on additional charter schools in that city.

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - The Snow Hill Police Department will swear in a new police chief next week.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports James Pilchard will become the new chief May 4 in the eastern Maryland town. Pilchard will replace Kirk Daugherty, who announced last year he would be stepping down due to vision problems.

Gardeners, rejoice! "You Bet Your Garden" with host Mike McGrath makes a return to WSDL 90.7's airwaves this Sunday May 3rd at 11AM.

Each week, Mike McGrath offers tips and tricks to help you take care of your garden and landscape without using harmful chemicals.

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Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of May 4th, 2015

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan surveyed the damage done at the West Baltimore intersection where much of last night’s rioting began.

The Governor shook hands with many of the people who came to clean up the streets that had seen burned cars, smashed police vehicles broken glass and plumes of smoke from a convenience store.

And, he declared, that the state of Maryland would not leave the city unprotected.

A state of emergency has been declared in the city with around 2-thousand National Guardsmen expected to be deployed to the city.

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Baltimore was shaken last night as looter roamed the streets, smashing windows and beating up one photographer who tried to take their picture.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has called in the National Guard and a curfew is being imposed today from 10 p.m. tonight through 5 a.m.

The governor also declared a state of emergency.

A CVS store and a new senior center were burned down as spot fires dotted the city.

Some 15 police are believed to have been injured while around two dozen arrests have been made.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill establishing a moratorium on new charter schools in Delaware.

The legislation to be voted on Tuesday creates a moratorium until June 2018 or until the state school board develops a strategic plan for the number of charter, traditional and vocational/technical schools in Delaware.

The legislation also calls for input to be accepted from the mayor and city council of Wilmington before any new charters are approved there.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - An annual survey by marine officials shows a significant increase in the number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission says the overall bay-wide crab population increased from 297 million crabs to 411 million crabs, a 38 percent increase. The increased numbers followed regulations by Virginia, Maryland and the Potomac Fisheries Commission that reduced commercial crab harvests by 10 percent. Officials say that reduction helped rebuild the population.

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A drug lab scandal could jeopardize a number of closed drug cases in Delaware – even those where the defendant confessed.

The Office of the Public Defender is questioning another state chemist who was disciplined three separate times for not handling evidence properly.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that court documents show Assistant Public Defender Nicole Walker has argued that this misconduct could cause credibility problems in other cases.

Walker argued that the Division of Forensic Science is still not functioning as it should.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Towson University officials have given an all-clear after the school's library and media center were evacuated after a man called school police and said he was in the library with a gun.

University spokesman Ray Feldmann said by phone that the man called the university police communications center about 6:30 p.m. Monday. Feldmann says the man said he was in Cook Library and armed with a gun.

Uber Comes to Salisbury

Apr 28, 2015
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You can now use the Uber car service in Salisbury.

City Council President Jake Day told WBOC that he was not aware that the service was now operating in the town but added he thought it was only a matter of time.

And, he called it, a great service.

The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation this year that requires drivers to have criminal background checks and vehicle inspections.

Day said there might be some needed alterations in city regulations with the coming of Uber.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic state lawmakers have introduced legislation making it easier for local governments to acquire and redevelop abandoned and vacant real estate.

The legislation, which is the subject of a committee hearing Wednesday, allows local governments to form "land banks" to acquire vacant and abandoned properties.

The bill allows local jurisdictions to form land banks if 3 percent of residential structures have been uninhabited for 6 months or more.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Six university presidents have formally agreed to work together on challenges facing Virginia's coastal and ocean communities.

The Virginia Sea Grant charter was signed Monday in Richmond by the presidents of George Mason, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and William & Mary.

Emerging Voices

Apr 27, 2015

Emerging student writers from Salisbury University will share their works during "Emerging Voices" Wednesday, April 29th at 7:30pm in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

Drs. John Nieves and Susan McCarty of the English Department will host the evenings program.

Admission is $10, $5 for SU faculty & staff with ID and free for SU students with ID. Additional donations are welcome.

Books by Dr. John Nieves and Delmarva Today: Writer's Edition host Hal Wilson will be available for purchase.

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Baltimore, Md. (AP)  - Members of Freddie Gray's family are among the last group of mourners filing into the church before the man's funeral in Baltimore.

His mother Gloria Darden was first to reach the casket on Monday sobbed and dropped to her knees.

She straightened out the tie on Gray's body before she was led to the front-row pew.

Other mourners approached her to offer condolences through handshakes and hugs.  

A projector aimed at two screens on the walls beside the pulpit show the words "Black Lives Matter & All Lives Matter" in red lettering.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the head of President Barack Obama's initiative for minority males will attend the funeral of a Baltimore man who died after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody.

Broderick Johnson, the chairman of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force, will represent the administration at Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray. Johnson is also the Cabinet secretary.

Gray is the 25-year-old black man who died a week after an encounter with Baltimore police left him with grave spinal injuries. He is being buried Monday in Baltimore.

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There have been a large number of pardons being issued in Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Governor Jack Markell has issued nearly 16-hundred during his six years in office.

Most of them are for minor offenses.

The governor’s office says that the pardons are important in giving people with criminal records a second chance and not to be stigmatized for the rest of their lives.

But the paper reports that the state does not follow the outcomes of those who have been given a pardon.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state economic development panel is set to vote on a request by Wells Fargo Bank for more than $1.3 million in taxpayer grants to help offset costs associated with relocating and creating new jobs in New Castle County.

The Council on Development Finance was to meet Monday to consider the proposal, which state officials say involves the bank's commitment to add 180 jobs in Delaware by 2018.

Wells Fargo is asking for a Strategic Fund performance grant of up to $1.3 million and a Strategic Fund capital expenditure grant of up to $60,000. 

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