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Mar 10, 2015
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure in Maryland would establish that only the state may enact a law or take other actions to prohibit or restrict the use of unmanned aircrafts, not local governments.

A hearing on the bill about drones is set for Tuesday in Annapolis.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. James Rosapepe, a Prince George's County Democrat.

The measure would require the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development to study potential uses of drones for state activities.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Forty-four former state attorneys general from across the country have urged a federal appeals court to toss out former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's public corruption convictions.

They say a jury convicted McDonnell "based on ingratiation and access and nothing more," blurring the line between common political courtesy and corruption.

The bipartisan friend-of-the court brief was filed Monday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is scheduled to hear arguments in McDonnell's case in May.

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The mayor of Dover may be getting more involved in the day-to-day activities of the city.  

During a Monday meeting of city officials council member Bill Hare proposed requiring that the city departments report to the city manager who would then report to the Mayor’s office.

But the city manager’s job would still be under the city council.

The vote for the plan was 5-to-2.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the Washington Redskins in a court battle over the team's name.

The ACLU filed papers last week supporting the team's position that canceling the Redskins trademark violates the team's free-speech rights.

A federal panel ruled last year the trademark should be canceled, but the team is challenging that decision in federal court in Alexandria.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials want to hear how Hampton Roads should prepare for rising seas.

The region is considered among the most vulnerable in the United States.

Virginia is attempting to get a portion of the $800 million available through the National Disaster Resiliency Competition sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

Specific projects could include elevating structures, building flood walls and tide gates and improving infrastructure and transportation.

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FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Frostburg State University students are recording public comments about prospects for natural gas drilling in western Maryland.

They're holding a "listening event" Tuesday in Friendsville as part of a project to document local opinions about the drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - A national solar power company is announcing a major expansion in Maryland.

Officials with Astrum Solar, which is headquartered in Howard County, will detail the project on Tuesday during a news conference.

Representatives from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and the Howard County Economic Development Authority will also be on hand to talk about the hundreds of new local job opportunities created by the expansion.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware NAACP is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate a shooting by Wilmington police that left a man gravely wounded.

Twenty-four-year-old Marvin Jones is a quadriplegic on life support following the shooting during a traffic stop in January.

A police spokeswoman said after the shooting that the suspect had shot at officers and that one officer "returned fire." Police now say Jones never pulled the trigger, but they say he pointed a gun at officers.

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Senator Chris Coons attended the ceremonies at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma.

The Delaware Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal this was a good chance to connect with and be inspired by a critical moment in American history.

The march ultimately led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Coons took the occasion to push his own voting rights legislation after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision requiring federal approval of voting law changes in certain states – mostly in the south.

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A collision last night left one person dead in Salisbury.

The Maryland State Police say a two vehicle crash occurred on Route 50 westbound at Sixty Foot road.

Troopers say around 7:45 p.m. a Jeep Grand Cherokee heading east crossed Route 50 to go north on Sixty Foot road when it was hit on the passenger side by a Mazda.

WBOC reports that the accident resulted in the death of a 71-year old passenger from Rehoboth Beach.

He died at the scene.

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CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are identifying a Pennsylvania man fatally shot by a trooper responding to a shop's alarm.

Police announced late Sunday that 35-year-old Michael McKillop of Philadelphia died after the shooting outside a Rite Aid on Naamans Road in Claymont.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic say gasoline prices continue to rise and will likely continue to increase this month.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded reached $2.46 in Maryland on Friday. In the District of Columbia, the average price Sunday was $2.54. In Delaware, the average price was $2.39 per gallon on Sunday.

The national average price on Friday was $2.46 per gallon. That's 29 cents more than a month ago.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Flu is waning in Virginia following 11 weeks of widespread activity.

The latest state figures show the level of flu activity declined from widespread to regional in the last week of February.

Virginia Department of Health epidemiologist Andrea Alvarez tells The Virginian-Pilot that flu activity could increase again. But generally, she says flu activity decreases after it drops out of peak range.

The state has averaged 10 weeks of widespread flu activity during the past five seasons.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials are preparing for a possible expansion of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft in the resort town.

The Daily Times reports Uber started advertising last month to recruit drivers in Ocean City. But representatives for Uber and Lyft say neither firm has set plans to launch in Ocean City. An Uber spokeswoman says the company uses advertising to test a market's viability.

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It was a bird’s nest that caused all the trouble on Saturday night when hundreds of Wicomico County residents lost power.

The Choptank Electric Cooperative says it was able to get the number of affected customers down to 500 out of 11-thouand members by late Saturday afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the nest was found at Walston Switch substation located near Route 50 on the eastside of Salisbury.

A traffic signal at Walston Switch went out forcing Maryland State Police to take care of traffic.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware legislature capital budget committee is wrapping up its series of hearings on state agency requests on funding for construction projects and upgrades.

The committee was to consider funding requests on Monday from several agencies, including the children's department and state economic development office.

Gov. Jack Markell has proposed a $347 million spending plan for construction and road projects for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has confirmed four of Gov. Larry Hogan's Cabinet appointments.
 
The Senate voted 47-0 Friday for the governor's nominees. One of them is Pete Rahn, who is Hogan's choice to lead the Maryland Department of Transportation.
 
Ben Grumbles, Hogan's nominee for the Maryland Department of the Environment, also was confirmed. Rona Kramer was confirmed to lead the Maryland Department of Aging.
 
The Senate also confirmed Kenneth Holt, who is Hogan's choice for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has endorsed Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen for Senate.
 
Frosh announced the endorsement Friday. It comes two days after Van Hollen became the first person to say he will run for the seat now held by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. She announced Monday she would not seek re-election in 2016.
 

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With  competing Phosphorus Management Tool  legislation introduced by both Md. Governor Larry Hogan and Md. State Senator Paul Pinksy, a battle is brewing in Annapolis. In the second half, we visit with newly elected Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver.

Guests:

Alan Girard with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Charlie Wright, President of the Wicomico Country Farm Bureau

Bob Culver, Wicomico Country Executive

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials say very low temperatures and packed snow and ice are making it tough to plow roads in the state.
 
Officials say all crews are still on the job Friday and their goal remains clearing primary and some secondary roads, a day after a snowstorm dumped a half a foot of snow in some areas.

The heaviest snowfall in Delaware occurred in Greenville at 7 and a half inches and in Hockesson at 6 and a half inches.

Dover received just over 5 inches while Bethany Beach got just shy of 3 inches.

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The DART bus service in New Castle County has been suspended Route 8 for today because of the snow and road conditions.

Meanwhile Kent County has also shut down routes 103 and 105 route for Rodney Village while four have been suspended for the Dover Mall.

They are routes 109, 112, 113 and 120.

In addition route 117 is not serving Poly Tech High School Mifflin Meadows, Paris Villa or London Village.

In Sussex County paratransit service was suspended but will be reassessed for a possible start up at 9 a.m.

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The Worcester County Commissioners have decided that the public will be able to see their meetings online.

The plan was approved this week and will include only one camera that will be mounted on the ceiling.

Each commissioner will have a button to indicate they want to speak.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there is no firm estimate of how much it will cost but budgeting discussions put the figure anywhere from $150-thousand to $200-thousand.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say Delaware's former agriculture secretary is leading a government trade mission to Southeast Asia.
 
Michael Scuse now serves as undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He will lead representatives from six state ag departments, as well as 21 agribusinesses and organizations, on the trade mission next week.
 
The delegation will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Manila, Philippines. It will also meet with potential customers from Burma and Thailand while in Kuala Lumpur.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch following allegations of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend.
 
NASCAR officials indefinitely suspended Busch last month after a Delaware Family Court judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat Patricia Driscoll inside his motorhome at Dover International Speedway last fall.
 
But the Delaware attorney general's office said Thursday that there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's five casinos generated a total of $82.8 million in revenue last month.
 
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency released the February revenue numbers on Thursday.
 
Total casino revenue from February increased from the same month last year by $16.8 million, or about 25 percent.
 
However, when the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is excluded, revenue dropped by about $6.2 million, or 9 percent at the other four casinos. The Baltimore casino opened in August.
 

Salisbury University remains closed Friday, March 6, due to inclement weather. Essential personnel not on approved leave should report to work.

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Salisbury University will be closing at 12:30 p.m. and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will close at 12:00 p.m. due to the weather.

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Governor Larry Hogan is urging Maryland residents to stay off the roads today.

10 inches of snow expected in the northern, central and western parts of the state and up to 3 inches of snow are expected to blanket southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Meanwhile, Governor Jack Markell warns that roads may have been clear during the morning rush hour but that heavy midday snowfall could mean a tough afternoon drive.

Markell is suggesting that drivers stay off the roads to allow the crews to clear the snow.

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With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s retirement the political scramble is on and Representative Chris Van Hollen says he will be running for her seat in 2016.

Van Hollen, who has been a key leader in the House Democratic leadership has nearly $1.7 million in campaign funds on hand.

The Maryland Democrat announced his plans in an email to supporters Wednesday. His email was sent two days after Mikulski announced she would not run for re-election in 2016.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A small airplane approaching a runway in heavy fog crashed into an adjacent botanical garden, killing three people inside the plane early Wednesday.

Lt. Curtis Hardison of the Virginia State Police says the plane lost communication with Norfolk International Airport about 4:30 a.m. The wreckage was discovered about three hours later inside a wooded section of Norfolk Botanical Gardens called the Enchanted Forest.

Overhead video of the wreckage from WAVY-TV showed that the plane was largely intact but upside-down.

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