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The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company has moved into its new station.

It came at a cost of around $4.3 million.

Denise Bowden with the fire company told the Salisbury Daily Times that the firefighters welcome the new facility with its updated equipment.

But, she added, they still had fond memories of their old station.

The new facility is located across the street from the town offices and community center.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge says you can't be convicted of impersonating someone who doesn't exist.

A Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that a Common Pleas judge erred in convicting Hakeem Evans of criminal impersonation because there was no evidence that a false name he gave a policeman in 2017 belonged to a real person.

The judge ordered Evans' acquittal because Delaware law states that someone is guilty of impersonation if he or she impersonates "a human being who has been born and is alive."

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Punkin Chunkin could be firing off the famed pumpkins into the ocean.

Ocean City officials have given their initial okay to host the vent in early November.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the mayor and Town Council voted to support plans for the event by promoter TEAM Productions LLC.

But it’s not a done deal.

City officials note that there are issues of cost especially if the insurance is too high.

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It was a no from residents to a referendum for the Christina School District.

It was the fourth failure in the last four years losing by more than 13-hundred votes.

The measure would have raising nearly $19 million over a three year period for operating costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the measure would have imposed a 34-cent tax increase.

The funds would have gone toward allowing the district to negotiate more competitive salaries as well as a shuttle service for high school students.

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Berlin town officials are now looking at a property tax hike of 18 percent to help close a $15 million budget shortfall.

That’s down from a suggestion of a 30 percent increase that produced an outcry from residents at a recent town council meeting.

In addition, city officials are considering increasing the utility rate for water and sewer.

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The rolls are now open for those who want to sign up to volunteer for the 2019 National Folk Festival.

Officials say they are looking around 12-hundred volunteers to staff the event.

WBOC reports that the needs range from transportation and set-up to families activities and first aid stations.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia judge has ruled that Charlottesville's Confederate statues are war monuments protected by state law.

Judge Richard Moore's ruling came in a lawsuit filed against Charlottesville City Council members who voted in 2017 to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Moore cited how statues of Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson depict the men in military uniforms and on horses associated with them during the Civil War. Virginia law makes it illegal for local municipalities to remove war monuments.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed legislation that would allow officials to temporarily block convicted sex offenders from using emergency shelters.

Northam said Tuesday it is "unconscionable" that people could be turned away from shelters during hurricanes, flash floods or other emergencies.

The legislation would have allowed shelter officials to deny entrance for convicted sex offenders for however long was "necessary to ensure the safety of other individuals" admitted to the shelter.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is signing a measure to implement reforms requiring more transparency at the University of Maryland Board of Regents after its handling of a University of Maryland football player's death last year.

Hogan signed the bill into law yesterday.

The new law will require the board to livestream its open meetings online. It also adds four members to the 17-member board. It also will require vote tallies from meetings in publicly available meeting minutes.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A legal fight between former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder and a former dean at Virginia Commonwealth University is over.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that John Accordino dropped a lawsuit against Wilder on Tuesday. The former dean at VCU's school of government and public affairs, which is named after Wilder, had accused the former governor of defamation.

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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Three Virginia State University fraternity members are accused of hurting 10 students who were being hazed Sunday.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports members Deonte Barkley, George Feggins and Michael Snipes are each charged with 10 counts of hazing so as to cause bodily harm.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office is appealing a federal judge's refusal to rule in favor of a prison guard accused of using excessive force.

Tuesday's appeal involves inmate Donald Parkell's claim that Ronald Frederick emptied a can of pepper spray on him in 2015 after Parkell asked whether he had any legal mail. Frederick claimed Parkell was disobeying orders.

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It’s that time of year for an Ocean City tradition.

This Thursday May 2nd the resort kicks off Springfest.

Among the musical acts on Friday night will be Grammy Award-winning country singer LeAnn Rimes and the Night Ranger that includes special guest The Reagan Years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that along with the live entertainment there will be tents filled with arts and crafts and more than 30 food vendors.

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At midnight the toll rates on the Delaware Memorial Bridge will be going up.

For a passenger car or small truck the fee will rise from $4 to $5.

For passenger cars with trailers will rise by around 2 dollars depending on the number of axels.

Trucks with trailers will see a 2 to 12 dollar increase depending on the number of axels.

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - The garbage dumped on Delaware's roadways, waterways and parks and other public areas has state officials talking trash.

Gov. John Carney planned to join environmentalists and other elected officials on Tuesday in Rehoboth to launch a statewide campaign encouraging Delawareans not to litter and to help clean up outdoor spaces.

The campaign comes after a state Anti-Dumping and Anti-Littering Task Force issued a report last year with several recommendations to get Delawareans to clean up their act.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The police chief of Dover is retiring from the role he's held for the past two years.

Delaware State News reports the city announced the upcoming change Friday and said more information will be released at a Tuesday news conference. The 52-year-old Marvin Mailey said earlier this year that he planned to move into a career not related to law enforcement.

The newspaper says Mailey became the first black man to lead the department when he was sworn into office in May 2017.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has presented the National Teacher of the Year award to a Virginia educator who teaches at a juvenile detention center.

DeVos on Monday honored Rodney Robinson and the state Teacher of the Year winners at a White House ceremony. Robinson teaches at a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed legislation aimed at overhauling the state's election board.

The Democratic governor said Monday he opposed legislation that would have added new members to the board and limited the governor's ability to pick a commissioner of elections.

Northam said it was imperative that Virginia's electoral system have steady leadership because elections are so frequent in Virginia. He said the proposed legislation could lead to the top election job going unfilled.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced a new public information campaign aimed at explaining recent changes in public education policy.

Northam launched a "Virginia is for Learners" website Monday to highlight the state's effort at modernizing curriculum and helping students developing "real-world skills."

Policy changes Virginia has enacted in recent years include fewer standardized tests, known as Standards of Learnings exams, and new high school graduation requirements that require work-based learning experiences.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The man accused of killing five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

Lawyers for Jarrod Ramos said in a court filing Monday that the 39-year-old Ramos is not criminally responsible "because of a mental disorder." The filing also says he lacked the "capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct."

Ramos previously pleaded not guilty.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A member of a white supremacist group has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to riot at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Thomas Walter Gillen is one of four California men prosecutors identified as members of the Rise Above Movement, a militant white supremacist group that trains in fighting techniques.

Gillen entered his guilty plea on Monday. Another member, Cole Evan White, pleaded guilty to the same charge in November.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - The College of William & Mary plans to erect a memorial to people who were enslaved at the centuries-old school in Virginia.

The Washington Post reports that the memorial is designed to evoke a hearth and serve as a meeting place to reflect on the past.

The design was announced Friday and is the latest endeavor by the university in Williamsburg to research and publicize the role slavery had played there.

School officials launched an international design contest last year for the memorial and received more than 80 entries.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia winery plans to double its yearly production thanks in part to a state grant.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that New Kent Winery plans to buy an extra 120 tons of Virginia grapes during the next three years to increase their output. The winery plans to spend $715,000 and create seven new jobs as part of the expansion.

Northam said the winery will receive a $15,000 Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development facility grant, the first such grant he's awarded since taking office. New Kent County will match that grant with local funds.

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STERLING, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia tech staffing company has apologized after an online job posting sought "preferably Caucasian" applicants.

Cynet Systems in Sterling, Virginia, removed the post and issued an apology Sunday on Twitter. The company said the individuals involved have been fired and the job post "does not reflect our core values of inclusivity & equality."

The help wanted ad, posted in LinkedIn and other sites, included a bullet point under "Job Description" seeking a candidate who is "Preferably Caucasian who has good technical background."

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The Salisbury Zoo celebrated Earth Day this weekend amid the continuing impact of climate change. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush was there and prepared this report.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - A privately run health care company is seeking more than $1 million in state taxpayer money to redevelop a former hospital campus in southern Delaware.

The state Council on Development Finance meets Monday to consider a request by Nationwide Healthcare Services for a Strategic Fund grant of about $1.2 million. The grant would be used to build a new "wellness village," including a 150-bed skilled nursing center, on the site of the old Milford Memorial hospital.

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Taxes could be going up next year for the residents of Berlin.

Town officials are looking at ways to close a $15 million deficit.

One proposal is a 30 percent increase in the real property tax along with higher utility fees.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the plan has generated a good deal of opposition among residents.


FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest university is tightening its rules governing agreements with donors to ensure they don't infringe on academic freedom.

The changes at George Mason University come after disclosures last year that the conservative Charles Koch Foundation was given a say in the hiring and firing of professors under donor agreements that provided millions of dollars to the school.

The new rules implement recommendations made in October after a committee reviewed hundreds of agreements and found nearly 30 containing potentially problematic provisions.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The president and CEO of a regional medical system has resigned following revelations of numerous questionable financial arrangements involving board members, including Baltimore's embattled mayor.

Robert Chrencik had led the University of Maryland Medical System since 2008 before being sent on a leave of absence in late March. He departed on leave amid allegations of "self-dealing" involving a third of the $4 billion hospital system's volunteer board of directors.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Authorities say seven people have been shot, at least one fatally, in Baltimore.

Police department spokeswoman Chakia Fennoy said authorities received a call shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday reporting that multiple people had been shot.

Fennoy said one of the victims has died but that she had no information about the conditions of the others.

The shooting happened on a street in the western part of the city.

Fennoy says she has no immediate information on what prompted the shooting or of any suspect or suspects.