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Even though Sussex Technical School would like more students to enroll it won’t be able to do so.

The Delaware Department of Education denied a $150 million request for the construction of a new facility to replace the Sussex Tech.

WBOC reports that state officials said that the ask was too large to put into its funding budget because of factors ranging from limits on bonding and projects already in the pipeline to need for non-school projects.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is giving state employees a longer holiday for the Fourth of July.

Hogan announced Monday that state employees will have a holiday on July 5, which falls on a Friday, in addition to Thursday, July 4.

Hogan says he's granting state employees an additional day to gather with their families and enjoy celebrations taking place throughout the state. The governor says he hopes the long holiday will encourage Marylanders to spend more time together and celebrate.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers have added millions more in spending to Gov. John Carney's proposed $4.4 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee finished marking up Carney's spending plan Thursday by adding millions more to the proposed operating budget for disabilities services, Medicaid dental care for adults and college scholarships for Delaware residents.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - A 38-year-old man has been killed in a single-car crash in Delaware.

State police say the crash occurred just before 1 a.m. Sunday when the driver of a 2008 Hyundai Accent failed to negotiate a left curve in Millsboro and struck a utility pole.

The driver was not properly restrained and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are withholding his name until his family can be notified.

Police said the man was from Seaford.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - While this may not be the year for Maryland to approve recreational marijuana, lawmakers say they are going to be study how to implement it as soon as next year.

House Speaker Michael Busch said Wednesday on the first day of the legislative session that a task force will "put a structure in place before we send it to referendum for the people of the state of Maryland to decide" as soon as next year.

Busch, a Democrat, says he believes more states will legalize recreational marijuana in the future. He says "it'll be much like overturning prohibition."


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man has taken a plea deal in connection with an assault on a marcher in last year's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Daily Progress reports that 52-year-old Donald Blakney was originally charged with felony malicious wounding but took a plea deal Tuesday that downgraded that charge to misdemeanor assault.

He received a suspended sentence of 12 months.

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Maryland Congressman Andy Harris said last night that he supports the Cassidy-Graham bill that would essentially repeal the Affordable Care Act and rely upon block grants to the states.

During an appearance on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore the incumbent Republican said he believed the states were the best place for shaping health policy.

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The Family Court building in Dover was evacuated after a pipe was found at the entrance by a police officer at around 5 p.m. yesterday.  

WBOC reports the pipe was removed by a robot to a secure location and where it was determined not to be an explosive device.

The television station reports that authorities believe the pipe was left outside by someone who did not want to carry it into the building.

Police say they are likely to find out who left the pipe.

No one was injured.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia health officials are encouraging residents to help combat the spread of the Zika virus as mosquito season begins.

The Virginia Health Department's Zika website provides information about how residents can take precautions against the mosquito-borne illness. Zika can cause serious birth defects in pregnant women.

There have been 115 reported cases of Zika in Virginia since December 2015. Those have all been cases in which someone traveled to a Zika-affected area. There were no locally transmitted cases.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin will be taking part in a discussion on foreign policy.

It's scheduled for Friday morning at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The Maryland Democrat will be including a special focus on new ways to increase diversity of the national security workforce.

This week, Cardin introduced legislation designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the departments of state and defense, as well as other agencies focused on shaping and implementing U.S. foreign policy.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say more than 200,000 Delaware residents have been put at risk of identity theft following a breach of a state Labor Department job-seeker database earlier this month.

Delaware Department of Labor Secretary Patrice Gilliam Johnson said Wednesday that the attack occurred after a hacker created a job-seeker account in the Delaware JobLink database and then exploited a vulnerability in the system.

The database connects job seekers with employers and contains information from about 253,000 people in the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A nominee to the Maryland State Board of Education is facing questions about a record of traffic offenses and debt.

Brandon Cooper appeared Monday before a state Senate panel that is considering his nomination by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Cooper, who is 28, says he has learned from his mistakes. His record includes a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to appear in court and liens for failing to pay state taxes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An attorney for a transgender teen in Virginia is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to bar him from using the boys restroom when he returns to school this fall.

In a brief filed Tuesday in the high court, Josh Block of the American Civil Liberties Union says the Gloucester County School Board has failed to show that it will be irreparably harmed by allowing Gavin Grimm to use the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity while his case plays out in lower courts.