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This weekend the nation celebrates the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. But it comes in the aftermath of the anniversary of the storming of the nation's capital by Trump supporters. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rash talked with Carl Snowden with the Caucus of African American Leaders about what may be a crossroads in the nation's history with race.

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Health care workers union and others call for passage of a Paid Family and Medical Leave Act during this year's session of the Maryland General Assembly. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush has this report.

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The Maryland League of Conservation Voters is hoping to update the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act aiming to reduce emissions from the state to net zero by 2045. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Executive Director Kim Coble about what she hopes will come from this year's legislative session.

Beebe Healthcare

With the surge in COVID 19 cases and the emerging omicron variant hospitals in the region are struggling to keep up. In Maryland, TidalHealth Peninsula Regional has moved into "crisis standards of care". Beebe Healthcare has not reached that stage but the uptick in cases has forced it make major changes in how it is dealing with patients. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. David Tam, President & CEO of Beebe Healthcare about how they are coping with influx of patients.

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.

DOVER, Del. (AP) – The House has approved an amendment to
Delaware's constitution that would allow former felons to return to
voting booths sooner.
Wilmington Democrat Hazel Plant sponsored the bill, which would
allow felons to vote again one year after the completion of their
sentences. Currently, felons must wait five years after their
sentences end or after they are pardoned.
The bill now moves to the Senate. To become part of the
Constitution, it must pass both chambers in consecutive General
Assembly sessions.

(Associated Press)

STERLING, Va. (AP) – Three teenagers are in custody after a
nearly four-hour barricade in Loudoun County.
The county sheriff's office says the 14, 15 and 18-year-olds
locked themselves in a Sterling home at about 4 p.m. yesterday after
they were approached by a deputy. One of the teenagers pulled out a
machete and showed it to the deputy through the front glass door.
Investigators say the 14-year-old is a known gang member and
refused to come out even after his parents arrived home.
Negotiators came to the scene and began to talk to the teens.

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