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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Texting or otherwise using a hand-held phone while driving is not only dangerous, but it's also about to become more expensive if you get caught.

A bill being signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell increases the penalty for a first offense of texting behind the wheel from $50 to $100. It also increases the penalty for subsequent offenses from between $100 and $200 to between $200 and $300.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Department of Transportation has received a $1.49 million federal grant for a pilot study regarding the feasibility of charging drivers a mileage-based user fee to help pay for road projects.

The Federal Highway Administration on Tuesday announced $14.2 million in grants for several states to explore alternative revenue mechanisms to help sustain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $800,000 to Maryland to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced the award in a news release Tuesday.

The award to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will go to producing and planting 1.5 billion hatchery seeds in three years.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A church outside Dover wants to build a village of 15 tiny houses in an effort to help Dover's homeless population.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the houses would be rented for $200 to $300 a month to people who have jobs but can't afford a home. The project is being led by Victory Church and a nonprofit called Port Hope of Delaware.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia prosecutor says she has asked Virginia State Police for additional investigative work into the death of a mentally ill inmate at a Portsmouth jail last year.

Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Morales' office says it received a preliminary report Tuesday from Virginia State Police, which is conducting a criminal investigation into Jamycheal Mitchell's death.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A consumer group wants electric utility Dominion Virginia Power to get explicit approval from state regulators before it spends any more money prepping for a potential new $19 billion nuclear plant.

The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council filed a motion Tuesday arguing that Dominion is currently in violation of state law because it's started doing preliminary construction on a new nuclear plant, known as North Anna 3, without permission from state regulators.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A battlefield preservation group is raising funds to protect 84 acres at three Civil War sites in western Maryland and West Virginia.

Spokeswoman Meg Martin said Monday the Civil War Trust aims to raise about $413,000 by year's end to match about $1.1 million in mostly public funds.

The targets are nine acres at the Antietam National Battlefield, 65 at Maryland's South Mountain State Battlefield and 10 acres near Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

The Antietam parcel is near the Dunker Church landmark.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - The Baltimore County Board of Education has amended a policy that required dozens of schools without air conditioning to close for two days already this school year.

Local media outlets report that the board voted Tuesday night to close schools without air conditioning if the heat index is forecast to reach 90 degrees by 11 a.m.

The former policy required the district to close the non-air-conditioned schools if the heat index was forecast to reach 90 at any time during the school day.

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The disputed outcome of the White Marlin Open goes to court with 13 men up for the potential prize of $2.8 million.

After tournament officials concluded that the captain of the winning boat had been found deceptive by a polygraph test they withheld the money.

Instead, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that they have asked a circuit court judge to examine the evidence and determine who should get what.

Among determinations the judge will decide whether Captain Philip Heasly indeed did lie about violating the tournament rules.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's public defender's office is asking the police department to suspend its use of a private plane that had until last week been flying above the city streets recording aerial surveillance without the public's knowledge.

Baltimore Deputy Public Defender Natalie Finegar sent Commissioner Kevin Davis and State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby a copy of the written request Monday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a Sussex County prison inmate being held on drunken-driving charges.
Authorities say 54-year-old Lloyd Lindner of Bridgeville arrived at Sussex Correctional Institution shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. An ambulance was called shortly after 6:30 p.m. that evening after he fell from a second floor railing.
Police are investigating the death as an apparent suicide.

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There will be a $3 million cut in discretionary spending for the Indian River School District budget next year.

WBOC reports that the money will allow for funding more teachers to meet the growth in the district.

Superintendent Dr. Susan Bunting told the station that this was an effort to maintain a safe level of the district’s eroding reserves.

She described the cuts as a short-term fix as the district grapples with student population growth that has jumped by 25 percent over the last ten years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nearly 13,000 Virginia felons whose voting rights were restored, stripped, then restored again are more likely to live in areas that voted for Democrats than Republicans.

Data from the Virginia Public Access Project showed that nearly one-third of the felons with restored voting rights live in a precinct where President Barack Obama received more than 75 percent of the vote in 2012.

Less than 2 percent of the felons live in a precinct where 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney received three-quarters of the vote.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Frederick County Council is considering a disputed proposal to allow medical marijuana cultivation on land zoned for agriculture.

County land-use regulations currently allow medical marijuana cultivation only in industrial zones. The Frederick County Farm Bureau opposes the bill, which is scheduled for a vote Tuesday evening.

Opponents say they consider medical marijuana cultivation a form of drug production. Critics also have raised security concerns.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge is holding a status conference with attorneys regarding a murder suspect whose case led to Delaware's death penalty being overturned by the state Supreme Court.

Tuesday's court conference involves Benjamin Rauf, charged with first-degree murder in last year's drug-related killing of 27-year-old Shazim Uppal of Hockessin, a fellow Temple University law school graduate. Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The owners that operate two power plants in Maryland have agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to resolve allegations over polluting in the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers.

The Maryland Department of the Environment announced the federal court agreement Monday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys' bathroom at his high school.

The Gloucester County School Board formally asked the high court on Monday to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the board's policy barring Gavin Grimm from the boys' restroom violates federal law.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of September 5th , 2016

With this season of Delmarva in Performance coming to a close, we are happy to announce a new program. Well, a new old favorite, to be precise.  Pipedreams with host Michael Barone will return to the airwaves this Sunday from 6-8PM.

At 8pm, We will re-air WXXI's "With Heart and Voice. 

The Piano Matters with David Dubal will move to 9PM and Millennium of Music will move to 10PM.

Also, by popular demand, "Sing for Joy" and Music and the Spoken Word" will return Sundays from 6-7 AM.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Spirit Cruises says the captain of a cruise ship that crashed into a dock in Baltimore has been suspended from duty.

The Spirit of Baltimore was returning from a cruise when it ran into a dock early Sunday morning. A statement released by Spirit Cruises says two of the 412 passengers on board suffered minor injuries. They were taken to a hospital and have since been released.

The dock was damaged and two small boats were scratched by the bigger ship.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Documents show that a member of Gov. Larry Hogan's cabinet who recently resigned had assigned state employees to help with course work for her master's degree studies.

C. Gail Bassette was secretary of the Department of General Services before abruptly leaving last month. Hogan's office said at the time that she leaving to work in the private sector.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware school districts are struggling to find enough drivers to shuttle students to and from school.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the shortage has meant some students aren't getting to school on time and some low-income students who eat breakfast at school are missing their first meal of the day.

T.J. Vari is assistant superintendent for operations at the Appoquinimink School District. He says the district loses drivers every year to higher-wage jobs with Amazon and Walmart.

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White Marlin Open officials have determined that the winner of this year’s tournament was deceptive  about breaking the rules.

Captain Philip Heasley and his crew took polygraph tests which concluded that they made deceitful responses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that officials determined that they had not been truthful about whether they broke any rules.

Specifically, the paper reports that Heasley was found to have been deceitful when he answered whether he had any help catching their fish and if had passed the sea buoy before 4 a.m.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - State Sen. Frank Wagner of Virginia Beach says he's seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Wagner made the announcement on Sunday.

He's one of four candidates who've announced they are seeking the nomination. He's the only state lawmaker of the group and the only candidate from Hampton Roads.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans have chosen a primary rather than a convention as a way to elect statewide candidates in 2017.
    

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HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) - Two people have been hospitalized after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning while boating near Havre de Grace.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a man and a woman were taken to a hospital Sunday afternoon.

Susquehanna Deputy Fire Chief Steve Allers says the couple had been on the water near the Tidewater Marina when they alerted authorities after apparently inhaling too much exhaust from their boat's engine.

One of two dogs that were on board was also treated.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Two firefighters are recovering after a fire damaged five Middletown townhomes, leaving four of them uninhabitable for families.

Middletown Fire Chief Frank Bailey says the fire occurred Sunday afternoon, with the flames moving from one townhome to another.

Authorities say everyone inside the homes was able to escape before firefighters arrive. No residents were hurt, but one firefighter was burned on the neck and another suffered a medical emergency during the blaze. Bailey says both are recovering well.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Coast Guard says a passenger ship with nearly 450 people on board hit a pier in Baltimore.

The Coast Guard says the Spirit of Baltimore struck the pier at Henderson Wharf Marina early Sunday morning. It says there were 447 people on board at the time and no injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard says 60-feet of the pier was damaged. The ship's hull also suffered some damage.

The Coast Guard says the incident remains under investigation.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials asked residents in some parts of Baltimore to stay inside Sunday night while the city sprays to control mosquitoes.

Truck-based spraying began around 10 p.m. between Coolidge Avenue and Benson Avenue and Sharonleigh Road to South Grantley Street.

The city says it's expanding its mosquito control efforts to address growing concerns over the West Nile and Zika virus.

This week we will meet painter Lesley McCaskill. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the national park system we will learn about the beginnings of Delmarva’s premier national park on Assateague Island. And Dave Wilson will bring us his conversation with Lisa Challenger about the importance of nature tourism on Delmarva.

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