The ubiquitous usage of the term like, even where it is not needed, got Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill to ponder, what prompts this strange behavior.

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Maryland’s mosquito eradication efforts begin today with aerial spraying operations in Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester counties.

They will hit flooded woodland and fresh water areas to destroy the larvae.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the white aircraft with red and blue strips will fly around 250 feet above the land.

There are around 28-hundred acres of woodland in Dorchester County near Cambridge and another 900 acres of woodland in Somerset County around Dames Quarter and Fairmont.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury Police say they've interviewed two people who chased a man who jumped into the Wicomico River and drowned, but they're trying to identify a third.

Police say three people chased 24-year-old Lamar Sheppard of Salisbury after an apparent drug transaction Sunday night. Police say surveillance video shows Sheppard run toward the boat ramp and go into the water himself before his three pursuers arrive, though he couldn't swim.

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Thousands of students are now taking the PAARC exams for the Common Core program. But, as Delmarva Public Radio's Diamond Holton reports there is criticism.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Walmart can exclude from its 2015 proxy statement a shareholder's proposal to review the sale of some guns.

The appeals court in Philadelphia on Tuesday reversed a 2014 ruling ordering Wal-Mart to include the proposal from Trinity Wall Street Church in New York.

A Delaware judge had declared that the proposal about guns with magazines holding more than 10 rounds should not have been excluded from 2014 proxy materials.

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One time Maryland gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur spoke out against bullying against members of the LGBT community during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University on Monday.  

It was part of this week’s National Day of Silence on April 17 when students across the nation to highlight the effects of bullying against the community.

Mizeur told the students that every single time she felt awful bout being gay it was because she was listening to some external voice outside of her telling her that it was wrong.

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Senator Chris Coons says he backs the legislation that would allow congress to approve any nuclear arms deal with Iran.

The Delaware Democrat joined his colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee yesterday to approve the measure.

Coons says that the limit of 30 days for congress to act instead of an earlier proposal of 60 days provides an appropriate structure and time period to look over any agreement.

The White House has said that the President would sign the compromise version of the legislation which got unanimous approval from the committee.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Three incumbents on the Newark City Council have been re-elected.

Mark Morehead in District 1, Todd Ruckle in District 2 and Marge Hadden in District 4 were re-elected Tuesday night, according to results reported by the city.

The results will be certified on Thursday, and the council members will be sworn in on April 21.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford is attending a summit for the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force.

Rutherford is scheduled to join Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen on Wednesday in Baltimore.

Rutherford is leading Gov. Larry Hogan's initiative to address the rising rate of fatal overdoses in Maryland. Last month, he attended a task force summit in Elkridge.

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51-year old Douglas Romano who was a teacher at Stephen Decatur Middle School has died in an apparent boating accident.

His body was recovered in the Potomac River yesterday.

He was looking for fossils along the shoreline on Sunday

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that when he did not return his family contacted authorities.

His skiff was discovered overturned near Cobb Island yesterday after a search by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Coast guard.

An official said there were no signs of foul play.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury Police are investigating the drowning of a man in the Wicomico River.

It happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Riverside Drive. Officers say 24-year-old Lamar Byron Sheppard of Salisbury went into the water and was unable to swim.

Authorities say someone pulled Sheppard from the water and tried CPR. Police say Sheppard was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Salisbury Police and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for a young woman who claims in a lawsuit that she was sexually abused by former Sussex County councilman Vance Phillips are asking a judge to find Phillips liable because he has not explicitly denied the allegations.

Citing his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination, Phillips has refused to address the allegations by the 21-year-old woman, who was once his political protege.

Her attorneys argued Monday that the judge should rule in her favor regarding liability because Phillips has not disputed the allegations.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn its 90-day legislation session at midnight Monday. Here is a look at some of the legislation that has been passed so far:


Permits to conduct hydraulic drilling for natural gas using the process known as fracking could not be granted in Maryland until October 2017.


State-mandated stormwater management fees would end, but nine counties and the city of Baltimore would need to show they are paying to meet federal mandates to clean polluted stormwater.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he is pleased overall with the way his first legislative session has ended, but he had his share of disagreements with the Democratic-led Legislature.

Lawmakers approved several scaled-back versions of Hogan's priorities, but the governor battled with Democrats over state spending.

Hogan's push to make charter schools more flexible was approved. He also won some tax relief on military pensions for people over 65. With help from Democrats, he also fulfilled a campaign promise to end state-mandated stormwater fees.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - State-mandated stormwater fees would end under a bill headed to Gov. Larry Hogan's desk.

The House voted 138-1 to the bill Monday night, and the Senate unanimously approved some changes by the House.

Critics have described the 2012 law as a "rain tax." While the bill ends state-mandated fees, it still requires local officials to prove they can pay to meet federal requirements to clean up polluted stormwater.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill to bring back a voluntary check off on individual income tax returns for public campaign financing for governor.

The House agreed with changes made by the Senate Monday night on a 102-36 vote.

The original check off was repealed in 2010.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's charter school expansion bill is heading back to his desk looking dramatically different.

On Monday the Republican governor's charter bill passed the General Assembly with amendments that give some additional flexibility to charter schools, but keeps much of the authority for applications and operations at the local board level.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland funding formula that sends more money to parts of the state where education is more expensive would have to be fully funded in the budget for the next fiscal year, or else it would have to be fully funded the following year.

The Legislature passed the bill late Monday night.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Thousands of Maryland residents with criminal histories may get a second chance.

On Monday the General Assembly approved a bill that allows shielding certain non-violent offenses from the public eye.

The measure that made it past the General Assembly would allow a person to request a shield for offenses in one jurisdiction, but it would not cross county lines if the person wants to hide additional convictions elsewhere.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The amount of film tax credits for producers of movies and television shows in Maryland will be determined by the governor, under a bill that has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

The House of Delegates voted 86-51 for the measure on Monday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

Late last year, the state's Department of Legislative Services recommended in a report that the program should end, because vying for film projects can become competitive and also unpredictable for states.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending that notices be sent to 500 potential jurors for the cyberstalking trial of relatives of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse.

The recommendation was included with a proposed jury questionnaire filed this week for the June trial of the widow, son and daughter of Thomas Matusiewicz.

Prosecutors say jury selection will likely be longer and more complex than usual, given the nature of the case and a potential six-week trial.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's state revenues are higher than previously projected with March collections up nearly 12 percent higher than a year ago.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office released figures Monday showing that total revenue collections are up 7.1 percent so far this fiscal year. That's more than 2 percentage points higher than the growth projected in a budget lawmakers approved in the 2015 legislative session.

McAuliffe said the strong revenues are a sign that Virginia's economy is improving.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a school bus caught fire, but the driver and two children aboard escaped safely.

The East Millsboro Elementary School bus came to a stop on Carey's Camp Road in Millsboro early Monday morning. The operator told police that the bus stopped and then she saw smoke and flames coming from the front of the bus.

The driver and two children, an 11-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy, used the emergency exit at the rear of the bus to escape. Shortly after, the bus was engulfed in flames.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are standing firm in a budget standoff with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Senate president and House speaker held a news conference Monday morning on the last day of the session to say they will not back down on fully funding education, health programs and a cost-of-living adjustment for state employees in the budget both chambers already have passed.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says Democrats "cannot pick and choose" who to cut between state employees, vulnerable adults and public school children.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA has scheduled a weekend launch of a rocket from its Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA says the Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket will carry experiments developed by undergraduate students at Virginia Tech, the University of Colorado, Northwest Nazarene University, the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Nebraska.

The launch is scheduled for Saturday between 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

NASA had planned to launch the rocket in March but postponed the launch because of weather.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is promoting a smartphone application that helps scientists track the spread of invasive plants.

Ecologist Kerrie Kyde says the Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network app is available for iPhone and Android devices. She's planning to hold four workshops around the state this spring or summer to teach people how to use it.

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The famed Trimpers Rides is hitting the airwaves tonight.

The Fox Business Network is featuring the Ocean City amusement park on its “Strange Inheritance” program at 9 p.m. tonight.

The show looks at the people who come into possession of some unusual things as an inheritance.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the program will focus on a significant tax increase it faced ten years ago after being reclassified for condominiums that the park faced around ten years ago.  

The Trimper family has owned the park since the beginning of the 20th century.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's crunch time for the Maryland General Assembly, and lawmakers still have a budget to pass.

The 90-day legislative session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.

Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a budget compromise on Saturday, but it's unclear if the Legislature is willing and able to pass some of Hogan's legislative initiatives that the governor says are important to the deal.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - The police chief in Princess Anne has retired while the police department is investigating the accidental deaths of a family of eight due to carbon monoxide poisoning in their home.

Town officials tell The Daily Times that Police Chief Scott Keller has retired after nearly eight years. Capt. Tim Bozman has been named interim chief of the town's police department. He was appointed to lead the department Friday.