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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Officials in a Delaware city want to change a law that allows some people to vote more than once in local elections.

The News Journal reports that two Newark City Council members are seeking to undo a law that allows representatives from limited liability companies that own property to vote.

The law was enacted in the 1960s as a way to allow out-of-town property owners a vote in elections that involve tax increases.

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A suspicious package found Monday morning on the door step of the Newark Planned Parenthood offices turned out to be paperwork left for an employee.

Discovery of the package caused a portion of East Delaware Avenue to be shut down and apartments evacuated as authorities carried out their investigation.

Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Delaware, told the Wilmington News Journal that the package appeared to be torn and beaten up.

Newark officers searched the area for around three hours before reopening the street.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A 9-year-old is fulfilling his civic duty by writing a letter to a Delaware city's mayor asking for traffic safety improvements in his neighborhood.

Local news media outlets report that Joey Tosh-Morelli convinced Newark officials and Mayor Polly Sierer to paint "stop ahead" warnings at intersections before signs.

Tosh-Morelli wrote to Sierer earlier this month explaining how many drivers do not fully stop at the intersection in front of his house. With a handwritten letter and drawn diagram, he showed Sierer an example of where to place warnings.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities say an early morning shooting and apparent robbery has injured an Applebee's employee who was leaving work. 

The News Journal of Wilmington reports officers responded to a report of a shooting at an Applebee's parking lot around 2:15 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound to an unspecified extremity.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A school bus crash in Delaware has injured two students and the driver of a car.
 
Delaware State Police said in a statement that the crash happened Monday morning at the intersection of Harmony Road and Ruthar Drive in Newark. Police say the bus was carrying about 30 students from the Las Americas Aspira Academy in Newark when it crashed with a car.
 
Police say the driver of the car and two children who were on the bus were taken to hospitals with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening.
 

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A suspicious package found on the Newark campus of University of Delaware has turned out to be a hoax.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it was found inside a trash truck this morning forcing the roads to be closed while police investigated.

All foot traffic was barred near two dorms around Haines Street but neither was evacuated and people were told to stay inside.

A University facilities crew found the package around 7:30 a.m. in the back of their trash truck after they emptied it and notified the campus community to stay away from the area.

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Businesses in Newark are gearing up to meet new set of regulations as they brace for returning students at the University of Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there will be a new nuisance point system for bars and restaurants.

Infractions will be based on a 1 to 10 scale.

And with enough points they could lose their liquor license.

Officials tried to assure local businesses that if they are making good faith efforts they should “not have to worry”.

The new regulations come after the death of a student at a house party in the spring.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has announced a commitment to recruiting more diverse students and faculty from under-represented backgrounds.
    
The university plan focuses on recruiting and developing faculty members who are the first in their families to go into academia and are from low-income backgrounds.
    
The state is currently accepting bids for consultants to study the issue of diversity on Delaware's flagship campus.
    

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Voters in Newark will be going to the polls today to choose two members of the City Council.

For the seat being vacated by council member Rob Gifford real estate agent Arlynn Hall is up against Jen Wallace.

Council member Luke Chapman is looking at a challenge by Donna Mears.

Mayor Polly Sierer and council member Stuart Markham are unopposed.

Council members serve two year terms. 

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Newark officials are considering shifting its policy on marijuana possession citations from the state courts to the Newark Alderman’s Court.

Since the cases are referred to the state courts the state also keeps the fines.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Newark City Solicitor Bruce Herron said that the Alderman’s Court would allow Newark police from having to show up in state court in contested cases.

He added it is a matter of convenience that would save time and keep the officers from having to go outside the city limits to attend judicial proceedings.

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