What would the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act mean to the residents of the State of Maryland? 

In the second half, we get local reaction to recent events regarding Muslims and immigration.

Guests: Caroline Kirk Robbins, with Healthcare for All

Dr. Charles Stegman, a local physician

Wasim Amir, Delmarva Muslim Community

Ashraf Ahmed, Imam

Usman Sandhu, with the Islamic Society of Delaware

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to increase the state's renewable energy standards.

Media outlets report that the Senate voted 32-13 Thursday to override the veto, two days after the House of Delegates voted on the measure. It means the law is now in effect.

The Senate needed a three-fifths vote, or 29 out of 47 senators. The measure passed last year on a 32-14 vote in the Senate.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A judge will hear arguments on a lawsuit challenging aspects of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, is seeking to join the lawsuit and broaden its scope. When it was first filed, it focused primarily on lawful permanent residents - commonly known as green-card holders - who were affected by the ban. Herring's motion indicates he would seek protections for those on student and work visas and those with refugee status as well.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers have spiked legislation that would prohibit using campaign funds for personal use.

A Republican-controlled House panel Thursday voted down the last remaining piece of legislation that would put new limits on how lawmakers use their largely unregulated campaign accounts. Similar pieces of legislation have already been defeated this year.

Virginia has one of the least restrictive campaign finance systems in the country, with lawmakers only barred from using campaign funds for personal use once they close out their accounts.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to legislation that would allow people protected under a court order to carry a hidden handgun without getting a permit.

The House voted Thursday to advance the measure. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed similar legislation last year.

Republican supporters of this year's bill said it would help victims of domestic violence better protect themselves. The bill would grant people protected by a protective order the temporary right to carry a concealed handgun.

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(AP) - Delaware prison officials say one hostage is dead and a second is alert and talking after authorities went into a building at the state's largest prison where inmates took staff members hostage.

Officials announced in a statement Thursday morning that the building where the disturbance occurred at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is now secure. The prison is in Smyrna, about 15 miles north of the state capital of Dover.

Officials say after police breached the building, one Department of Correction worker was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting economic concerns in his third State of the State speech.

The Republican governor urged members of the Democrat-controlled legislature Wednesday to support incentives to attract jobs and help parts of the state that are struggling.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report on the governor's remarks and the Democratic response.

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A settlement agreement has been reached between the U.S. Justice Department and the Wicomico County Public Schools.

A two year investigation found that the district discriminated against minority students in its discipline of minority students.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the settlement requires the school district to report discipline and behavior information to the feds every six months.

This will last until 2019 when the settlement expires.

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More than 35 people gathered outside Legislative Hall in Dover denouncing the President’s executive order suspending the Syrian refugee program and banned immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

At the rally held by the Delaware Civil Rights Coalition Iram Shauka with the Women of the Islamic Society of Delaware read out a poem urging tolerance.

“I am your equal. I am your ally. I am your friend, your neighbor, your family. Not a terrorist, and not a spy.”

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is asking the Department of Homeland Security for information about how the U.S. is implementing President Donald Trump's order restricting refugees and immigration in the state.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach is once against listed as an influential Marylander in a list compiled by the Daily Record.

Dudley-Eshbach told the Salisbury Daily Times that this reflected the hard work of the faculty and staff of the university in shaping the lives of the school’s students.

The only other Eastern Shore representative on the list was Peggy Naleppa president and CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Mayor Catherine Pugh says she's confident Baltimore can afford to implement the police reforms outlined in a proposed consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department.

Pugh made that assurance to U.S. District Judge James Bredar (breh-DAHR') at the opening of a hearing on the agreement Wednesday. Once the judge is satisfied that the sweeping reforms are fair, adequate and reasonable and enters the decree, it becomes court-enforceable.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker wants to forbid a police chief or any public official from naming an officer who discharges a gun, or is under investigation for using force, until an investigation is complete.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates has passed legislation to require proof of U.S. citizenship before registering to vote in state and local elections.

News outlets report that the GOP-sponsored bill passed Wednesday on a 64-33 vote along party lines.

The bill would require state registrars to ask for proof of citizenship, instead of just a photo ID. Citizenship tests are not allowed in federal elections.

Citizenship could be proved with a birth certificate, passport, or other record accepted under federal law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report shows that Virginia employers are not taking advantage of a tax credit designed to help companies retrain workers.

The recently released report shows that only two companies applied for the worker retraining tax credit last year.

The state provides a tax credit of 30 percent of a worker's retraining costs, but the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity said businesses are unaware of the credit despite efforts to publicize it.

The credit was created in 1999, but fewer than 100 companies have applied for the credit.

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Senator Ben Cardin says he will oppose the nomination of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Maryland Democrat says that he is concerned about whether Pruitt truly believes in the EPA’s mission to protect the public health and environment.

Cardin said he does not understand why Pruitt would want to head the agency after repeatedly suing and criticizing it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is set to give his third State of the State speech.

The Republican governor is scheduled to deliver the speech at noon on Wednesday in the House of Delegates before members of the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats.

Hogan is proposing a variety of measures this session. The speech will give the governor a chance to make his case for them before the legislature.

Hogan and lawmakers have proposals to try to address drug addiction in the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to boost the state's renewable energy standards.

The House voted 88-51 Tuesday for the override. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Republican governor's veto Thursday. Last year, the Democrat-controlled Senate passed the bill 32-14, a margin above the 29 votes, or three-fifths, needed.

The measure would increase requirements to use energy sources like wind and solar to 25 percent by 2020. The state's renewable energy standard goal now is 20 percent by 2022.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in Maryland are outlining initiatives to help the state respond to actions taken by President Donald Trump and a Republican-led Congress against health care reform and other potential federal actions that could hurt the state.

Democratic leadership was joined by Attorney General Brian Frosh to talk about the package of legislation Tuesday.

Democrats say Maryland is at risk of losing billions of dollars in federal aid over the next four years if health care reform is repealed.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is joining a federal lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order on refugees and immigration.

Attorney General Mark Herring announced the legal action on Tuesday, calling Trump's executive order "unlawful, unconstitutional and un-American."

Trump's order suspends immigration for citizens of seven countries for 90 days and blocks refugees from entering 120 days.


A man has fallen to his death at the Indian River Power Plant near Millsboro.

Delaware State Police say the industrial accident occurred around 8 a.m. yesterday.

The victim’s body has been taken to the Delaware Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Meanwhile, authorities are investigating the death.

WBOC reports that an NRG company spokesman said that the victim was a contract worker and not a plant employee.

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Some have called it an eyesore.

And Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says that the rusty water tower at Perdue Stadium will be down before the Shore Birds first opening game this year.

The tower sits just off of third base near the parking lot.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was originally erected as part of a fire suppression system.

But in 2005 the stadium began getting its water from the city of Salisbury.

And it has not been in use since.

A new residential subdivision is coming to Salisbury.

It’s been around a decade since one has been built within the city limits.

A Florida developer is planning a single-family subdivision for a new community near Beaglin Park Drive on Aydelotte Farms.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that construction on Hunters Crest is expected to begin within a month with 15 new homes.

They will be built as part of four existing homes.

If the homes sell well the developer says it could eventually total of 54 homes.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer has proclaimed the city a capital of resistance and vowed to provide assistance to immigrants who need visa help.

Signer made the remarks Tuesday at a rally at Downtown Mall. Civic and community leaders also spoke at the event, as did Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American soldier died in combat in Iraq.

Signer says he is considering making Charlottesville a sanctuary city and is looking into ways to add protections for immigrants and political refugees.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says he has been asked to lead a presidential task force on higher education reform.

Falwell told The Associated Press he spoke with Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's senior strategist, on Tuesday about the role. He says the details of the task force are still being sorted out, but the aim will be "to get the government off the backs of higher education."

Falwell says he is scheduled to discuss the task force with Trump Wednesday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lottery revenues were down in December from the previous year because there was no massive Powerball jackpot driving sales.

A recent report to state officials showed that lottery profits in December were $44 million in December, down 10 percent from the previous year.

The lottery expects profits to be off from last year's totals because a record $1.5 billion jackpot increased sales in December 2015 and January 2016.

Proceeds from Virginia lottery sales go to help fund public education in Virginia.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge is hearing from the Baltimore mayor and others on a proposed consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city's police department.

The hearing that begins Wednesday in Baltimore is meant to satisfy District Judge James Bredar that the sweeping reforms outlined last month are fair, adequate and reasonable. Once he accepts the terms and enters the decree, it becomes court-enforceable.

Bredar has asked Mayor Catherine Pugh to discuss the cost of the proposed agreement.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Donald Trump's path to the presidency included the unusual step of attacking individual major companies, like retailers Macy's and Amazon.

Now insurgent candidates in Virginia's gubernatorial race - one of the most closely watched contests of 2017 - are employing the same technique.

Their target: energy giant Dominion Resources, who critics says uses its political leverage to abuse property rights and overcharge its customers for electricity.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Howard County officials are beginning a study to evaluate methods to control the tick population in the county.

Officials said in a statement that the study has never been done before in Maryland and is part of a larger project of the United States Department of Agriculture. Officials say the study will test the effectiveness of three tick control measures used alone and in combination.