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2018 has been declared the “Year of Frederick Douglass” by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The abolitionist, writer and orator was born in Talbot County and his birthday is celebrated nationally on February 14th.

In signing the proclamation that the governor was joined by descendants of Douglass along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there will also be a new driving tour in Maryland called, “Frederick Douglass: Following in His Footsteps”.

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Juliette Bell who is stepping down as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore says she will not be completely separating her ties from the historically black college.

During a news conference yesterday Bell said that she would continue on as a special advisor to the institution for at least a year.

As for her future Bell said she had not decided what she might do but noted that she had been writing a book in her head for the last ten years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bell said she would be returning to her home in North Carolina after June.

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The president’s new budget is out and it would slash federal funding for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay by 90 percent.

It cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual spending for Bay clean up from $73 million to $7.3 million.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this would provide money only for monitoring the progress of the cleanup but not for restoration projects carried out by the six watershed states and the District of Columbia.

Last year the EPA provided $48 million to the states including $13 million for the state of Maryland.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Chemical company DowDuPont is set to transfer up to 150 of its Pennsylvania specialty products division employees to Delaware next year.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the March 2019 move comes as a precursor to the company's split into three independent entities. The split is pending board approval and comes two years after Dow and DuPont merged into a single $130 billion company.

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The Wicomico County Board of Education gave its approval to redistricting that would move 150 students out of Bennett Middle School.

90 would go to Salisbury Middle School and another 60 would wind up at Wicomico Middle School..

Despite objections from parents the vote was 5-to-0.

Parents of seventh graders could keep their children at Bennett Middle School if they provide transportation.

The decision will effect grades five through seven.

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The Salisbury City Council has overridden Mayor Jake Day’s vote of a measure that hikes the salaries of city elected officials in 2019.

The vote was unanimous.

The vote means that the pay for Mayor will double from $25-thousand to $50-thousand while the pay for city council members inches up by a few thousand dollars with the council president reaching $15-thousand.

Day said he did not feel comfortable approving a raise for the Mayor’s job when he expected to run for re-election next year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Several Delaware lawmakers say they want to give state police $1.4 million more than requested.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the funding would create a full-time Special Operations Response Team and replace bulletproof vests. Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, a retired state trooper, says the part-time nature of the SORT team decreases response time and increases costs. SORT is used to handle standoffs including those barricaded inside or with hostages.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore City Council committee has voted to support a bill that would bar restaurants from including sugary drinks in kids meals.

The Baltimore Sun reports the committee voted Tuesday morning to support the bill.

City restaurants would have to offer water, milk or real fruit juice on children's menus under the proposed measure. They would still be permitted to serve soda to children if accompanying adults order it.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A sanctuary cities bill was passed even though the governor of Virginia has vowed to veto the bill.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the sanctuary cities bill initially failed Tuesday on a 50-50 deadlock.

However, the vote against the bill by Del. Gordon Helsel was apparently a mistake and, on the second try, the bill was passed 51-49 on party lines.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Nearly 1,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Delaware in a single week, the most the state has ever recorded.

On a conference call with reporters Monday, officials said 995 lab-confirmed flu cases were recorded during the week ending Feb. 3. The previous high of 671 came during the 2009-2010 flu season.

Six flu deaths were reported during the week, bringing Delaware's total this season to 10.

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