Don Rush

It could be a few tough days for parents expecting buses to take their children to school in Delaware in the Fall.

Among the problems facing the contractors is a shortage of bus drivers as well as increasing costs.

David Sutton runs the Sutton Bus Company in Stanton.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that many of the bus driving jobs are part-time and include some extensive requirements.

These range from a commercial driver's license and background check to a drug test and fingerprinting.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Capitol Police say thousands are expected to attend gun control rallies in Annapolis.

And police say that is prompting them to close some streets around the State House on Friday.

Police say Bladen Street and College Avenue will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. and are expected to remain closed for most of the day. And they are advising motorists to be prepared for traffic congestion and delays.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to keep one of the most controversial parts of a gun-control bill - a licensing provision for handguns that would require owners to submit fingerprints.

The Senate rejected an amendment on Wednesday that would have taken the licensing part out of the bill on a 20-27 vote.

Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, says the provision will sharply reduce the number of guns that end up in the hands of criminals by making it far less likely for people to buy guns for them when they are prohibited from owning the weapons.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate got an early start to work on a gun-control measure.

Senators are scheduled to convene at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, about two hours earlier than they usually gather.

They are set to debate 20 amendments to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal. After that, senators will have a chance to offer other changes.

Debate on the sweeping measure is expected to last most of the week in the Senate.

The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a gun-control measure supported by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The bill is set to come before the heavily Democratic chamber on Tuesday, but it's unclear when senators will vote.

Opponents who say the measure violates Second Amendment rights have pledged to seek a variety of amendments. Supporters say it will give Maryland some of the strongest laws in the nation to help prevent gun violence.