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It was 5-to-zero vote by the Crisfield City Council to support a new hotel and conference center.

The hall was packed by business owners and community members.

The plan was presented by The Greater Crisfield Action Coalition and Ocean City developer Peck Miller.

WBOC reports that they see this as a way to turn historic Crisfield into what Miller said was “a cultural Jewel of the Eastern Shore.”

The plan includes a waterfront hotel along with a conference center for small retreats.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says a renewable energy measure isn't clean enough, and he is announcing his own goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy in the state by 2040.

Hogan said Wednesday he won't veto a measure approved by the General Assembly, but it will become law without his signature.

The legislature's bill increases the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 25 percent by 2020 to 50 percent by 2030. But the Republican governor says he has serious concerns that the measure could send too many jobs out of the state.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is reiterating his denial that he's in a racist photo that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.

Northam made the comments Wednesday after an investigation commissioned by Eastern Virginia Medical School failed to determine whether Northam is in the yearbook photo of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Veterinarians and funeral homes in Virginia are rejecting the idea that pets should be buried with their owners after a recent case in which a healthy dog was euthanized so it could lie with her owner.

WWBT-TV in Richmond reports workers at one animal shelter tried to talk the executor of the estate out of the plan. They failed and the Shih Tzu mix was euthanized and cremated. Its ashes were placed in an urn and given to the estate's representative.

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As Delaware looks at legalizing recreational marijuana a divide has opened up among supporters.

The measure current would not allow people to grow their own.

And it only legalizes consumption and possession of up to one hour for those who are least 21 years of age.

But WBOC reports that Sam Chick, a vape shop owner and a member of Delcanna which supports legalizationcomplained that this would hand the business over to a “very profitable monopoly to a select few.”

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Newly released video shows a Delaware prison nurse took 18 minutes before calling 911 to rescue an inmate who later died of a heart attack, a response the state nursing board called "incompetent."

The News Journal of Wilmington reported Wednesday that state officials released the video three years after James Tyrone Daniels's death after instructions by the state attorney general's office.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal jury has ruled against a former Delaware State University professor who sued officials at the historically black school after he was arrested during a protest.

The jury ruled Tuesday that Jahi Issa, who is black, failed to show he was discriminated against or subjected to hostile work conditions based on his race. It said he also failed to show that the school retaliated against him for filing an employment discrimination complaint.

The jury also said campus police didn't falsely arrest Issa or violate his First Amendment rights in 2012.

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Wicomico County Attorney Paul Wilber is out.

The County Council fired him on a vote of 6-to-1.

Council member Bill McCain was the sole dissenter.

A county charter requires that the County Executive Bob Culver bring appointments to the council for each department within six months of taking office.

Culver refused to meet the May 7th deadline.

But WBOC reports that Council President John Cannon was closed mouthed about the reason for the dismissal calling it a personnel issue.

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The prisoner accused of planning the 2017 prison riot in Delaware is expected to know his fate by the end of the week.

The jury in the trial of 32-year-old Roman Shankaras began deliberations this week.

He faces 18 counts stemming from the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in which prison guard Steven Floyd was killed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that prosecutors said that Shankaras did nothing to help Floyd as he bled out from dozens of flesh wounds during the riot.

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There has been a one year delay to fund the new building for the Wicomico County Sheriff.

But Assistant County Administrator Weston Young told the Salisbury Independent that the county was just awarding the design of the structure.

So, he said, he did not view this as a delay because the money for the new Public Safety Building will not be needed until next year.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The findings of an investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam are set to be released.

Eastern Virginia Medical School plans to make the results of the investigation public at a news conference on Wednesday.

The independent investigation was conducted by the law firm McGuireWoods on behalf of the medical school in Norfolk.

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A Sussex County Judge has okayed evidence from the use of a cell phone tracking device by police in the trial of 29-year-old Steven Snell.

The Millsboro man has asked that the evidence be suppressed in his trial for the kidnapping and robbery of an elderly couple at their summer home in Rehoboth Beach.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's biggest city has filed an antitrust lawsuit against a biotechnology company it accuses of inflating costs for its prostate cancer drug.

Baltimore announced Monday that it has filed suit to recover damages from Jannsen Biotech, Inc, part of Johnson & Johnson. Among other things, Baltimore alleges that Janssen pursued "sham litigation" and tried inflating costs for Zytiga, a prostate cancer drug that's earned billions of dollars.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Old Dominion University and the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club will host a town hall meeting on offshore wind development.

The meeting will highlight plans for the nation's first wind turbines in federal waters off Virginia's coast.

Dominion Energy recently announced that the company will start the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project this month to build two wind turbines.

A panel discussion will include experts from ODU, Dominion Energy, the Port of Virginia, Tidewater Community College and others.

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The Rackliffe Plantation House opened a new section that focuses on the slaves that worked and live there as Virginia marks the 400th anniversary of the first Africans in bondage to arrive on the state's shores. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report.

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When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down school segegration in 1954, many black students found a hostile backlash at the previous all white schools they attended. In part 2  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at what happened to those students and the efforts to renovate the old African American school in Hockessin that was part of the historic decision.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A trial has begun in a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn four abortion-restriction measures in Virginia.

The laws being challenged include a physician-only measure that bars nurse practitioners and physician's assistants from performing first-trimester abortions.

Lawyers for the women's health groups suing the state skipped their opening statement Tuesday and began their case by calling a doctor who testified that abortion "is one of the safest medical procedures that exist."

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel has boosted Delaware's official government revenue estimates yet again as lawmakers prepare to begin drafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday increased its revenue estimate for this year by $40.7 million compared to last month's forecast. Virtually all of the increase was attributable to personal income taxes.

The panel boosted its estimate for the fiscal year starting July 1 by $38.1 million, mostly due to personal income taxes and unclaimed property.

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A 22 year-old pre-med student has been sentenced to six month of home confinement, 24 months of probation and one thousand hours of community service after admitting sexually assaulting a University of Delaware student.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Mahesh Gouru could have faced up to 15 years in prison.

The paper reports that Allison, which is pseudonym, said she wanted at least three years.

Prosecutors had recommended six months.

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Delaware lawmakers are looking at decriminalizing underage drinking and alcohol possession.  

The measure was approved by the state Senate that would instead make it a civil offense.

WBOC reports that the legislation would also suspend the driver’s license or impose a fine those under 21 who were found to be under the influence of alcohol.

The suspension could last a month for the first offense.

Subsequent offenses would run from 90 to as much as 180 days.

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A non-native turtle showed up at the Killens Pond State Park last week.

Officials posted the baby red-eared sliders that were discovered in the park.

WBOC reports that the park staff said that the turtles can live to be 30 years of age.

They warned that sometime they are released into the wild by owners who no longer want them.

It is illegal in Delaware for owners to release animals into the wild.

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It's been 65 years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregation in the nation's schools. In Hockessin, Delaware efforts are now underway to preserve one of the schools that was involved in that historic decision. In part 1, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at the history of the school as a number of former students recall their days there. (PART 1)

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With Alabama approving the strictest abortion law in the nation, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot wants to see if the state pension fund might divest from businesses based in that state. Delmarva Pubic Radi's Don Rush spoke with the comptroller about his reactio to the decision and what the future may hold as a number of states approve similar laws.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit filed by women's health groups seeking to overturn restrictions on abortion providers in Virginia.

The lawsuit is among legal challenges filed in at least a dozen states over what abortion-rights groups call Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in federal court in Richmond as a handful of states have recently passed tough new anti-abortion laws, including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The family of man who died while serving a sentence at a regional jail in Virginia says he begged jail officials for help in the weeks before his death.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that it interviewed family members and obtained records showing 51-year-old Tyrone Bailey complained of stomach pain and missed appointments with a doctor treating him for lung cancer.

Bailey was diagnosed in March 2018 shortly after he started serving a two-year sentence on charges of driving as a habitual offender and perjury.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland has used a commencement speech to criticize President Donald Trump and to call on students to defend democracy in what he called its "hour of peril."

The Baltimore Sun reports that during his speech at Morgan State University Saturday, Cummings said the fight for the soul of our democracy has been raised "by the actions of the president of the United States of America."

Cummings said Congress must reassert its constitutional power and obligation of oversight.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - A 38-year-old man has been killed in a single-car crash in Delaware.

State police say the crash occurred just before 1 a.m. Sunday when the driver of a 2008 Hyundai Accent failed to negotiate a left curve in Millsboro and struck a utility pole.

The driver was not properly restrained and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are withholding his name until his family can be notified.

Police said the man was from Seaford.

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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man who fell off a personal watercraft in the Ocean City Inlet over the weekend.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the agency was contacted around 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon about a man who was unable to swim although he was wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard said that the man was pulled out of the water around a 100 yards from his craft.

The man said he had been in the water for around 30 minutes.

A new book, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, looks at the history of the construction and impact of the bay bridge on the Eastern Shore.

In the second half, Ellen Weiss, Vice President of the Scripps Company and former Executive Producer of All Things Considered, talk about the current and future state of the news media landscape.

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We may have gone from the cozy neighborhood to the diverse community of the internet. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merill ponders the benefits and the perils of the modern age.

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