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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A lucky lottery ticket winner is running out of time to claim his or her $1 million prize.

Local news media outlets report that a $1 million winning ticket was sold at a Chesapeake 7-Eleven store in September.

Lottery officials say the winner has until 5 p.m. on March 15 to claim the prize or the winning ticket will expire. Virginia lottery tickets must be claimed within 180 days after a drawing.

If the winner doesn't come forward, the money will go into Virginia's Literary Fund.

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Another dead whale has washed ashore along the Virginia coastline.

This time the deposed body of a humpback was discovered in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend.  

It’s the fourth so far this year.

Alexander Costidis with the Virginia Aquarium’s Stranding Response Team told the Salisbury Daily Times that at least some of the local whales appear to be spending considerable time in the Bay’s shipping lanes.  

He added it’s believed there are more whales in the area this year than in the year.

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Senator Ben Cardin blasted the Trump administration on a broad range of foreign policy issues.

They ranged from a failure to take a tough stand on Russia and building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border to trying to impose a travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries.

The Maryland Democrat made his remarks during an appearance at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy on the eve of the President’s address to a joint session of congress tonight.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - A state board has dismissed an appeal filed against a project that is going to significantly increase the amount of biofuel being stored at and shipped from a Delaware City refinery.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted 5-1 Monday to toss the case, ruling that the two civic groups who brought the appeal did not show their members would suffer direct harm from the project.

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The Oscars made history this past weekend when Mahershala Ali won for Best Supporting Actor in the film, "Moonlight". He is the first Muslim to win such an award. But, even as his win is celebrated, the atmosphere for Muslim in the United States has become increasingly tense. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Sandhu Usman, president of the Islamic Society of Central Delaware about his personal experiences.

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Another night, another shooting in Salisbury.

WBOC reports that police were on the scene last night at around 11 p.m. in the area of the West Road Apartment complex on East Road.

The victim was identified as Troy Smiley and was ultimately taken to Baltimore’s Shock Trauma for life-threatening injuries.

The television station says that Smiley was shot in the face.

There are no suspects in the case.

Units from the Maryland State Police, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and the Salisbury Fire Department responded to the shooting.

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A vigil was held last night outside the Dover Police station for two of its members who were killed in a single vehicle accident.

Patrolman Robert DaFonte and Cadet James Watts died after the jeep that DaFante was driving swerved off the road, hit a utility pole and overturned.

Watts was thrown from the car.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Deputy Chief Marvin Malley said that the agency would be there to help the families in their time of grief.

He noted, “Nothing prepares you for this.”

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The volunteer firefighters at Fire Station 1 in Salisbury will be meeting with the Wicomico County Council this Thursday.

The special meeting which will take place at noon comes after the volunteer firefighters decided to leave the Salisbury Fire Department over a staffing dispute.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the council members also expect to get an update on negotiations for a fire service agreement between the city and county.

A study found that the county is not paying enough – up to a million dollars -- in actual cost for fire service from the city.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to speak Thursday at a Virginia shipyard that builds aircraft carriers and submarines.

Monday's news of the president's visit to Newport News came as the White House said it would propose a $54 billion increase in defense spending.  

Huntington Ingalls Industries spokeswoman Christie Miller confirmed Trump's visit. She said the president will speak on the soon-to-be completed USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is signing an executive order aimed at improving cabinet-level discussions regarding services for Delaware families.

The new Family Services Cabinet Council being established by Carney will coordinate public services for families, including access to affordable housing, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and early childhood education.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has confirmed the state's lottery director, more than 21 months after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him.

The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 27-17 Monday night to confirm Gordon Medenica.

Some senators have expressed confidence in his experience. He was the director of the New York Lottery form 2007 to 2012.

The Hogan administration cites a record $1.08 billion the lottery has raised for the state's general fund, education and other causes under Medenica's stewardship.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has cut down a bill that would have allowed students to opt out of animal dissections.

The measure brought a spirited debate during the Senate's session Monday night before it was rejected.

Sen. Ron Young, a Frederick County Democrat, says animal dissections are no longer necessary. He also says alternative methods are cheaper, and 18 other states allow students to opt out.

But Sen. Nancy King, a Montgomery County Democrat, says local school boards can address the issue better than state lawmakers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of banning hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Maryland are holding a rally.

The rally and news conference are scheduled for Tuesday, before a hearing is held in the state capital on legislation to ban fracking.

The measure is getting a hearing before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

Some who don't want to ban fracking entirely favor extending a moratorium. A current moratorium is set to expire in October. But some say fracking should be allowed, because it would create jobs in western Maryland.

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SALSIBURY, Md. (AP) - Four women who say they were forced into prostitution are suing the owners of a Salisbury hotel, arguing that staff either knew or should have known that the hotel was a site for human trafficking.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the victims filed separate lawsuits Friday in Wicomico County Circuit Court against the owners of the America's Best Value Inn in Salisbury.

The hotel was the site of a 2014 human-trafficking bust in which the ringleader, Cornelius Briddell, was given a 145-year prison sentence.

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The departure of Volunteer Fire Company 1 in Salisbury apparently resulted from a requirement by the department that they be available overnight.

The fire chief Rick Hoopes told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was not mandatory they be at the station but rather could respond from home.

Although, he added, that new recruits would be required to man the stations.

The department said that the changes were made upon the recommendation of a taskforce to improve response time.

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Delaware Democrats retrained control of the state senate this weekend with the election of Stephanie Hansen in the 10 District.

She swept easily to victory over her Republican rival John Marino with 58 percent of the vote.

Hansen replaces Bethany Hall-Long who vacated the seat to become Lt. Governor.

The special election drew national attention with the Wilmington News Journal reporting nearly a million pouring into the race which was seen as an indicator in the wake of President Trump’s election last year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Dover Police Department says two of its members have died in an off-duty vehicle crash.

The police department confirmed the deaths Sunday of 23-year-old patrolman Robert E. DaFonte and 22-year-old cadet James Watts.

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Around 100 people showed up for a town hall on Friday in Salisbury centering on the question of what will become of the Affordable Care Act under the new administration.

The organization Together We Vote Delmarva had invited Eastern Shore congressman Andy Harris to attend.

Michelle Schlehofer with Together We Vote Delmarva which put on the event said they had contacted Harris’ office numerous times asking that he attend.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A long-running dispute involving Maryland's historically black colleges has cost the Maryland Higher Education Commission millions.

The Baltimore Sun reports the commission has spent more than $2.2 million defending itself in the lawsuit, according to records provided to the paper under a Public Information Act request. The paper reports that about $925,000 went to law firm Venable LLP and $1.3 million to Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state employees will be getting raises, some of them quite hefty, under a budget plan headed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's desk.

The GOP-controlled General Assembly on Saturday passed a state spending plan that includes significant pay increases for state police and other law enforcement officers, as well as a 3 percent across-the-board raises for state employees and the state's share of a 2 percent raises for teachers. The budget does not include tax increases.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Two economists say a hiring freeze on federal workers may negatively impact the Hampton Roads region.

The professors from Old Dominion University in Norfolk say in a press release that the area is still struggling to regain jobs after the recession. The Trump Administration's plans to limit hiring and possibly reduce the federal workforce through attrition could hamper growth.

Hampton Roads is home to about 46,000 federal workers and several military installations, including the U.S. Navy's largest base.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is taking some time away from Delaware to make the rounds in the nation's capital.

Carney was scheduled to join other governors from around the country and meet with President Donald Trump on Monday as part of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.

After meeting with Trump, Carney planned to attend a briefing with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, followed by separate health care briefings with congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats.

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To be listened to. That's what most counts. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that it doesn't matter whether it's by a priest, a psychologist or God.  We all need to be listened to.

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A 28-year-veteran of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been terminated this week after meeting with watermen.

The Chesapeake Bay Journal reports that Brenda Davis has been a longtime advocate for limits on blue-crab fishing in the bay.

The Washington Post reports that some watermen who have been critical of the limits recently meet with Governor Larry Hogan.

And the Maryland Republican has been critical the state’s restrictions on fishing.

DNR has declined to comment on the issue noting that it is a personnel matter.

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Mayor Jake Day reassured Salisbury residents that the departure of the volunteer fire company 1 will not affect the response time by the department.

He said, “It’s not a crisis” and added that the city will be stronger for it.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the mayor also said that neither the city nor Wicomico County leaders were interested in another fire station.

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During a Delaware Senate panel hearing correctional officers told lawmakers that staff were so outnumbered many of the inmates have unprecedented power.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the officers said this power contributed to the 18 hour hostage standoff that resulted in the death of Officer Steve Floyd.

Officer Aaron Forkum described the situation as “a three ring circus” at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center where the uprising took place.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - The only Republican in Maryland's Congressional delegation says he will hold an in-person town hall to discuss Congress' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

First District Rep. Andy Harris' office said in a news release Thursday that the in-person town hall will be held on March 31, when it is expected a new plan will be available by the end of March.

Harris, who conducted a teleconference town hall last week, will hold two more, on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Health officials say two more people in Delaware have died after contracting the flu.

Delaware Health and Social Services said in a news release Thursday that an 86-year-old Kent County man and a 90-year-old New Castle County man died earlier this month. Both had multiple underlying health conditions.

The department says this month's deaths bring the number of people who died of flu in Delaware this season to five.

It's not too late to get a flu shot, officials say.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A panel formed by Gov. John Carney to study the feasibility of revamping Delaware's economic development efforts is getting down to work.

The Delaware Economic Development Group was formed by an executive order that Carney signed shortly after taking office last month.

Carney was scheduled to speak Friday at the inaugural meeting of the group, which will consider overhauling Delaware's economic development efforts, possibly replacing a Cabinet-level state office with a public-private partnership.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican leaders in the General Assembly are both set to claim victory when the 2017 session ends this week.

When the session concludes on Friday or Saturday, both are likely to tout successes they've had passing bills dealing with mental health care, the opioid crises, and other issues.

But both sides have had their fair share of defeats, too, as numerous priorities they touted before session began died unheralded deaths.

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