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The proposed chicken processing plant in Millsboro has run into a critical environmental report.

It says the Allen Harim Foods poultry plant would be bad for the local community’s health and would pollute  the nearby air and soil.

The study by the University of Maryland said Allen Harim should move to a more remote location with fewer existing sources of pollution.

The Wilmington News reports that “The Rapid Health Impact Assessment” also noted the plant was part of a brownfield site with such contaminants as arsenic and hydrogen sulfide.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The state of Maryland is helping colleges meet the requirements of a new law aimed at improving their response to sexual assaults on campus.

The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced a $71,000 grant Wednesday to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The funds will help pay a lawyer to train colleges, rape crisis centers and police agencies on the new requirements.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland has approved a trial plan for the school to sell beer at its football stadium and other athletic venues beginning this fall.

The student-initiated plan will be announced Thursday in an open letter to the campus. The Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners, which holds final approval authority, will address the proposal during a public hearing July 8.

If the plan is approved, Maryland would join several dozen universities that permit alcohol to be sold to the public at athletic events.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Spending freezes are now in place at the majority of Maryland's public universities as they prepare for a projected $900 million state budget shortfall over two years.

The Daily Record reports that more than half a dozen universities in the state confirmed Thursday that they have implemented various spending restrictions, including hiring freezes, salary freezes, travel restrictions, and delays of equipment purchases and facility renewal projects.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - NASA has chosen a University of Maryland proposal for a new instrument to observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station.

NASA announced Wednesday that the laser-based system will observe the structure of forest canopy. The instrument will be completed in 2019 and will not cost more than $94 million. NASA says sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University of Maryland Schools of Dentistry and Medicine have received a $10.7 million grant over five years to study the causes, prevention and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases.

The schools announced the grant on Tuesday from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.

The long-term goal of the research is to develop strategies to reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections and diseases worldwide, particularly chlamydia and gonorrhea.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University System of Maryland is updating policies on sexual misconduct, including assault and harassment, as the issue of rape on campus receives greater scrutiny from the federal government.

A Board of Regents committee is considering changes such as barring schools from requiring mediation between an alleged victim and the accused. Draft revisions also include an expanded definition of consent, and new definitions of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - University System of Maryland officials expect an enrollment dip at the system's 11 schools this fall for the first time since the 1990s.

The Daily Record reports that the forecasts outlined at a Board of Regents committee meeting Thursday are attributed to a drop in high school graduates and other trends.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland says someone hacked into its computer network and obtained personal information for the second time in four weeks.

Chief Information Officer Ann Wylie revealed the breach Thursday in a letter to administrators and department chairs.

She says the university learned of the intrusion Saturday and worked with federal and campus law enforcement agencies to limit the potential harm.

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University of Maryland students will be shelling out a little more for tuition in the coming school year.

The Board of Regents gave the green light for a 2.4 percent hike in tuition and fees to bring in more than $35 million.

For students at Salisbury University this will mean a tuition increase of 6 percent while out of state students will pay up to 4.4 percent more.

For most schools officials say that Maryland residents won’t see more than a 3 per increase.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland has signed a new agreement that establishes the school's first formal reciprocal student exchange program with the University of Jordan.

The agreement was signed on Monday during a visit to Jordan by Gov. Martin O'Malley and University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh.

Officials say that Maryland is the second largest U.S. import market by volume for Jordan, and that Jordan is the 63rd largest export market for Maryland.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland says it has developed a new Energy 101 curriculum designed to help students address the nation's energy challenges.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland is joining a major online venture to provide free classes online.

Beginning next year, university faculty members will offer four courses through the online education platform Coursera.org. School officials say students who complete the courses will not earn any University of Maryland credit.

The school is one of 33 that have joined the consortium. Schools in the Washington region that are participating in the consortium include the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University.