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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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A new Hilton hotel is scheduled to go up in Ocean City by next year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will be located on property formerly occupied by Planet Maze and Lost Galaxy Golf along Coastal Highway.

The building called Tru pitches itself as an affordable place to stay for millennials.

It will feature smaller rooms but will include an indoor pool and a large community space.

In addition, the lobby will provide workspace and breakfast area along with a section for games.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The former chief of a volunteer fire department on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland says 70-year-old, of Cordova, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday.

Authorities say Morris in his plea agreement admitted to sexually abusing minors over decades, including when he was the chief of the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has renewed an agreement with a jurisdiction in Japan that is designed to advance life sciences.

Hogan signed a new memorandum of understanding on Monday in Annapolis, Maryland, with Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

Hogan says renewing the agreement will help build on mutual strengths that Maryland and Kanagawa have in biotech and life sciences. He says increasing engagement with Japan has been a key goal of his administration.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A woman who was seriously hurt in a car attack on anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia called the man convicted in the attack "scum."

Jeanne "Star" Peterson was one of seven people who gave victim impact statements Monday before a judge sentenced James Alex Fields Jr. to life in prison, plus 419 years, on state charges. Fields was given a life sentence on federal hate crime charges last month.

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - Maryland's House speaker is urging her colleagues in the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland to make a robust education funding plan its top priority.

Speaker Adrienne Jones spoke Saturday at the caucus's unity breakfast.

She is asking the 50-member caucus to make a funding plan to implement a state commission's recommendations the No. 1 priority for the next legislative session, or however long it takes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state and local governments may have to pay more each year to cover public employees' retirement costs.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the state's pension plan for public employees is looking at lowering its expected rate of investment returns.

The Virginia Retirement System could lower the assumed growth rate from 7 % to 6.75% or 6.5%. Supporters of the move say the lower numbers are a more realistic forecast of future growth.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A new clinic offering mental health and substance abuse treatment is set to open in Delaware.

Delaware State News reports the Sussex County Bridge Clinic will open Monday in Georgetown.

The clinic will offer screenings and referrals for treatment Monday through Friday. It is available to all Delaware residents and services are offered regardless of a person's ability to pay. Transportation to and from the facility may be available.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say high levels of a worrisome class of manmade chemicals have been detected in four private wells near Dover Air Force Base.

Officials said in a news release Sunday that they had been notified about the elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalykyl substances, or PFAS, by the U.S. Air Force and Dover Air Force Base.

Wells at the base have PFAS levels above a federal health advisory limit, and testing of nearby private wells has been ongoing.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental secretary Shawn Garvin is defending a nearly $1 million settlement agreement that will resolve years of air quality violations at a Delaware City refinery.

The settlement, announced last week by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, calls for PBF Energy to pay $950,000 and settles outstanding violations from June 2010 through October 2018.

The News Journal reports environmentalists have long criticized the state as too accommodating to the refinery.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities in Delaware have arrested a police recruit who is accused of beating, choking and head-butting his girlfriend until she fell unconscious.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Taylor Reynolds surrendered to Newark police late last week on charges of second-degree assault and strangulation. He was set to graduate Thursday from the New Castle County Police academy, but instead was placed on unpaid leave as the department investigates the allegations.