STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) – The center lane of the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is slated to open about three weeks ahead of schedule.
The lane has been closed since January 3, while road crews repaired more than a mile of cracked concrete. The cracks were the result of a botched paving job.
State officials had set a goal of opening the lane by Memorial Day. They said good weather was a factor in allowing them to finish early.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) – Chesapeake fire officials are investigating a blaze at Western High School.
Officials say that the school was evacuated as lockers caught fire, filling the school with smoke.
Authorities are trying to determine what caused the fire.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – An attorney for the widow of a Rehoboth Beach businessman told a Chancery Court judge that releasing information about the man's death to the public is "totally and completely unnecessary".
Attorney John Phillips says the autopsy report and other materials about the death of Duane Lawson contain "materials of a personal nature" and releasing the information would be an invasion of privacy for the Lawson family.

PRINCESS ANNE, MD – Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Willards, MD – The family of a Willards, Maryland Marine says he was killed Thursday near Fallujah, Iraq. Twenty six year old Robert "Bobby" Guy died after being shot in the head, his mother, Anny Guy, told the Salisbury Daily Times. She says that her son was proud to be a Marine and wanted to be in Iraq. At the local fire hall in Willards, just around the corner from Guy's house, a sign read: "God Bless our hero Bobby Guy." Over the weekend, Guy's family and friends remembered Guy as a goodhearted man who loved jokes and who worked for more than a year to become a Marine.

Salisbury, MD – It's been nearly three weeks since a shooting rampage that straddled two states, killing two people and wounding four. One victim, 33 year old Carla Green of Salisbury is still in intensive care. Green was driving in the Miami Avenue neighborhood when she was shot five times. Green is at Peninsula Regional Medical Center and still has three bullets lodged in her body. Her relatives say she is paralyzed and has a collapsed lung.

Richmond, VA – Environmentalists don't like it, but Virginia is hoping an exchange program will help reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The state is planning to allow sewage plants and industrial sources to buy, sell and trade water pollution credits in a program that will take effect January 1st. The experimental program is one of several initiatives that was signed into law last month to combat the flow of excessive nutrients polluting the bay. The damaging nutrients come from storm runoff carrying fertilizer and animal waste.

Salisbury, MD – A man accused of killing two people on a random shooting spree in Delaware and Maryland was wanted at the time on charges related to another shooting incident last year. Allison Norman, 22, of Seaford, Delaware was arrested yesterday morning after a string of shootings. Two people were killed and four others were wounded, on critically. Just a day earlier, a warrant was issued for Norman's arrest after he failed to appeal in Wicomico County Circuit Court.

Salisbury, MD – Absentee ballots will be counted today in two close races for Salisbury City Council. In District One, challenger "Shanie" Shields leads incumbent Lavonzella Siggers by six votes with 11 absentee ballots yet to be counted. In District Two, challenger Deborah Campbell leads incumbent Michael Day by 25 votes with 145 absentee ballots yet to be counted. Meanwhile, Mayor Barrie Tilghman breezed to a third term, defeating challenger Donald Long. And voters narrowly favored eliminating primary elections for city offices.

Bivalve, NJ – Delaware Bay oysters could drop in numbers again. That's in a new report by Rutgers University marine scientists. It says oysters larvae aren't growing on the bottom of the bay in high enough numbers to replace the oysters that are harvested or eaten by predators. Scientists say they could force the closing of oyster beds if the problem isn't solved. And that could threaten a fishery that's been producing oysters for more than 200 years. The numbers illustrate the effect of the mysterious scourge. Last year there were 68,000 bushels of oysters harvested from the bay.