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Seaford Police Chief Robert Kracyla is moving on to the Milford Police Department.

WBOC reports that the Milford Mayor made the announcement just days after Kracyla announced his decision to leave Seaford.

He told the television station that he was grateful for the opportunity to serve as Seaford’s top cop for almost a year.

He said he was proud of the town’s accomplishments during his time in office.

It is not known yet who will take over the Seaford department as Interim Police Chief.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will consider once again a proposal to create safe drug consumption sites for opioid users, something no other U.S. state has.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports the pilot program would authorize safe injection sites where people could use opioids near trained staffers who help if there's an overdose.

There were 1,648 opioid-related deaths in Maryland through the first nine months of 2018, an increase of nearly 10 percent from 2017.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia drivers are likely to pay more for vehicle safety inspections.

The General Assembly has given preliminary approval to legislation that will raise the price of a yearly car inspection from $16 to $20.

The House and Senate have both approved slightly different versions of the legislation with bipartisan support. 

Advocates said the fee hasn't gone up for more than a decade and the increase will help make sure mechanics are fairly compensated.

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A video of an arrest of a teen by New Castle County Police apparently shows the boy being punched in the head.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that authorities are now reviewing the recording.

The paper reports that the officers say the arrest was the result of a drug-dealing investigation in which the 16-year old resembled one of the suspects.

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Construction near the Sixty Foot Road on Route 50 should be wrapped up by early spring.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Maryland State Highway Administration says the intersection should become fully operational by then.

The agency adds weather is always a factor in delaying the work.

The paper reports that there are an average of 31-thousand vehicles that travel through the area each day.

And that number is expected to rise as the tourist season gets underway.

The work began in August of last year and is expected to cost $3.2 million.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will lower and simplify state tax bills.

Northam signed tax-overhaul legislation into law Friday.

The legislation will give taxpayers refunds this year to compensate for higher state taxes on 2018 income. The rebate will be up to $110 for individual filers and $220 for couples.

In future years, the law raises the amount taxpayers can take on their standard deductions.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A school board in Virginia that was willing to defend its transgender-bathroom policy all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court may finally give up the fight.

The Gloucester County School Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday. It will discuss the possibility of allowing transgender students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An anonymous donor has given $5,000 for college scholarships from the Annapolis Police Department in honor of the five people killed at the Capital Gazette last year, allowing five additional students to receive $1,000 college scholarships.

The five were killed when a gunman burst into the newspaper offices in June.

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HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware authorities have charged a Maryland man with reckless endangering after a New Jersey man was fatally shot when he showed up at his ex-girlfriend's house.

State police say 25-year-old Devon Emfinger of Aberdeen was with the 24-year-old woman on Valentine's Day when 24-year-old Donte Demunguia from Absecon, New Jersey, entered her apartment at a public housing complex in Harrington.

The woman went downstairs and was confronted by Demunguia, who was shot as he went upstairs.

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20-year old Jake Burdett is being charged with illegal wiretapping after he recorded a meeting with a congressional staffer and then broadcast it on Facebook Live.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the Salisbury University Student is a member of a number of progressive group.

He was part of a protest outside the office of Representative Andy Harris sponsored by Working with Maryland Marijuana Justice.

A congressional staffer offered to meet with them but once inside the Salisbury office they were told they could not record anything as part of office policy.

The Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Larmore has decided to retire this spring after serving in the position since 2008.

As chief he led both the volunteer and career firefighters during his time in office.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he did not indicate a specific date for his departure.

He said that he was thankful to the men and women he worked with and the opportunity to serve the community he had made home most of his life.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says his administration has had preliminary discussions with Amazon, and he looks forward to meeting with the company again about potentially expanding to Maryland.

Hogan was asked at a news conference Thursday about the company's new headquarters, after Amazon announced it has abandoned plans for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city.

Maryland's Montgomery County was one of the company's finalists for the new headquarters.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- A panel of judges has given final approval to a redrawn map for the Virginia House of Delegates in a protracted racial gerrymandering case.           

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the panel's 2-1 ruling Thursday ordered the state to adopt a map created by a court-appointed special master.           

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SEAFORD, Del. (AP) - The police chief of Seaford, Delaware, is resigning less than a year after taking the job.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Chief Robert Kracyla turned in his resignation letter Monday and will stay in the role until the end of the month. Mayor David Genshaw says the chief is leaving to be closer to his family.

Kracyla has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience and was sworn into the Seaford job last April. He previously worked with Dover police, state police and the FBI, where he served in the terrorism unit.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Retired radio talk show host Diane Rehm is scheduled to testify in favor of a measure in Maryland that would allow the terminally ill to end their lives with the help of a doctor.

A hearing on the bill is set for Friday.

Rehm, a former NPR host, has been an outspoken supporter of assisted-death legislation since her husband, John, died in 2014.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is asking lawmakers to pass a state budget that has a "greater focus on the issues of equity."

Northam met with a group of lawmakers Thursday to discuss his spending plan.

The Democratic governor also sent a letter to key members of the GOP-led General Assembly outlining his priorities. Top among them, Northam says, are increased funding for struggling schools and more spending to lower the number of evictions.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two advocates for the Equal Rights Amendment were handcuffed and escorted away by police after staging a "die in" outside Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox's office.

The two women were taken away early Thursday morning by police after lying down outside Cox's door in a Capitol office building.

The women said there were holding a "Valentine's Day die in" because the Republican-controlled House of Delegates has killed legislation to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Police say a mall in Virginia reopened hours after two people were injured when shots were fired there. 

The Norfolk Police Department tweeted Thursday that a fight inside the MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk led to shots being fired. They say two people were taken to the hospital with injuries that aren't thought to be life-threatening. It's unclear if they were shot.

Police say the mall has reopened for business, but the interior entrance to the Nordstrom department store will remain closed while the scene was processed.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has called for Council President John Cannon to step down from his leadership position.

Culver issued a three page letter outlining his complaints yesterday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they include the former Poplar Hill pre-release corrections facility on Nanticoke Road.

Officials want to make it a residential drug treatment center.

But Culver says Cannon has not been responsive on the issue.

In addition, he complained that Cannon has interfered with the county executive functions.

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The Red Clay School Board has voted to negotiate with Dorrell Green to become the district’s new superintendent.

After last night’s vote Green said that he was honored and humbled by the appointment.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Green was the former director of the Office of Innovation and Improvement for the Delaware Department of Education.

He bested the current deputy superintendent Hugh Broomall who faced off against Green at a Monday night public forum where they were questioned on how they would serve the district.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say a southern Delaware poultry processing facility with a history of wastewater violations has reported an accidental discharge of up to 1 million gallons of partially treated wastewater.

Officials say Arkansas-based Mountaire Farms reported that the release was discovered about 5 a.m. Wednesday after a wastewater system component failed. Mountaire says the release was contained onsite, with no discharge to nearby Swann Creek.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Delaware State University officials by a former student who claimed she was raped by a classmate.

The judge last week overruled Mai-Ajah Keel's objections to a magistrate's report recommending dismissal of the case, but she said Keel could file an amended complaint.

Keel claimed that after she reported the assault in 2013, she was met with deliberate indifference by school officials and harassment and retaliation by her alleged attacker and other students.

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BOSTON (AP) - An attorney for a woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in Boston nearly 15 years ago says the woman will discuss her allegations with law enforcement.

Debra Katz, an attorney for Vanessa Tyson, said Wednesday that Tyson will meet with members of the Suffolk County district attorney's office to detail her accusations against Fairfax.

Katz said she has spoken to District Attorney Rachael Rollins and they are working to schedule a meeting.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Catholic Diocese of Arlington has released a list of 16 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

In a letter released with the list Wednesday, Bishop Michael Burbidge apologized to victims and said he hopes publishing the list may help them "find further healing and consolation."

Earlier Wednesday, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond published a list of 42 priests with a "credible and substantiated allegation of sexual abuse against a child.

The two dioceses cover the state of Virginia

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of creating a state board in Maryland to review high-priced drugs will be outlining the legislation in the state capital

Faith leaders from across the state are scheduled to gather in Annapolis with lawmakers Thursday to support the bill. Democratic leadership has made prescription-drug affordability a priority of the legislative session. The bill has picked up some bipartisan support.

The measure calls for creating an independent body with the authority to evaluate high-cost prescription drugs and set rates for Maryland residents to pay.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has abandoned talks to persuade the Washington Redskins to build its next stadium on a Maryland site currently owned by the federal government.

Spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told news outlets Tuesday that Hogan will proceed with acquiring state control of the 300-acre tract near MGM National Harbor. In December, Hogan acknowledged negotiating a nonbinding land swap that could have cleared the way for a 60,000-seat stadium. That plan drew concern from surprised local politicians and those worried about environmental and financial impact.

Lyndon LaRouche Dies at 96

Feb 14, 2019
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LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - Lyndon LaRouche, the political extremist who ran for president in every election from 1976 to 2004, including a campaign waged from prison, has died at 96.

His organization, LaRouche PAC, confirmed Wednesday on its website that LaRouche died a day earlier.

LaRouche grew up in Massachusetts. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was a member of the Socialist Workers Party. He ran first as the U. S. Labor Party nominee and later, after an apparent shift to the right, as a Democratic or independent candidate.

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A Chesapeake Bay Bridge could be coming to a place near you.

There are 14 proposed crossings for the second span.

And one of them would wind up in Somerset County while three other sites could connect Dorchester County with Calvert County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of the goals is to link the Eastern Shore with the other side of the bay.

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There’s a new report by the Eastern Shore Conservancy that says Dorchester County will be one of the most vulnerable areas on the Eastern Shore to be hit by sea level rise.

WBOC reports that the analysis says models show that a few decades from now the price tag for major storms could be as high as $66 million including the destruction buildings.

Other parts of the Eastern Shore will also be effected including Wicomico Somerset counties.

These areas are expected to see major flooding from high tides within the next 35 years.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The defense attorney for one of four inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot has argued the evidence against his client is the product of lying "snakes."

The Delaware News Journal reports Thomas Pederson, who represents John Bramble, told the jury Tuesday that prosecutors are so desperate for convictions that they are unwilling to question the credibility of their own witnesses. 

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