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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a senate panel that it was unlikely the Maryland coastline would see offshore drilling.

During an exchange with Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen Zinke said there are no known oil reserves off the Maryland shores.

In addition, he said that the president has maintained his administration would take local concerns into consideration.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Maryland officials have been strong opponents of such drilling after the Trump administration announced it would be opening up the offshore areas for exploration.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he'll reconsider Baltimore's request for federal public safety dollars after being asked by Sen. Chris Van Hollen.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Sessions said Wednesday at a U.S. Senate panel hearing that he would be glad to look at ways to help Baltimore qualify for a federal anti-crime grant program.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Democrat who's running for governor has picked up his third endorsement from a U.S. senator in addition to key progressive groups' backing.

The Washington Post reported Friday that California's Kamala Harris joins New Jersey's Cory Booker and Vermont's Bernie Sanders in endorsing former NAACP president Ben Jealous. Jealous is one of seven Democrats vying to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

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The National Rifle Association has been a big supporter of Congressman Andy Harris with a total of over $25-thousand since his 2008 campaign.

His Democratic colleagues have not taken any money from gun rights or gun safety groups so far this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far he has received nearly $2-thousand so far this year according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The paper reports that Harris’s office did not respond for comment.

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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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