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Dover filled up with Firefly Music Festival fans this week as the event got underway on Thursday afternoon.

And it has drawn some big names.

Kendrick Lamar will perform on Sunday while and Eminem will take the stage on Saturday.

The Arctic Monkeys will perform on Friday night.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that since the festival began six years ago there has only one female lead act out of the 26 perform.

They were Florence and the Machine.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are trying to push a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons to the Senate floor for a vote, even though the measure failed in committee.

The proposed ban failed to clear a committee last week amid strident opposition from gun-rights advocates.

But the Democratic Senate president said Thursday he will put the bill first on next Tuesday's agenda.

In order to consider the measure, a majority of the Democratic-led Senate would have to vote to suspend the rules.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to Maryland's request for a declaration that power plants in five upwind states are contributing to Maryland's air quality problems.

The judge on Wednesday ordered the EPA to take final action on Maryland's petition by Sept. 15.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Maryland officials last year after the EPA failed to meet the deadline for a response.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware House has passed a bill that would give state employees 12 weeks of paid leave after the birth of a child.

The Delaware State News reports that the measure is one of the most generous family-leave policies in the United States. House Bill 3 would allow state government and school district employees to use up to 12 weeks of paid leave if they have a baby. It also applies to parents who adopt a child younger than 6.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland appeals court has said police responding to an anonymous 911 call regarding potential illegal activity need to keep a recording of the call.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reported Wednesday that the Court of Special Appeals said not keeping recordings could cause subsequent stops, arrests and convictions to be overturned. The court issued the ruling last week when it overturned an illegal gun possession conviction in Baltimore.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A lighthouse in Virginia Beach that was the first federally funded construction project in the U.S. is set to close soon for a $1.5 million restoration project.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the effort to fix up the Cape Henry Lighthouse is projected to begin this fall.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Early voting is beginning in the Maryland primary.
Voting sites open Thursday across the state at about 80 different locations. They are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through next Thursday.
Voters are deciding who the candidates will be in November.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan isn't facing a primary unchallenged. There are more than half a dozen candidates on the ballot for the Democratic nomination to challenge Hogan.

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The Air Show is about to open in Ocean City. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin has this preview.

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The heavy rains over the last few months have been cause for a heavy mosquito population.

Larry Lembeck, director of the Wicomico County mosquito control program, told the Salisbury Daily Times that this was the worst summer since he came here in 1979.

The paper reports that in the month of May Salisbury experienced nearly 10 inches of rain.

That’s 6 inches above normal.

The June figure is currently at 3.4 inches which is 2.2 inches above normal.  

Wicomico County has had seven trucks out spraying from around 6 p.m. through 4 a.m.

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Residents and businesses in New Castle County will see a 15 percent hike in their property tax bill.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there will be a 7.5 percent increase in 2019 followed by another in 2020.

The measure approved by the county council is part of $325 million in operating and construction budgets in the upcoming fiscal year starting July 1st.

Supporters of the increase said it was needed to cover services ranging from parks and police to libraries.