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Join us February 18th at Salisbury University and February 19th in Rehoboth Beach for a meeting regarding collaboration between WESM and Delmarva Public Radio.

Representatives from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Salisbury University and the radio stations, will present scenarios and gather your feedback.

The February 18th meeting will be held at the Wicomico Room in the Guerreri Student Union at Salisbury University. 

The meeting on February 19th will take place at The Bellmoor Inn and Spa in Rehoboth Beach.

Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.

WESTOVER, Md. – Somerset County elementary school students met or exceeded all general reading proficiency standards in this year's Maryland School Assessment (MSA) tests, Dr. Karen-Lee Brofee, superintendent of schools, announced during this month's board of education meeting.

UNDATED (AP) – Starting Friday, cameras won't record the moment
if drivers run red lights in seven Virginia localities.
The red-light cameras will be turned off because the General
Assembly did NOT extend the pilot program, which began in northern
Virginia in the '90s. It now operates in six northern Virginia
localities and in Virginia Beach.
Supporters of the cameras say they discourage red-light runners
and prevent broadside crashes. Opponents say they increased
rear-end accidents and invade privacy.

DENTON, Md. (AP) – Another telephone scam has appeared on the
Shore.
A Caroline County woman says she received a call yesterday from
a man claiming that her banking information had appeared on an
Internet site. She says the man asked her for her checking account
number so he could arrange to remove it. When she questioned him,
he quickly hung up.
Her bank later told her that several customers had reported
receiving similar phone calls in recent weeks.
Authorities are warning residents to never give out personal

DOVER, Del. (AP) – A college education is about to get cheaper
for some above-average Delaware students.
The state House approved a bill yesterday that will give some
students free tuition to Delaware Technical and Community College.
Students with at least a "B" average won't have to pay.
The students have to be full-time students and they can NOT have
a criminal record.
The program begins with next year's high school graduates.
Lawmakers added an amendment, so the bill is headed back to the
Senate, which already passed an earlier version.

WESTOVER, Md. – The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore thanked public schools in Somerset County for participating in its 2005 fund-raising campaign. During this month's Somerset County Board of Education meeting, United Way representative Kennen Lubley presented plaques to representatives of participating schools.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) – The Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury
is about to get some upgrades.
The county council has approved funds for the final phases of a
taxiway reconstruction project. And the council has approved a deal
with a third car rental company. Enterprise will join Avis and
Hertz.
The airport offers six daily flights to Philadelphia and one to
Charlotte. Piedmont Airlines plans to add two more daily flights to
Philadelphia later this summer.

(Associated Press)

Baltimore, Md. – Life's few necessities drew a long line of the homeless and poor back to Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church yesterday. They came for the weekly organized meal, a rarity in Baltimore on Saturday afternoons, and for a chance to eat in peace.

DOVER, Del. (AP) – Look for higher tolls on Delaware's highways
and, perhaps, more of them.
A co-chairman of the General Assembly's Bond Bill Committee,
state Senator Robert Venables, says the new bond bill will likely
contain a toll plan close to what the state transportation
department has proposed.
Under the plan, tolls on Route One would increase by a dollar at
each tollbooth. A one-way trip between Wilmington and Dover would
cost four dollars, instead of two.
Cars at the I-95 toll plaza near Newark would pay three dollars

VERONA, Va. (AP) – A man Forest Service officials think may have
approached hikers and threatened to kill them before vanishing into
the George Washington National Forest on Saturday night has been
captured.
The News Leader, in Staunton, identifies him as 59-year-old Jan
Craun, of Mount Solon. Police say Craun has offered NO explanation
for his actions -- but has a history of mental illness.
U.S. Department of Agriculture public relations officer Jobeth
Brown says he will be charged with two misdemeanor offenses of

VIRGINIA – Military service members and their spouses in Virginia will soon have more protections against payday lenders.

A new law goes into effect July 1 that limits the lenders' collection efforts and in some cases their ability to do business with service personnel.

Joe Face, commissioner of financial institutions, sent a letter last week to military installations and payday lenders reminding them of the new rules, which the Virginia General Assembly approved in February.

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