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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A special prosecutor in Virginia says he's presented two indictments of election fraud against a person who worked on a Republican congressman's doomed re-election campaign.

Special prosecutor Donald Caldwell announced the indictment in a statement Monday. He did not identify the staffer who worked on Scott Taylor's campaign in Virginia's coastal 2nd Congressional District.

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Two more dead whales have been shown up off the coast of Northampton County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports R & C Seafood put up a photo of a dead humpback whale on the beach the village of Oyster.

The paper reports that the Virginia Aquarium sent a team to the scene but was unable to perform a necropsy because of the isolated nature of the area.

The company posed another photo of a dead while on April 15th.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican lawmakers are again proposing a constitutional amendment protecting parental rights in Delaware.

The measure introduced Monday is similar to one that was proposed last year but failed to gain traction in the Democrat-led legislature.

The bill says parents have a fundamental right to the care, custody and control of their children that should not be infringed by the government unless there is a compelling interest addressed by the least restrictive means.

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Seaford has a new police chief.

Marshall Craft was sworn in yesterday morning.

WBOC reports that he said he would like to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community.

Craft has lived in the city for the last 24 years.

He is replacing Robert Kracyla.

Kracyla moved on to head up the Middletown Police Department after less than a year in office.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Shaneka Henson to a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates that was held by former House Speaker Michael Busch, who died last month.

Hogan announced the appointment Monday.

The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee chose Henson for the seat last month in an 11-1 vote. That sent her nomination to the governor to make the appointment official.

The former Annapolis alderwoman will be one of two delegates who represent District 30A in Anne Arundel County, a district that includes the state capital.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore City Council has unanimously elected Brandon Scott as its president.

The 14-0 vote on Monday gave the 35-year-old Scott the position over Council Vice President Sharon Green Middleton. The job came open last week with the resignation of Mayor Catherine Pugh.

The Baltimore Sun reports the presidency needed to be filled because Democrat Bernard C. "Jack" Young moved up to mayor last Thursday. Young is mayor for the remainder of Pugh's term but has said he will seek reelection next year to the job of council president.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Officials of a Maryland county are set to vote on a measure designed to increase the transparency of investigations into deaths involving police.

The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday morning in Rockville, Maryland. 

The measure seeks to ensure that investigations into a police officer's conduct are independent, impartial and transparent, when an officer is involved in someone's death.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new Johns Hopkins University initiative will offer short courses to principals and other school leaders as part of a push to create standards around school safety.

Topics including student mental health and security technology will be offered through the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools launched Monday by Johns Hopkins' School of Education.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she thinks recent teacher strikes "ultimately hurt kids" and that labor disputes should be handled outside the classroom.

DeVos made the comment Monday in Baltimore while speaking at a conference for education journalists.

She was asked whether she supports teachers who've gone on strike, and she said it's important that adults have disagreements "on adult time and that they not ultimately hurt kids in the process."

She also said: "I think too often they're doing so by walking out of the classroom."

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KENT ISLAND, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland said divers found a helicopter that crashed into the Chesapeake Bay, and recovered the bodies of both people on board from the battered cockpit about 55 feet below the surface.

Maryland Natural Resources Police Capt. Brian Albert said divers with his agency and Maryland State Police recovered the bodies Saturday night off Kent Island's Bloody Point, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Annapolis, Maryland.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A once-common farm pesticide may be to blame for dozens of bald eagles poisoned over the past three years in Maryland and Delaware.

The Baltimore Sun reports that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data show pesticides were a suspected or confirmed factor in about 50 deaths of the national bird between 2008 and 2017.

There have been about two dozen bald eagles poisoned to death on the Delmarva Peninsula over the past three years, including at least seven in the past two months.

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The NASCAR race in Dover will take place at noon today.

It was postponed yesterday because of rain that washed across the one mile track.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the only event that took place on Sunday was a concert by the Charlie Daniels Band.

Dover is marking its 50th season for the race and winners will get a 60-pound Miles the Monster trophy.

The last time the city held the race on Monday was in 2007.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Virginia cannot go back to isolating death row inmates and denying them access to recreational facilities.

On Friday, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling prohibiting the state from reverting to old conditions that were found to be unconstitutional. Those conditions included holding inmates in 71-square-foot cells for 23 hours a day.

The state improved its treatment of death row inmates in 2015 but did not commit to making those changes permanent.

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A shooting took place at the Allure Nightclub in Dover on Saturday morning leaving a 21-year-old man wounded.

He was transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

WBOC reports that police say a large fight broke out at around 1:30 a.m.

When police arrived they arrested one man but another fight broke out in the parking lot.

They say that shots were fired and the victim who was a witness to the melee was hit in the hip.

The suspect is described as a black male with dreadlocks and a red shirt.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - After ex-Mayor Catherine Pugh's rapid collapse amid multiple public corruption investigations, Baltimore is quickly shifting into a new era with Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young at the helm.

Young is a fellow Democrat and a longtime leader of the City Council who automatically replaced Pugh after her resignation Thursday afternoon.

In a photo interview, Young told The Associated Press he's focused on reducing eye-popping rates of violent crime and tidying up the city's streets.

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Superior Court Judge Jane Brady has become the new chair of the Delaware Republican Party.

She was chosen over the weekend at the party’s annual convention.

Brady replaces Mike Herrington who declined to continue with another term because of personal commitments.

WBOC reports that she will attempt to revamp the party after the 2018 elections that saw the Democrats take every statewide office.

In addition, Democrats also saw a boost to their majorities in both the Delaware House and Senate.

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia Military Institute isn't raising student tuition thanks to increased state funding to the country's oldest state-supported military college.

The Lexington institution's Board of Visitors decided Saturday to keep annual tuition for Virginia residents at nearly $9,300, and for non-Virginia cadets at about $36,000.

But fees will increase by $540 for room and board, auxiliary services, and quartermaster charges. Cadets are required to live in the VMI barracks throughout their studies, making room and board a required fee.

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The Maryland Eastern Shore has been blessed with a host of birds some flying thousands of miles and making a pit stop before flying onto their final destigation. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill's attention has fastened onto - what has been called -- the Dipper Duck.

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has resigned amid an intensifying scandal and multiple investigations into the lucrative sales of her self-published children's books.

Steven Silverman is Pugh's attorney. He announced Pugh's resignation at a news conference Thursday afternoon. He said it will take effect immediately.

Reading from a written statement from Pugh, Silverman quoted her as saying, "Baltimore deserves a mayor who can move our great city forward."

The decision comes exactly one week after FBI and IRS agents raided the mayor's home and City Hall offices.

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Marc Kilmer is stepping down as a member of the Wicomico County Council.

He has been on the council for around five years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on his Facebook page he said he was moving to Idaho to deal with family issues.

He said this was a decision that was not taken lightly.

He will be leaving on June 15th.

The Republican’s departure comes during his second term after being reelected in November of 2018.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A great horned owl and at least seven bald eagles have been found dead along Maryland's Eastern Shore this year, reminding officials of the eagles found fatally poisoned in the area in 2016.

The Baltimore Sun reports state and federal wildlife officials are investigating the deaths, saying the Delmarva Peninsula has a "systemic" illegal poisoning problem. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that furthers the investigation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are again trying to pass legislation allowing doctor-assisted suicide in Delaware.

The bill introduced Thursday is similar to legislation that was first proposed in 2015 and resurrected in 2017 but which has never made it to a floor vote.

The legislation allows an adult diagnosed with a terminal illness and expected to die within six months to request prescription drugs to end his or her life. A consulting physician would have to confirm the attending doctor's diagnosis.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have again introduced legislation allowing school districts in Delaware to raise taxes without local voter approval.

A bill introduced Thursday says that, beginning in July 2020, a school board could increase the rate or amount of its district operating tax by at least 2% every year, indefinitely, without holding a referendum.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed off on a new state budget without vetoing a section that blocks the state from participating in a carbon cap-and-trade program.

The Democratic governor signed the budget Thursday. He said he was disappointed the GOP-led General Assembly put in language effectively prohibiting Virginia from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Commonwealth University professor is suing the school over his suspension regarding allegations that he racially profiled a visiting black professor; meanwhile some students are calling for his termination.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports professor Javier Tapia is suing to return to VCU, as he was suspended despite being cleared by a school investigation.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a man has hung himself at a Maryland jail.

The Harford County Detention Center said in a press release that the 56-year-old inmate was found Wednesday afternoon.

The statement said he was found was hanging in his cell with clothing wrapped around his neck. The inmate has been identified as Tommy Wayne Pardew, Sr.

The jail is in Bel Air, Maryland. Pardew lived in Havre de Grace, which is about 45 minutes northeast of Baltimore.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia regulators have approved the first round of what's set to be about $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce the need to produce and distribute electricity.

The State Corporation Commission on Thursday approved 11 new programs costing $226 million requested by Dominion Energy, the state's largest electric utility.

The commission also approved energy efficiency spending by Appalachian Power, the state's second largest electric utility.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In a dramatic surprise, an African American woman who had dropped out of the race for Maryland's House speaker has won the powerful office.

Del. Adrienne Jones was unanimously elected by members of the House in a special session Wednesday.

Her election makes state history on two fronts: She is the first woman and the first African American to become Maryland's House speaker.

It happened as a result of division in the House Democratic Caucus over two candidates, Del. Maggie McIntosh and Del. Dereck Davis.

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A fire in Seaford last night in a two story home has left one dead.

Authorities say the blaze began 8 p.m. at structure on North Arch Street.

WBOC reports that video by those on the scene show flames bursting out of the structure.

The body found inside the home has not been identified and there were no other reported injuries

The Red Cross did give assistance to the six adults were living inside the building.

Damage is estimated at around $75-thousand.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he will no longer sign any legislation that imposes new mandatory minimum sentence requirements.

Northam said in a news release Wednesday and in an opinion piece in the Washington Post that Virginia has "more than enough" mandatory minimum sentences in law already. He said judges need more discretion to decide punishments on a case-by-case basis.

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