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Grants for pre-K expansion announced

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) - The recipients of grants to expand pre-kindergarten in Maryland have been announced.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Charlene Dukes, the president of the Maryland Board of Education and Dallas Dance, the Baltimore County superintendent of schools announced the $4.3 million in grants Monday Perry Hall.

The grants will be distributed to 24 providers statewide.

Lawmakers approved the grants in this year's legislative session in an effort to expand full- and half-day pre-K to 1,500 more children.


Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new federal report says that along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years.

Scientists blame rising seas, saying this is one of the ways global warming is changing everyday lives.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied nuisance flooding, where no one is hurt but people have to deal with flooded roads and buildings.

Oceanographer William Sweet looked at 25 coastal sites. Fifty years ago they averaged about 2.5 days of minor flooding a year. Now those places average about 14 days a year.

Annapolis, Maryland, topped the list. From 1957 to 1963 it averaged 3.6 minor flood days a year; now it averages more than 39 a year.


Automakers offer decals warning of hot car danger

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - An automobile industry trade group has new way of reminding people not to leave children alone in cars.

It's a free window decal that the Washington-based Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is distributing in the national capital area through public health agencies, schools and daycare centers. It's also available through the website .

The clingy, black-and-white oval bears the words, "Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car," printed in English or Spanish.

Spokesman Wade Newton says it's part of an effort by his group, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others to remind people that leaving children alone in cars can be fatal, especially in the summer heat.

The U.S. Transportation Department says at least 17 children have died from heatstroke this year after they were left in cars.


More active oversight planned for Deep Creek Lake

MCHENRY, Md. (AP) - A draft management plan for the Deep Creek Lake watershed seeks better coordination among government agencies and private parties whose interests converge at the western Maryland vacation destination.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Garrett County Commissioners released the plan Friday for public comment through Aug. 9. The plan is available at .

It was developed by a local steering committee amid concerns that factors including residential development, natural-gas exploration, agricultural runoff and failing septic systems threaten the lake's quality and recreational value.

The plan calls for the state and county to jointly develop an agency to coordinate activities within the watershed.

They also would have to develop a plan for financing the new agency, including an executive director's salary.


Salisbury University stadium to get $19M upgrade

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury University will break ground on $19 million in upgrades to the school's stadium this winter.

Sea Gull Stadium houses the university's football, field hockey and the men's and women's lacrosse programs.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the project currently includes 4,800 seats and year-round locker room facilities for the four teams. It currently has 2,800 seats. The renovation also will add bathrooms, an athletic training clinic, ticket booths, concession stands and storage.

Michael Vienna, the athletic director, says no taxpayer money is being used for the upgrades. The money comes from institutional funds.

Vienna says it's the largest athletic project the university has taken on in 25 years, if not longer.


Former Naval Academy superintendent dies at 77

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Arizona Sen. John McCain is praising former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson, who died over the weekend, as a great man.

McCain, who graduated in the same class as Larson at the academy in 1958, said in a statement Sunday that it has been a privilege and an honor to serve in Larson's shadow, both as a young man and an old one.

The Capital of Annapolis reported that Larson died Saturday at his home in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 77. Cmdr. Wes Huey, Larson's son-in-law, confirmed Larson's death to the newspaper. Huey says his death was due to pneumonia stemming from a two-year battle with leukemia.

Larson served as the academy's superintendent twice, first from 1983 to 1986 and again from 1994 to 1998.


Man arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Police have arrested a man on drug charges after a traffic stop.

Officers say they stopped a car Saturday near Thornhill Drive and Lockhaven Court in New Castle. Police say a passenger, 37-year-old Richard Lloyd of New Castle, had an active warrant.

Authorities say Lloyd had 26 bags of heroin, 3 bags of crack cocaine and a digital scale. He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and other offenses.


Delaware gets $690,000 grant for nutrition

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say Delaware's Women, Infants and Children program has received a grant of more than $690,000 to implement an electronic benefits transfer system.

The Division of Public Health said Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture made the one-time grant. It will allow the state to replace paper food checks or vouchers with a card for use at authorized stores.

The new cards will be rolled out over a two-year period.

Delaware's WIC program serves nearly 20,000 low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their young children.


Delaware warns of unclaimed property postcards

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are warning residents that postcards about unclaimed property are not from the state and should be ignored.

State escheator David Gregor said in an email that the postcards stamped "Unclaimed Property Notification" have been distributed in several states and one was reported in Delaware on Monday. He says the postcards tell recipients to call a toll-free number and provide personal information.

Gregor, whose office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's abandoned property statute, says the postcards were not sent by any Delaware agency.

Gregor says anyone who believes they have unclaimed property in Delaware should go to

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