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The Wicomico County public schools will wrap up the term on June 17th.

Maryland Schools Superintendent Lillian Lowery has allowed the district a three day waiver after 9 days of school were missed due to the spate of snow storms this winter.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that along with the 5 additional days that have been added to the school calendar April 7th which has been set aside for teacher workshops will be counted as a sixth school day.

March 31 will replace the professional day for teachers and classes will see an early dismissal.

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There's an afterglow from the Maryland Senate vote that unanimously approved the $40 billion budget.

The surprise outcome caught many members cheering as the final vote count went up on the board.

Capital News Service reporter Anjali Shastri was there and describes the scene and the issues for Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush. 

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EASTON, Md.  (AP) - A fire believed to ahve been caused by a lightning strike has damaged a nearly 150-year-old building in Easton.

Firefighters say the blaze broke out Thursday afternoon after a short thunderstorm at the Manor House in the Londonderry retirement community.

Authorities say firefighters from several local volunteer companies battled the blaze.

Easton Volunteer fire Department fire captain Kevin Dulin tells the Star Democrat of Easton that damage was limited to the roof and second floor. There were no injuries.

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The Sexstyle Adult Boutique in Salisbury is no more.

The yellow building stood on Church Street and could be seen by motorists traveling up and down Route 13.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a group of out-of-town investors has bought the property according to a Remax Crossroads Real Estate agent in Salisbury.

The price of the property was $20-thousand.

That was far below the $49-thousand asking price.

The sale came with the promise that the investors would not lease the property back to the former owners of the adult entertainment business.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - One of the longest serving delegates and the first African American woman to chair a General Assembly legislative committee is being memorialized in a portrait.

On Friday, the Baltimore City delegation is set to unveil the portrait of Hattie Harrison, a Democrat from Baltimore who had the distinction of being the longest serving delegate until her death in 2013.

Harrison was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1973, where she represented District 45. She was the chairwoman of the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee for 33 years.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A federal audit says Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and is recommending the state pay the money back.

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services is releasing the audit Friday.

It says Maryland misallocated costs to federal grants instead of the Medicaid program in 2013 and 2014. The audit says Maryland did not use updated estimated enrollment data when it became available.

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell uses a pseudonym email address to conduct public business.

And that has drawn sharp criticism from Representative John Kowalko and John Flaherty president of the Delaware Coalition for Open Government.

They have sent a Freedom of Information Act request for the alias email that the governor uses.

The two say that the emails sidestep principal of transparency in government.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a new state budget that includes a pay increases for state employees, boosts cash benefits for welfare recipients and has more money for the governor to spend on economic development.

The Democratic governor signed the budget Thursday at the Capitol while touting his good working relationship with Republican leaders on the state's spending plan.

McAuliffe did not try and amend the budget that state lawmakers approved last month.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted unanimously for the state's $40 billion budget.
 
The vote was 46-0 Thursday.
 
Lawmakers made extra cuts to restore scaled-back education funding initially proposed in Gov. Larry Hogan's budget. A 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state employees also has been restored.
 
Democrats and Republicans spoke positively about the bipartisanship that went into the Senate's budget work.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say the state is seeing a record number of influenza cases and deaths this flu season.

Officials announced Thursday that there have been 2,309 lab-confirmed flu cases so far this season. That surpasses the 2,247 cases confirmed in the 2009-2010 H1N1 outbreak dubbed "swine flu."

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