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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Maryland's 10th poet laureate.

The Capital reports that Hogan selected Grace Cavalieri, of Annapolis, as announced in a statement last week. Hogan called Cavalieri's dedication to the arts "nothing short of astounding."

The 86-year-old has published 24 books and chapbooks, produced 26 plays and hosted around 2,000 episodes of her radio show "The Poet and the Poem" over more than four decades.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Opioid-related deaths in Virginia are set to fall slightly this year compared to the year before.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Virginia Medical Examiner's Office predicts there will be 1,175 deaths due to opioid overdoses this year.

That's down from 1,230 in 2017, and but higher than any other year.

Deaths due to cocaine have increased since 2012 and are on pace to hit 445. Methamphetamine deaths are projected at 106 in 2018, up from only four in 2012.

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One of the most often phrases associated with the holiday season is , "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men." But while images of the three Wise Men may come to mind, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we are too often in love with war.

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Environmentalists in Maryland appear to believe they now have the wind at their backs offering up the prospect of getting the General Assembly to approve the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act in the next legislative session.

The measure calls for increasing the state’s renewal energy sources for the state’s electricity to 50 percent by 2030 and to come up with a plan for 100 percent by 2040.

While Governor Larry Hogan vetoed an earlier version of the measure that called for 25 percent by 2020 he has not weighed in on the current legislation.

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There were bomb threats made yesterday against in Maryland WBOC and Avery Hall Insurance.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the news producer Brooke Evans issued a Tweet announced that the building was evacuated and that police were on the scene.

Salisbury Police say that the threat came in just before 4 p.m.

As a result East Main Street between Route 13 and Popular Hill Avenue was shutdown.

Meanwhile, Beebe Hospital in Lewes also got a threat by email aimed at its nursing school in mid-afternoon.

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Maryland Congressman Andy Harris said no to an $867 billion reauthorization of the farm and food nutrition aid legislation.

While the measure got strong support from agricultural officials and environmentalists on Delmarva the Eastern Shore Republican said he opposed the measure because he could not support some of the changes in the final compromise.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - At least 35 cases of adenovirus have been reported at the University of Maryland, College Park, attended by an 18-year-old who died of complications from the respiratory infection last month.

News outlets report that the university on Wednesday confirmed the count, which has climbed by five in a week. The university had announced that its dorms will be thoroughly disinfected to fight the outbreak over winter break in February.

Ten samples have been confirmed as adenovirus 7, a strain that can cause particularly severe illness.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants to boost state spending on school counselors as a way to keep kids safer.

The Democratic governor announced Thursday that he plans to ask the Republican-controlled General Assembly to approve $36 million in new spending to hire more school counselors and better address students' emotional needs.

Northam said he also wants to spend $3.3 million to help increase safety training for school officials, including active shooter drills.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans want to block a federal court from approving a new legislative map until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on whether it's even needed.

Speaker Kirk Cox asked the high court Thursday to delay a lower court's plans to approve a new map after a Jan. 10 hearing.

The Supreme Court agreed last month to hear an appeal from Republicans who are trying to preserve state legislative districts that have been struck down as racially discriminatory.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are pushing to make sure former Gov. Terry McAuliffe's records from his time in office are available to the public if he runs for president.

House Republican leaders are backing legislation that would require the Library of Virginia to catalog and make public gubernatorial records within a year of a governor leaving office.

Records from past administrations currently spend years in limbo.  They are not subject to public record requests while the state library processes them.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A clash of seasonings is looming in federal court, as Maryland's Old Bay seeks to protect its trademark in a lawsuit against another spice blend, New Bae.

The Daily Record reports Old Bay maker McCormick & Co. sued this week to stop Pittsburgh-based Primal Palate from using the "New Bae" name.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has upheld a judge's decision nixing an appeal bid by state officials in a case involving an environmental group's challenge of permit requirements for large poultry operations.

The court on Tuesday agreed with a Superior Court judge who said the state's motion was filed too late and did not meet legal standards for appealing a ruling to the Supreme Court before a case has concluded.

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The order by the city of Rehoboth for St. Edmond Catholic Church to take down a nativity scene has resulted in a public battle.

The resort order to take it down on December 6th which was located near the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.

The church claims that it was given informal permission to put up the nativity scene with the condition that other religious symbols were included.

Mayor Paul Kuhns denies giving such permission.

The dispute has resulted in verbal sparring by supporters and opponents.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Authorities have announced a new effort in Maryland to combat an alarming increase of overdose fatalities caused by a synthetic opioid that's fueling the nation's worst-ever drug crisis.

In a Wednesday announcement, U.S. Attorney for Maryland Robert Hur says all arrests involving fentanyl distribution will now be jointly reviewed by U.S. and Baltimore officials to determine if they can be handled in the federal system.

He says people charged federally under the new plan could face longer sentences and no parole.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has named former Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh to be director of Maryland's Opioid Operational Command Center.

Hogan announced the appointment on Wednesday.

Schuh will replace Clay Stamp, who is returning to Talbot County as assistant county manager and emergency services director.

Anne Arundel County launched the Safe Stations program under Schuh. The program designates county and city police stations as safe environments for people looking for assistance to fight heroin and opioid addiction.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials on a Maryland fiscal panel are calling for caution in state budgeting as state lawmakers head into next session with more than $1 billion in unspent revenues.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a member of the Board of Revenue Estimates, said at Wednesday's board meeting there's no guarantee the nation's long-running economic expansion will continue much longer.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants to increase state spending on efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and improve the state's water quality.

Northam announced parts of his upcoming state budget plan Wednesday related to water issues.

The Democratic governor wants to increase funding for a program meant to help farmers improve water quality. He's also proposing to boost funding for a fund that helps cities and suburbs reduce pollution from storm-water runoff.

Northam said the spending would speed up efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

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Some Wicomico County Public Schools were ordered to “stay-in-place” yesterday after a shooting took place on Marshall Street in Salisbury.

The call came just after 12 noon when the Salisbury Police Department tweeted out that a male adult victim was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect who was considered armed and dangerous was taken into custody by police.

The state-in-place order was lifted around 1:30 p.m.

The facilities effected ranged from Wicomico Middle and High Schools to East Salisbury Elementary and Choices Academy.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A NASA official who oversaw a nearly $200 million contract at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has pleaded guilty to receiving kickbacks and stealing government funds.

News outlets report 53-year-old Steven Kremer pleaded guilty Tuesday to the $37,000 scheme on Tuesday, after resigning in May.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court is mulling an appeal by a man serving life in prison for the murder-for-hire killings of a Delaware couple.

Aaron Thompson's attorney argued Wednesday that prosecutors at his trial misrepresented evidence and improperly tried to get jurors to sympathize with codefendant and prosecution witness Joshua Bey. Thompson's attorney also argues that a statement that Bey, a drug dealer and former FBI informant, gave to police should not have been allowed into evidence.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland, College Park, says its dorms will be thoroughly disinfected to fight an adenovirus outbreak that has killed one student and sickened at least 30 people.

News outlets report the cleaning is scheduled to take place over winter break in January. Eighteen-year-old Olivia Paregol of Glenwood, died in November from virus-related complications. She had been taking a drug to combat Crohn's disease that made her susceptible.

There have been 30 confirmed cases of adenovirus at the school and eight students have been hospitalized.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland's journalism school has dedicated a memorial to the five Capital Gazette employees shot and killed in an attack on the Annapolis newspaper's office.

The honor comes on the same day the newspaper's staff was included by Time magazine among its 2018 Person of the Year honorees.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - A Delaware city that ordered a Catholic church to remove a Nativity scene displayed on city property says it's now working on a more inclusive holiday display policy.

News outlets report the city of Rehoboth Beach announced Monday that it's going to work with the local council of religious organizations on creating an all-inclusive display for 2019.

The city ordered St. Edmond Catholic Church last week to remove a Nativity scene the church has placed on public property.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he believes most Americans are sick and tired of divisive politics and want elected officials to work together and compromise to solve the nation's problems.

Hogan, a Republican who won a second term last month in a heavily Democratic state, spoke Tuesday in Washington at a conference sponsored by the Niskanen Center, a moderate think tank with libertarian principles.

Hogan says he ran for governor in 2014 because he was tired of politics as usual. He says he still is, maybe more now than ever.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing to give teachers a 5 percent pay boost next year.

The governor outlined parts of his upcoming state budget proposal Tuesday that would increase funding for K-12 education and shore up the state's rainy day fund.

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White nationalist James Fields has been hit with a life sentence plus 419 years in the death of Heather Heyer and injuring others when he drove into a crowd at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017.

The 21-year old from Ohio heard his sentence read out after being convicting of murder.

In addition to the prison sentence there was a half a million fine related to the attack.

That included a hundred thousand dollars for the murder itself.

The ten counts against him also included malicious wounding and a death involving an accident.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has named its school of public policy in honor of former vice president Joe Biden.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the conclusion of a semiannual meeting of the university's board of trustees.

Biden is a 1965 graduate of the university. The Biden Institute at UD's School of Public Policy and Administration is already named for him. Biden told trustees that having the school itself named for him was "a truly great honor."

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The widow of an Army specialist killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland last year and two other soldiers who were critically injured are suing Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut, alleging the tail rotor system was defective.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in state court in Hartford by Spc. Jeremy Tomlin's wife, Jessica; Capt. Terikazu Onoda and his wife; and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

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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.

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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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