ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Measures to facilitate medical marijuana in Maryland will be getting a hearing.
A measure sponsored by Del. Cheryl Glenn and co-sponsored by 60 House members is scheduled to get a hearing in the House Health and Government Operations Committee on Friday, along with a bill sponsored by Del. Dan Morhaim, who authored the measure enacted last year to allow medical marijuana in Maryland.
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A 20-foot bronze statue of swimming dolphins will soon be installed in Ocean City.
The Daily Times of Salisbury reports resort officials have approved preliminary plans for the statue, which would go at the mid-town entrance to the city.
Lauren Taylor, a member of the nonprofit Public Art Committee of the Ocean City Development Corp., says the statue of a trio of dolphins should be completed by June. It will go at 62nd Street and Coastal Highway near the base of the Route 90 bridge.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The head judge of Delaware's Superior Court has rejected a request by state prosecutors to suspend all drug trials for 60 days pending an investigation of alleged evidence tampering at the state drug-testing lab.
Judge James Vaughn issued a directive Thursday saying he didn't believe a blanket stay of drug cases was warranted. But he also said that for trials scheduled for March involving evidence submitted to the testing lab, continuances will be granted upon prosecutors' request.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials are outlining proposed measures to shield endangered whales if seismic testing for oil and gas deposits is allowed along the Atlantic coast from Delaware to Florida.
The measures are contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's final environmental impact statement released Thursday. The so-called mitigation measures would include an exclusionary zone along the main migratory route for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, as well as other proposals intended to limit the impact on sea life.
Sonia Sanchez is an author, playwright and poet, who has been in the forefront of the Black Arts Movement. She has been won a number of prestigious awards including the Robert Frost Medal and Langston Hughes Poetry Award. Her books include Homecoming, Homegirls and Handgrenades and Morning Haiku. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with her during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware investigators say they are looking at a growing number of cases where drug evidence disappeared or was tampered with at the state drug lab.
The News Journal reports that investigators are now looking at 21 cases and the attorney general's office says the investigation is continuing. Defense attorneys in those cases were being notified Wednesday.
Officials say most of the 21 cases appear to have been closed. They come from all three counties and involve arrests between 2010 and 2013.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been rocky and uneven across Maryland, and state officials want a new workgroup that would take a closer look at each district's needs.
Del. Eric Luedtke, a Montgomery County Democrat who teaches middle school, explained the need to his colleagues in the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.
Some schools are poorly positioned to administer standardized tests online and teach students computer skills. Some also need help preparing teachers for the new standards, Luedtke said.
Cassia Martens, the woman whom state Senator Richard Colburn is accused of having an affair with, left state employment three days after the Salisbury Daily Times reported allegations of made by Colburn’s wife.
Delegate Kathy Vitale, (R-Anne Arundel) told the paper that Martens has not worked as a legislative aide since January 6th.
The Daily Times reported on the divorce filing on January 3rd.
The paper reports that Alma Colburn charged that her husband had an affair with Martens his 26 year old former aide.
Delaware’s State Treasurer Chip Flowers has loaned his campaign nearly $146-thousand to gear up for re-election this year after only raising $38,000 from supporter last year while becoming embroiled in questions over his travel expenses.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state Treasurer relied on personal loans of more than $650-thousand since 2009 for his campaign to become state treasurer.
During the same period he raised only around $130-thousand from political supporters.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say a 33-year-old pregnant woman with the flu died days after her child was delivered by emergency C-section.
Delaware Health and Social Services said Tuesday that the woman, who lived in Smyrna, had several underlying health conditions. Officials say she was in her second trimester and first sought medical treatment for an illness on Feb. 11.
Health officials say tests confirmed the woman was positive for influenza H1N1. The woman was hospitalized with severe respiratory distress on Feb. 16.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police and prosecutor objections to this year's marijuana decriminalization bills apparently aren't getting far with the Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee.
In the bills' first hearing on Tuesday, committee members sparred with police chiefs who want to keep the drug illegal. Sen. Christopher Shank advised one chief to find a compromise - to decide what features a bill would need to avoid hindering law enforcement - because the drug war isn't working.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Poker players in Delaware and Nevada will soon be allowed to compete against one another online.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a multi-state Internet gambling agreement on Tuesday that establishes a legal framework allowing residents of the two states to play online poker against each other.
The agreement also allows other states to join the agreement with the approval of existing members.
Last night, the Salisbury City Council unanimously approved $12,500 in funding for nine tasers for the Police Department.
Council President Jake Day said, "There's no situation where you do not want somebody to live. That's not something anyone would ever want to see. And this, based on everything we're hearing, would prevent the loss of life."
Assistant Police Chief Ivan Barkley said that the devices would be used to prevent injuries to officers and detainees while using a controlled force when necessary.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors are asking state courts to suspend all pending drug trials for 60 days.
The Department of Justice sent a letter to all Delaware courts requesting the stay Monday. The request was prompted by an investigation into discrepancies with drug evidence sent to the state medical examiner's office's controlled substances laboratory.
State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings says the suspension will allow time for the investigation and "prevent the return of verdicts based on incomplete information."