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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Now that he's left the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden will split his time between programs at the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania.

Officials announced Tuesday that Biden will establish a new domestic policy institute at the University of Delaware and will head a foreign policy institute for the University of Pennsylvania. The foreign policy center will be located in Washington, D.C., but Biden also will have an office on the Penn campus in Philadelphia.

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A measure to tighten up environmental regulations on large chicken operations has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.

State Senator Richard Madaleno (D) has authored a bill that would require the Maryland Department of the Environment to identify and monitor all air pollution emitted from these facilities.

They’re known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFO’s.

And, they have stirred up strong opposition on the Eastern Shore where longtime residents have complained about the new facilities that have arrived in their backyard.

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Around 30 people showed up at the Bel Air office of Congressman Andy Harris yesterday afternoon worried about the future of the Affordable Care Act.

The Eastern Shore Republican supports the repeal of Obamacare and says he is favors replacing it.

The group led by the organization Together We Will-Harford County/Upper Chesapeake carried signs and shouting slogans including one suggesting that the congressman was “missing in action” on the issue.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - For the second time in a week, a dead whale has been spotted in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Media outlets report that the whale was spotted over the weekend near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center spokesman Matt Klepeisz says a team is working to determine the exact location and how to bring the body to shore.

Klepeisz says early estimates put the whale at about 30 feet, which is "consistent with the size animal we would expect to see in this area."

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There's a new report that finds the health benefits from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative between 2009-2014 added up to $5.7 billion. The initiative covers the northeast states with the exception of Pennsylvania. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke about the new report with Professor Sara Via who is with the University of Maryland, College Park biology department and co-lead on the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility's Climate Health Action Team .

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland companies say the state is wrongly refusing to explain why they were abruptly bumped off a list of 15 finalists to be licensed to grow medical marijuana in the state.
    
Green Thumb Industries and Maryland Cultivation and Processing have asked a Baltimore judge to decide whether the state is abusing right to keep internal deliberations secret.   

Assistant Attorney General Heather Nelson cited that rule in more than 80 objections to attorneys' questions during the January deposition of Deborah Miran.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia communities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities could be sued for crimes committed by people living in the country illegally under a measure approved by the state Senate.

The chamber voted 21-19 Monday on the measure from Republican Sen. Dick Black designed to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities.

Black says victims of crimes committed by people in the country illegally often have little recourse, and the bill would fix that.

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The man known as the founder of Dover Downs that brought horse and auto racing to Delaware has died at the age of 96.

David Buckson also served at Delaware’s Governor, Lt. Governor state Attorney General and a Delaware Family Court judge.

One of his sons David told WBOC that his father had a full life and was never satisfied with simply existing.

Ed Sutor, president and CEO of Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, told the televisions station that Buckson could be seen with a hat that noted he was the founder of the establishment.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Police and a mental health organization are launching a pilot program to offer some drug offenders treatment instead of jail.

Police and Behavioral Health System Baltimore announced Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, at a news conference Monday.

Through the program, police officers can refer people suspected of low-level drug or prostitution crimes to case managers, who will help them get services, including drug treatment, mental health services and housing assistance.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young is joining a coalition of council members pushing for a $15 hourly minimum wage in Baltimore.

Media outlets report that legislation is expected to be introduced Monday evening.

Maryland's current minimum wage is $8.75 and the city would follow the state's minimum wage schedule until 2018, when it reaches $10.10.

Under the proposal, hourly pay in Baltimore would continue to increase incrementally to $15 in 2022. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees would have until 2026 to reach that level.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are scheduled to discuss a plan they say is aimed at protecting the state's schools from privatization.

They will be joined by representatives of the Maryland State Education Association on Tuesday.

The news conference in Annapolis comes as Betsy DeVos is up for a close vote in the U.S. Senate to become the head of the U.S. Department of Education.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is voicing his fierce opposition to an executive order barring people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States and halting the refugee program, calling it "against America."
 
The Maryland Democrat spoke at a news conference at Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore on Monday.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware wildlife officials will again allow hunters to pursue snow geese due to the high population.

WXDE-FM reports that the DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife is implementing a federal Snow Goose Conservation Order, beginning Monday. People will be able to hunt snow geese every day except Sunday, with no daily bag or possession limits.

It will remain in effect through Friday and then reopen Feb. 13 and run through April 7.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Organizers of the Special Olympics Lewes Polar Bear Plunge raised $900,000, the largest amount in the event's 26-year history.

Media outlets report about 3,600 people participated in the event Sunday, plunging into 41-degree water at Rehoboth Beach.

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This past Sunday Angela Byrd, Delmarva Public Radio’s former membership director, succumbed to cancer at the age of 56.

She attended Pfeiffer University and Penn State at Harrisburg.

Before coming to Delmarva she worked at the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg.

She was a favorite of our volunteers and the interns from the Salisbury University.

In addition, Ms. Byrd was a photographer, writer and poet who had an abiding love for animals.

She also had a great passion for efforts to save the elephant from extinction.

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Talbot County will see Route 50 cut down to one lane in each direction in the coming weeks.

WBOC reports that the Maryland State Highway Administration will reduce the lanes between Backtown Road and Timberwind Lane in the town of Trappe.

If all goes well state officials expect to have that stretch of highway back to normal by March.

The work will involve installation of a new 42-inch 160-foot long concrete pipe.

It will replace an existing corrugated metal structure.

The pipe replacement itself will take around four weeks.

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There was a solemn crowd at Georgetown’s Circle to pay honor this weekend to 47 year old Lt. Steven Floyd who died during a hostage standoff at the James T. Correctional Center.

In attendance was Delaware Governor John Carney who met privately with the family before joining the others at the Circle.

The Daily Time reports that the governor told the crowd that Floyd was a man who went to work every day in a very difficult and dangerous job.

He added that Floyd did it with courage.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state employees could be getting their biggest overall raise in nine years, but a showdown could be looming between Gov. Terry McAuliffe and some Republicans over teacher pay.

Republican budget leaders in the GOP-controlled General Assembly released their proposed budgets Sunday. Both the House and Senate versions include a 3 percent raise for state workers and an even greater pay increase for law enforcement officers and front-line mental health workers.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A George Mason University student from Libya who was stuck overseas for a week is back in the U.S. after a federal judge put President Donald Trump's immigration executive order on hold.

WRC-TV reports Najwa Elyazgi, a senior with a student visa, was in Istanbul last week when she was told she couldn't board a connecting flight back to the U.S. because of Trump's order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Aquarium official says a juvenile humpback whale found dead near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel might have been injured by a ship's propeller.

Matt Klepeisz, spokesman for the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach, tells WTOP-FM for a story Sunday that official lab results are pending. But he says an initial exam showed wounds on the whale consistent with a strike by a large propeller.

The carcass was found Thursday morning. The aquarium's Stranding Response Team towed the body to Craney Island near the mouth of the Elizabeth River.

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Superbowl Sunday is just day away. So, we check in with East Coast sports writer and commentator Mike Lurie takes a look at the quarterbacks and a Salisbury University connection in this interview with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - A corrections union official says the guard killed at Delaware's largest prison saved his colleagues' lives by warning them that inmates had set a trap.

Union President Geoffrey Klopp says that after inmates forced Sgt. Steven Floyd into a closet, the 47-year-old called out to warn other officers coming to his aid. Klopp says Floyd "absolutely" saved lives.

Floyd was found dead early Thursday after authorities used a backhoe to smash through a barricade of footlockers and end a nearly 20-hour hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

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Peninsula Regional Medical Center has named a new president and CEO.

He is Steven Leonard.

And he will replace Dr. Peggy Naleppa who is retiring in January of next year after working at the hospital for the last 15 years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Leonard has been at the hospital for the 13 years as vice president of operations.

The hospital board said that he was chosen from some 200 candidates.

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.

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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.

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