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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.

Essay: 911 Reflections

Sep 14, 2015
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With the 14th anniversary of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have been compared to the dramatic impact on the nation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill reflects on its meaning. 

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A Delaware commercial lab did receive live anthrax in an accidental shipment from the Department of Defense.

State health officials say they were told by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it was a low concentration of the bug.

The Delaware Division of Public health emphasized that there is no danger to the public and that the state is working closely with the CDC on decontamination of the facility.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials also declined to identify which lab was involved.

ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - The Department of Defense has awarded a $250 million contract to University of Maryland University College.

UMUC announced Monday that the contract calls for offering exclusive undergraduate and graduate instruction at military installations across Europe.

The contract, which is renewed annually, extends through the 2022-2023 academic year.

UMUC will offer its MBA program for the first time in the European Command. The university also will partner with two other institutions in the University System of Maryland for first-time overseas programs.

Protect Our Defenders Website

The Pentagon has been rocked by another allegation of sexual assault in Fort Hood allegedly involving a sergeant who oversaw the prevention program against such abuse. Baltimore resident Brian Lewis served in the Navy from the late 1990's until 2001 and a Senate committee investigating the scandals that he too was assaulted. He spoke with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about his story and reaction to the latest revelations. Lewis is also a member of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group involved with this issue.

There’s a budget squeeze on at Dover Air Force Base.

Earlier this month the Pentagon ordered several belt-tightening measures including to incrementally fund contracts.

In addition there will be no open house or air show this year.

Civilian manning, maintenance and flight training hours could also be affected.

Last week the base canceled its participation in the annual gathering of students in a Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce leadership course.