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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say flu cases have been confirmed in the state's three counties and one person has been hospitalized.

The News Journal of Wilmington reported Wednesday that at least one flu case has been confirmed in each county since last week. The state confirmed its first flu case last year in late October. The flu last year killed more than 30 Delawarians, the highest amount since the state started keeping records in 2004.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Twenty of the Richmond region's historic sites are offering visitors free admission this weekend.

The sites include museums, historic homes and other attractions that cover 400 years of history.

Each site will offer complimentary admission to visitors who show a "time travelers passport," which are available to download from each attraction's website.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that the remnants of Hurricane Florence spawned a total of eight tornadoes in Virginia earlier this week.

The weather service's office in Wakefield, Virginia, said Wednesday that meteorologists have confirmed two additional tornadoes hit the area on Monday. That brings the total for that day to eight.

Seven of the tornadoes were spread across the Richmond metro area. Another tornado hit Mecklenburg County, near the North Carolina border, the same day.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA opened its doors early at its new facility in Georgetown to some refugees from the flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

It’s being done in partnership with the Best Friends Animal Society.

Around a dozen dogs arrived late yesterday afternoon from the Cumberland County Services in Fayetteville North Carolina.

In addition, the animal shelter was expected to take in several cats last night.

And it expected to receive around 100 animals before the day was out.

Delaware is one of only two states in which poverty rose last year.

And more people live in poverty in the state now than before the Great Recession.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Census Bureau says it inched up to 13.6 percent from 12.3 percent.

The other state was West Virginia.

In another 20 states saw the poverty rate decline while in the others it remained the same.

The paper reports that some of increase can be traced to the rising Hispanic population which has jumped by 63 percent to more than 89-thousand.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Chronic-pain patients in Maryland are asking for help in easing restrictions they face in getting drugs to treat their pain because of the crackdown on opioids.

About two dozen people attended a rally in front of the Maryland State House on Tuesday where participants held signs that said: "Don't Punish Pain," and "Make Health Care Again."

Holly Agouridis of Kensington, Maryland, helped organize the rally in Annapolis. She says people who suffer from chronic pain want the law to "let doctors be doctors" and help them.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A gubernatorial candidate in Maryland who vetoed a reporter from being a panelist at his sole debate with Gov. Larry Hogan has reversed his stance, blaming Hogan's campaign.

News outlets report a Tuesday statement by Democratic nominee Ben Jealous' campaign says debate negotiations with Hogan's campaign led Tamela Baker of The Hagerstown Herald-Mail to be excluded. The statement by a Jealous senior adviser, Kevin Harris, says the panel selection process was limited by Hogan's campaign's refusal to attend additional debates.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police in northern Delaware are investigating the drowning of a kayaker.

Authorities say the kayaker capsized on the Brandywine River near the North Market Street Bridge was carried down the river by the swift current.

A police officer and a paramedic were able to pull the victim, who was unresponsive, from the water and began CPR.

The victim, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboist has filed a sexual harassment complaint, saying the orchestra failed to protect her from repeated harassment and retaliation.

News outlets report principal oboe player Katherine Needleman says concertmaster Jonathan Carney has engaged in a constant pattern of retaliation since she rejected him for sex in 2005.

According to the complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she reported the "daily hostility" and "physical intimidations and threats" to the orchestra several times.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia House Republicans have filed their own redistricting proposal they say will fix what a court found were unconstitutionally gerrymandered districts.

GOP Del. Rob Bell introduced a remedial map Tuesday that Republicans say alters 30 House districts, including the 11 that the court said must be redrawn.

Democrats previously introduced a plan Republicans who narrowly control the chamber called a partisan power grab. House Democrats issued a statement Tuesday criticizing Bell's plan.

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Independent candidate for Wicomico County Executive Jack Heath has endorsed Republican Governor Larry Hogan in his re-election bid this year.

In addition, Heath gave his blessing to Comptroller Peter Franchot a Democrat who is running for re-election.

He said the two have given a voice in Annapolis to the concerns of the Eastern Shore.

Heath is challenging Republican incumbent Bob Culver.

Heath is currently the president of the Salisbury City Council and has been endorsed by the local Democratic Club.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democrat Ben Jealous is supporting proposals aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable in Maryland.

Jealous, who is running for governor, announced his support for the measures Monday at a news conference.

He is backing legislation to create a state board to focus on ensuring transparency and accountability in prescription drug pricing. He says companies would be required to provide advance notice before increasing prices and explain why.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have signed off on a comprehensive, $13 million upgrade of Delaware's voting system, including all new machines, an electronic poll book to speed up voter check-in, and a new election management system.

The co-chairs of the legislature's capital budget committee on Monday endorsed the unanimous recommendation of a bipartisan task force to enter into a contract with Election Systems & Software LLC.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Virginia say one person is dead after an apparent tornado touched down in the Richmond area and caused a building to collapse.

Chesterfield Fire/EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore said a second person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and that all the people at Old Dominion Flooring have been accounted for.

Dominion Energy reported 6,000 customers in the Richmond area were without power due to Monday's storm.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Hurricane Florence could impact the academic calendar for schools in coastal Virginia. Hurricane season is far from over. Then comes winter.  

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported Monday that state officials are urging schools to try to make up for time lost from canceled classes. Some school systems canceled class for as many as four days last week. 

State law requires schools to hold 180 teaching days or 990 hours. But they can apply to the state for waivers in cases of weather emergencies.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's official government revenue forecast has inched up as state officials begin laying the groundwork for developing a budget proposal for next year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday boosted the revenue estimate for this year by $27.4 million compared to its previous estimate in June. The panel increased its forecast for next year, fiscal 2020, by $12.2 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general says the state will appeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to deny the state's efforts to reduce emissions from 36 power plants in five upwind states.

Brian Frosh said Monday he plans to appeal the EPA decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The EPA signed a final agency decision denying Maryland's petition for relief under the Clean Air Act late Friday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland police say a "Black Lives Matter" sign has been stolen from a church.

Anne Arundel police spokesman Marc Limansky tells The Capital the sign was reported stolen Sunday by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis. Limansky says the sign was last seen Saturday afternoon. It was hung outside the church in 2015 to support the national "Black Lives Matter" movement, which calls for the end of systemic violence and racism against black people.

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What remains of Hurricane Florence is expected to hit Delaware today and tomorrow.

The National Weather Service says that there are likely to be showers and thunderstorms with some localized flooding.

But heavy winds are not expected keeping below 20 mph.

That means utility companies do not expect any power outages in the region from the remnants of the storm.

By Wednesday the rains should have moved out of the area.

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Forty-one Delaware firefighters are in North Carolina to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

WBOC reports that on Sunday personnel from Dagsboro and Frankford volunteer fire companies were in the Fayetteville area.

Meanwhile, firefighters from Lewes were in Morehead City and went door to door checking on evacuated homes and those residents who stayed behind.

The television station reports that photos from the Lewes contingent showed downed trees and fences as well as boats that had run aground.

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Ellendale voters approved a measure on Saturday that would shift its water supply from private wells to a public system.

The referendum was approved by a vote of 81 to 21.

WBOC reports that many residents have complained of brown and orange residue in their water.

In some private wells there have been positive tests for bacteria.

The television station reports that the Ellendale Community and Civic Improvement Association estimated that if the measure was approved it would cost a user around $400 more a year for a new system.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials are holding a hearing on proposed premium rates for next year's health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act that are sold directly to individuals.

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer is holding the hearing Monday in Baltimore.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman has been killed and two men have been critically injured after being struck by a train in Delaware.

Police in Georgetown say the three were hit by a Carload Express train early Sunday morning as they walked on railroad tracks.

The woman was pronounced dead and the two men were taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Detective Joseph Melvin said police were dispatched to the railroad tracks behind the 600 block of North Bedford Street after the train engineer reported the incident.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County is considering a resolution that would prohibit boaters from letting treated waste flow into area waterways.

The resolution would turn prominent rivers and creeks into "no-discharge zones."

Boaters are already prohibited from releasing raw sewage into U.S. waters.

Most boats equipped with toilets hold their sewage in tanks and pump it out at designated locations on shore. But some vessels have systems that treat and then discharge the waste.

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Mayor Jake Day hailed last weekend’s National Folk Festival held in Salisbury a success.

He says that up to 63-thousand people showed up for the event.

WBOC reports that the mayor said the estimate was based on the city’s Wi-Fi system which can track how many devices were in the area.

The actual total was 97-thousand but was rounded down to take into account a number of variables.

Day noted this was despite the inclement weather which saw on and off rain during the event.

The exact amount of money raised by the festival is still be determined.

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Ellendale area residents will go to the polls tomorrow to determine whether a small area along North and South Old State road west of the city limits will turn to Artesian Resources for their water.

The move is part of an effort to deal with the high nitrate problem they have with their shallow wells.

Sussex County Engineer Hans Medlarz told the Wilmington News Journal that the referendum is for a far smaller district than the one that was sought last year.

That plan was defeated by a 13 vote margin and would have provided central water to about 200 residences.


A box has been found containing DNA samples of around 16-hundred Delaware convicted criminals which were never entered into the national data base.

That database allows authorities to connect criminals with crime scene evidence.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the samples are from 2001 through 2012.

The paper reports that the discovery was kept a secret for years despite assurances that the transfer to the new Division of Forensic Science would be transparent.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration for efforts he says are intended to undercut the nation's health care law.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday is the latest in a broad effort by attorneys general in various U.S. states pushing back against a "sabotage" of the Affordable Care Act following years of failed GOP attempts to fully repeal the Obama-era law.