In the first year of the Affordable Care Act Maryland has dramatically slashed the number of children not covered by health insurance.

Maryland News Connection reporter Andrea Sears prepared this report.

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Ocean City officials say that five people were saved yesterday.

A town spokesperson told the Salisbury Daily Times that three adults went into the water after two children got into the trouble.

The paper reports that one adult was airlifted out of the region.

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A Code Orange alert has been issued for today by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

It will affect the corridor up along I-95 in the northern part of the state.

That means the air has become too unhealthy for those with asthma, heart and lung disease as well as for children.

On Saturday the air pollution is expected to moderate.  

By Sunday a cold front is forecast.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Air Force Base officials are helping to make the deployment of service men and women a little less stressful and scary for their children.

The base is hosting an event Wednesday that allows children a chance to participate and experience a mobility line, similar to what their parents go through as they prepare for assignments away from home.

The children, as well as teachers from the base schools, can experience what it's like to go through pre-deployment briefings and preparations, complete with dog tags, mock travel cards and physical forms.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating after a boy was found unresponsive in a pool at a home in Newark.

Troopers say about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, a neighbor saw a 1-year-old boy lying in about 18 inches of water in the cover of an in-ground pool. Police say the neighbor notified the 16- and 13-year-old who were caring for the child, and called 911.

New Castle County Paramedics who went to the home say the child did not have a pulse and was not breathing when they arrived.

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This Saturday funeral services will be held for Beau Biden who died over the weekend.

They will be held at the Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington.

Meanwhile, a new charity will be established in his honor.

It will be called the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

Hallie Biden and the Delaware Community Foundation say this will continue the work that he passionately carried out as Delaware’s Attorney General.

WBOC reports that organizers say the new foundation will be out front in defending and protecting the innocent.

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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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed into law a measure that allows the use of derivatives of the marijuana plant for treating severe epilepsy.
The governor signed the bill Thursday at a Capitol ceremony featuring families with epileptic children who have suffered debilitating side effects from taking legal drugs.
It's the first effective medical marijuana legislation to win approval in Virginia, according to its House sponsor, Del. Dave Albo.

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Some estimates put the number of undocumented children coming across the US/Mexico border at 50,000  with more expected. Most are from Central America and are seeking refuge not only in the United States but also in countries such as Mexico and Costa Rica. Matthew Peters is the director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center in Easton and spent around a decade in Guatemala. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him about why they come. (The full interview will be aired on Delmarva Today at 9 a.m. on July4th.)

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Food Bank of Delaware is preparing for some of its highest demand as school lets out for the summer.

The number of meals reportedly quadruples, for the Food Bank, throughout the First State during the summer.

The charity has a summer food service program to help fill the loss of meals that children receive at school. It serves day care centers, churches, camps and other sites where children need food.

To qualify, at least half the children at a site must qualify for free or reduced price school lunches.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A new study says about a third of Virginia children are living in or near poverty.

The study says 13 percent of children lived in poverty in 2011, the most recent year of analysis. Another 18-and-a-half percent lived in near-poverty.

According to the study, almost half of the children in or near poverty live with parents who are married.

The study was conducted by University of Virginia researchers with the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service's Demographic Research Group.

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Doctors in Maryland and around the country are asking parents to keep their children off backyard trampolines.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has joined the American Academy of Pediatrics in calling them too risky.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.