ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Annapolis is getting ready to host the 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park.
The event scheduled for Saturday was originally set for Jan. 25, but was postponed because of below-freezing temperatures and high winds.
Some 5,000 people are expected to take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. The event began in 1997 and has raised millions of dollars for Special Olympics Maryland.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland utility regulators say the high cost of heating homes and businesses during this long, cold winter may put more customers at risk of being shut off after March 31.
The Public Service Commission is asking utility companies at a legislative-style hearing Friday in Baltimore to explain their policies and procedures for terminating service to customers who haven't paid their bills on time.
The commission says it also wants to know the number of current and projected customers in arrears.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state panel established to address recent rate increases for workers' compensation insurance in Delaware is continuing to look at ways to keep rates down.
The Workers' Compensation Task Force will convene Friday in Wilmington to discuss reform proposals and adopt a fee schedule based on Medicare rate. The panel also was to consider a new rating bureau for insurance carriers.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Christopher Shank says government agencies can learn a great deal about people by just tracking their movements via their cellphones and license plates. He says Maryland needs stricter privacy protections to keep pace with new surveillance technology.
Shank, R-Washington, presented to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday two bills that would put new surveillance restrictions on the government. Parallel bills are pending in the House.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials have revised the state's revenues down by about $238 million.
The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates released the revised numbers on Thursday.
Revenue projections are down $127 million for the current fiscal year. They have been revised downward by about $111 million for fiscal year 2015.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, the board chairman, says much of downward revision reflects poor economic and revenue performance in the fourth quarter of 2013, rather than the state's revenue outlook moving forward.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say about 7,000 Delawareans have chosen private insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf told the state Health Care Commission on Thursday that 6,994 people had selected plans in Delaware's health insurance exchange as of Feb. 28, an increase of about 38 percent over the previous month
Officials are no longer reporting how many people have actually paid for coverage, as opposed to simply choosing a plan.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials say fixing the bumpy roads left behind after this particularly rough winter may be a budget buster.
The Department of Transportation budgeted nearly $6.3 million for road patching this fiscal year, but it only has about $2.2 million left. Officials expect the Pavement Management Section will have to make up the difference by shifting funds from scheduled spring paving work.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Republican Maryland congressman says he believes the investigative arm of Congress should look into problems with the state's health care exchange website.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday agreed to a request from a group of House Republicans to audit how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Oregon health exchange website. A GAO spokesman says other states with troubled exchanges will be included as the investigation goes forward.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has 17 condemned prisoners facing the death penalty, but no means of executing any of them.
Prison officials in Delaware, like other states, have found it difficult to get the drugs used in lethal injections. Nationwide, states started facing shortages several years ago after drug manufacturers began prohibiting the use of their products in executions because of ethical concerns and fear of unwanted publicity.
\Records obtained by The Associated Press show that supplies of two of the three drugs used in Delaware have expired.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some nonprofit organizations say Maryland's estate tax is driving their wealthy donors out of state during retirement. They support a new bill raising the estate tax exemption to $5.34 million per spouse.
House Speaker Michael Busch testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on this bill Wednesday. Miller filed the bill with dozens of co-sponsors.
The federal exemption is $5.34 million, and Maryland's is $1 million.
Legislation that would impose tighter regulations on food labeling of seafood products has some restaurants who sell blue crabs up in arms.
The measure introduced in the House Environmental Matters Committee in Annapolis would require restaurants to clearly display state of origin for all seafood as well as the state and county of origin for crab products on a sign or menu.
But many opponents of the measure complain that there are potential costs and inconveniences if the new regulations are imposed.
Beginning in June the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays will be partnering with local restaurants to collect oyster shells for recycling.
The center has been awarded a $23-thousand grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to recycle the shells for the “Don’t Chuck Your Shucks” program aimed at restoration projects along the inland bays.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Center hopes to recycle as many as 10-thousand pounds of shells per week during the peak summer season.
From the use of performance enhancing drugs to assault, the Ravens and Orioles have been facing some moral dilemma. Baltimore sports writer and commentate Mike Lurie sorts through how the two teams have dealt with these issues.
WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County public school officials are revealing a cyberattack that shut down Internet access for one day last week.
The Carroll County Times reported in its Wednesday edition that security and data were not breached during the Feb. 25 attack.
Chief Information Officer Gary Davis says the attack flooded the system with bogus external communications requests. The large number of requests overwhelmed the system's ability to respond to legitimate traffic.