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Maryland offers $100 for workers to get COVID vaccines

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland is offering state employees $100 bonuses to get COVID vaccines.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the vaccination incentive on Monday, May 3.

The $100 bonus is retroactive for state employees who have received COVID vaccines. State workers have to provide proof of vaccinations and “agree to receive all subsequent CDC recommended booster vaccinations within 18 month of being fully vaccinated”, according to the announcement from governor’s office.

“With this incentive program, we are further encouraging state employees to get vaccinated to help keep themselves, their families, and their communities healthy and safe,” said Hogan said in a statement. “Incentives like this are another way to reinforce the importance of getting vaccinated, and we strongly encourage businesses across the state to consider offering incentives to their workers as well. These vaccines are safe and effective, they’re free, and they’re readily available with or without an appointment.”

The state is working with government workers unions to implement the program.

As of May 3, Maryland has reported more than 4.9 million COVID vaccinations. According to official CDC data, 62% of Marylanders 18 and older, and 84.8% of Marylanders 65 and older, have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Still, there is vaccine hesitancy and resistance among some communities ranging from African Americans and immigrants to rural residents and Trump supporters.


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Police escort returns body of slain officer to Delaware

DELMAR, Del. (AP) — The body of a Delaware police officer who died after authorities say he was attacked responding to a fight returned to his home state with a police escort.

Law enforcement agencies from Maryland and Delaware escorted the body of Cpl. Keith Heacook from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore to Delmar.

Heacook, 54, died Wednesday at the hospital from injuries he suffered April 25 in the line of duty.

Authorities say Heacook was attacked by Brandon Wilkerson, 30, of Salisbury, Maryland, after responding to a report of a fight in Delmar. A witness reported that Wilkerson slammed his foot repeatedly on Heacook’s head while he lay unconscious. Wilkerson is also accused of attacking an elderly couple.

The escort for Heacook Sunday began around 2 p.m. The route took him from I-95 in Baltimore to U.S. Route 50 and Route 404 into Delaware and finally to Shorts Funeral Home in Delmar.


Despite pushback, Delaware chicken waste facility advances

BLADES, Del. — A new facility that will convert tons of Delmarva Peninsula’s chicken manure and slaughterhouse waste into energy is closer to becoming a reality.

The county council in Delaware’s southernmost county approved a zoning change April 20 in a key regulatory win for Bioenergy Devco, the company seeking to build a $50 million anaerobic digester near the town of Blades.

“The [digester] will provide a much-needed alternative to organic material management in the area,” said Peter Ettinger, the company’s chief development officer. “Not only will the facility reduce land application [of manure] and [keep] poultry organics from going into landfills, but it will also turn these organics into renewable natural gas and [produce a] virtually odorless soil amendment.”

The council also has agreed to make available to the company up to $60 million in private activity bonds for the project.

The Sussex County proposal has attracted ire from some environmentalists, who say it further incentivizes the construction of industrial-scale chicken farms on the peninsula. Others say the potential for explosions or gas leaks at the plant poses an unacceptable risk to people living nearby.

“To burden a local population already surrounded by Superfund sites and poultry factory farms with this factory farm gas scheme will only invite greater public health and safety risks,” said Food & Water Watch Delaware organizer Greg Layton.

The project requires additional approval from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control before moving forward.

A new facility that will convert tons of Delmarva Peninsula’s chicken manure and slaughterhouse waste into energy is closer to becoming a reality.

The county council in Delaware’s southernmost county approved a zoning change April 20 in a key regulatory win for Bioenergy Devco, the company seeking to build a $50 million anaerobic digester near the town of Blades.

“The [digester] will provide a much-needed alternative to organic material management in the area,” said Peter Ettinger, the company’s chief development officer. “Not only will the facility reduce land application [of manure] and [keep] poultry organics from going into landfills, but it will also turn these organics into renewable natural gas and [produce a] virtually odorless soil amendment.”

The council also has agreed to make available to the company up to $60 million in private activity bonds for the project.

The Sussex County proposal has attracted ire from some environmentalists, who say it further incentivizes the construction of industrial-scale chicken farms on the peninsula. Others say the potential for explosions or gas leaks at the plant poses an unacceptable risk to people living nearby.

“To burden a local population already surrounded by Superfund sites and poultry factory farms with this factory farm gas scheme will only invite greater public health and safety risks,” said Food & Water Watch Delaware organizer Greg Layton.

The project requires additional approval from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control before moving forward.


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1 On this date in history, In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island. In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted. In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an 8-hour work day turned into a deadly riot when a bomb exploded. In 1932, mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. (Capone was later transferred to Alcatraz Island.) Famous birthdays — Actor Will Arnett is 51. Sports reporter Erin Andrews (pictured) is 43. Singer Lance Bass (‘N Sync) is 42.

2 A local family decided to donate reward money to local animal shelters after initially offering the cash for information leading to the identification and charging of the person or persons responsible for the death of their dogs. Mike and Ashley Hartford received donations for a reward totaling more than $3,500 after the story spread, and in keeping with their original intent of donating the funds if no arrests were made, they announced they are donating the money to local shelters and rescue groups (Story on A3)

3 In the first Biden administration rule aimed at combatting climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to phase down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. The proposed rule follows through on a law Congress passed in December authorizing a 15-year phaseout of HFCs. The new rule is intended to decrease U.S. production and use of the gases by 85% over the next 15 years, part of a global phaseout intended to slow climate change. HFCs are considered a major driver of global warming and are being targeted worldwide. President Joe Biden has pledged to embrace a 2016 global agreement to reduce HFCs. (Story on A2)


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Teen injured in shooting

CAMBRIDGE — A 17-year-old is recovering after being shot on Sunday night, May 2, in Cambridge.

Cambridge Police Department spokesman Capt. Justin Todd said the teen was shot in the area of his hip and leg area.

The victim was taken to Tidal Health in Salisbury, where he is in stable condition after a bullet was removed, according to Todd.

Several shots were heard in the vicinity of Leonards Lane around 9:37 p.m., and police and emergency responders responded to the victim’s location on the 500 block of Leonards Lane.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident can call CPD at 410-228-3333, or tips can be phoned in anonymously by calling 410-228-3784.


A Good Samaritan jumped into the bay in Ocean City, Maryland to save a baby ejected from a truck after a serious car accident on Sunday, May 2. The truck was teetering on the Route 90 bridge. (Story on A2)

Good Samaritan jumps into bay to save baby


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