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Seven year old Jyrah Brown who was found unresponsive in a creek near the Wicomico County Tourism Center late last month has died.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was found on June 27th in the creek the separates the Center from Leonard’s Mill Park.

His body was found after he went missing during a Dove Pointe summer camp outing.

It was a program for developmentally challenged adults and children.

His sister Jennifer Brown said he died at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.

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Tuition for students at the University of Delaware will be going up by more than 2 percent as they sign up for next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the base tuition and fees will rise by 2.4 percent or $310 for undergraduate resident students.

The total for the year will be nearly $13-thousand dollars.

For non-residents tuition will rise by 2.6 percent or $830 for a total of over $32-thousand a year.

Last year the increase in tuition was 1.5 percent for resident undergraduates and 2.4 percent for non-resident undergraduates.

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A Delaware Supreme Court decision finds former death row inmate Isaiah McCoy back in solitary confinement at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution.

The high court ruled that a lower court judge had erred when he ordered prison officials to move him out of solitary confinement.

His attorney had argued that the 5 years in solitary confinement had affected his mental state and was hindering his participation in preparing for his upcoming retrial.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Crabs and clams, not confetti and balloons, are on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's agenda for the week of the national GOP convention in Cleveland.
    
Matt Clark, a Hogan spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the Republican is planning to attend the annual all-you-can eat seafood feast in Crisfield, Maryland, on July 20.
    

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The population of Delaware could reach a million by the next presidential election in 2020.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it’s fastest growing state in the region.

In 2015 there were nearly 950-thousand residents in the First State up from nearly 890-thousand in 2010.

That’s an increase of 5.3 percent.

Officials expect the population to grow by 10-thousand a year.

Daniel Blevins is with the Wilmington Area Planning Council which oversees transportation in New Castle, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are hosting an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission public hearing on proposed changes to the interstate management plan for Atlantic Menhaden.

Wednesday evening's hearing in Dover involves a proposal to allow two licensed commercial fishermen to harvest up to 12,000 pounds of menhaden bycatch when working from the same vessel and fishing with stationary, multi-species gear, limited to one vessel trip per day.

Currently, the bycatch limit is 6,000 pounds per vessel per day. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State-owned liquor stores in Virginia are opening an hour earlier on Sundays.

The Daily Press reports the changes went into effect this month as part of a new state budget.

The budget language allows the state-run liquor monopoly to open on noon on Sundays instead of 1 p.m., as well as stay open on New Year's Day.

The stores are not required to open earlier, but Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said nearly all stores will.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Art therapists are learning how creative arts can help military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The American Art Therapy Association's annual conference runs Wednesday through Sunday in Baltimore.

The group says in a statement that several sessions will focus on issues involving military veterans. They include discussions of creative arts workshops, and art therapy groups for veterans traumatized by combat.

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SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware police say they've arrested one of two men they say made threatening statements at a Delaware welcome center, prompting the postponement of a The Band Perry show.
 
Police announced in a statement Tuesday that 35-year-old Dzmitry Papou of Selbyville surrendered to authorities after learning of the case in local media.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - There will be no trial by jury for the highest-ranking Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray whose neck was broken inside a police van. Lt. Brian Rice has chosen to be tried instead by a judge, the same one who acquitted two fellow officers in Gray's death.
 
Rice faces charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
 

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DUNDALK, Md. (AP) - Rainy weather across the Mid-Atlantic region prompted some fireworks displays to be canceled or postponed.

The Dundalk fireworks display has been rescheduled for Tuesday at dusk. The fireworks show at University of Maryland, College Park has been rescheduled for Tuesday night.

The Red White and Boom celebration in Salisbury and Greenbelt's Buddy Attick Park fireworks show have also been pushed back to Tuesday, while fireworks on Solomons Island and in Gaithersburg have been rescheduled for July 8.

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So, what makes a marriage work? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that it remains a mystery -- especially when opposites attract.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Proceedings are scheduled to begin this week for the fourth Baltimore police officer slated to stand trial on charges stemming from the death of a 25-year-old prisoner whose neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon.

Pre-trial motions begin Tuesday in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice on charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in the death of Freddie Gray.

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SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware police are asking for the public's help to identify two men who made threatening statements at a welcome center in Selbyville.

Police say the men made the statements before a Sunday night concert in Sussex County.

Police say the men walked into the Americana Bayside Welcome Center at about 3 p.m. and threatened an employee. As a result of the exchange, The Band Perry concert at The Freeman Stage at Bayside was postponed.

The Band Perry posted on its Twitter feed that the show has been rescheduled for Aug. 17.

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The electric bills in Delaware could shoot up again.

Delmarva Power has filed a request with the state Public Service Commission to hike rates to a total of $63 million.

The company says that for the Christiana-area residents their bills could go up another $10 for an average of $151 a month.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they could go up again by another $13 a month for the transmission line to connect the Artificial Island Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey with Delaware.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Charlottesville man is competing on "Jeopardy!"

The Daily Progress reports that TJ Bateman, who does software quality assurance work, is competing on the show Tuesday.

This is the 32nd season of the show. It has been hosted by Alex Trebek since 1984.

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A crop dusting plane crashed in a corn field in Laurel, Delaware.

The double-wing spray plane touched down along Johnson Road mid-morning on Saturday.

The pilot, 39 year old Justin Hoffman, had been spraying water melon fields.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that after spraying a crop his engine lost power forcing him to make a landing in a nearby corn field.

Hoffman was not injured in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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There were two reported attempted abductions in Newark over the weekend.

They occurred late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the first occurred around 11:30 p.m. at the Colonial Gardens Apartments.

The paper reports that police say a 28-year old University of Delaware student had been unloading her car when a man tried to put a cloth soaked a chemical over her mouth.

At around 3:30 a.m. police say another woman says a man tried to abduct her from a nearby apartment complex called the Main Towers.

This week we will meet Stevensville painter and sculptor Will Hemsley. We will hear part one of our story about a local genealogist’s efforts to connect with his family. And we’ll hear some birding basics from naturalist Jim Rapp.

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World class chamber music returns to WSCL, 89.5 FM this weekend with the new season of Chamber Music from the Spoleto Festival. Hosted by NPR commentator Miles Hoffman, these concerts will feature performances recorded live from the historic Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A professional single-A level hockey league has expressed interest in expanding into Salisbury.

Federal Hockey League Vice Commissioner Andrew "Sarge" Richards says the league, which is in its seventh year, is looking to broaden itself geographically and thinks Salisbury would be a good fit.

Wicomico County Parks and Recreation Director Steve Miller says the county is just beginning to examine the possibility of having a professional hockey team.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A report from the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee shows the blue crab population in the bay has grown, but still hasn't met target levels.

Media outlets report the 2016 Bay Blue Crab Advisory Report found the overall population of blue crabs in the bay has grown from 411 million in 2015 to 533 million this year.

The amount of female blue crabs had decreased in recent years. This year, there were 194 spawning-age female crabs in the bay, compared with 101 million in 2015. However, the target for 2016 was 215 million.

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Congressman Andy Harris says he will not only support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump he will campaign for him.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during a town hall meeting in Fruitland on Wednesday he told the crowd that he particularly likes Trump’s choices for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Eastern Shore Republican’s endorsement follows on the heels of a decision by the top GOP official in the state Governor Larry Hogan who said he would not endorse or vote for Trump.

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There are two more cases of the Zika virus in Delaware.

State health officials say these would be the sixth and seventh in the state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports there are two other cases involving pregnant women who have received indeterminate tests results.

They will be monitored for up to a year after their children are born.

The announcement came as Delaware state officials met with Wilmington officials on ways to improve prevention of the virus.

On Delmarva, there's a new trend in the poultry industry; the large chicken house operation. It has caught local residents and political leaders by surprise.

In the second half, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot, in town  for the Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City, discusses  the financial prospects of the Maryland State economy.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed a series of bills regarding pay equity and other women's issues.

Lilly Ledbetter, an Alabama woman whose fight for equal pay led to Congress passing a 2009 law that bears her name, was the featured guest at Thursday's bill signing ceremony.

One new law makes it illegal for employers in Delaware to prohibit employees from talking about how much they are or their co-workers are paid.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democrats who control Maryland's legislature are hoping Republican Gov. Larry Hogan approves spending $80 million that lawmakers have fenced off for education, health care and public safety. But a Hogan spokesman says the governor hasn't decided yet due to economic uncertainties.

The money could be released at the start of the new fiscal year Friday.

Del. Maggie McIntosh says lawmakers steered the money into areas they believed Hogan would be inclined to support to avoid last year's dispute over $68 million for education that Hogan declined.

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Leadership at 11 of the 12 University System of Maryland institutions will be getting raises in the coming fiscal year, most of no more than 3.5 percent.

The Daily Record reports that University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh will get the largest increase of 14 percent, bringing his total 2017 salary up to $600,314.

The biggest overall earner is University of Maryland, Baltimore president Dr. Jay Perman, whose $895,923 salary also covers his work as a practicing physician.

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GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report on the health of coastal wetlands in the nation, with the five-year effort revealing that wetlands in the coastal plains region, which includes Virginia, are slightly healthier than the nation overall.

The Daily Press reports that the EPA's survey shows that 50 percent of all wetland types in the region were in good health, 21 percent were in fair condition and 29 percent were in poor condition.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., (AP) - A military post near Washington says a lockdown has been lifted, except for the medical building where an active shooter was reported.

Joint Base Andrews said in a tweet Thursday morning that the all-clear was given for the base except for the medical building. The base did not say why the building remained on lockdown.

A law enforcement official says no active shooter was found at a military post outside Washington.

The law enforcement official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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