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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that issues Delaware's official revenue forecast is providing its final update of the fiscal year.

Lawmakers will use Monday's update from the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council to finish marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Last month, the estimate of revenue available for fiscal 2016 increased by about $18.5 million, following a decline of $22 million in April.

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The New Castle County Police will be getting another piece of equipment in their arsenal.

By the end of the month the county council is expected to approve $52-thousand to add a drone to the force.

It will provide images for police during emergency situations. The Wilmington News Journal reports that the funds will go for staffing find the right model, training four employees and obtaining equipment and spare parts.

Police Captain Pat Crowell told the paper that the drone can be used in searching for missing persons as well as getting an assessment of large crowds.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has produced two mega winners in the latest Mega Millions multistate lottery drawing.

The Virginia Lottery says someone bought a Mega Millions ticket in Warrenton that won $5 million in Friday's drawing. Another ticket sold in Salem won $1 million.

The Lottery says in a news release that both tickets matched the first five numbers but missed the Mega Millions number.

The winning numbers were 1-40-42-56-62 and the Mega Ball number was 2.

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TAZEWELL, Va. (AP) - Areas in nine Virginia counties will be treated this week to protect forests from gypsy moths.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says aerial spraying will begin Monday in Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wythe counties. The spraying will continue through Thursday.

The gypsy moth is a non-native caterpillar that has become established in most of the northeastern United States. It feeds on more than 500 species of trees and shrubs.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - State police say a man was robbed as he walked toward a bus stop near Rehoboth Mall in Rehoboth Beach.

Police say the robbery occurred on Saturday morning. Police say the 32-year-old male victim was walking along Airport Road when a man grabbed him from behind.

Police say another man then approached and pointed a gun at the victim. Both went through the man's pockets and took cash.

Police say the armed man fled on foot, while the other man left in a vehicle.

The victim wasn't injured. Police have not identified any suspects.

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The Maryland State Police sergeant involved in a single-vehicle accident in May apparently swerved to avoid debris sending him off the road.

The Maryland State Police say that Sgt. Anthony Myers had been driving his vehicle westbound on the Salisbury Bypass at around 9:40 p.m. in early May.

After swerving to avoid the debris in the road, he struck a guardrail and plunged down the embankment striking trees before finally overturning.

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Congressman Andy Harris will be facing a former Delegate in the next year’s Republican primary.

He’s Michael Smigiel who believes that Harris has become to open to compromise in Washington.

Smigiel describes himself as a libertarian conservative but touts his time in Annapolis as someone who worked across the aisle with Democrats.The Republican was elected to the House of Delegates from 2003 until his loss last year.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles has announced an agreement with between state officials and Uber officially allowing the smartphone-powered private car service to operate in the state under new regulations.
 
Over the last few months, representatives from the San Francisco startup have met with lawmakers at Legislative Hall in Dover and the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles to work on regulations.
 

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It has been seven years since the Great Recession began. What does the future hold for Salisbury, Maryland in its aftermath?

Guests: Joey Gilkerson and Brad Gillis, advisors with Sperry Van Ness and are also behind the Headquarters Live venue.

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It's up in the sky, the 8th annual Ocean City Air Show.  Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin takes a sneak peak at this weekend's event.

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Soon it could be easier to get around Ocean City on a bicycle.

Town officials are planning to put additional bike trails so the cyclists do not have to use some of the busy intersections such as Coastal Highway or Baltimore Avenue.

Town Council member Tom DeLuca told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were three different trails in the works.

The first would connect the Boardwalk to 62nd street.

Another would run from the Boardwalk to the downtown area.

A third would run from 62nd Street to the Delaware state line at 146th street.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary will open on June 26, more than four years after lawmakers and Gov. Jack Markell first legalized pot for medicinal use.

The Wilmington News Journal reports The First Compassion Center, located outside of Wilmington, will open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Patient orientations are planned for June 18 and June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The Delaware state Senate has voted to ban e-cigarettes from indoor areas with the exception of vape shops and has sent the measure to the governor’s desk.

Middletown Democrat Bethany Hall who sponsored the bill said that this will provide another level of protection for the public.

The legislation was approved on a 13-7 vote and saw a number of amendments turned down by the upper chamber.

Two would have exempted cigar shops as well as taprooms and taverns.

The state House of Representatives turned back similar amendments.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two groups have gone to court to try to implement clean-air regulations they say are being blocked by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration.

The Sierra Club and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility filed a lawsuit Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. They argue the regulations against smog would protect the public by reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A regional fisheries panel has approved a plan to protect coral reefs from North Carolina to New York from fishing techniques that could cause them harm.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved the protections for more than 38,000 square miles of habitat in the Atlantic Ocean during a meeting in Virginia Beach on Wednesday. The plan still must be approved by the U.S. Commerce Secretary after a public comment period.

Within deep sea coral zones, fishermen would not be allowed to use bottom-tending fishing gear such as dredges and traps.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Prosecutors are calling their first witnesses in the federal cyberstalking trial of the family of a gunman who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse.

Former optometrist David Matusiewicz; his mother, Lenore Matusiewicz; and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, are charged with conspiracy and cyberstalking of David Matusiewicz's ex-wife, Christine Belford. They could face life in prison if convicted.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials have broken ground for a new hotel in downtown Wilmington, a hotel that will redevelop an office building that is currently vacant.

Mayor Dennis P. Williams and others helped break ground Thursday for the new Residence Inn Marriott located at 1300 North Market Street. The city says the new hotel will convert the building into a 96-room hotel.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Sen. Ben Cardin is holding a forum to discuss federal workforce concerns.

The Democrat has scheduled the forum in Baltimore on Friday with employees of the Social Security Administration.

The senator says the nation's federal employees are too often targeted with harmful cuts to positions and programs without thought for the people working on behalf of the public.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has made her final written plea to a federal appeals court reviewing her public corruption convictions.

In a brief filed Thursday evening with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, McDonnell's lawyers restated their claims that the convictions were based on an overly broad interpretation of federal bribery law. Prosecutors have said in court filings that there is clearly enough evidence to support the convictions.

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Existing home sales in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties have gone up by nearly 14 percent.

That’s during the first 5 months of 2015 compared with the same period last year.

The Salisbury Daily Times analysis also found that they have risen by nearly 40 percent since 2011 according to stats form the Coastal Association of Realtors.

The paper reports that biggest hurdle is that prices have still been low with a typical house selling for around $147-thousand compared to $161-thousand five years ago.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The organizers of Delaware's Firefly Music Festival are expecting up to 90,000 attendees at this year's event.

The festival, scheduled from June 18-21, has 119 announced bands, including headliners Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon and The Killers. Last year about 80,000 people attended.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of leadership changes and funding deficits, NPR's new president and CEO says the public radio network has turned a corner and is positioning itself to grow its already sizable audience and funding.
 
Jarl Mohn, a longtime radio and television executive who created E! Entertainment Television, helped launch MTV and VH1 and formed his own venture capital firm, is now nearing the end of his first year leading NPR.
 
His commercial media roots may prove critical in charting NPR's future.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Transportation officials in Maryland say motorists should be prepared for Saturday traffic delays at the Bay Bridge as a result of a charity ride involving motorcyclists.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says motorists should be prepared for delays on Saturday from about 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Officials say the delays will be on Ritchie Highway and U.S. 50 eastbound from the Severn River Bridge to the Bay Bridge.

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The Ocean City Air Show returns to the resort this weekend featuring the famous Blue Angels.  Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin says the public could even a sneak preview of their act.

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The Eastern Shore is expected to see cutbacks in the Meals on Wheels program for the elderly. But, this is not the only program that could be affected by the shifting of money in the Maryland state budget. Delmarva Public Radio's Rachel Taylor talked with one organization that works extensively with seniors on the Eastern Shore.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware's former chief medical examiner has agreed to plead no contest to charges of official misconduct.

Richard Callery, who was fired last year amid an evidence-tampering scandal in Delaware's drug testing lab, will appear in court Thursday to enter the plea to two counts of official misconduct.

Authorities say Callery operated a private consulting business from within the medical examiner's office, using state resources.

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A legislative hearing exploded yesterday when Delaware lawmakers and parents found themselves in a shouting match over whether to allow students to opt-out of the statewide test.

It’s called the Smarter Balanced Assessment which students took for the first time this year.

The legislation before the lawmakers would allow students to opt out of taking the test.

A number of angry parents said they would keep their children from taking the test with one saying he didn’t care what the law said.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland has approved a trial plan for the school to sell beer at its football stadium and other athletic venues beginning this fall.

The student-initiated plan will be announced Thursday in an open letter to the campus. The Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners, which holds final approval authority, will address the proposal during a public hearing July 8.

If the plan is approved, Maryland would join several dozen universities that permit alcohol to be sold to the public at athletic events.

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A local boy from Parkside High now has a chance to play with the Cleveland Indians.

Hunter Parsons could follow his dream after he was drafted by the ball club in the 40th round in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

But the Salisbury right-handed pitcher had been planning on playing at the University of Maryland.

He must decide what to do by next month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Parsons is just the latest in a number of other local names that include K.J Trader of Delmar and Daniel Cropper who was drafted out of college.

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