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An investigation has been launched into the death of an inmate in the custody of the Wicomico County Department of Corrections.

23-year-old Wayne Dean Davis Jr. was pronounced dead at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Friday afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the cause and manner of his death have not been released.

The paper reports that there were three open cases against him according to court documents.

Because of the active investigation details were not expected until at least today.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Opening statements are set in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a fatal prison riot.

Prosecutors also are expected to call their initial witnesses Monday in a trial expected to last two weeks or more.

The defendants are among 18 inmates charged in the riot. One inmate has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others, who will be tried in five separate groups.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia voters have just over a week left to request an absentee ballot to complete by mail.

The state doesn't have early voting but allows absentee voting if you can't make it to the polls on Election Day for a variety of reasons. The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5 p.m. Oct. 30. You can do so online or by contacting or visiting a registrar's office.

Absentee ballots must be returned to your local general registrar's office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, which is Nov. 6.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's transportation agency is studying the feasibility and cost of widening two routinely congested roadways.

The Capital Gazette reports that state Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn has written Anne Arundel's county executive saying a study has begun focusing on Ritchie Highway and Route 3.

The examination will review the potential for widening Ritchie Highway in both directions from the Baltimore City line to Arnold and widening Route 6 from Millersville to the Prince George's County line.

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The Supreme Court has temporarily shielded Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from having to sit for questioning under oath in the lawsuits over a controversial citizenship question the Trump administration added to the 2020 census.

A new portrait that is vaguely reminiscent of something painted by an old master is headed to Christie's New York auction block later this week, making it the first computer-generated artwork up for sale at a prestigious art house.

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Classical Music News

Vijay Gupta's life work has been to make music accessible to all.

That passion caught the attention of others and earlier this month the Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist was awarded a 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship — also known as the genius grant.

Until recently, most classical music videos have been humdrum affairs. Musicians, in concert attire, earnestly produce their notes with eyes closed and heads tilted in a beatific expression, somewhere between a migraine and an attempt to channel Bach from the heavens.

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Enviromental News

Microplastics have been found in human stool samples from countries in many parts of the world, according to a small pilot study being presented this week at the 26th annual United European Gastroenterology conference in Vienna, Austria.

Updated 8:47 p.m. ET

Hurricane Willa, an "extremely dangerous" storm heading to Mexico's Pacific coast, was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 by the National Hurricane Center on Monday.

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of nearly 150 mph, is about 100 miles west from Cabo Corrientes, a municipality in southwest Mexico. It is moving north at 8 mph, according to the NHC's latest advisory.

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