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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order to create a new statewide development plan.

Hogan made the announcement Saturday in a speech to the Maryland Association of Counties.

The Republican governor says he has repeatedly heard from local officials who have asked for changes to PlanMaryland, which was put in place by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.

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State Senator Jim Mathias has a challenger in next year’s elections.

He’s Ed Tinus who ran for U.S. Senate Maryland in 2012 and 2016.  

But he was a Democrat then.

Now he wears the GOP label to challenge the Democratic incumbent in Senate District 38.

Tinus told the Salisbury Daily Times that he doesn’t really fit either party.

But, he added, with the current primary system it didn’t make sense to run as an independent.

And Republicans have a slight edge in the 38th District.

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Governor Larry Hogan stopped by Pocomoke City’s Hardwire Armor Systems yesterday along with State Senator Jim Mathias.

And he got a tour of the facility which makes armor technology.

George Tunis founded the company in the year 2000 but moved into the production of military and private armor after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 911.

Hogan got a video presentation of how his products are used by the U.S. military in its operations abroad.

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The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center could begin serving alcohol.

A measure approved by the House of Delegates would end a long dry spell and would allow the county to apply for a license from the Board of License Commissioners.

Eastern Shore state Senators Jim Mathias (D) and Addie Eckardt (R) sponsored the measure.

Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that he believed it would be administered responsibly.

County Executive Bob Culver said allowing the sale of alcohol was a key to $3 million in renovations for the next couple of years.

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A third Bay bridge took another step today.

The Maryland Senate has given the okay to fund a study of another span across the waters.

State Senator Jim Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that the vote was 40-to-4.

The measure would fund an environmental impact study and require the Maryland Transportation Authority to put aside specific money for it.

The vote comes after a study by the agency warned that the Bay Bridge could see backups of 14 miles if it is not widened by 2040.

The measure now goes to the House of Delegates.

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A big crowd that included state and local leaders showed up for the swearing of Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and the newly elected city council members last night at the Cypress Street Fire Station.

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With the terrorist attacks on Paris last week that saw around 130 people killed many others injured many are trying to take in the meaning the events. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with local officials to get their reactions and their concerns.

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State Senator Jim Mathias says he’d like to see a third span across the Chesapeake Bay.

During a recent meeting in Wicomico County the Maryland Democrat said that he believes this would ease the congestion on the current two spans.

WBOC found that Maryland state officials say that last year around 25.6 million cars crossed the bridge last year.

There was a proposal for a ferry to cross the bay with a landing cite in Crisfield

But that was scrapped after a study of project.

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It will be the changing of the guard as a much different Eastern Shore Delegation heads to Annapolis this January.

Republican Carl Anderton who ousted 28 year Democratic incumbent Norm Conway in District 38B in the House of Delegates says topping his agenda is the expansion of jobs on the Eastern Shore.

Meanwhile, WMDT reports that Republican Mary Beth Carozza who won District 38C says she is interested in pushing tourism and the agriculture industry when she gets to the state’s capital.

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It was a good night for Republicans on Tuesday.

Larry Hogan beat the odds by besting Democrat Anthony Brown by a vote of 54 percent to 44 percent to become the only the second Republican since Spiro Agnew to ascend to the governor’s chair in Maryland.

Hogan beat back Brown’s attempt to be the first Maryland Lt. Gov. to succeed to the office and the first African American to hold the office Maryland.

During the campaign the Republican had battered Brown over tax hikes and the flawed rollout of the state’s health exchange.

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