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WESTOVER, Md. (AP) - Homicide investigators are looking into the death of an inmate being held at a Maryland prison.

Maryland State Police says it received a call from the Eastern Correctional Institution in Princess Anne late Friday. A police news release says two men were taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where 32-year-old inmate Alexander Denver Christopher was pronounced dead. The name of the other man wasn't released.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An Associated Press review of records shows that nearly half of the 50 inmates who took their own lives in Virginia jails over the past five years did so within the first 10 days of incarceration.

State regulations require that inmates have medical and mental health screenings upon admission, but those assessments vary greatly across Virginia's 58 local and regional jails.

Experts say because many defendants experience anxiety and despair when they are first locked up, it is critical that they are carefully screened as soon as they are processed.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A beached whale that initially drew a large crowd of Maryland oceanfront onlookers is dead.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore sent a team to Ocean City on Sunday morning to assess the condition of the juvenile sperm whale.

The aquarium said in an afternoon news release that aquarium veterinarians determined the whale has died. It says the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Ocean City police will remove the animal from the beach. The department will perform a necropsy to determine what happened.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra isn't starting its 2019-20 season as scheduled because of an extended labor dispute with its musicians.

The orchestra announced a free concert set for Saturday evening was delayed by one week. The Baltimore Sun reports the concert is  designed to preview compositions the orchestra was perform over the next nine months. 

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Police in a Delaware town say human remains have been uncovered near some softball fields used by children.

The Smyrna Police Department said in a news release that the remains found near the Little Lass fields are believed to be those of a child who was less than 10 years old.

The News Journal of Wilmington reported that police tape as well as tents and tarps to protect evidence could be seen at the recovery scene on Saturday. Details of how the remains were discovered on Friday and whether a crime had occurred hadn't been released.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - There's a new general commanding the Maryland National Guard.

Gov. Larry Hogan presided over Saturday's ceremony in which retiring Maj. Gen. Linda Singh gave way to Maj. Gen. Timothy Gowen as the state's adjutant general. The position is part of Hogan's Cabinet and oversees Maryland's military department, which includes emergency management and thousands of service members.

Gowen returns to Maryland after a brief stint with the U.S. Army Futures Command in Texas. He was Maryland assistant adjutant general for 3 1/2 years until September 2018.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia judge has blocked the city of Charlottesville's effort to remove Confederate statues.

The Daily Progress reports the three-day civil trial that ended Friday included a judge's ruling preventing the removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

The planned removal of the Lee statue prompted a white nationalist rally in 2017 in which counter protester Heather Heyer was killed.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general says couples planning to get married in the state will not have to disclose their race on their marriage application.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that clerks were notified of the change in an email late Friday, about a week after three couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state requirement .

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Police say three teenagers who were shot after a high school football game in Virginia are expected to survive.

Newport News Police said via Twitter on Saturday that the shootings happened at the end of a football game at Todd Stadium on Friday night.

A 14-year-old victim was found in the stadium's parking lot. Two 19-year-olds were found on a street near the stadium. The victims were taken to hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds. Police say none of the injuries are life-threatening.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Authorities in northern Virginia say they have found no evidence that a shooting occurred at a movie theater that's part of a popular mall.

Reports of a shooting had prompted panic and a large police presence Saturday night. But the Arlington County Police Department later tweeted that authorities had completed a preliminary search of the theater at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington without finding any evidence that a shooting took place.

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Delmarva Bike Week kicked off yesterday and members of the Harley Davidson family will be coming to Ocean City for OC Bike Fest.

Jean Davidson and her son will be making a number of appearances to talk about the family history.

WBOC reports that it was Jean’s grandfather Walter Davidson who helped found famous company.

Meanwhile, in Salisbury the week will also be celebrated at Perdue Stadium.

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office says it will have deputies out for the event to help with traffic congestion.

Sunday, Sept. 15th at 8PM on WSCL 89.5 FM

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The former Mayor of Onley Willis Kellam died this week at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.

He was mayor from 1996 to 2008.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Kellam brought the Veteran’s Day parade to the city and was known as a “Virginia Gentleman”.

He was also one of the founding members of the Society to Preserve the Onley Train Station.

The current mayor Matt Hart issued a statement calling him a great leader who improved life in the city.

He died on September 11th.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The long courtroom saga stemming from a deadly prison riot in Delaware is coming to a close.

Three inmates face sentencing Friday for their roles in the 2017 riot, during which one guard was killed and two others beaten and tormented. A female counselor was held hostage for nearly 20 hours before being rescued.

Eighteen inmates were charged in the riot, including 16 with murder.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for one of the women accusing Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual assault say Justin Fairfax's defamation lawsuit against CBS over an interview she gave is a "ploy" to preserve his political career.

The attorneys for Vanessa Tyson say the college professor stands by statements she made during the CBS interview earlier this year.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A gay married couple in Maryland is suing to challenge the State Department's refusal to recognize the U.S. citizenship of their infant daughter, who was born in Canada to a surrogate mother this year.

The federal lawsuit, filed Thursday, says a State Department policy unlawfully treats the children of married same-sex couples as if they were born out of wedlock.

In the first half of today's program, we meet Salisbury Mayoral candidate Wayne King.

Next, we look at how the Somerset and Worcester County are tackling opioid addiction during September's "Going Purple Month" .

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Dover’s downtown property owners will no longer face the prospect of a Business Improvement District tax.

It has been at zero for years.

But the City Council is moving forward with a measure to end the tax altogether.

WBOC reports that there had been a suggestion that the funds could be used to pay for additional coverage by police cadets in the downtown area.

But critics complain that the tax would be “double taxation” for business owners who already pay property taxes and utilities.

A vote on the issue is expected in September.

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LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a vehicle pursuit through three Maryland counties in which officers fired their weapons ended with a suspected drug dealer eluding custody.

Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski says officers on Thursday lost sight of the vehicle driven by the 20-year-old man. He says officers later found it, and the "extraordinarily small amount of blood" inside is inconsistent with a gunshot wound.

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BOWIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police are investigating after a small plane crashed into at least one passenger vehicle on a highway next to an airport, injuring four people.

Police said they responded to a report of a plane crash on Route 50 at about 11:20 a.m. Thursday near Bowie, Maryland.

A spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Department says the plane's pilot and the passenger declined to be transported to a hospital. The driver of the vehicle and the passenger were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says he doesn't support a tentative multistate settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the family that owns the company.

Frosh said Wednesday in a telephone interview that Maryland has not joined states that have reached a tentative deal.

He says what's on the table doesn't begin "to compensate for the damage that was done by the Purdue company and the Sackler family."

About half the states reached a tentative deal with Purdue Pharma over its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.

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Delmarva marked the 18th anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks that took 3-thousand lives when two aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center in New York.

In Dover more than 200 people showed up to attend the annual ceremony at the Air Mobility command Museum.

WBOC reports that many were first responders and service personnel who came to honor their comrades who rushed into those burning buildings and the Pentagon.

A wreath was laid next to the 911 monument at the museum.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - A historic Maryland mansion that's spent 250 years on the same plot has embarked on a 50-mile (80-kilometer) odyssey by land and sea to a new, quieter location.

The 1760s red brick Georgian home called Galloway Mansion was loaded onto oversize, custom-built trailers Tuesday for transport from Talbot County to its new resting place in Queenstown. News outlets report the homeowners say they're looking to settle the historic building in a quieter site.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says consumers should be wary about a newly launched product marketed as a way for victims to self-administer a sex assault evidence kit.

Herring's office said in a news release Tuesday that evidence from that type of kit could be ruled inadmissible in a criminal proceeding because of chain of custody issues.

The news release also says the products could delay or prevent survivors from connecting with health care resources and sources of support.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - An animal shelter in Virginia says it's hoping to harness the power of facial recognition to reunite missing pets with their owners.

News outlets report the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center is joining a growing list of shelters using Finding Rover, an application created in 2012 that takes facial recognition software most commonly used on humans and puts it to work on dogs and cats.

The shelter will add photos of animals in its care to the app and local owners of missing pets are encouraged to do the same. The app then scans for matches.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - An Episcopal seminary in northern Virginia is starting a $1.7 million reparations fund to make up for its reliance on slave labor in in the 19th century.

The Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria announced the fund's creation last week. The endowment will be used for a variety of purposes, including assistance to any descendants of slaves who worked there.

The seminary was founded in 1823 by a group that included "Star-Spangled Banner" author Francis Scott Key. Enslaved workers helped build the campus and worked there after its creation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The deadline is approaching for anyone hankering to be chief justice of Delaware.

Applications from candidates seeking to replace retiring Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr. are due by noon Friday. Delaware's Judicial Nominating Commission will then interview the applicants.

Applicants will be considered simultaneously for a potential derivative vacancy on the Supreme Court if one of the sitting justices is nominated to be chief justice.

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The September 15th deadline looms for those struggling with student debt to get some relief from Maryland.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says the Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit is open to any state resident who has at least $5-thousand to pay on their student loans.

He said, “This is a new program and it’s obviously not a cure all. But it’s something that says the state of Maryland wants young people to know who have a lot of college debt that we’re on their side and we’d like to help them out.”

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Delaware State Parks are imposing a ban on outside firewood.

WBOC reports that the voluntary firewood ban is an effort to keep invasive species of insects from other states at bay.

The television station reports that the Department of Agriculture told WRDE it was concerned about the emergence of the Spotted Lanternfly in northern Delaware.

It has already issued an emergency quarantine order for New Castle County.

Campers at state parks will be barred from transporting firewood from outside the local area into the campgrounds.

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Governor John Carney is calling for the federal government to enact strict gun laws.

The Delaware Democrat sent a letter to the president and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell along with 11 other governors calling for “red flag” laws.

These prevent people from buying a fire arm if they are deemed a risk to themselves or others.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the letter notes this year alone over 10-thousand people have been shot and killed with 570 over the last two weeks.

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