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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Firefighters in three states honored a U.S. Marine and firefighter who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

A police-escorted funeral procession carrying the remains of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman left Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Monday. It travelled through New Jersey and into New York City to a funeral home in the Bronx.

Firefighters along the way paid their respects to Slutman, who was a 15-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Johns Hopkins University says it has reached a long-term agreement to get about two-thirds of the university's electricity from solar power.

The university announced on Monday a 15-year agreement with Baltimore-based energy company Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon. It will begin in 2021.

Under the agreement, Johns Hopkins campuses would receive more than 250,000 megawatt-hours of solar power a year.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's official government revenue estimates continue to climb as the time nears for lawmakers to begin marking up a proposed $4.4 billion operating budget for next year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday increased its revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by $37.9 million compared to its March estimate.

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Tired of switching from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time?

There’s a bill in the Delaware legislature that would move the state into the Atlantic Time zone.

The measure would keep Delaware on Eastern Standard Time.

But the change would only go into effect if the neighboring states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland agree to do the same.

WBOC reports that supporters argue that it would eliminate the disruption from Daylight Saving Time.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education is investigating allegations of discrimination against Asian American students in Maryland's largest school system.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that parents in the Montgomery County Public Schools have complained that race was unlawfully factored into admissions for two sought-after middle school magnet programs.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials in Delaware's largest city are seeking volunteers to help distribute and install smoke alarms as part of a fire safety initiative with the American Red Cross.

Officials in Wilmington are hoping to install as many as 2,000 smoke alarms in the Canby Park, Union Park Gardens and Bayard Square neighborhoods.

The event will be held on Thursday and again on Saturday. Volunteers who want to help install the devices will be trained each day before going into the field.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that state Del. Matthew James made a plea agreement Monday that allows him to avoid jail time if he stays out of trouble for the next year.

He also will need a restricted license to drive and an ignition interlock for six months.

Police said he had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 after he was arrested last year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Firefighters in three states are honoring a U.S. Marine and firefighter who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
A police-escorted funeral procession carrying the remains of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman is scheduled to leave Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Monday morning. It will travel up Interstate 95 and across the Delaware Memorial Bridge. From there, it will head along the New Jersey Turnpike and across the George Washington Bridge to New York City.

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The Ocean City Mayor and Town Council has lost their appeal in its fight with Nathans Associations  over who owns Dumser’s Dairlyand on the boardwalk.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals ends the legal controversy.

The court found that the city had not proved that it actually owned the structure.

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It’s Earth Day on Delmarva.

WBOC reports that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Resources Control will hold a number of events including a Coast-to-Coast Cleanup at the Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth Beach.

There will also be tree walking tour at the First State Heritage Park in Dover while the Trap Pond State Park will hold a nature hike.

There will also be was be a volunteer Earth Day project at Killens Pond State Park in Felton while Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington will hold a nature walk.


Around 100 Delaware State University students who paid bribes to get the in-state-tuition break will not be prosecuted.

At least not for now, according to federal prosecutors.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the former registrar at the university Crystal Martin pleaded guilty last week to receiving bribes of $300 to $600 to change their status.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is reversing course on a planned increase in in-state tuition for undergraduates.

The University's Board of Visitors said Friday that it would roll back the previously approved 2.9% increase for 2019-20 and hold base tuition for all in-state undergraduate students at the 2018-19 level for another year.

Officials say the decision was made possible by the General Assembly's allocation of additional funds to support higher education in 2019-20.


The National Weather Service has determined that a third tornado hit Delmarva last week.

This one was located in northern Dorchester County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was around 100 yards wide and stretched 2.5 miles southeast of Federalsburg on Bailey Store Road.

It struck around 3:30 in the morning with wind speeds of 80 mph.

The paper reported that it was classified as an EF 0 with reports of damage to a few small sheds, a turned over trailer and some snapped trees. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia regulators have passed a rule requiring a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants in the next decade.

The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board approved the new rule Friday.

The Department of Environmental Resources says Virginia is the 12th state in the country to adopt such a regulation and the first in the South.

Environmentalists praised the new rule and urged Gov. Ralph Northam to veto language in the state budget that would effectively bar the state from joining a carbon cap-and-trade program.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - New annual estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Baltimore is continuing to shed inhabitants.

Census data released Thursday shows that Maryland's biggest city lost an estimated 7,346 citizens during the 12 months that ended July 1.

That's a loss of 1.2% of the city's population. It's the fourth straight year of population decline for Baltimore.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel is updating Delaware's official government revenue forecast, which lawmakers will use in considering a proposed $4.4 billion operating budget for next year.

Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council comes after the panel voted last month to boost the revenue estimate for this year by $19.6 million compared to its December estimate. It also increased its forecast for the fiscal year starting July 1 by $4.8 million, to just under $4.57 billion.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware court commissioner is recommending that a judge deny an appeal from a man convicted of murder for a killing committed when he was 17.

Joshua Gonzalez was sentenced to more than 55 years in prison for the March 2016 shooting of 22-year-old Christian Serrano in Wilmington. The state Supreme Court last week upheld the conviction of his codefendant, Jose Moreta, who's serving life in prison.

In a Facebook post two days after the shooting, Gonzalez bragged about it and warned that anyone messing "wit tha gang" would "end up in a box."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for the removal of an arch honoring the former president of the Confederacy at Fort Monroe, where the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia 400 years ago.

The Daily Press reports that Northam's office presented a letter to the Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees Thursday supporting removal of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Arch, a wrought-iron structure built in 1956 by the Army with $10,000 from the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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ELSMERE, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his girlfriend.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports 45-year-old Steven Pierce was also convicted of possessing a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. The Delaware Attorney General's Office said Thursday that Pierce believed 31-year-old Heather Stamper was speaking with an ex-boyfriend, so he beat her to death as she slept.

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It is Good Friday. And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that amidst the anger of our political environment, one should heed the admonition in the New Testament to love one another.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A private cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station with food galore, following a 1 1/2-day journey from Virginia.

Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule pulled up early Friday morning. Space station astronaut Anne McClain used a robot arm to capture the capsule as they soared 250 miles (402.32 kilometers) above Earth.


There was a second tornado that touched down in Sussex County during this week’s storm.

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that the tornado cut a path from Harbeson to Broadkill Beach on Mondayn.

WBOC reports that it has been classified as an EF 1 and struck around 4 a.m. with winds of around 100 mph.

It cut a swath of around 50 yards wide along a 6.2 mile trail.

The television station reports that there were no injuries.

The first tornado that hit Laurel has been classified as an EF2 which saw maximum speeds of 120 mph.

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Single-use plastic bags could become a thing of the past at your some of your local grocery store in Delaware.

Governor John Carney and lawmakers want to expand the state’s recycling program and would keep local businesses from using them.

WBOC reports that the measure would affect grocery, big box and businesses with chain locations of at least 3-thousand square feet of space in Delaware.

For an individual store at least at least 7-thousand square feet of space would be required to come under the law.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The head of the Maryland Transportation Authority has abruptly resigned.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that no reason for his departure was publicly released.

Kevin C. Reigrut oversaw the state's eight toll facilities. He led the 1,700-employee agency since January 2017.

Agency spokeswoman Cheryl Sparks said Chief Operating Officer John O'Neill will serve as acting executive director. Sparks declined to answer questions about the reasons for Reigrut's resignation. His biography was removed from the authority's website.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland will soon hold a special legislative session to elect the next House speaker.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday signed an executive order calling for the General Assembly to convene May 1 for the special session. A vote is necessary to replace House Speaker Michael Busch, who died earlier this month at age 72.

Busch had served as speaker since 2003, making him the longest-serving House of Delegates speaker in the state's history.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's embattled mayor and five of her staffers are now on paid leave amid a scandal over book sales.

Mayor Catherine Pugh went on leave April 1, saying she needed time off to recover from pneumonia. She's also facing intense scrutiny over the sale of her children's books to entities that do business with the city.

Five members of her staff also have been placed on leave recently. The city isn't saying why.

The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that their annual salaries add up to at least $622,000.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor has signed fast-tracked legislation to overhaul a medical network's board of directors following revelations of numerous questionable financial arrangements.

Baltimore's elected mayor, Catherine Pugh, is the public face of the University of Maryland Medical System scandal. She sold $500,000 in self-published children's books to the $4 billion network while she sat on its volunteer board.

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Thousands mobbed the Walloops Flight Facility to see the launch of the Antares Rocket that will deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin was there and filed this report.


(AP) While there's no Easter ham or lamb, NASA says plenty of generic holiday fixings are going up for the space station's six residents, including smoked turkey, pork chops, asparagus and cobbler. Altogether, 800 meals are tucked away.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's health department has confirmed a third case of measles amid a national surge of the acute viral respiratory illness.

Frances Phillips, the state's deputy secretary for public health, says it's "concerning that three cases of measles have been identified in Maryland in such a short period of time."

Health officials announced the state's first case this year about two weeks ago.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school year.

The Defense Department confirmed the policy change to the Capital Gazette on Monday. The school in Annapolis, Maryland, currently accepts transgender students and retains midshipmen who transition to another gender.

The change follows a policy shift under the Trump Administration to bar people who are transgender from serving in the military. The new policy applies to students enrolled in the 2020-21 school year and beyond.