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The battle for the Delaware state senate finds the GOP denouncing the Democratic candidate Laura Sturgeon over her residency claim in the district.

She is facing incumbent Republican Greg Lavell.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state GOP says Sturgeon has handed out letters claiming she has lived in the district since she was a small child.

The paper reports that her parents have lived in the Greenville area for many years but that she moved to Newark while attending college in the 1990’s.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - For half a year, the Republican National Committee's website directed seekers of the Maryland Republican Party's Twitter to a porn account.

The RNC removed the porn link from GOP.com on Monday after The Capital newspaper raised questions.

Maryland Republican Party Executive Director Patrick O'Keefe told the paper that the state party changed its handle on Jan. 24, and he agreed to have Twitter freeze the old account name. But a porn site swooped in, and the old handle began serving up a feed of "Sexy Car Babes" the next day.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Civic groups in Delaware are pushing for the reform of the state's popular system for limited liability companies.

The News Journal reports the Delaware Coalition for Open Government was joined by several other groups in asking Attorney General Matt Denn to appoint an independent counsel Monday.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has ruled that a social media platform can be compelled to divulge account information belonging to a woman who anonymously chatted online about plans for last summer's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero's order Monday says the woman's First Amendment rights to anonymous speech don't outweigh the importance of disclosing her identity to attorneys suing far-right extremists over the rally's violence.

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WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Maryland are looking into the deaths of two food vendor workers at a county fair.

Howard County police said in a news release that officers responding to a call found two people inside a locked bunkhouse on the grounds at the Howard County Fair Tuesday.

Firefighters forced their way into the bunkhouse and found the two men dead. One man was said to be in his 30s and the other was in his 40s. The police said both men were from out of state.

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318 boats tried their luck on the first day of the 45th Annual White Marlin Open.

There were 382 signed up for the event.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a huge blue marlin was caught on the first day by the Auspicious from Palm Beach, Florida.

It weighed 881-pounds and was 128-inches long.

Angler Joe Rahman told the paper that it took around 50 minutes to bring it while nearly 90 miles out to sea.

The announced payout from the tournament is $5.4 million – a record for the annual event.

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This past month the Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children has opened a facility that will help transgender teens.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Gender Wellness Clinic is part of a national effort among pediatric hospitals to help transgender and gender-nonconforming youth.

The clinic’s help involves not only surgery and hormonal therapy but programs to help transgender youth both medically and psychologically.

Dr. Evan Graber, director of the clinic, told the paper that he saw his first transgender patient around three years ago and now has 50.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is asking the company that runs the Conowingo Dam for help clearing flood debris.

The letter sent late last week to Exelon CEO Christopher Crane says amid recent heavy rainfall, more than 20 floodgates were opened at the dam on the Susquehanna River.  Officials say debris that flowed through is now having a detrimental and dangerous impact downstream.

The letter was sent by the heads of the Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources. The dam is licensed and operated by Exelon Generation Company.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Some of the world's most sophisticated tunnel technology will be used to expand the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

The Daily Press reported Thursday that contractors will use a massive machine to dig through the soil under Hampton Roads Harbor.

The digging will be a change from the previous method used to build or expand bridge tunnels in coastal Virginia. That method involved submersing prefabricated pieces of tunnel into a trench.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In-state tuition and mandatory fees at Virginia's universities and community colleges is up an average of 5.1 percent or $612 this school year.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's recent report to lawmakers found that students at four-year institutions will pay an average of $13,370 while community college students will pay an average of $4,620.

Room and board charges at four-year schools will average $10,633, up 3.5 percent from last school year.

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