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On this week’s Delmarva Today, architecture…perhaps one of the most visible and yet unheralded professions in America, if not the world. Dana Whitehair speaks with four award-winning architects from the American Institute of Architecture’s Delaware chapter about the profession, its importance in society, it’s development, and its future.

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HARTLY, Del. (AP) - Police say a car crashed into a horse-drawn carriage in Delaware before fleeing, killing one man.
 
Delaware State Police say the man operating the carriage was attempting to make a left turn near Hartly

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Ocean City could be hit if the Trump administration decides to eliminate the J-1 Exchange Visitor program that provides around 4-thousand students to work in the resort during the summer.

Susan Jones, Director of Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, told WBOC that there simply are not enough people to fill out of the seasonal workforce.

The Wall Street Journal reports that elimination of the program would be part of the president’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.

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The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore says an anonymous donor has pledged to match $25-thousand in donations for hurricane relief efforts in Texas.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Foundation has already said it will match $5-thousand with its own money.

The foundations says that 100 percent of all donations will go toward the relief effort through the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

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A rally is scheduled for September 9th in Georgetown by supporters of President Donald Trump.

It’s being sponsored by the Sussex County Delaware GOP and will include speakers and a voter registration booth.

A party official told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an opportunity for like-minded people to come together.

The rally will mark the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and economic growth under the Trump administration.

The rally will be held at the North Bedford Street Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - An independent review team is releasing its final report on a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking at Delaware's maximum-security prison.

The report to be released Friday was ordered by Gov. John Carney after inmates seized a building at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February and took several prison workers hostage, setting off a standoff lasting nearly 20 hours.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man is suing the city of Charlottesville, its police chief and the Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence.

Nexus Caridades Attorneys Inc. filed a complaint Thursday in federal court on behalf of Robert Sanchez Turner. The complaint says Turner was at the rally Aug. 12 to peacefully protest.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration will bring tens of millions of dollars in mid-year budget cuts to a state board next week.

David Brinkley, Hogan's budget chief, said Thursday the actions are being taken to start addressing an estimated $742 million shortfall in the next fiscal year.

A total of $86.2 million in total savings will be brought to the Board of Public Works. Of the total savings, $67.2 million will be budget reductions.

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The Community Foundation of the Eastern has begun taking in donations for its Disaster Relief Fund to help those hit by tropical storm Harvey.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the foundation will match the first $5-thousand.

The money will be given to the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund for long term recovery.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A student from Slovakia was seriously injured when the bicycle she was riding was hit by a car in a beach resort in Maryland. Police say the driver of the car did not stop after the crash.

Ocean City Police said in a news release that the crash occurred early Wednesday. Officers say the 21-year-old student was hit by an SUV that failed to stop at the scene.

The woman is in critical condition at a hospital.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are holding a public hearing on a proposed expansion of a poultry processing plant in Millsboro.

Thursday evening's hearing involves a request by Mountaire Farms for a Coastal Zone Act permit to build and operate a third production line in a 5,300 square foot expansion at its facility on John J. Williams Highway in Millsboro.

Environmental officials say the expansion would result in increased air emissions of about three tons a year from natural gas burned in existing boilers to provide heat for scalding.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Premium costs for plans sold on Maryland's health exchanges are set to rise as state regulators approve increased rates. 

The Baltimore Sun reports regulators announced average rate increases ranging between about 23 percent to nearly 50 percent Tuesday. The rates will vary depending on the plan and carrier.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing an expansion of the Severn River Bridge in Annapolis.

The governor said Wednesday the bridge is heavily used and often experiences serious bottlenecks, especially in summer months when people are trying to reach the Eastern Shore.

The $22.8 million project includes adding an eastbound U.S. 50 bridge lane by shifting the existing median and restriping to provide seven through-travel lanes. Four of them will be eastbound and three of them will be westbound.

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The Bright Rock Christian Academy in Dover has been ordered to discontinue handing out diplomas.

A Delaware Superior Court Judge issued the order saying that it must do so until the state Department of Justice investigates claims that the diplomas are not being accepted by institutions of higher learning.

WBOC reports that the state’s consumer protection unit has been investigating the complaints by former Bright Rock students.

The order also suspends their corporate charter and will assess penalties and fines if any further diplomas are issued.

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CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - For the second time in recent weeks, officials in northern Virginia are canceling a planned Civil War encampment.

Judy Pedersen, a spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Park Authority, said Wednesday that re-enactors have been notified that a Civil War Encampment Weekend scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly has been canceled.

The note to re-enactors cited "recent events" as the reason for the cancellation.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville's mayor is apologizing for a statement he issued about the city's response to a white nationalist rally that he says "impugned" the reputation of the city manager and police chief.
 
Mike Signer addressed reporters after an hours-long City Council meeting Wednesday. He apologized for the statement posted on Facebook, as well as other actions and communications, saying he had "overstepped" the bounds of his role.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware National Guard says it'll assist with relief efforts for those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports a statement from the Delaware guard says a C-130 aircraft was launched Tuesday to support evacuation efforts in Texas. Harvey first made landfall as a Category 4 storm Friday night near Corpus Christi.

Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons says the guard will continue to monitor the situation and be ready to provide support at a moment's notice.

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The battle over the breakaway volunteer fire company has taken another turn.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wicomico County Fire Chiefs Association voted unanimously against the fire service agreement between the county and Salisbury.

The problem they said was the current dispute involving County Executive Bob Culver who has gone forward with planning for territory to be covered by the new unit.

But both County Council President John Cannon and Mayor Jake Day note that that is not what was agreed to in the fire service agreement.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are encouraging Delawareans to sign up for the 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup.

Preregistration for this year's cleanup, which will be held on Sept. 16, closes Friday.

The cleanup covers more than 45 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, including river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas.

Volunteers are encouraged to preregister online at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's website to ensure that enough supplies are readied for each site.

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The wind and rain whipped across Delmarva yesterday.

Ocean City’s inlet was hit with sheets of rain and high winds.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were also report of flooding.

The National Weather Service imposed a coastal flooding advisory yesterday on Accomack, Northampton, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties along with Maryland beaches.

This part of the region saw at least 2 to 3 inches of rain with flooding in the low lying areas along the shore.

There were wind advisories throughout Delmarva yesterday.

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There will be a town hall meeting in Rehoboth Beach on the outfall project that will allow treated wastewater to be released into the ocean.

It’s set for September 16th at 1 p.m. at the Rehoboth Fire Company on Rehoboth Avenue.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that contractors and project engineers will be on hand with a presentation for the public.

Around $38 million has been awarded for four projects and is in response to a court order that the city stop dumping wastewater into the Lewes Rehoboth Canal near the mouth of Rehoboth Bay.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Regulators have given final approval to three more medical marijuana growers in Maryland.

Local news media outlets report that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission also granted final approval Monday to two processing companies.

The Washington Post reports that the commission extended a deadline for another 10 companies that were supposed to have final background checks and inspections done within one year of getting preliminary approval.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A court official says a man charged in connection with the beating of a black man during violent clashes in Charlottesville has agreed to be extradited to Virginia.

Kathy Barfield, deputy clerk of the Monroe County Magistrate Court in Georgia, says 33-year-old Alex Michael Ramos appeared before a judge Tuesday. He turned himself in a day before.

Barfield says bond was not addressed at the hearing. For now, Ramos remains in the custody of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate President says he regrets that his remarks about the late Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney became a distraction.

The Washington Post reports that a dozen African American ministers and community activists gathered in Prince George's County Monday to condemn Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.'s defense of the author of the Dred Scott decision. 

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A tropical storm along the Atlantic coastline appears to be set to provide some heavy rain today across Delmarva.

It’s known as Potential Tropical Cyclone X.

The National Weather Service says the worst of the storm is expected today with a high wind watch for Worcester, Accomack and Northampton counties.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that weather officials say they expect as much as a quarter of an inch of rain in Accomack County with a half inch in Sussex. Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

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The Democratic race for governor in Maryland is becoming crowded. Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea decided to enter the race but he is hardly a household name on the Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the candidate during his visit to the area to talk about his campaign.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington is asking parishes in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore to take up a special collection this weekend to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Bishop Francis Malooly said Monday that if parishes are not able to take up the collection this weekend, he is hoping the collection can take place the following weekend.

Diocesan officials say all donations will go to assist Catholic Charities USA and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in their efforts to help survivors of the storm.

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COLLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland marching band will at least temporarily stop playing the state's official song, which includes a reference to "Northern scum" and other pro-Confederate lyrics.

University spokeswoman Katie Lawson tells news media outlets that school officials are suspending the playing of "Maryland, My Maryland" to "evaluate if it is consistent with the values" of the school. The marching band played the song during football pregame shows.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A man who police say fired a handgun during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a KKK member who's been charged but not convicted of violent crimes in the past.

Richard Wilson Preston Jr. on Monday said he wouldn't fight extradition from his home city of Baltimore to Charlottesville. He faces a count of discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school during the Aug. 12 rally.

The ACLU released a video of a man firing a gun toward protesters before Preston was arrested Saturday. No one was hit.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he is moving forward with carving out a piece of territory for the breakaway volunteer firefighters who left the Salisbury Fire Department.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that move would give territory to the company that is now covered by the Salisbury Fire Department.

But such a move, say Wicomico County officials, would be a violation of the city/county service agreement.

Mayor Jake Day told the paper that it was shocking that “an elected official would flaunt the law.”

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