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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Coast Guard says its response crews rescued a man after his sailboat capsized in Duvall Creek in Annapolis.

The Coast Guard says the man called 911 around 10:15 a.m. to report that his boat had capsized. Local police got in touch with Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. A response boat that was already on the water as part of a training exercise was diverted to the scene.

Crews pulled the man from the water and took him to an Anne Arundel County fire boat that took him to shore. He wasn't injured. The Coast Guard towed the sailboat to a marina.

Essay: Free Air?

Mar 13, 2015
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The air is free. Or is it? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that the free market system always seems to find a way.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - The National Institutes of Health says an American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has arrived safely at its hospital in Maryland.

The NIH says the patient arrived at the hospital in Bethesda, north of Washington, before 5 a.m. Friday and the patient's condition is still being evaluated. The patient's name, age and gender have not been released.

Officials say the patient was transported to the United States in isolation on a chartered plane.

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Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he is going to run for a seat on congress after his defeat by Republican Governor Larry Hogan in last year’s November elections.

The Maryland Democrat will seek Representative Donna Edwards’ seat who has decided to run for U.S. Senate now that Barbara Mikulski has announced her retirement next year.

Brown said that he believed he still had something to give to back to his community.

The district sits next to Washington D.C. and includes a portion of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland and Kappa Sigma fraternity say they're investigating an email sent by a student laced with racist and sexist language.

Kappa Sigma fraternity says in a statement posted on its website Friday that the student was a member of the University of Maryland chapter when he sent the email to six others in January 2014. The fraternity says it only recently learned of the email and has suspended the student. Kappa Sigma says the student has since resigned, and its Maryland chapter is working to formally expel him. 

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There was a public signing yesterday of a 30-foot-long 1,000 pound steel beam on the campus of Salisbury University.

It will be put on the top floor of the new 122-thousand square-foot building that will be the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach told those gathered in Red Square that this was a celebration of a building that will benefit not only the campus but the community.

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Mayor Jim Ireton gave his State of the City address yesterday.

And, he stressed the need to attack the city blight saying that property owners need to be held accountable.

In his "broken windows" approach, Ireton pushed an initiative to place QR codes on signs in front of abandoned buildings that would link to online sites providing details about the property’s history and current status.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Division of Fish & Wildlife says hunters harvested more than 14,000 deer during the 2014-2015 season.

Officials said Wednesday that the count is the fourth all-time highest in the state.

Hunters harvested more does than bucks, with 7,683 does and 6,556 bucks.

More than 1,100 deer were taken during crossbow season.

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Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy and the state Board of Education got a no confidence vote from teachers unions in the two biggest school districts.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Red Clay Education Association and the Christina Education Association say that state leaders have “slandered” Delaware’s traditional public schools.

The paper reports that they charged the administration has done this through the over reliance on standardized test scores and imposing mandates on teacher without their input.

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There’s a lot of testing going on in Delaware schools to evaluate how the educational system is doing.

But Education Secretary Mark Murphy says the state will provide money to see if there is some redundancy that could lead to the elimination of some of those tests.

He said that some of the assessment tests may wind up trying to measure the same thing.

Outside of the tests required by the state or federal government, Murphy said that individual districts would be able to determine what redundant tests might be eliminated.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia's congressional delegation says the Navy has agreed to homeport its newest aircraft carrier in Norfolk.

The USS Gerald R. Ford is under construction in Newport News. It is the numerical replacement for the USS Enterprise, which was also based in Norfolk. The Ford is expected to join the fleet in 2016, bringing the total number of U.S. aircraft carriers back up to 11.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Two men who pleaded guilty to taking part in a street fight in Ocean City that left a Pennsylvania man fatally injured have been sentenced.

Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Kendall was sentenced to a year in jail, and 28-year-old Caleb Ochse was sentenced to 18 months Thursday in Worcester County Circuit Court.

Thirty-seven-year-old Justin Daniel Cancelliere of North Whitehall, Pennsylvania, was found unconscious in a parking lot on Aug. 24. He died later that day at a hospital.

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In the first half of today's program, we discuss the public reaction to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's proposed plan for offshore drilling in Atlantic coast waters.

In the second half, Dr. John Fredrickson, Superintendent of   Wicomico County Public Schools stops by talk about education spending, testing, and school construction proposals.

Guests:

Matt Heim, Assateague Coastal Trust Outreach Coordinator

Dr. John Fredrickson, Superintendent of   Wicomico County Public Schools

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The owner of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in western Maryland says shareholders will benefit tremendously from the company's planned merger with a privately held Nevada casino operator.
 

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HURLOCK, Md. (AP) - Fire officials in Dorchester County say fire has damaged a building used as a church's fellowship hall in Hurlock.

Firefighters were called to the building next to the Full Gospel Church of God around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officials say the blaze consumed the second and third floor of the building, with damage on the first floor too. It took firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the blaze.

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Wicomico is mourning the loss of Gary Pusey found of his Quality Cars dealership in Fruitland.

The 64 year old was well known in the community and lived in Fruitland.

Former County Executive Rick Pollitt told the Salisbury Daily Times that Pusey was a pillar of the community and leading business man in the region.

Pusey began working at the age of 14 helping out at a ford dealership.

Later on he established his own dealership which became known as Gary Pusey’s Quality Cars.

His two sons now run the business.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County officials are launching a new initiative to warn people about the dangers of heroin.

The campaign, to be discussed at a news conference Thursday, is aimed at teenagers and at making suburban, middle class families aware that heroin use is happening in their communities as well as in the inner city.

County Executive Tom Gordon and County Police Chief Col. E.M. Setting were among the officials scheduled to be on hand to discuss the effort.

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ELKTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a Cecil County Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who drove toward the deputy.

Sgt. Marc Black, a state police spokesman, said in an email that the deputy, whom he did not identify, tried to conduct a traffic stop on an SUV about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday in Elkton.

Black says the vehicle did not stop and eventually turned around and accelerated toward the deputy. Black says the deputy fired his department-issued .40 caliber Glock pistol several times at the SUV.

Black says the vehicle traveled into a backyard and hit a tree.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for police reform are heading to Annapolis to testify on behalf of legislation aimed at law enforcement accountability.

Members of the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality plan on speaking Thursday in support of a trio of bills aimed at addressing the tension between police and the public.

One bill would address how and where officers could use body cameras, while another bill on the docket would require local law enforcement to provide an annual report for officer-involved deaths and deaths in the line of duty.

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Things are looking up for the First State’s job market.

The unemployment rate in Delaware fell to 5% in January.

That’s down from 6.1% during the same period last year.

There's another piece of good news.

The Gallop organization listed Delaware in the top ten for job creation.

Wages also rose in January.

The weekly earnings went up to $726 a week from an even $700 in December.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to head to Cuba later this year as part of an economic development and trade mission.

McAuliffe made the announcement on Tuesday at the Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade in Richmond following remarks by Cuba's top diplomat in the U.S.

Media outlets report that the governor has five other economic development trips planned by the end of the year. He's looking to head to Cuba by the middle of the year, possibly in late spring.

"Let Summer Be Summer"

Mar 12, 2015
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Could students begin to start the school term a little later in the year?

Yes, says Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot who backs the initiative known as Let Summer Be Summer.

The state official was up before a state Senate committee hearing yesterday for legislation that would have all Maryland school begins the fall semester after Labor Day.

The petition has more than 13-thousand signatures including Governor Larry Hogan.

Backers hope that the later date would help generate an additional $74 million in revenue.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - New revenue estimates for the state of Maryland won't require a downward adjustment of projections, but there aren't any extra dollars, either.

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates released unchanged revenue estimates on Wednesday.

Board members say that's positive compared to the last two revisions last year, which required them to note Maryland didn't bring in as much revenue as they had projected.

General fund revenues are expected to be about $15.7 billion for fiscal year 2015 and $16.2 billion for fiscal year 2016.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The owner of western Maryland's only casino is reporting its annual earnings and discussing its disputed plan to merge with another casino operator.

Lakes Entertainment Inc., based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, is releasing financial data Thursday. Executives will discuss the results in a conference call with reporters and analysts later in the day.

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Financial progress is being made on developing the Kent County Regional Sports Complex to be located on 84 acres of farm land owned by the county.

Supporters of the complex say they are near to getting a $20 million bond deal from M&T Bank.

Another $4 million is slated to come in the form of state infrastructure funds for a total cost of $24 million.

The Kent County Levy Court is set to vote on the deal shortly.

The facility will include 12 synthetic turf fields would provide venues for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Delaware's abandoned property collection system, raising questions about the constitutional validity of one of the state's largest revenue sources.

Wednesday's ruling involves a lawsuit filed last year by Temple-Inland Inc., a packaging company that is incorporated in Delaware but has operations in several states.

The company challenged Delaware's claim to almost $1.4 million in purported uncashed accounts payable and payroll checks.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker has completed his sentence for a misdemeanor stemming from a sex scandal.

Media outlets report that Del. Joe Morrissey was released from Henrico Jail East in New Kent County on Tuesday.

The 57-year-old Henrico County lawmaker was on a work-release program that allowed him to spend his nights in the jail and days at the General Assembly. He was convicted last December of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old girl.

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The Delaware State Fair will be featuring New Kids On The Block and Bryan Adams for the event slated July 23rd through August 1st.

In addition the contemporary Christian group Casting Crowns as well as singer Josh Turner and the group Little Big Town will also be on stage this year.

Other events include Manlove Auto Parts' Demolition Derby and the volunteer Firefighter’s Pro Rodeo Roundup.

In 2014 an estimated 282-thousand people attended the fair.

That was up by 25 percent over the previous year which saw a decline to 228-thousand.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to increase the responsibilities and scope of the state's Commission on Climate Change.

Senators voted 32-14 on Tuesday for the bill, with support and opposition for the legislation falling on Democratic and Republican party lines, respectively.

The bill puts into law the requirements of a 2014 executive order signed by then-Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Within the order is the expansion of the commission's membership, as well as the development of a plan for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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LAUREL, Del. (AP) - The Division of Fish & Wildlife says it has expanded the Robert L. Graham Nanticoke Wildlife Area with the acquisition of 14 acres of woodlands and wildlife habitat.

Officials said in an email on Tuesday that the new land surrounds Wrights Creek off Ellis Mill Road near Laurel. The acquisition will preserve more than 2,500 feet of mature woodland buffer along the creek.

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