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(AP) The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to increase Maryland's use of renewable energy.

The Senate voted 31-15 to agree to changes made by the House to send the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The measure would increase the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 25% by 2020 to 50% by 2030.

The House put a provision in the bill to allow waste-to-energy incineration plants to be in the "top tier" of renewable energy, making them eligible for the same kind of subsidies as wind and solar.

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(AP) The University of Maryland Medical System's board of directors would face an overhaul under legislation approved by state lawmakers after officials learned that about a third of the board benefited financially through the hospital network's contracts.

The Senate approved the bill unanimously Monday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The measure will require all board members to leave their positions and reapply to return.

It also bars board members from getting contracts with the system without a competitive bidding process.


MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - The Nanticoke Indian Tribe has asked the Delaware town of Millsboro for a historical marker detailing the tribe's history and contributions to the town.

Delaware State News reported Saturday that the Millsboro council unanimously approved the proposal for the state historical marker and is now putting together a committee to handle it. If granted by the state, the marker would be placed along the Indian River at Cupola Park.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A fraternity at a Virginia university has been suspended for five years after an investigation showed that hazing resulted in a pledge seeking treatment at a hospital.

The Virginian-Pilot cites school and fraternity records that show Omega Psi Phi chapter members at Old Dominion University beat pledges, made them drink hot sauce, and poured the sauce on their genitals to simulate a sexually transmitted disease.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A law firm may soon finish its probe into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

Richard Cullen told The Associated Press in an email Monday that the firm hopes to finish up by the end of April. Cullen is an attorney with the firm McGuireWoods and is leading the investigation on behalf of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Descendants of a black slave who sued for his freedom and the U.S. Supreme Court justice who denied that freedom shared their stories at an event sponsored by Virginians for Reconciliation.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Dred Scott descendant Lynne Jackson and Charlie Taney, a descendant of Chief Justice Roger Taney, spoke last week at the Virginia Union University.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Michael Busch, the longest-serving Maryland House speaker in the state's history, has died. He was 72.

Alexandra Hughes, the speaker's chief of staff, said Busch died Sunday, surrounded by loved ones.

Busch, a progressive Democrat, had developed pneumonia after a follow-up procedure to a 2017 liver transplant. He also had heart bypass surgery in September, after experiencing shortness of breath.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on legislation imposing a new tax on drug manufacturers who sell opioid painkillers in Delaware.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday is similar to a measure that was introduced last year but failed to get a floor vote.

The legislation imposes a per-pill tax on prescription opioids ranging from a few cents to a dollar or more, based on their strength and whether they are brand-name or generic.

The tax would be used to create a fund for drug treatment programs and research.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A spokesman for the embattled mayor of Baltimore says she'll return from her leave of absence as soon as her health allows.

Spokesman James Bentley told The Baltimore Sun on Saturday that Catherine Pugh's health is improving. It's unclear when she'll return. It won't be Monday.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police say six people were injured in a shooting in Wilmington, the News Journal reports.

Police say the shooting happened about 7:10 p.m. Sunday, police said. They added that the victims had non-life-threatening injuries and were listed in stable condition as of 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

Tiffany Brown told the News Journal that she was sitting on a stoop nearby when she heard at least seven gunshots around the corner on North Pine Street.  "Everybody heard the shots. It was like pop, pop, pop," she said.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has advanced a measure to increase Maryland's use of renewable energy.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval Saturday. The Senate has passed the measure, but the House made some changes.

The Senate bill would have eliminated trash incineration as eligible for subsidies like wind and solar energy, a provision that was in the bill initially. But the House put the provision back in to allow waste-to-energy to be in the "top tier" of renewable energy.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Scientists say that climate change is prolonging allergy season and the suffering that goes along with it.

The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, reported Thursday that local doctors are seeing more people who are suffering from allergies and that they are suffering for longer periods of time.

Scientists say that deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels are sending more greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Those gases in turn warm the planet and extend allergy season.


LORTON, Va. (AP) - A high school student's artwork that used anti-Semitic stereotypes has prompted school officials in Virginia to apologize.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the student goes to South County High School in Fairfax County in northern Virginia.

An image shown at an exhibition at a community college depicts a man with a hooked nose carrying a bag of money. The caption reads: "No Jew in the world understands the importance of money."

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More schools in Delaware are blocking deliveries of fast food to students during the school day.

The News Journal reported Friday that two schools in Wilmington are prohibiting meals from food delivery services like Grubhub and DoorDash. Earlier this year in January, Milford High School asked parents stop dropping off fast food to their kids.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lottery officials say that March was the third-best month in its 30-year history.

The Daily Progress in Charlottesville reported Thursday that lottery sales totaled more than $221 million for the month. That total includes more than $117 million in sales of scratch-off tickets.

Lottery sales in Virginia for the fiscal year are on pace to exceed 2018's record of $606 million. The fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30.

Profits from the Virginia lottery are spent on K-12 education in the state.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Virginia are continuing to jail or fine people based on an old and obscure law that's known as the "habitual drunkard" statute.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that more than 1,700 Virginians have been labeled so-called "habitual drunkards" in the last decade. The majority of them live in the state's largest city of Virginia Beach.

The law allows judges to apply the label to anyone convicted of driving under the influence or who has "shown himself to be a habitual drunkard."


It seems we may always be looking for something we just can't seem to find. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders the story about Eeyore's search for his tail to discover his own tale.


The Lower Shore Performng Arts company will be performing "Pippin" in April and May. Delmarva Public Radio's Chris Rank spoke with the director Mark Tyler about the company and the musical.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a bill that would establish five permanent oyster sanctuaries under state law.

The Republican governor announced the veto Thursday night. He says the measure is bad for the state's watermen. He also says he's been working on a compromise, and that the bill disrupts a fair process.

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Asbestos has become an issue as workers tear down the old General Motors plant on Boxwood Road.

The plant was shut down in 2009 and will be replaced by a distribution center.

But union officials have thrown up picket line charging that when the structure’s skeleton is finally torn down dust will drift beyond the property itself.

And the union says it has video taken by a member who went undercover to show what is being done.  

The site has been the focus of the union and local activists concerned about the asbestos.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A judge has delayed the trial of a man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper office.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs pushed back the trial for Jarrod Ramos from June to Nov. 4 on Thursday. Jury selection is set to begin Oct. 30.

Judge Laura Ripken has given the defense until April 29 to change Ramos' plea to not criminally responsible. He pleaded not guilty last year to murder in the attack at the Capital Gazette newsroom.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A black activist who says he took control over one of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups has been barred from participating on the group's behalf in a federal lawsuit over the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Officials plan to challenge a Virginia law they say keeps Norfolk from moving a Confederate monument.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Norfolk's city attorney said he'll move forward with a petition challenging the state law in coming weeks. Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by two activists seeking to force the city to remove the 80-foot (25-meter) monument was delayed Thursday.

The suit filed by Roy Perry-Bey and Ronald Green asks the court to make the city follow through on a resolution to move the downtown monument to Elmwood Cemetery.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says he's asked prosecutors in Boston and North Carolina to investigate sexual assault allegations two women have made against him.

Speaking at a Wednesday news conference, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue and the sexual encounters he had with the women were consensual.

Fairfax says he'll cooperate fully with prosecutors in Boston and Durham, North Carolina, where the women say the assaults took place.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of four states and the mayor of the District of Columbia are asking Congressional leaders to boost funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

The governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware and the mayor of Washington, D.C., called on House and Senate committee leaders in a letter released Wednesday to oppose proposed cuts to the federal Chesapeake Bay Program. Instead, they want an increase in funding from $73 million to $90 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

The House of Delegates voted 101-35 on Wednesday to send the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. The Maryland House agreed to a change made by the Senate to allow an exception for active-duty members of the military. Under the bill, people who are 18 and can show military identification would still be able to buy tobacco in Maryland.

The measure includes electronic smoking devices.

If the governor signs the bill, the law would take effect Oct. 1.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved an education funding measure to begin a major investment in schools with bipartisan support.

The Senate voted 43-1 Wednesday for a measure to begin funding a blueprint of recommendations submitted by a state commission.

Lawmakers already have included $255 million in the state budget for the next fiscal year to begin implementing the recommendations.

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The deal is just about done.

Twin River Worldwide Holding completed the transaction to buy Dover Downs on March 29th.

WBOC reports that the company’s president and CEO George Papanier said it is not clear if staff will be reduced at the casino.

The company said that it hoped its plans for Dover Downs will result in the casino’s growth and increase employment opportunities.

The television reports that in 2018 it only netted a profit of $30-thousand.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates has approved increases to truck registration fees and regional gas taxes to pay for improvements to Interstate 81.

The House voted Wednesday to accept an amendment proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam that included the tax and fee increases.

Supporters said the increases would raise taxes in areas around I-81 by about 7 cents a gallon. They said the extra money would pay for urgently needed upgrades to the highway to improve safety and traffic flow.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland would become the first state to stop participating in a federal family planning program known as Title X due to a proposed Trump administration rule, under a bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly.

The state Senate gave the bill final approval on a 28-16 vote Wednesday. That sends the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Trump administration rule would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals. Critics denounce that as a "gag rule."