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BALTIMORE (AP) - A statue honoring the composition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been defaced in Baltimore.

News outlets report that red paint was sprayed on the statue in Baltimore's Patterson Park. The words "Racist Anthem" were sprayed on a sidewalk leading up to the statue Monday morning.

The statue was built in 1914, paid for with pennies collected by Baltimore schoolchildren.

In September, a city statue dedicated to the anthem's author, Francis Scott Key, was defaced.

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Delaware residents could see a surcharge of up to $80 on their personal income taxes for projects to improve the state’s water quality.

A measure has been introduced in the state House of Representatives that would impose a surcharge equal to ten percent of income liabilities.

It would be capped at $40 for individuals and $80 for joint filings.

WBOC reports that the measure would bring in around $20 million to help pay for water and waste water system upgrades over the next five years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Senate panel has rejected a bill that would allow state regulators to order refunds to customers of the state's two largest electric utilities.

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted Monday to kill a bill by Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen that would essentially repeal a 2015 law that temporarily barred state regulators from adjusting certain rates of electric monopolies, even if they made excessive profits.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia state Senate panel has defeated a Democratic push for stricter gun laws.

A Republican-led panel voted Monday to block legislation that would allow cities and counties to ban firearms at certain public events. The bill came in response to a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer where several participants were heavily armed. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe enacted similar rules on a temporary basis last November.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill designed to soften penalties in Virginia for stealing smaller dollar items is moving through the state Senate.

A Senate panel voted Monday for a bill to raise the felony threshold from $200 to $500. Virginia has kept its felony bar at $200 since 1980 and is tied with New Jersey for the lowest in the country. Most other states have raised the dollar minimum for felony charges to keep pace with inflation.

Essay: In From the Cold

Jan 12, 2018
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Winter has brought a cold chill to the region with many bundling up for the winter. As Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill gazed out on the cold landscape from the warmth of his home, he notes the material advantages that we take for granted.

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Hip-Hop’s Eminem will be headline this year Firefly Music Festival making it his first-ever Delaware appearance.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he will join Kendrick Lamar and rockers Arctic Monkeys and the Killers for the four day annual musical event.

This is the first time that the festival has featured a pair of top hip-hop headliners.

The festival grew from around 35-thousand in 2012 attendance…to 90-thousand.

This year organizers got fan to vote online for what bands, food and activities they wanted to see.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Nearly 50 people have fallen sick on a cruise ship that departed from Baltimore last week, delaying its return.

Royal Caribbean Cruises spokesman Owen Torres told The Baltimore that the Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship was originally scheduled to set sail back to Baltimore on Thursday, but now won't until Saturday, following 46 reported cases of gastrointestinal illness on board.

The 2,900-passenger cruise left Baltimore on Jan. 2 for a nine-day trip with stops in South Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas.

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Crisfield says no to rezoning for the company CleanBay Renewables to buy the Carvel Hall property on Route 413.

City Manager Rick Pollitt told the Salisbury Daily Times that the 3-to-2 vote against zoning amendment was not unexpected.

The paper reports that it was an emotional vote with a larger than normal crowd showing up for the meeting that was moved to the Crisfield High School auditorium.  

The facility would have recycled chicken manure to produce fertilizer and electricity.

The public comments expressed concern about contamination and taxes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - After years of trying, Maryland lawmakers are close to requiring paid sick leave at many Maryland businesses.

The Maryland Senate may vote as early as Friday on whether to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto.

Supporters will need all 29 Democrats who voted for the bill last year. The House of Delegates voted to override it on Thursday.

The bill would require businesses with 15 or more employees to provide up to five days of earned paid sick leave. An employee would earn an hour of sick leave for every 30 hours they work.