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The Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead has the nation reeling and politicians scrambling to respond. President Donad Trump praised the first responders and expressed condolences for those who lost their lives. But students at the high school are now demanding action on gun safety.

Last week also saw the failure of the U.S. Senate to approve legislation that would have allowed those undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children to stay under the DACA program.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The University of Maryland is getting a sea grant.

Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen have announced the nearly $288,000 federal grant through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The program is administered through the University System of Maryland. It's part of a network of 33 national sea grant programs.

The program supports the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's coastal waters.

Recent research has helped develop new approaches in oyster aquaculture and boost the bay's blue crab population.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen told the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce yesterday that the recent tax cut package approved by the Senate would disproportionately hit Marylanders.

WBOC reports he said that compared with other states Maryland residents would see their taxes go up with the elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes.

The Senate bill does double the standard deduction for both individuals and those who file joint-married.

And, the Maryland Democrat acknowledged that some would benefit.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that there will be nearly $18 million for federally funded projects on the Eastern Shore.

It’s part of the money going to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the 2017 Omnibus Funding Bill.

The Maryland Democrats said that this funding will help maintain access to the Chesapeake Bay as well as improving communities in the region.

The projects range from $13.7 million for beach replenishment in Ocean City to $2 million for the dredging of the upper river near Salisbury.

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A second arrest has been made in the burning of the Trump billboard in Princess Anne.

Police say that 19 year old Joy Shuford of Ownings Mill turned herself in and has been charged with second degree arson among other charges.

She is currently out on $20-thousand bond.

19 year-old D’Asia Perry has already been arrested for the destruction of the billboard.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities have surveillance video of Perry and her vehicle.

Damage to the billboard is estimated at $800.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers say they have written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and asked him to rescind a request the Justice Department made to delay police reforms.

The letter was signed by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, who said they object to the Justice Department's request.

The agency asked a Baltimore judge to postpone a hearing on a proposed agreement to overhaul the Baltimore Police Department.

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Senator Ben Cardin blasted the Trump administration on a broad range of foreign policy issues.

They ranged from a failure to take a tough stand on Russia and building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border to trying to impose a travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries.

The Maryland Democrat made his remarks during an appearance at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy on the eve of the President’s address to a joint session of congress tonight.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's U.S. senators are sponsoring legislation to bring a statue of Harriet Tubman to the U.S. Capitol Building.

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation in 2012 creating the Harriet Tubman Statue Commission to raise money and commission a statue for display in the U.S. Capitol Building. But Congress must pass legislation to accept the donation.

The bill Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin announced Monday will direct the Joint Committee on the Libraries to enter into an agreement to accept the statue.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen paid tribute to former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman at a ceremony on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Maryland Democrat told the historically black college that it was important to mark the incredible story.

He said hoped legislation in Washington will soon allow a statue of Tubman in the nation’s capital.

President Obama slated her image to replace that of President Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill.

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Maryland’s two Senators were among the 50 votes against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin told Capital News Service that he believes even his Republican colleagues would have wanted a more traditional nominee with experience in education.

Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen said they were concerned about DeVos’s lack of support for public schools as she pushed for private and charter schools.

DeVos was confirmed when Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie breaking vote.

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