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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Forest Service is sending a team of 20 wildland firefighters to the Rocky Mountain region to help battle wildfires.

State officials said in a statement that the crew left Blackbird State Forest in Smyrna on Monday for Denver, where they will be pre-positioned for their two-week assignment.

The National Interagency Fire Center increased its preparedness level on Monday, reflecting increased fire activity nationwide and hot and dry conditions across most of the West.

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Researchers with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found a surprising explanation for the improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: cleaner air.

Professor Keith Eshleman (ESH'-el-men) in the center's Frostburg office said in a statement Tuesday that his team found nearly universal improvement in water quality since 1986 across the Upper Potomac River Basin. The area includes parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Transit Administration is hosting an awards ceremony for officers and civilian personnel of the MTA police force.

The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday in Baltimore.

The agency says presentations will be made to those who went above and beyond the call of duty in 2015.

Awards will include Life Saving, Civilian Uniform Personnel of the Year, Technical Services Employees of the Year and Officer of the Year.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police are looking for a man who robbed a Newark convenience store at gunpoint.

The agency said in a news release that on Sunday night, a man with a handgun approached the counter of a 7-Eleven on East Chestnut Hill Road. Troopers say the robber demanded money from the registers, and a clerk gave him an undetermined amount of cash.

Police say as the gunman ran away, a customer in the store chased him, but stopped when the suspect pointed the gun at him.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has named Douglass Mayer as his administration's director of communications.

Hogan made the announcement in a press release Monday afternoon.

Mayer has been deputy director of communications for Hogan, a Republican, since January 2015. Previously, he was communications director for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Mayer will succeed Matthew Clark, who is returning to FTI Consulting in Washington.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Forest Service is sending a team of 20 wildland firefighters to the Rocky Mountain region to help battle wildfires.

State officials said in a statement that the crew left Blackbird State Forest in Smyrna on Monday for Denver, where they will be pre-positioned for their two-week assignment.

The National Interagency Fire Center increased its preparedness level on Monday, reflecting increased fire activity nationwide and hot and dry conditions across most of the West.

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Researchers with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found a surprising explanation for the improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: cleaner air.

Professor Keith Eshleman (ESH'-el-men) in the center's Frostburg office said in a statement Tuesday that his team found nearly universal improvement in water quality since 1986 across the Upper Potomac River Basin. The area includes parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Transit Administration is hosting an awards ceremony for officers and civilian personnel of the MTA police force.

The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday in Baltimore.

The agency says presentations will be made to those who went above and beyond the call of duty in 2015.

Awards will include Life Saving, Civilian Uniform Personnel of the Year, Technical Services Employees of the Year and Officer of the Year.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police are looking for a man who robbed a Newark convenience store at gunpoint.

The agency said in a news release that on Sunday night, a man with a handgun approached the counter of a 7-Eleven on East Chestnut Hill Road. Troopers say the robber demanded money from the registers, and a clerk gave him an undetermined amount of cash.

Police say as the gunman ran away, a customer in the store chased him, but stopped when the suspect pointed the gun at him.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has named Douglass Mayer as his administration's director of communications.

Hogan made the announcement in a press release Monday afternoon.

Mayer has been deputy director of communications for Hogan, a Republican, since January 2015. Previously, he was communications director for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Mayer will succeed Matthew Clark, who is returning to FTI Consulting in Washington.

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HAGERTOWN, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing a $540,000 state grant to test an alternative to incarceration for those convicted of nonviolent crimes linked to heroin or opioid addiction.

It's called a day reporting center, and it's planned for a vacant office building near the Washington County Sheriff's Office near Hagerstown.

Hogan said in a statement Monday that the center will combine drug-addiction treatment with supervised probation. Offenders who are sent there will have to be employed or actively seeking employment.

A reported abduction in Brazil is sending shock waves through the sporting world, as the mother-in law of Bernie Ecclestone, the billionaire who runs the Formula One Group, is apparently being held for ransom.

From Rio de Janeiro, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro reports for our Newscast unit:

"Bernie Ecclestone is the head of the Formula One car racing franchise and one of the richest men in Britain. His wife is Brazilian, and her mother was apparently grabbed by criminals in Sao Paulo, who are asking for a $37 million ransom from the billionaire.

The trip had mechanical setbacks, and the plane's average speed would be legal on many American streets. But when the Solar Impulse aircraft touched down in Abu Dhabi in the early morning darkness Tuesday, it successfully completed a round-the-world voyage using only solar power.

Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg took turns flying the single-seat aircraft that began its trip on March 9 of 2015, flying more than 26,700 miles in a total of 17 stages (23 days) as they soared under the sun's power and then glided through the night.

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