With the Delaware state legislature considering a law that would prohibit discrimination against transgender men and women, we reprise the AP award winning series by Jamyl Krempel. In part one, what is it like to discover that your sexual identity is not what most people might think.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - School employees in Anne Arundel County would receive pay raises under an agreement being voted on this week.
The county school board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on terms of employment that would give salary step increases and cost-of-living adjustments to thousands of school district employees.
The cost-of-living adjustments would range from 1 percent to 2 percent of employees' salaries, depending on position, and they would take effect next month. The step increases would go into effect early next year.
Governor Jack Markell wants $31 million in new funding for Delaware’s public schools.
The largest part of the growth comes from $8.8 million to fully fund the increasing size of enrollment at the schools and another $8.5 million for step increases for school employees…that are given to teachers as they gain experience and education.
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official financial projections is updating its revenue estimates for the final time before lawmakers pass a new state budget.
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council meets Monday. The legislature's capital budget committee also meets Monday to begin work on a spending plan for roads and other construction projects.
Last month, the DEFAC panel boosted revenue estimates by about $20 million, giving lawmakers more money to add to the proposed operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
LAUREL, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say two people have been injured while skydiving at the Laurel Airport.
Authorities say the men's parachutes became entangled as they were skydiving together over the airport Sunday afternoon. Police say one parachute didn't fully deploy and the men improperly landed together.
A 69-year-old Laurel man was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, while the 52-year-old Beltsville, Md., man was treated for minor injuries and has been released from the hospital.
The search warrants in the case of some 70 arsons in Accomack County earlier this year appear to contain information about the motive for the fires.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of those charges in the string of fires 38 year old Charles Smith allegedly told investigators that he and her girlfriend 40 year old friend Tonya Bundick picked out one house because of comments made on Facebook about her.
The warrant said there was probably cause for searching two Facebook accounts belonging to Bundick.
SHARPTOWN, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Wicomico County say a Hurlock man drowned while swimming with friends at Cherry Beach along the Nanticoke River.
The Wicomico Bureau of Investigation identified the man Thursday as 44-year-old George Douglas.
County officials say Douglas was swimming with friends late Wednesday, when they noticed the experienced swimmer wasn't with them. Emergency crews were called in and officials say a dive team found him unresponsive about 40 minutes later. He was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center a short time later.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Department of Education says it has approved teacher and principal evaluation plans in 21 Maryland school systems, clearing the way for the state to receive $250 million in federal funds.
The department announced the approvals Thursday. Data tied to Maryland's statewide standardized test, the Maryland School Assessment, or MSA, makes up 20 percent of the measure for evaluating teachers.
This week found Christina Superintendent Freeman Williams defending the school district’s efforts to address an investigation that found black students were being disciplined more often and more harshly than white students in similar circumstances.
The investigation by the US Department of Education looked at three years beginning in 2008.
Superintendent Williams told a public meeting Wednesday that the district is confident it will be able to resolve man of the issues that have been identified.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Recent rains and standing water may make mosquitoes a concern, but Delaware health officials say the state also has one the nation's highest rates of Lyme disease.
Dr. Awe Maduka-Ezeh, the state's Public Health Medical Director, tells WDEL-AM that there are many reasons for the tick influx. She says the state has many parks and forests and a large population of deer, which are the natural hosts for the ticks that carry the disease.
With students taking off for the summer a new survey by the National Summer Learning Association found that over 60 percent of them say it will take at least a month to re-teach the previous year’s skills. Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.
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The National Weather Service is warning of a powerful line of gigantic thunderstorms that are rolling out of the Mid-West and are expected to hit Maryland and packing some hail lightning and tree-toppling winds.
They’re called a derecho with winds that could span 240 miles.
The storms are likely to generate tornados and cause power outages followed by oppressive heat.
Meteorologist Mitchell Gaines, National Weather Service: