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The bridge over Dividing Creek along the Somerset/Worcester county lines will be closed for ten weeks which began last Thursday.

The work to replace the span will cost $2.3 million and will reopen by the beginning of the school year.

Maryland State Highway Administration told WBOC that the accelerated schedule is an effort to accommodate local agriculture.

Around a 1,000 vehicles cross Maryland 364 with most of them hauling grain to Westover during the fall harvest.

The new bridge will be some 55-feet long and 13 feet wide.

BSO

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is locking out its musicians now that contract and salary negotiations have stalled.

The Baltimore Sun reports the lockout starts Monday. Musicans say they're also losing 12 weeks of pay since management abruptly cancelled summer concerts. Musicians have been playing without a new contract since September.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is calling for the legalization of marijuana.

Herring said Saturday that Virginia should start decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and eventually legalize the drug.

The Democratic attorney general said criminal prosecutions are costly to the state and local governments and disproportionately affect African Americans.

Herring made the remarks in an op-ed in the Daily Press and in comments to reporters at a Democratic fundraiser in Richmond.

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Hillary May was crowned Miss Delaware 2019 during a ceremony at the Cape Henlopen High School on Saturday.

During the event Miss Hockessin said that she wanted to bring awareness to the stigma of mental illness.

Her talent was singing.

On her Facebook page she praised her competitors, describing them as smart, talented and loving.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that she bested Miss Greenville Nia Andrews who was first runner up.

Second runner up was Miss New Castle Selena Barnett while Miss Blue Gold Victoria Muir was third runner up.

VA DOC

HAYNESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia corrections officials say that eight inmates at a state prison suffered apparent overdoses, including one who died.

The Virginia Department of Corrections said in a news release that the overdoses were discovered around 7 p.m. Saturday at the Haynesville Correctional Center in Richmond County in the eastern part of the state. One of the inmates was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The medical examiner is working to confirm the cause of death.

It's not known what caused the overdoses.

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An NPR investigation has uncovered new evidence in a prominent unsolved murder case from the civil rights era, including the identity of an attacker who admitted his involvement but was never charged.

The murder of Boston minister James Reeb in 1965 drew national attention at the time and spurred passage of the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed the Jim Crow voting practices that had disenfranchised millions of black Americans.

The Defense Department announced it is deploying 1,000 more U.S. troops to the Middle East "for defensive purposes" amid growing tensions with Iran.

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday in a statement that the action, meant to address air, naval, and ground-based threats, comes after "a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces."

The Trump administration has blamed Iran for a series of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

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