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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has struck down certain regulations on carrying guns in state parks and on state forest land, saying they are unconstitutional.

The judge ruled Thursday that state officials cannot prohibit visitors from carrying guns in camping areas and lodges

He also said a law enforcement official cannot stop a person carrying a gun and demand that he or she provide identification so authorities can conduct a background check, unless the official has reasonable suspicion that the visitor is engaged in criminal conduct.

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A new report finds that 74 of 98 large meat-processing plants it looked at nationwide dumped illegal levels of nitrogen, fecal bacteria and other pollutants into waterways since January of 2016.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the study noted Allen Harim is looking at $241-thousand fine for dozens of wastewater-related violations at its plant in Harbson.

The company has appealed that decision.

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Candy Thomson is suing the Maryland Department of Natural Resources charging that she was demoted because of a profane Facebook comment about Democratic Candidate Ben Jealous in the governor’s race.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the complaint was filed in federal court on Tuesday citing her First Amendment rights.

Her comment was made on the post by Daily Record reporter Bryan Sears about Jealous’s initial decision to keep a report from a debate panel.

Thomson is a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The head of the Delaware National Guard has announced her retirement.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons said Thursday that she will retire from her post in March 2019. The 42-year-old veteran said in an email to her "Delaware National Guard family" that she's grateful to the state and organization.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Jury selection is complete in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a fatal prison riot.

With the process of picking jurors completed Thursday, opening statements and initial testimony are slated for Oct. 22.

The four 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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There was no threat against Parkside High School.

That’s word from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office after alerts were circulated on social media.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the concerns stemming from the alerts were unfounded.

Officials found no threats or incidents at the school.

They said that if there are any further questions about the incident they should be directed to the sheriff’s office for the Board of Education.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say Delaware is on pace to surpass 400 drug overdose deaths in 2018, after it had 345 last year.

The Delaware State News and other outlets report the statistics are from the state Department of Health and Social Services. More than 1,000 individuals have fatally overdosed in Delaware since the start of 2015 and the numbers show the opioid crisis still lingers, although the state has made progress in fighting addiction.

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The three candidates for Wicomico County Executive faced off in a forum last night on the campus of Salisbury University.

WBOC reports that independent candidate Jack Heath emphasized education saying that he fully backed the current Imagine 2022 plan by Superintendent Donna Hanlin to improve the public schools.

When asked about the county’s revenue cap incumbent Republican Bob Culver said he had no plans for its repeals but said he was open to a study of the measure.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two U.S. senators are introducing a measure to prohibit foreign adversaries from owning or controlling companies that support election systems.

Democratic Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin said Thursday they were introducing the bill, along with Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine.

The measure comes after the FBI told Maryland officials in July that a Russian oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin was heavily invested in the software vendor that maintains key parts of Maryland's election infrastructure.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians have only a few days left to register to vote.

Monday is the deadline to register online, by mail or in person.

Voters will decide the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican challenger Corey Stewart next month.

There are also several competitive congressional districts throughout the state, as Democrats hope to pick up seats as part of a broader effort to take control of the U.S. House.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The president of Delaware's teachers union has resigned in light of offensive blog posts from 2006 to 2009 that resurfaced this week.

News outlets report the Delaware State Education Association convened an emergency meeting Wednesday during which Mike Matthews resigned. Matthews used to run a blog in which he used crude terms to comment on female political figures and denigrated Muslims.

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Salisbury University has renamed its Center for International Education after former university president Janet Dudley-Eshbach.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a crowd gathered yesterday at the renamed building to mark her accomplishments during her tenure.

Dudley-Eshbach told the group of university officials and students that she was greatly honored and noted that she herself had benefited greatly from her time as head of the institution.       

She is a scholar of Latin American literature studying Spanish in Mexico.

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John Dorman has quit as mayor of Snow Hill.

His resignation is effective at the end of this month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Dorman submitted his resignation at a Town Council meeting on Tuesday night.

With his resignation the position will show up on the ballot along with seats on the council in May of next year.

Meanwhile, the city council will meet to hash out a replacement for Dorman.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has dismissed a challenge by Exelon to the water quality certification issued by a Maryland agency in the proposed relicensing of the Conowingo Dam.

Gov. Larry Hogan says progress in fighting pollution in the Chesapeake Bay could be at risk, if Maryland doesn't pursue a comprehensive regional approach to reducing pollution in the Susquehanna River, which flows through the dam.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor released a re-election campaign video poking fun at his challenger's verbal blunders, but Democrat Ben Jealous says Republican incumbent Larry Hogan is bullying him over his speech impediment.

The video launched Monday shows Jealous talking about removing Hogan from the White House, becoming Virginia's next governor and making history as the first black president. Hogan's campaign tweeted the video, asking "What exactly is BenJealous running for?"

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A champion of liberal causes and public service, former U.S. Sen. Joseph D. Tydings has died at 90.

Gov. Larry Hogan mourned Tydings' death Monday in a statement praising his corruption prosecutions and ordered flags lowered in his honor.

News outlets report the Maryland Democrat died of cancer in Washington. Daughter Mary Tydings says he was surrounded by family and cloaked in a University of Maryland blanket.


Delaware lawmakers will be looking at creating a tax credit for student loan debt when their session begins next year.

WBOC reports that state Senator Greg Lavelle said he would bring up the measure in January when the state legislature returns to Dover.

Under the proposal every ten years college graduates would be allow a credit of up to $25-hundred for those with more than $20-thousand.

The plan would require students to prove that the money went to pay off their student loan.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Board of Pardons will hear a commutation request from a man serving 35 years in prison for a murder committed when he was 17 years old.

After reviewing the request from Byron Dickerson behind closed doors last month, the board has agreed to hear from Dickerson in person on Oct. 23.

Dickerson was initially sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1990 contract killing of Kevin Brown, who was his girlfriend's brother.

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EARLEVILLE, Md. (AP) - An exploding cellphone has injured a high school student on the bus ride home from school in Maryland.

News outlets reports the school bus was bringing students home from Bohemia Manor High School in Chesapeake City on Tuesday afternoon when students pointed out a smoking cellphone laying on the floor to the driver.

Authorities believe a student tried to pick up the phone to throw it out of the window and suffered burns. He was treated at a hospital.

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DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a man has been charged with drunken driving after his vehicle hit a train in southern Delaware.

Delaware State Police say the incident happened about 11 p.m. Monday in Dagsboro.

Authorities say 48-year-old David L. Sayre of Georgetown was trying to cross a railroad crossing when the front of his pickup truck struck one of the train cars.

Sayre was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. He was issued a traffic citation for driving under the influence and not having proof of insurance.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Johns Hopkins University and the family of Henrietta Lacks say a new building on the school's campus in East Baltimore will be named after the woman whose cells were taken without her consent and widely used in revolutionary research.

News outlets report the building will support programs promoting research and community engagement. Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951 at the university where researchers discovered her cells reproduced indefinitely in test tubes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say reports of hate crimes had increased by more than 100 from 2016 to 2017.

The Capital Gazette cites the newly released numbers from State Police as saying there were 398 reports of hate crimes or bias incidents in 2017 in Maryland compared to 295 in 2016.

The increase was mostly from more densely-populated regions as Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties each had more reported hate crimes.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Jury selection has begun in a trial against four of the inmates accused of taking part in a riot at a maximum-security prison in Delaware that killed a prison guard.

Jury selection started Monday in the first of five trials against a total of 18 inmates charged in the riot that killed Lt. Steven Floyd.

The inmates have been split into five separate groups of defendants to stand trial on charges of participating in a hostage-taking and uprising. Each group will face its own jury.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Delaware woman whose bail was set at $1,202 has died in custody.

Citing the Delaware Department of Correction, news outlets report 37-year-old Tiffany Reeves was pronounced dead early Monday morning at the Sussex Correctional Institution.

A DOC spokeswoman says Reeves had been in state custody since Friday, and was awaiting future court proceedings on undisclosed charges. The News Journal reports that a victim notification online service indicated she was to appear before a family court judge Monday.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Five of the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray who suffered a fatal spine injury while in custody are appealing a lawsuit against Baltimore's top prosecutor.

The Daily Record reports that the appeal filed Thursday follows a May decision by a Richmond, Virginia-based federal appeals court to block the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby maliciously investigated and defamed them.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware utility regulators are being urged to reject a challenge to a deal under which Delmarva Power customers are forced to pay tens of millions of dollars to a California-based fuel cell manufacturer.

Public Service Commission staff and Delaware's public advocate say the commission has no authority to change the tariff deal between Delmarva Power and Bloom Energy. The commission is scheduled to discuss the matter Tuesday.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Lafayette River has become the first of five Virginia rivers to have its oyster population recover, having met state and federal goals.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that volunteers gathered to mark the milestone Monday, tossing hundreds of shells covered with baby oysters into the river. 

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It’s time for the experts in the topless suit brought against Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the plaintiffs have submitted a report on human sexuality by Debby Herbenick a professor at Indiana University.

The deadline for offering up experts on the law that bars women from going topless for the plaintiffs was October 5th.

The lawsuit argues that women have the same legal right as men to go bare-chested besides breastfeeding.

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Senator Chris Coons says it had been a hard day for him when the Senate approve the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kvanaugh.

The nominee was sworn in on Saturday night.

The Delaware Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal that the razor thin margin of the vote was not a strong endorsement adding it was time to approve nominees by an overwhelming vote.

He noted that his constituents mostly opposed Kavanaugh but acknowledged that many were pleased with the nomination.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware taxpayers have shelled out more than $360,000 in legal defense costs for 18 prisoners charged in a deadly prison riot last year - and the bills will continue to pile up as the trials get under way.

The cost to taxpayers is expected to grow substantially as each of five separate groups of defendants stands trial on charges of participating in a hostage-taking and uprising at Delaware's maximum-security prison last year, during which a prison guard was killed.

Jury selection in the trial of the first four defendants begins Monday.