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This is the third in Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition’s three part series on truth. In the first the nature of truth was discussed and what it might mean to live in a post-truth era. The second program focused on truth in civil society and how cultures develop when truth is denigrated.  In today’s program, the focus is on truth and its relation to politics. Wilson’s guests are Don Rush, Adam Wood, and Michael O’Loughlin.  Don Rush is Associate Program Director- Sr.

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It’s expected to be a hot day on Delmarva.

WBOC reports that there is an excessive heat watch for Inland Sussex County both Kent counties and Queen Anne’s County.

Meanwhile, there is a heat advisory for the counties of Accomack, Dorchester, Inland Worcester, Somerset and Wicomico.

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Cooling stations are now open on Delmarva as a result of the heat wave.

In Wicomico County, the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center is open as well as the MAC Senior Center for those over 50.

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Trump administration has tightened the asylum application process and warned of immigration raids as the battle over immigration heats up. In our finale segment, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at the impact of the journey on two Guatemalan immigrants who are now seeking asylum in this country. We have reportorial and translation assistance from Chartio Calvachi-Mateyko.

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July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the first men to set foot on the moon. On the Virginia Eastern Shore what is now the Wallops Flight Facility was acquired in 1959 and helped develop some of the capsules for the iniatial manned space program. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Keith Kohler with Wallops about the significance of the anniversary and the role of the facility.

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A chemical fire at a poultry plant in Virginia led the plant to be evacuated and locals warned to stay indoors.

News outlets report two tanks holding paracetic acid and sodium chloride caught fire Wednesday afternoon at Perdue Farms in Accomac. The tanks were near a fuel tank, which caused additional worries.

Accomack County Board of Supervisors Chairman Donald L. Hart Jr. says fighting the fire with water could have caused an explosion, so authorities allowed it to burn out.

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The 80-acre old Salisbury Mall has been sold to a Seaford-based real estate broker.

Plans range from residential and commercial space to hospitality and commercial services.

Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that the old mall has been one of his top priorities after being vacant for more than a decade.

He said that the last time he had talked to the developer about revitalizing the property was about six years ago when Day was on the city council.

But he believes the city has created an attractive environment for economic development.

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Accomack County is rolling out a new system for those applying for building permits and they won’t even have to show up at a county office building.

The new online system will go into effect on August 1st.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that online portal will be called ACCESS and will be available through the Accomack County homepage.

It will allow for services ranging from permit applications and inspection schedules to responding to county comments from county staff.

The new system is called EnerGov and will also allow for use by a mobile device.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox says he plans to prioritize education spending if he's still in power next year.

Cox announced Thursday that his goal is to see Virginia teacher pay catch up to the national average in four years. The speaker is a retired teacher and said he also wants another tuition freeze at state universities next year.

State lawmakers passed a budget earlier this year that boosted public school teacher pay and held college tuition flat.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Testimony has ended in a lawsuit alleging that Delaware officials are failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, partly because local school property tax collections are based on assessments that are decades old.

The judge said Thursday that he would accept post-trial briefs from attorneys for the city of Wilmington, the NAACP and a group called Delawareans for Educational Opportunity, and from opposing lawyers representing the state's three counties, before issuing his ruling.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - One key question hovers over this year's closely watched Virginia legislative elections: Has the Trump effect that helped Democrats two years ago worn off?

Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in 2017.

Republicans are cautiously optimistic the president will have less of an impact on voters this year. But Democrats say Trump remains deeply unpopular, and there are clear signs they have the advantage going into Election Day.

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With administration officials up on Capitol Hill today to discuss the conditions in the immigration detentions centers today, Delmarva Public Radio's Don  Rush takes a look at the experience of two Guatemalan immigrants in Part 2 of our series. We had translation and reportorial assistance from Charito Calvachi-Mateyko for this story.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials say two more people have died of heat-related illnesses as a deadly-heat wave broils much of the U.S. and is expected to worsen by the weekend.

The Baltimore Sun reports the state Department of Health says a man aged 18-to-44 in Prince George's County and a woman aged 45-to-64 in Worcester County died in the week ending Monday. The department doesn't provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.

The toll of deaths tied to hot weather in Maryland this summer is up to four.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say the pilot of a small plane told them he was experiencing engine trouble before he made an emergency landing in the shallow ocean waters of a Maryland beach.

News outlets quote Ocean City police as saying in a news release that 23-year-old Trevor H. Deihl took off in his Cessna plane from Reedville, Virginia, on Tuesday for a flight to the Ocean City Airport.

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The 100th annual Delaware State Fair gets underway today in Harrington.

It will run for 10 days and features amusement parks rides, agricultural exhibits, livestock competitions and concerts.

Country singer Reba McEntire will take the state on tomorrow.

Gracing the last night of the fair will be the Empress of Soul Gladys Knight.

Other performers include Sugarland and Brother’s Osbourne.

The fair runs from July 18th through July 27th.

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It may have been hot yesterday but thousands showed up for the 43rd annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield.

Among those mingling with the crowd were Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the Mayor of Salisbury Jake day.

Hogan may not be able to run for reelection but told the Salisbury Daily Times that he tries to make the all-you-can eat event.

Meanwhile, Day told the paper that he did have an election that he was gearing up for.

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On a 4-to-2 vote the Wicomico County Council has voted to join a private lawsuit that goes after the pharmaceutical industry for the opioid crisis.

WBOC reports that the county will hire a private attorney in legal efforts against the opioid makers and distributors.

They hope to receive part of a settlement that would help local government fight opioid addiction.

Assistant Director of Administration Weston Young told the television station that every month officials get word of overdoses.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a "hate crime motivation" should result in stricter sentences for three members of a white supremacist group who pleaded guilty to attacking counterprotesters at a rally in Virginia for far-right extremists.

In a court filing Monday, Justice Department prosecutors recommend prison sentences ranging from 30 months to 46 months for Rise Above Movement members Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen. Defense attorneys are seeking more lenient sentences from U.S. District Judge Norman Moon on Friday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Board of Corrections has placed a jail under closer state supervision after it found facility shortcomings directly or indirectly contributed to the deaths of two inmates.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the board on Tuesday placed the Riverside Regional Jail on "probationary certification" for three years and ordered it to receive unannounced audits. It must also submit quarterly regulation compliance reports.

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The 43rd annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake gets underway today in Crisfield.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is expected to attend the all-you-can-eat festival which often draws politicians during election years.

The four hour event starts at noon in Somers Cove Marina and runs through 4 p.m.

WBOC and Telemundo Delmarva will live stream the event on their Facebook page.

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The second district seat on the Wicomico County Council remains unfilled with the 45 day deadline looming.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the council rejected all four prospective candidates citing residency concerns.

Council President John Cannon told the paper that the council had “a series of issues” that arose before a vote.

He said that the council will ask for new recommendations from the Republican Central Committee.

Marc Kilmer announced his resignation on May 2nd with four names eventually recommended by the committee.

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The Georgetown Historical Society will not be getting a state grant of $14-thousand this year.

The reason: The Confederate battle flag that has flown over its Marvel Museum property for more than a decade.

WBOC reports that lawmakers last month pulled the funding on the last day of the legislative session after civil rights groups asked that the monument either be removed or end the funding.

State Senator Trey Paradee (D) from Dover asked that the funds be stripped given that the flag has become a symbol adopted by hate groups.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say a small plane has landed on a beach.

Ocean City police said on its Twitter page that the small plane made an emergency landing at around 6:19 p.m. on Tuesday. The department says the plane went down in shallow ocean waters near 21st Street

The department says one person onboard the aircraft was evaluated by paramedics and released.

Police spokeswoman Ashley Miller says the Maryland State Police will investigate the incident.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career.

New campaign finance reports filed Monday show the Democratic governor raised slightly more than $300,000 between April and June. That's far below the seven-figure hauls his predecessors, former Govs. Terry McAuliffe and Bob McDonnell, raised during similar periods when they were in office.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An audit of Maryland's Behavioral Health Administration revealed the health department agency failed to properly keep track of key data for initiatives it funded with millions of dollars in grants.

The Washington Post reports the audit combed records from 2014-2017. The audit found evidence the state agency couldn't prove it reviewed reports submitted by groups it paid to provide treatment for substance abuse, and had not met performance measures cited in the grant agreements. In one case, 3,000 fewer clients than mandated were served.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is highlighting a Maryland program that enables young adults to cut student loan debt while buying a home.

The governor marked the anniversary of the Maryland SmartBuy 2.0 initiative on Tuesday.

A pilot program began in 2016. Hogan extended it in July of 2018. He put $3 million in the last fiscal year's budget for the program, and that has been doubled this fiscal year to $6 million.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit alleging Delaware officials are failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, partly because local school property tax collections are based on outdated assessments.

A two-day trial beginning Wednesday in Chancery Court pits attorneys for the NAACP and a group called Delawareans for Educational Opportunity against lawyers representing the state's three counties.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is urging the federal government to grant tax breaks on donations to the victims of a recent mass shooting.

Northam issued a proclamation Tuesday saying that the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund performs an "essential government function."

Northam urged the IRS to issue a similar finding so that donations to the fund, which was established by the United Way, are tax deductible.

Northam said the fund has received more than $3 million in donations from thousands of contributors so far.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A judge is scheduled to hear arguments on pretrial matters in the case of a man accused of killing five people at a Maryland newspaper last year.

The hearing in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court is set for Wednesday in Annapolis.

Prosecutors have asked Judge Laura Ripken to order the release of Jarrod Ramos' tax records since 2003. Ramos has pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible by reason of insanity to charges of killing five of the Capital Gazette's employees last year.

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With new actions by the Trump administration on political asylum claims by immigrants and the announced immigration raids over the weekend, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with two undocumented immigrants who made it from Gruatemala to the U.S. In part 1, he explores why they come and the journey they took. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko provided reportorial and translation assistance for this story.

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Wallops Flight Facility will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with a model rocket launch today.

The facility is doing this in conjunction with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville for what is called Global Rocket Launch.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Wallops was an important player in testing a number of early space capsule designs.

The public is invited to the Wallops visitor center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to honor the Apollo 11 mission.

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