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The Salisbury City Council will be looking at a $61 million operating budget for the fiscal year of 2019 tonight.

Mayor Jake Day’s spending plan would hold property taxes at the current rate but up the water and sewer rates by 8 percent effective October 1st.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his spending priorities range from reducing homelessness and strengthening neighborhoods to street cleaning and safe alternative transportation.  

Gas Prices Going Up

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Don Rush

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - It's spring time, and gas prices are growing like weeds.

Drivers in the Mid-Atlantic region and across the country are paying more at the pump as stations switch over to summer blend fuel and oil prices continue to climb.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says motorists in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are paying at least four cents more for gas compared to last week.

AAA also warns that gas prices could increase another five to 10 cents ahead of the summer driving season.

Video by Troy Bickle

The Ocean City Fishing Pier got an unusual visitor.

A whale was caught on video bumping into the structure around noon on Friday.

It was taken by 25-year-old Troy Bickle from Pennsylvania and shows the whale break out of the water before it flipped its large tale and swam away.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that he never thought he would experience anything like that.

Bickle said he saw a wave coming toward the pier when the whale showed up.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has asked the federal government to make more than 200 low-income areas eligible for new tax breaks.

Northam said last week that he'd nominated 212 so-called "opportunity zones" to the U.S. Department of Treasury.

A new tax overhaul passed last year allows for tax breaks for certain kinds of investments in certain designated low-income census tracks.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill allowing Delaware's most populous county to impose a new lodging tax on hotel and motel rooms.

The bill introduced Thursday would allow the imposition of a lodging tax of up to three percent for rental of a room in a hotel, motel or tourist home in unincorporated areas of New Castle County.

The new fee would be in addition to the state lodging tax, which is currently eight percent.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous says marijuana should be fully legalized, and people who live in areas that have been the most negatively affected by the nation's drug laws should get preference for jobs in the industry.

Jealous spoke Friday at the National Cannabis Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.

He has made full marijuana legalization for adults a part of his criminal justice reform plan to improve public safety and reduce the prison population.

creative commons

Where does creativity come from? How essential is it to the human experience? Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill writes it is perhaps the essence of our existence.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Porn actress Stormy Daniels will be performing at a strip club in Baltimore.

News outlets report Daniels has performances scheduled for Thursday night, Friday and Saturday at Fantasies Nightclub and Sports Bar.

Fantasies bartender and manager Renata Welsh tells The Baltimore Sun there will be extra bartenders and security for Daniels' show. Welsh says everyone wants to see Daniels as she has been "all over the news."

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware county has received a failing grade for its air quality for the 19th year in a row.

The Wilmington News reports the American Lung Association has found ozone pollution New Castle County has only gotten worse. A press release by the association says the levels of ozone in Delaware are putting residents at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other serious health issues.

BARS website

This Saturday Salisbury area youths will tell their stories about their encounters with the juvenile justice system.

They range in age 15-to-24.

And they tell their stories through personal videos.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the project is called, “BARS: Stories of the System, a Youth Perspective” which is a digital story telling project.

It has been produced in conjunction with the Fenix Youth Project.

The three hour presentation will take place at the Wicomico Public Library in downtown Salisbury.