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The National Folk Festival has announced its first eight musical acts for this year.

Among them are the award winning blind fiddler Michael Cleveland & The Flamekeeper, Sounds of Korea and the fiddle Western singing group Quebe Sisters.

In addition there will be Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band, Imamyar Hasanoy & Abbos Kosimov as well as Mariachi Los Comperos, Marquise Knox and Orquesta SCC.

Mayor Jake Day said that he was “blown away at how lost you get in the talent.”

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware prison officials are restricting inmate visits as a preventative health measure amid the current flu epidemic.

Officials say that starting Wednesday morning, prison visits will be suspended for any child under the age of 16.

Meanwhile, Department of Correction officials say they are working with the Division of Public Health and are treating all offenders with elevated temperatures and symptoms of the flu.  To date, 64 offenders have been treated with Tamiflu.  

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On a 3-to-2 vote the Sussex County Council has approved a $1.5 million loan to the Sussex Sports Center Foundation.

The money allows for a new sports complex to be constructed off Sand Hill Road in Georgetown.

The agreement requires the foundation to use its own money to match the loan.

WBOC reports that those who opposed the 56 acre project said they did not believe there had been enough public input and questioned whether it was worth the money.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - To help steady Maryland's struggling health care exchange, Maryland is considering steps some other states have started taking to stabilize insurance markets: revive a sort of insurance for insurers.

Measures relating to health insurance are scheduled for hearings Wednesday.

One includes a proposal for what's known as reinsurance, which protects insurers against very high claims.

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Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath now has enough signatures to qualify to run for Wicomico County Executive as an independent.

He handed in over 800 signature to local election officials that goes beyond the 651 needed to get on the ballot.

The requirement is 1 percent of the total registered voters in the county.

Health told the Salisbury Daily Times that he looks forward to the general election in November when he is expected to run against the incumbent Republican Bob Culver.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Most of the Democrats running in the crowded Maryland primary for governor have announced their running mates, and four out of five of them so far are women.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker announced Elizabeth Embry as his running mate Tuesday. Embry is a former Baltimore prosecutor and division chief in the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

On Monday, Sen. Richard Madaleno named Luwanda Jenkins, of Baltimore, as his running mate. Alec Ross chose Julie Verratti, a Montgomery County craft brewery owner.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The rebuild of a Delaware bridge expected to be completed last Thanksgiving after initial delays is now expected to extend into March.

Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman C.R. McLeod told The News Journal of Wilmington on Monday those delays have added an extra $1 million to Del. 141 bridge's cost. Mumford and Miller Concrete Inc. planned to begin construction last summer, but delays pushed the start date to fall.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two men are still on death row in Delaware despite the state Supreme Court ruling the state's death penalty unconstitutional more than a year ago.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Michael R. Manley and David D. Stevenson have been fighting their first-degree murder conviction for decades, and those appeals are keeping the two on death row.

The newspaper reports that when the state or U.S. Supreme Court declares a law unconstitutional, cases pending appeals will be modified next time in court.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware public health officials say the death toll from the flu has risen to 18.

Officials are reporting eight new deaths, six in the past week and two others that occurred earlier in the flu season but were just recently reported.

All of the six individuals who died last week were from New Castle County, and none had gotten the flu vaccine.  All but one had underlying health conditions. The two previous deaths involved Kent County residents, both with multiple underlying health conditions and neither having been vaccinated.

Warm Weather Ahead

Feb 20, 2018
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The temperatures are warming up this week.

In Salisbury they are expected to reach the low 70’s with Wednesday looking at 77 degrees.

These are above average temperatures for this time of year and compares with other record breaking streaks.

Delaware is also expected to temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70’s.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the warm weather is coming from the south and is caused by a high pressure system along the coast.       

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