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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia court is expected to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006.

The Montgomery County Circuit Court is scheduled to hold a hearing via teleconference on Tuesday to set an execution date for William Morva. Attorney General Mark Herring's office is seeking a July 6 execution date.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. says he'll run for governor of Maryland.

The Washington Post reports that the Montgomery County Democrat announced Sunday that he will seek the party's nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018. He made the announcement during a rally around dedicated Metro funding.

Hogan has said he'll seek a second term, but hasn't formally launched his campaign.


It’s getting hot.

But PJM Interconnection which is responsible for the electric grid in more than a dozen states says don’t worry they will be able to handle power demands this summer.

During a news conference at their headquarters in Norristown, Pennsylvania the company which serves 65 million people said they expect a peak demand of 153-thousand megawatts of electricity this summer.

That’s just above the nearly 152-thousand megawatts last year.

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Some Delaware lawmakers are moving to make sure that abortion will still be legal in the state even if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe V. Wade that made it a right.

Still on the books is a Delaware law that would bar abortion except in a few instances but was made moot by the 1973 court decision.

With the possibility that President Trump may appoint enough justices to overturn that ruling State Senator Bryan Townsend says it’s time to make sure that a right to an abortion is legal in the First State.

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - A regional summit of local governments to address opioid abuse is taking place in Maryland.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is holding its Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, on Tuesday.

Officials will talk about aspects of understanding and fighting the opioid crisis. They also will discuss public safety response, treatment and other topics.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for a transgender teenager who sued his eastern Virginia school board for the right to use the boys' bathroom have filed a new brief arguing his case still is relevant even though he's about to graduate from high school. 

The filing Monday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that Gavin Grimm would be subjected to an illegal school board policy barring him from using the boys bathroom when visiting the school as an alumnus.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - The overall health of the Chesapeake Bay improved some last year, but an annual report card for the nation's largest estuary says there is still a long way to go.

Scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science on Monday gave the bay an overall score of 54 percent in the 2016 Chesapeake Bay Health Index. That's compared to 53 percent in 2015 and 50 percent in 2014. They are giving the bay's health a "C" grade overall.

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Representative Andy Harris says he could see defunding National Public Radio as well as the Independent Television Service known as ITVS.

During an interview with Current Magazine which follows the public broadcasting industry he decried – what he called – out of the mainstream programming at ITVS and described programming on NPR – “blatantly liberal”.

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Perdue is recalling around 21-hundred pounds of “Italian Style Organic Chicken Sausage”.

The fully cooked meat comes in 24 ounce packages and contain 8 links each.

WBOC reports that food safety official say there have been at least three complaints of blue plastic material in the meat.

But the television station says for the moment there has been no confirmation.

USDA says that the meat came from one of the company’s Georgia plants and then was shipped to Maryland and Connecticut.

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May 8, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay's 2016 report card is being released.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is releasing its 11th annual report on the health of the nation's largest estuary on Monday in Baltimore.

Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to attend a news conference at Baltimore's Inner Harbor to discuss the report.

Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, and Mark Belton, secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, also are scheduled to attend.


The Rehoboth Outfall project will get one last look by the Delaware Environmental Secretary Shawn Garvin before permits for the project are issued.

Although he has said he has no intention of reopening the process it has given opponents of the projects hope.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Garvin has been meeting quietly with environmentalists, the Sussex County wastewater treatment companies and Rehoboth Beach officials.

The pipeline would carry treated sewer water to the ocean to around a mile east of where many tourists swim.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democratic Party leaders have elected Kathleen Matthews to serve as state party chair through the 2018 general elections.

Members of the Democratic State Central Committee elected Matthews as chair on Saturday. She had been elected interim party chair on March 1, replacing D. Bruce Poole.

Matthews says the job of Maryland Democrats includes resisting President Donald Trump and defeating Governor Larry Hogan.

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There are more plaintiffs in a discrimination lawsuit against the Indian River School District.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that two families with children in the district have been added to three other individuals who attended George Washington Carvey Academy.

The paper reports that the amended complaint also charges that there was a prison-like environment at the school.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond city officials are debating whether a memorial to the city's slave trade should include a notoriously brutal slave trader's name in the project.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that city council members are weighing a potential name change for memorializing a jail that housed slaves near the city's downtown.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal appeals court has halted a civil lawsuit filed against Baltimore's top prosecutor by five police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The appeals court on Friday granted Marilyn Mosby's request to put the case on hold while it considers her interlocutory appeal of a judge's January ruling refusing to dismiss the case.

The officers are suing Mosby and assistant sheriff Sam Cogen for malicious prosecution, defamation and invasion of privacy. Claims of false arrest, false imprisonment and abuse of process were dismissed.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Sussex County man charged in the death of his infant son has agreed to plead guilty in the case.

Online court records show that 39-year-old Doyle Hundley Jr. of Harbeson is scheduled to appear at plea hearing in Georgetown on Monday.

Hundley and the boy's mother, 29-year-old Casey Layton, were charged in December 2015 with first-degree murder by abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Court records indicate that both parents were longtime drug addicts.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Cycling advocates are calling on Maryland officials to deny parole for a former Episcopal bishop serving a seven-year prison term for killing a bicyclist while driving drunk.

A parole hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Jessup for Heather Cook, who pleaded guilty in 2015 to manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, driving while intoxicated and texting while driving.

Cook, then a newly installed bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, struck 41-year-old Tom Palermo on his bicycle on Dec. 27, 2014.

Essay: What's in a Color

May 5, 2017
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Kermit the Frog is Green. So, what's in a color?  Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders that question.

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Headquarters Live in downtown Salisbury has been the site of bands and concerts over the last few years.

But, no more.

It will be closing its doors as of July and the Salisbury Daily Times will be moving into the building.

Brad Gillis, co-owner of Headquarters Live, told the paper that it was a grand experiment that just didn’t work out.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jake Day told the paper that people should not worry because there will be a new venue coming this year.

He said it will be a 750-seat amphitheater which will have professional light and sound.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Police Deputy Chief Marvin Mailey Jr. has been named the city's 14th chief of police, after taking over day-to-day operations for nearly four months.
News outlets report that in a special meeting, the City Council unanimously voted Thursday to name Mailey as the next chief of police.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - A dead humpback whale that washed ashore in Rehoboth Beach is the fifth such whale death in Delaware in the last 10 months.

Media outlets report The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute collected samples from the 37-foot, 11-inch whale that came ashore Thursday.

MERR executive director Suzanne Thurman says the whale death is a concern because it'll be the fifth humpback whale that has been stranded in Delaware in a 10-month period. She says they normally see that number in 10 years.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a measure to create greater protections for Maryland taxpayers from tax fraud and identity theft.

It was one of the 207 bills the governor signed on Thursday.

The measure strengthens the ability of the comptroller's office to stop tax fraud, protect taxpayer information and hold fraudulent filers and tax preparers accountable.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says: "It's the missing piece of the puzzle for fighting tax fraud."


A Delaware trooper killed in the line of duty is being remembered as a man who "loved helping people."

Funeral services for 32-year-old Cpl. Stephen Ballard are scheduled for Friday in Wilmington at The Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Ballard was shot April 26 while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a convenience store in Bear. His killer, Burgon Sealy Jr., then barricaded himself in his family home near Middletown, firing shots at officers during a 20-hour standoff before he was fatally shot.

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Democrats Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello are arguing over who can better appeal to rural Virginia voters who supported President Donald Trump in last year's election.

Northam and Perriello met in Roanoke for their second debate Thursday.

Both said they were confident they could win over rural voters who largely vote Republican. Northam cited his rural upbringing on the Eastern Shore while Perriello noted his experience representing a congressional district with many voters.

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A study by professors at George Mason University has found that Virginia's largest school system is far more likely to hire a white teacher applicant than an African-American.

The study, published in the Spring edition of the Harvard Educational Review, found blacks made up 13 percent of all teacher applicants to the Fairfax County school system, but only 6 percent of all job offers.

White applicants, meanwhile, made up 70 percent of applicants but received 77 percent of job offers.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia judge has agreed to a temporary injunction in a lawsuit over the future of two statues of Confederate generals in Charlottesville.

News outlets report Judge Richard Moore ruled Tuesday that the Robert E. Lee statue cannot be moved for six months, in the public's interest. Moore says he won't make a ruling on the Stonewall Jackson statue, but the Charlottesville City Council can still rename Lee Park and continue planning for the statue's removal.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Authorities at the University of Maryland are investigating a noose discovered in a fraternity house.

Local news reports say the noose was found inside the house of the school's Phi Kappa Tau chapter on April 27.

Police at the university say they are investigating the matter as a hate/bias incident.

University president Wallace D. Loh said in a Wednesday statement that he condemns "the use of a symbol of violence and hatred for the purpose of intimidating members of our University of Maryland community."

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The Delaware Fraternal Order of Police honored four fallen officers during the 45th annual Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial Service outside Legislative Hall yesterday.

One of the latest casualties was that of State Trooper Stephen Ballard who was shot to death by a suspect who eventually lost his life in a standoff with police at his family home in Middletown.

Ballard’s widow was in attendance.

The 32-year old officer was the 24th  Delaware State Trooper to be killed in the line of duty.  

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David Watson who had escaped the Wicomico County Department of Corrections has been captured by Howard County authorities.

The Delaware man escaped on Friday but by late Wednesday a Howard County police tactical team found him in a drainage pipe in Jessup.

WBOC reports that the officers had been rechecking the area when they spotted Watson.

Watson had been taken to the hospital for evaluation last Friday when he escaped from custody.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on bill reinstating Delaware's death penalty, which the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last year.

The bill was put on Thursday's House agenda just hours after it cleared the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Consideration of the legislation comes amid public outcry to the killing of a correctional officer during a prison riot and hostage taking in February, and the fatal shooting of a state trooper last week.