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Annapolis, MD – Today's the day officials from Maryland's public schools make their annual pilgrimage to Annapolis to ask for money for school construction and renovations. They'll make their case to the Board of Public Works at a meeting that has come to be called the "beg-a-thon." So far, the state has received requests totaling more than 590 million dollars.

Eastern Shore – Dorchester County 90 min. late start, half day pre-k cancelled
Caroline County schools 90 min. late
Queen Anne's County 90 min. late with modified kindergarten
Talbot County 90 min. late start
Cape Henlopen two hour late start, no a.m. kindergarten
Indian River schools two hrs late, no a.m. kindergarten
Laurel schools two hours late
Milford schools one hour late
Woodbridge schools two hours late

Princess Anne, MD – A dense fog advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. The following schools will be opening late this morning:
Delmar schools, one hour late start
Somerset County, one hour late start
Wicomico County, one hour late start
Worcester County, one hour late start
Indian River District, one hour late Cape Henlopen, one hour late start Laurel schools, one hour late Seaford, one hour late Woodbridge, one hour late start

Dover, DE – A Delaware state panel has toned down its proposal to boost the salaries of Governor Minner and other state officials. Members of the Delaware Compensation Commission agreed yesterday to limit proposed raises to no more than 20 percent of official's current pay. That limitation is already spelled out in state law. The move followed public outcry about the commission's initial recommendations of huge raises for Minner, Lieutenant Governor John Carney and others. Carney's salary is now expected to increase about 13 percent, from $64,900 to about $73,000.

Annapolis, MD – Despite pleas from doctors and hospitals, Governor Ehrlich says he'll veto the medical malpractice insurance reform bill. The Republican governor says the reforms contained within the bill are next to nothing. Ehrlich pointed to a study conducted for the administration that hasn't been made public. He says for most doctors, the bill would only reduce premiums by two-point-five percent the first year. But he couldn't say how much the savings would be in future years.

Baltimore, MD – Now that the holidays are over, repairs have resumed on the westbound span of the Bay Bridge. The center lane was shut down yesterday and is scheduled to remain closed until the Friday before Memorial Day. To keep westbound traffic moving in the morning rush hour, officials are allowing two-way traffic on the eastbound span weekdays before 9 a.m. Weather permitting, construction crews will close a second and third lane in the evening and overnight hours.

Annapolis, MD – Maryland lawmakers are getting a warning from the General Assembly's ethics counsel about raising money from people affected by the debate over medical malpractice. Lawmakers are prohibited from raising money during the regular General Assembly session. The law doesn't apply to special sessions, but ethics counsel William Somerville wrote a recent memo advising lawmakers to avoid "even the appearance of impropriety".

Philadelphia, PA – Six states and Washington D.C. have agreed to limit outflows of nitrogen and phosphorus from sewage treatment plants that drain into the Chesapeake Bay. The Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia says about 350 wastewater treatment plants will be covered by the agreement. Any new facilities built in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will also be covered. Officials say it may take some time before every facility complies with the new standards.

OCEAN CITY – Several lawmakers from the Lower Shore plan to attend a special session of the General Assembly next week. The two-day session called by Gov. Robert Ehrlich last week is set to begin on Monday to focus on passing legislation to bring down the cost of medical malpractice insurance for doctors.

Baltimore, MD – A coalition of doctors says a medical malpractice reform bill passed last week should have become law, despite the bill's shortcomings. The Save Our Doctors Protect Our Patients Coalition commended Governor Ehrlich and members of the General Assembly for last week's special session. But the group said it was disappointed a conference committee "could not sustain the fuller measure of tort reform approved by the House."

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UMES hosts chamber music theatre performance

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore plays host to a free performance, “Ain’t I a Woman,” Thursday, March 30 by the Core Ensemble of Lake Worth, Florida.

Chuck Redd and The Bucket Brothers at The Mainstay

Vibraphonist Chuck Redd introduces The Bucket Brothers, two young jazz artists from North Carolina to The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday March 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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