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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lawmakers have introduced a bill to open parts of Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to heavy industry.

The legislation introduced Thursday establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing heavy industry sites, most of them abandoned and polluted brownfields.

The bill also would allow the currently prohibited transfer of bulk products such as oil and minerals at nine sites that had docking facilities or piers before the Coastal Zone Act was enacted in June 1971.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents has released a report regarding a flash fire at the Delaware City refinery that left a worker with second-degree burns.

Officials with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board held a news conference Thursday to release their findings regarding the 2015 incident, which left a 62-year-old man hospitalized with burns to his face and neck.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is launching a new economic development strategy focusing on further developing the life sciences and cybersecurity industries.

Hogan announced the plan called Excel Maryland at the first Governor's Business Summit on Thursday in Baltimore.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old boy was killed in a crash near Milford.
 
Delaware State Police said in a statement Thursday that the crash happened Wednesday night when a Mitsubishi Eclipse turning left near a gas station failed to yield to oncoming traffic. It hit a pickup truck, which then collided with a Ford Fusion.
 
Police say the Mitsubishi driver's 5-year-old son, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say he was properly restrained in a booster seat.
 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - State Democratic leaders have called for a House of Delegates candidate in Virginia Beach to drop out of the race after recent revelations of racist statements.
 
Media outlets report the House Democratic Caucus issued a news release Tuesday calling for Tom Brock to drop out of a June 13 primary for the 21st District seat. The caucus also released a screenshot of a 2011 Facebook conversation, where Brock made several racist statements.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials are looking for bands who want to play at three Baltimore festivals next year.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts says interested bands have to submit an application no later than Aug. 15.

Auditions will be held on Oct. 18 and 19. During the auditions, called "Sound Off Live!," bands will get 15 minutes to perform three songs in front of an audience and a panel of judges.

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A Salisbury woman was killed in a car accident yesterday going the wrong way just west of the Bay Bridge on Route 50.  

The authorities say 22 year-old Laura Murphy died at the scene after her Volkswagen hit another vehicle head-on.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities say they had received reports of her going the wrong way but were unable to reach her.

Meanwhile, the paper says that a 14-month old boy was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Hospital but his condition is not immediately known.      

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A special education teacher at Wicomico High School has been charged with sexual abuse involving a minor.

She is 36-year old Lynn Jensen.

And WBOC reports that she is facing charges of sex abuse of a minor and 4th degree sex abuse.

The television station reports that the Wicomico County Board of Education is calling on families of students to come forward with information.

Jensen was put on administrative leave in late April.

The incident itself is alleged to have occurred on April 21st.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrat Ralph Northam has outspent rival Tom Perriello by more than 2 to 1 on TV advertising in Virginia's closely watched governor's race with less than four weeks before the primary.

Spokesman for both campaigns said Wednesday their media tracking showed Northam had spent $1.2 million while Perriello has spent more than $500,000.

On the Republican side, Ed Gillespie is the only candidate spending money on TV. He's spent more than $235,000, according to media tracking company Advertising Analytics LLC.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak at a Baltimore fundraiser next month for a program that pays for high school students to study in Israel.

The event was announced Wednesday on the Facebook page for the Elijah Cummings Youth Program, a joint program between the Maryland congressman and the Baltimore Jewish Council.

It will be the first time the former Democratic presidential nominee has made a public appearance in Maryland since last year's primary election in April, when Clinton defeated Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Jill Biden made an appearance yesterday at the graduating ceremonies for students at Delaware Technical Community College.

A former professor at the institution the wife of the former Vice President told the students that if they can walk “on this stage” they can do anything.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the ages of the graduates yesterday ranged from 19 to 70.

Biden told the graduates that she was an advocate for greater access to community colleges because they provided such opportunities for students.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan will deliver remarks at the first Governor's Business Summit.

It's scheduled for Thursday in Baltimore.

The governor's opening address is called: "Maryland is Open for Business."

Leaders in business and education are scheduled to attend.

They will be gathering to discuss topics like entrepreneurship and the future of manufacturing in Maryland. They also will talk about redefining urban centers across the state and the next generation of learning environments.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents is set to release a report regarding a flash fire at the Delaware City refinery that left a worker with second-degree burns.

Officials with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board scheduled a news conference Thursday to release their findings regarding the 2015 incident, which left a 62-year-old man hospitalized with burns to his face and neck.

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A graduate from Salisbury University just picked up a cool $100-thousand.

Daquan Mincy got the cash when he went to see a taping of the television show ”Ellen”.

He was chosen from the audience by comedians Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mency said the experience was crazy sending him to jump with joy.

And, his student loan debt of $50-thousand can now be a thing of the past.

Mincy will receive his Masters Degree this month.

He is the first in his family to get to go to college.

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This week the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit on behalf of a Milton woman when she was prohibited from displaying signs denouncing policies of president Trump.

They included phrases such as “Love Trumps Hate”, “No Wall No Ban” and “Women’s Rights = Human Rights”.

62-year old Penny Nickerson said she felt compelled to put them in her front yard over concern about the current president.

But the Milton code only allows political messages during an election season.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Democratic hopefuls for governor of Virginia clashed over proposed gas pipelines and each other's past positions on gun rights and abortion in their penultimate debate in Norfolk.

The event Tuesday was mostly a study in nuance.

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There could be a hike in Delaware’s corporate franchise tax hitting some of the biggest companies in the state.

It’s bi-partisan legislation that would come up with a new tax bracket and would require some of the biggest firms to pay a new top rate with a maximum of a quarter of a million dollars each year.     

The current maximum rate is $180-thousand.

WBOC reports that the measure comes as Governor John Carney and Delaware lawmakers are grappling with a $382 million budget shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is poised to begin consideration of a bill to ensure abortion remains legal in Delaware if the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The bill, which narrowly cleared the Senate last week and is up for discussion by House members Wednesday, revises Delaware's current abortion law, which remains on the books despite being superseded by federal law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia residents will need a new driver's license by October 2020 if they want to use their license to board a plane.

The Virginian Pilot reports the change is part of the REAL ID program, which was passed after the Sept. 11 attacks and requires stringent proof of residency.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding the permissible uses for medical marijuana in Delaware has stalled in the state Senate.

The bill failed to win Senate passage Tuesday after several lawmakers noted that they were told after a committee hearing last month that it would be amended to address concerns from the medical industry about some of its provisions. No amendment was added, however.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a state plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants, a plan similar to a federal policy President Donald Trump has vowed to roll back.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday that begins developing regulations on carbon emissions. He says the federal government has abdicated its job fighting climate change.

Trump has promised to scrap the Clean Power Plan, a centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce harmful emissions.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A medical marijuana company is seeking an emergency motion forbidding the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing any final licenses to grow the drug.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports that Alternative Medicine Maryland asked a Baltimore judge on Monday to issue a temporary injunction since the commission appears poised to grant final licenses.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney announced he has nominated Gray F. Traynor to the Delaware Supreme Court.
 
Media outlets report Gov. John Carney announced Monday that Traynor will replace Justice Randy Holland, who is retiring after 31 years on the bench.
 
Gov. Carney says Traynor has the judgment and thoughtfulness necessary to serve on the court, and he looks forward to the Delaware Senate considering his nomination.
 

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Whoever catches the first white marlin the season will get a $5-thousand cast prize from Ocean City.

In addition, another $5-thousand will be given by a coalition that wants to continue the annual traditional.

Mayor Rick Meehan told WBOC that the resort is the White Marlin Capital of the World.

Meanwhile, the television reports that anglers who belong to the Ocean City Marlin Club or who are aboard a member boat will get another $5-thousand.

That would make the total take $15-thousand.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginians will be able to fish without a license for a few days next month.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission says in a press release that it's encouraging families to enjoy the state's natural resources. The free fishing days are June 2, 3 and 4.

The license holiday applies to recreational rod and reel fishing. But regulations will remain in effect. That includes size and catch restrictions. 

The Marine Resources Commission's website has extensive information about the state's fishing rules. The address is http://mrc.virginia.gov.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue forecast has bumped up its projections as lawmakers prepare to begin drafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday increased its estimate of revenue available for the upcoming fiscal year by about $13 million, even though the forecast for personal income tax revenue for the current and next fiscal years declined by $24.5 million.

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LGBT high school students in the Wicomico County are calling on the district to protect them from bullying.

During the board meeting on May 9th .two students told the members that other students taunt them and that there is a belief that school administrators at James M. Bennett High School do not take this seriously.

At the meeting Superintendent Donna Hanlin pledged to work with the students and pass their complaints on in dealing with the school system’s policy against bullying.

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - A dead whale has washed ashore on a beach in Hampton.

Matt Klepeisz with the Virginia Aquarium tells the Daily Press the Minke whale was found at the Grandview Nature Preserve.

It wasn't immediately clear how the whale died. Klepeisz says officials are working out the logistics to determine its cause of death. They were notified of the whale Sunday.

Allen Harim Goes Solar

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Allen Harim has a major solar operation up and running in Sussex County.

The panels are spread over a six acre parcel and are now providing power to the company’s poultry processing plant in Harbeson.

Allen Harim says it is now producing 1.5 megawatts of power with nearly 5-thousand panels.

Joe Moran, president and CEO of Allen  Harim, told WBOC that the project is expected to supply up to 12 percent of the energy sued at the Harbeson facility.  

It is expect to cut carbon dioxide emissions by around 16-hundred metric tons.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on a bill expanding the permissible uses for medical marijuana in Delaware.

The measure to be voted on Tuesday adds debilitating anxiety to the list of conditions and illnesses for which medical marijuana can be prescribed. The anxiety definition includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety.

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