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A former Parkside High School graduate from Salisbury has been nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

He is Alex Azar II who was named by President Trump to fill the post left vacant by Tom Price over a scandal involving charter aircraft for personal and official travel.

Mike Dunn, chairman and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, told the Salisbury Daily Times that Azar was a “shining star.”

Azar’s father came to this country around a hundred years ago from Lebanon.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The number of people who got sick after attending an oyster and beer festival in Ocean City, Maryland, has increased. And health officials are still trying to determine the cause of the illnesses.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the number of people who got sick has grown to 164. They've suffered from symptoms of gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the lining of the intestines. It's caused by a bacteria, parasites or viruses.

Those who are sick had attended the "Shell Shocked" beer and oyster festival at Fager's Island restaurant on Nov. 4.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The highest-ranking Baltimore police officer who responded to the arrest of a Freddie Gray who later died in custody didn't give a reason to investigators about why he didn't buckle the man into a seatbelt in the back of a van as required.

Detective Sgt. Thomas Curtis testified Monday at the start of administrative disciplinary proceedings in the case of Lt. Brian Rice, who is fighting for his job.

Curtis says when Rice was asked why he didn't put a seatbelt around Gray during an interview, he responded that "he just didn't."

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Representatives from oil refineries, union leaders and Governor John Carney gathered at the Delaware City Refinery to protest a federal rule requiring the purchase of renewable energy credits.

PBF Energy which owns the refinery says those rules which are resulting in ballooning costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the oil refineries can either blend biofuels like ethanol or they can purchase the credits.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A charity founded by Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson is teaming up with the Clinton Foundation and others to bring solar power to the storm-ravaged Caribbean.

The Virginia Beach-based Operation Blessing International said in a statement last week that the effort will focus on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Both territories are still recovering from large-scale blows to their power grids.

The venture is being called Solar Saves Lives. The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group, is also involved.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker in Delaware has criticized a proposed policy that would protect the rights of transgender students in schools. His remarks have prompted Democrats to say they'll increase efforts to unseat him next year. 

WDEL in Wilmington reported Sunday that the proposed state policy would require schools to provide access to locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond with a student's gender identity.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - About 20,000 people from El Salvador who are living in Maryland fear they'll have to move back to Central America.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that they're concerned about the Temporary Protected Status program under President Trump. The program shields immigrants from deportation during times of conflict or national disasters in their home countries.

The Department of Homeland Security recently said it will stop offering temporary legal status to 5,300 Nicaraguan nationals.     

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A marketing campaign to give a Delaware county a more distinct identity seems to be working.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that since the "Quaint Villages" branding effort began last year, Kent County has seen a $4.5 million windfall in tourism spending since Jan. 1. Tourism officials say the county is well on its way to reaching its $12.4 million goal by the end of June 2018.

The marketing campaign was started after visitor spending in Kent County saw a slight decline in 2015 while the state as a whole had an increase of more than 4 percent.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has called Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore "unfit for office" following sexual misconduct allegations made against Moore.

The Washington Post reported this week that four women said Moore had pursued sexual or romantic relationships with them in the 1970s and '80s - when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

On Saturday, Hogan called for Moore to step aside. Both Hogan and Moore are Republicans.

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Congress Andy Harris defended the proposed tax cut package now on Capitol Hill saying that it would ensure a vast majority of the middle class would get tax relief.

In addition, the Salisbury Daily Times reports Harris said he favored eliminating all deductions and moving to a flat tax.

The Eastern Shore Republican also defended the proposed cuts in the corporate tax rate saying that domestic corporations that compete in the international market are now at a disadvantage.

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