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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want to continue blocking the District of Columbia from allowing legal marijuana sales.

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft spending bill on Wednesday that would maintain the ban on the District spending any money to liberalize its marijuana laws.

Mayor Muriel Bowser legalized pot possession in the District in February, despite a threat from Congress that doing so would violate federal law. Bowser and other District leaders argued that Congress acted too late to stop a voter-approved initiative from taking effect.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy says it plans to hire more than 400 people over the next six months to work for an engineering command at bases throughout Hampton Roads.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic says the positions range from engineers and contract specialists to skilled trades such as electricians and plumbers.

The bases the command is staffing include Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians who take summer road trips can take advantage of the seventh-lowest gasoline prices in the nation.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, the average price of gasoline in Virginia is $2.54 per gallon. That's well below the national average of $2.75 per gallon.

South Carolina has the lowest gas prices at $2.46 per gallon.

The auto club says about six in 10 Americans say they're likely to take trips of 50 miles or more this summer if gas prices remain steady. Last year, travelers had to pay an average of $3.65 per gallon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has been released from jury duty.

Hogan waited for more than two hours on Wednesday morning at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, where he had been summoned.

The 57-year-old Republican had been summoned to jury duty for his first time in January, but it was on the same day as his inauguration. Maryland's constitution required that he be sworn in as governor at noon that day, so the summons was deferred and he was called back.

Hogan says he was happy to be part of the process.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A jury pool of hundreds of people has been winnowed down to 64 qualified potential jurors for the federal cyberstalking trial of the widow and children of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse.

Following more closed-door questioning of prospective jurors Wednesday, attorneys prepared to begin selecting a trial panel and present opening statements on Thursday.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Money remaining in Beau Biden's political accounts will help fund the new Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the charity, which will continue Beau Biden's work to protect children from abuse, has collected more than $250,000 in donations in its first week. Biden's political committees, Beau PAC and Biden for Delaware, reported balances of about $660,000 as of December 31.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government says Virginia's economy was flat last year.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau for Economic Analysis said Wednesday that Virginia's real gross domestic product was $427.45 billion in 2014, compared with $427.35 billion in 2013.

Slight growth in retail trade, information, durable goods, and health care and social assistance were offset by small declines in construction, real estate and nondurable goods.

Virginia's economy grew by rates of 0.4 percent in 2013, 0.7 percent in 2012 and 0.6 percent in 2011.

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A Salisbury resident got the flight of a lifetime.

Jeff Merritt yesterday was one of three VIP’s who took a 45 minute flight with the No. 7 Blue Angels jet.

It was an F/A 18 Hornet flown by Captain Jeff Kuss who has over 15-hundred hours in the air with the Blue Angels.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the flight took the three VIP’s through the twists and turns that the Blue Angels use in their act.

The 56-year old Merritt told the paper that when he got the invited several months ago he could hardly contain his excitement.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Amazon is hiring more than 500 full-time workers at its Middletown fulfillment center.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the jobs will be created this month. Amazon spokesman Aaron Toso says the $12-an-hour jobs being added at the Middletown Fulfillment Center include positions that receive inventory, as well as pick, pack and ship customers' orders. Those hired will receive medical and other employee benefits immediately.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware nursery inspectors discovered imported red fire ants when they visited a Sussex County garden center for a routine check of palm trees trucked in from Florida in recent weeks.

The live ants were destroyed, but state agriculture officials are urging Delaware residents to inspect tropical plants carefully before buying them. The Delaware Department of Agriculture is advising other businesses and buyers of tropical nursery stock about the discovery.

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Despite a 2009 executive order by Governor Jack Markell to increase the diversity of the state workforce a new report says that it has declined over the years.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that black state officials and administrators have declined from 21 percent six years ago to 20 percent.

A group of African American leaders including those from the NAACP of Delaware and the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council say they will organize an effort to confront discrimination in state government.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Attorneys for six Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray's death say prosecutors had asked police to target the intersection where the officers first encountered Gray.

That's according to a court filing Tuesday. The attorneys again asked a judge to remove State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby from the case, saying she has conflicts of interest. They argue the request from prosecutors, emailed a month before Gray died in police custody, is an indication Mosby is "an integral part of the story ... both as an advocate and a witness."

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury police say a city officer and a suspect in a domestic incident were hospitalized after their vehicles collided.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports police were sent to the scene of a reported domestic dispute Tuesday around 4 a.m.

Police said 27-year-old Michael Victor Rayne was reported to have been involved in a verbal argument with his live-in girlfriend. Police said Rayne broke a window of a neighbor's home.

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Ronald Willey has decided not to continue as president of the Wicomico County Board of Education for the rest of his term.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that he felt the board had become “voices crying in the wilderness.”

Willey has been sharply critical of the county’s fiscal 2016 budget that only failed to include a one-time $800-thousand increase in money for student literacy.

Willey said last year that he leave the presidency of the board this year while staying on to complete his term in 2017.

There will be a session to re-organize the board in July.

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Two public schools in Wicomico County are seeking to provide free school meals to students in a one-year pilot project next year.

They are the Chipman and Glen Avenue Elementary Schools.

If approved in the school system’s budget the program would be part of the federal program under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Chipman and Glen Avenue would fall under the requirement that 40 percent of their students are certified to enroll in the free meals program.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has jury duty.

The governor is scheduled to report for jury duty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Wednesday morning.

Hogan was an Anne Arundel County resident before he became governor.

Now he lives even closer to the courthouse. The governor's residence, which is called Government House, is a short walk from the circuit court in Annapolis.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - State wildlife authorities have discovered the body of a missing swimmer in the Patapsco River.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says divers found the body of 22-year-old Bryan Estuardo Diaz in the waters below Bloede Dam Monday afternoon.

Police say Diaz went swimming in a prohibited area Sunday and disappeared shortly after 6 p.m. Maryland Natural Resources Police started searching the waters that evening, but police say attempts to recover his body before nightfall were unsuccessful.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a prosecution request to keep the names of jurors secret in the cyberstalking trial of the widow and children of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse.
 
Tuesday's ruling came after an attorney representing The Associated Press and The News Journal of Wilmington objected to the prosecution's request, which also was opposed by attorneys representing David Matusiewicz; his mother, Lenore; and his sister, Amy Gonzalez.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A group of stranded jet skiers have been rescued from the water in Anne Arundel County.
 
WJZ-TV reports the rescue happened Monday evening at Sandy Point State Park after severe weather moved through the region.
 
Natural Resources Police say they found a man in the water yelling for help. After being pulled to safety, the man alerted police that four more people, two adults and two juveniles, were still in the water.
 

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Many seniors may be seeing some serious cutbacks in the Meals on Wheels program.

The 2016 Maryland Budget has resulted in the Department of Aging changing its formula toward those areas with rising populations of seniors.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Lower Shore is not one of those areas.

That could force MAC which provides assistance to seniors in the counties of Wicomic, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester with a serious financial shortfall of nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities have identified a 48-year-old woman who died after competing in the Special Olympics Maryland's annual Summer Games at Towson University.

The Baltimore Sun reports police say Tresaraie Dalana Shavers died Saturday after suffering a medical emergency during the 25-meter backstroke competition.

Her coach says Shavers was less than 10 yards from finishing the race when she appeared to slip unconscious.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Gas and Electric says residential customers can get $25 in exchange for turning in old air conditioners and dehumidifiers at an event in Maryland.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The president of the University of Mary Washington says claims the school failed to act on sexual and violent cyberthreats are "irresponsible allegations."

President Richard V. Hurley responded in a lengthy statement Monday to a Title IX complaint filed one month ago by student members of Feminists United on Campus.

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In Claymont a couple found a swastika scratched in the paint of one of their cars with a racial slur etched on the rear hatch door.

Ameerah Green discovered the damage to the 2004 Mercury Mountaineer on Sunday after finding her front yard had been vandalized.

In addition, her husband’s 1995 Lexus was also scratched running from the headlight to the taillight.

The couple did not have insurance to pay for the damage on the cars.

Police say they are treating the incident as a hate crime.

 

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While potential jurors are questioned in the trial of the Matusiewicz family the public will be kept from seeing the proceedings.

The judge said this would allow for a more efficient process in jury selection.

It was a last minute decision by the judge as the family of the courthouse shooter face federal conspiracy and stalking charges.

Thomas Matusiewicz shot and killed his ex-daughter-in-law Christine Belford and a friend at the courthouse before turning the gun on himself.

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The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners plan to hold a vote on four measures to clamp down on vacation rentals including pool use by renters.

The vote set for June 19th would include a ban on renters from using pools at their vacation rentals by 2018.

In addition, another would put tighter limits on home size while a third would require more off-street parking.

Finally, there were would be a pool licensing system in addition to the ban.

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The liquor stores in Delaware could be opening earlier come the holiday season at the end of the year.

Bipartisan legislation would allow for the store to open up at 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during the months of October, November and December.

In addition, on Sunday they could open up at 10 a.m. rather than at noon.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the legislation was pushed by Anheuser-Busch InBev and the liquor superstore Total Wine and More.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is seeking to convert sunshine into power at four public schools.

The utility is seeking applications from schools in its service area under a program aimed at helping students learn about solar energy.

The company's philanthropic arm, the Dominion Foundation, will select the four schools that will receive the 1 kilowatt photovoltaic system.

Dominion says 1 kilowatt is enough electricity to power 15 desktop computers, 33 ten-gallon aquariums, or three 42-inch plasma TVs.

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There’s been a single vehicle crash just north of Millsboro that has left the driver dead.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit says that the accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. last night and involved 22-year old Jasmine Andrews.

She was driving her Taurus westbound on Mount Joy Road when she sped around a curve, spinning out of control and hitting utility pole.

WBOC reports that Andrews was wearing a seat belt but was trapped in the car.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A blaze in Pocomoke City is reported to have left one dead and another injured.

The Saturday fire began at around 5 a.m .with firefighters from the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company finding a two-and half story single family home ablaze.  

The Worcester County Fire Marshall’s office says that in the initial search of the first floor firefighters found one victim who was sent onto a burn center in Baltimore.

A later search of the house discovered the body of the second victim.

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