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In 2015 the state of Maryland developed a plan to curb phospherous pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. But, the phase in of the program may be delayed. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Timothy Wheeler,  associate editor and senior writer for the Bay Journal, who took look at the potential delay next year.


The lineup for next year’s Firefly event is out.

It will feature headliners Panic! At the Disco, Travis Scott and Post Malone.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the event at The Woodlands in Dover will also see major performers ranging from Vampire Weekend and ZEDD to Death Cab and Alison Wonderland.

The event will be a day shorter beginning on Friday and wrapping up on Sunday.

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There’s a jury trial coming in the life of Delaware State Treasurer-elect Colleen Davis.

She is fighting two misdemeanors and three traffic citations from her arrest in November.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Davis has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial.

The paper said that could be a first step toward a plea agreement that would avoid jail time.

The News Journal says she did not respond to a request for comment.

The charges stem from driving with a suspended license.

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The minimum wage in the Christiana Care Health System is going up to $15 an hour.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this will effect around 500 employees.

Most of them do clerical, technical or service work.

Christiana Care President and CEO Janice Nevin called the move “the right thing to do for the health of our community.”

She noted that there is a strong correlation between financial health and physical health.

The move comes after Amazon said it was raising its minimum wage to $15 which is above the federal state minimum wages.

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(AP) Jurors have told a judge they need more time to come up with a sentencing recommendation for a man who killed a woman and injured dozens when he drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year.

The jury that convicted James Alex Fields Jr. of first-degree murder and other charges deliberated on his sentence for just under two hours Monday. Jurors then told Judge Richard Moore they would like to go home for the day and resume deliberations Tuesday morning.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Environmental groups are suing President Donald Trump's administration over plans to conduct offshore drilling tests.

A coalition planned to gather Tuesday in Charleston, South Carolina, to announce a federal lawsuit to stop issuance of permits for the use of seismic air guns.

Trump's administration has authorized five such permits, which aim to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, from Delaware to central Florida. Seismic surveys haven't been conducted in the region for decades.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A legislative study says Virginia does a poor job of supervising local foster care systems and intervening when they don't deliver adequate services to children in their care.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that the study says Virginia's 120 local foster care programs aren't good at recruiting foster parents, reuniting families or finding children permanent homes. It says this has led to an increased reliance on costly and often unnecessary institutional care such as group homes.

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Snow fell across the Maryland Lower Shore but turned to rain as the evening wore on with an inch or less of the white stuff was expected.  

The snow emergency for Worcester County was lifted around midnight while Wicomico County lifted theirs at 1 a.m.

Meanwhile, Somerset County was placed under a snow emergency.

WBOC reports that Maryland State Police said they were on hand to help out the State Highway Administration to clear the remaining snow.

This afternoon should be sunny with high winds of up 45 mph.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A federal judge said he will decide in coming days whether to suspend a Maryland beach town's ordinance prohibiting topless women in public.

The Baltimore Sun reports that U.S. District Judge James Bredar will decide whether to stop Ocean City from enforcing its ban until a lawsuit on the issue is resolved.

Five women sued the town earlier this year saying they had the right to appear topless in public like men.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Officials at a Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach say the city has forced them to remove a Nativity scene display on public property.

News outlets report that officials told St. Edmond Catholic Church to remove the scene, but wants another display in a more prominent area.

after it was placed near the Rehoboth Bandstand.

Rehoboth Beach Communications Director Krys Johnson said the city had not given the church permission to put up the display.

The church has a separate Nativity scene on its property

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The herd on Chincoteague Island just got a little bigger.

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company says three mares have been donated to the island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the ponies were Oreo, Star and Treasure.

They are genetically Chincoteague ponies even though they were born somewhere else.

Denise Bowden with the fire company posted on line that it had been a tough year for the herd.

Some of the ponies have been fighting “swamp cancer” leaving two dead.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's medical marijuana industry brought in $96.3 million during its first year of operation.

The Baltimore Sun reports that between 250 and 350 people a day are applying to be certified by the state to buy medical marijuana.

There were nearly 52,000 patients who bought 730,000 individual products from dozens of licensed stores across Maryland since sales became legal last December.

First-year sales have far exceeded one industry expert's earlier forecast of $46 million.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The same jury that convicted a man of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally will now decide his punishment.

The jury in the trial of James Alex Fields Jr. will reconvene Monday to hear additional evidence and come up with a sentencing recommendation for Judge Richard Moore on murder and other charges. 

Fields was convicted Friday in the death of Heather Heyer during the "Unite the Right" rally organized to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederal Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he's going to run for governor.

Herring, a Democrat, told the Washington Post he's planning to run in 2021.

Virginia does not allow governors to seek consecutive terms, meaning current Gov. Ralph Northam cannot run for re-election.

Herring is a former state senator who became attorney general in 2014. He easily won re-election last year as voters unhappy with President Donald Trump gave Democrats a huge boost at the polls.

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ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say two eighth-graders have been arrested over a fake school shooting threat.

The Baltimore Sun reports Aberdeen police say a parent told the school this month that a social media post warned students not to come to school because another student had threatened a shooting. Police say an investigation found the threat wasn't credible and that the student accused of threatening the school never actually made a threat.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's top court says it doesn't have jurisdiction in the appeal of a deaf and mute man who has been confined for 13 years despite never having stood trial for the 2005 slaying he is charged with.

Forty-three-year-old Oswaldo Elias Martinez has been repeatedly found not competent to stand trial on charges that he raped and murdered 16-year-old Brittany Binger. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that lack of a trial figured into the Virginia Supreme Court's Thursday ruling.

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Maryland racked up more than $140-million in gaming revenues from its casinos.

That’s an increase of $9.5 million over the figures for November of last year.

MGM National Harbor pulled in just over $57 million – a 13 percent increase while Live! Casino & Hotel earned $48.6 million – a 12 percent increase.

The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore came in third with $19.5 million while Hollywood Casino Perryville saw $5.4 million.

On the Eastern Shore the Ocean Downs Casino raked in $5.2 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission is recommending the state increase spending on K-12 education by an estimated $4.4 billion a year about a decade from now.

The panel known as the Kirwan Commission released the estimated costs at a meeting Thursday in Annapolis. It will make final recommendations to the Maryland General Assembly in a final report by the end of the year.

The recommended increases would begin in the next fiscal year, when they would total about $807 million. They go up each year for a decade.

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A court battle in Delaware wants to take away part of the influence that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has over his company Facebook.

The case could force the company to reveal more confidential documents including potentially how executive made their decisions.

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Salisbury is looking to expand its port along the Wicomico River beginning with a $37-thousand grant that will look at potential plans and costs.

WBOC reports that Bill Chambers with the Salisbury Maryland Chamber of Commerce said he believes such an expansion would bring boats, jobs and a lot on money.

Mayor Jake Day noted that a multi-user terminal could bring new companies to the city.

Chambers adds he envisions the expansion would inject tens of millions of dollars into the local economy.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A jury is set to begin deliberating in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring dozens.

A prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments Thursday that 21-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. had hate and violence on his mind when he plunged the car into the crowd. Defense attorneys argued Fields had plowed into the crowd out of fear.

Jurors are scheduled to get the case Friday morning.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - Another Virginia county is suing opioid industry giants it says have contributed to the devastating opioid epidemic.

The Roanoke Times obtained a copy of Montgomery County's lawsuit against three dozen named defendants and 100 anonymous defendants that's being filed in circuit court.

The county is seeking $100 million, in addition to $350,000 from each of the defendants and a possible tripling of damages.

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WEST POINT, Va. (AP) - A Virginia high school teacher is fighting a recommendation to be dismissed in the wake of a controversy involving a transgender student.

News outlets report West Point High School French teacher Peter Vlaming was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 31. Attorney Shawn Voyles said his client declined a female student's request to be referred to as a male.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A Virginia city is set to get a new $12 million lab that will work to develop technology related to marine electric propulsion and advanced energy storage.

The Daily Press reports the city of Newport News revealed on Thursday plans for the lab, which will be built by Japanese battery company 3DOM and Washington-based Ockerman Automation.

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A new study by the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) found that the National Folk Festival in Salisbury this year was a success.

It’s executive director Memo Diriker said in general terms the event did better than expected despite the rain.

It’s estimated that around 60-thousand attended the event with an around 40 percent coming from outside the area.

WBOC reports that Diriker said the outreach through earned and social media had the most impact.

He estimated that the social media was worth around $200-thousand in traditional ads.

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Another craft brewing company is coming to Salisbury.

It’s called Gateway Craft Brewing and will be located on Northwood Drive.

Lynn and Tim Gavigan of Hebron want their brewery up and running by next year.

But they told the Salisbury Daily Times that they have been thinking about the idea since 2016.

Tim told the paper that he began home brewing eight years ago.

They had been looking for a spot along Route 50 to attract the attention of tourists but said the Northwood location fit their finances.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jurors in the trial of a man accused of killing a woman and injuring dozens at a white nationalist rally are expected to hear closing arguments in the case after testimony from final defense witnesses.

James Alex Fields Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and other counts for driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017.

Closing arguments are expected Thursday afternoon after the defense calls its last witnesses.


The NASA facility at Wallops is still in the process of planning to launch small satellites or CubeSats.

They’re used for small scale scientific exploration and will go up on designated commercial vehicles.

Wallops made the shortlist as one of four launch sites in part because the surrounding area is quiet and the facility already has the infrastructure.

It beat out Cape Canaveral, the Pacific Spaceport Complex—Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Officials are hoping to begin construction next year.

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Delaware is providing millions of dollars to woo businesses to the First State.

The Wilmington News Journal reports aside from battles over Amazon’s headquarters last month the state finalized a deal that would give nearly $4 million to the chemical company Solenis.

The paper reports that $2 million would keep 323 jobs at the company’s Delaware headquarters.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are expressing support for the president of the University of Maryland, after meeting to discuss the death of a football player.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said after Wednesday's meeting in Washington he believes Wallace Loh has "done an outstanding job," and he is hoping he will stay on as president. Rep. Steny Hoyer says he believes Loh acted properly and will be "part of the solution to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Jordan McNair collapsed from heatstroke on the field in May and later died.