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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials are reporting three more flu-related deaths in Delaware, bringing the total for the current flu season to eight.

Officials said Thursday that an 83-year-old man from New Castle County died this week, following the deaths last week of a 41-year-old New Castle County woman and a 74-year-old Sussex County woman.

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For those who visit the boardwalk Dumser’s Dairland has become an iconic ice cream shop in the Ocean City.

And the Court of Special Appeal has turned down Ocean City’s motion to take another look at its decision against the resort.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the court said the resort had not provided enough evidence that it actually owned the building on the boardwalk.

When the Rapoport family’s last 25 year contract expired in which Ocean City had given them to permission to build the structure the resort ordered them to vacate the premises.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor has filed a rarely used legal petition intended to vacate 3,778 convictions for possession of marijuana.

In an unusual "Maryland v Maryland" filing in state court, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says the legal effort is necessary to "right an extraordinary wrong." The petition, if granted, would acknowledge an error of fact in the cases and wipe out the pot possession convictions.

Mosby says in the Tuesday filing that the "sordid history of marijuana prohibition lies in ethnic and racial bigotry."

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(AP) Julius Campbell Jr., a former Virginia high school football star depicted in the movie "Remember the Titans," has died at age 65.

The Washington Post reports Campbell died Jan. 25 of organ failure. Cathy Campbell confirmed her husband's death to the newspaper, calling him a "kind, compassionate human being."

After Alexandria high schools integrated, upperclassmen attended T. C. Williams High School in 1971. The movie portrayed the Titans' success that season amid the city's racial tensions, as they won the Virginia AAA state championship.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Missteps by Virginia Democrats in a debate over late-term abortions are giving Republicans hope they've found a powerful issue in a tough political environment.

Virginia Republican leaders vowed Thursday to make abortion a front-and-center issue during this year's legislative elections. And President Donald Trump indicated he sees the issue as a political winner.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The head of Delaware's prison division is leaving the Department of Correction for another job in state government.

In an internal email obtained by The Associated Press, DOC Commissioner Perry Phelps notified staff on Thursday that Bureau of Prisons Chief Steve Wesley will begin a new job Monday with the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.

According to the email, Wesley's new role will be as a professional standards administrator with the Division of Management Support Services.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation that could pose a serious threat to the bottom line of Dominion Energy's planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline continues to advance in the Virginia General Assembly.

The bill passed a key House committee Thursday with bipartisan support despite heavy lobbying by Dominion.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C., says most Delawareans who receive food stamps may see a gap in benefits due to the government shutdown.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Delaware issued February SNAP benefits in January to the state's 136,000 recipients to avoid shutdown-related benefit cuts.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia teacher is on paid leave after her Martin Luther King Jr. Day exercise sent a 6-year-old black boy home in tears.

Vicki Chen was trying to teach a lesson about discrimination to her first graders at Greer Elementary in Charlottesville. She modified a controversial experiment that a third grade teacher, Jane Elliott, did with an all-white class the day after King's assassination in 1968. Elliott's idea was to treat the white children differently according to eye color so they could personally experience discrimination.

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During his State of the State address, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan offered up tax cuts, more education funding and an emphasis on bipartisanship. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report on the governor's address.


With the cold weather the mid-shore is opening up shelters.

That ranges from Winter Haven in Caroline County and the Delmarva Community Services in Dorchester County to the Samaritan Group in Kent County, the Haven Ministries in Queen Anne’s County and the Talbot Interfaith Shelter in Talbot County.

Meanwhile, some of the shelters in the Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester County area range from the Christian Shelter and Halo in Salisbury to Diakonia in Ocean City, the Lower Shore Shelter in Princess Anne and the Samaritan Shelter in Pocomoke City.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says he's having good days and bad days as he undergoes chemotherapy for Stage 4 prostate cancer, but he believes he's getting "the best treatment of any place in the world" at Johns Hopkins.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller gave reporters an update Wednesday on how he's doing, battling cancer he says has metastasized to his spine and pelvic area.

Miller had his second chemotherapy treatment Tuesday, with treatments scheduled every three weeks and probably four more times.

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NEWPORT, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says a manufacturing plant near Newport is being fined $80,000 for dumping nearly 2 tons of excess pollution into the air.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the agency issued a statement Tuesday that said MEDAL Air Liquide exceeded its permitted air pollution limits more than 270 times between 2016 and 2018.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia state Senate committee has changed a major casino bill to require a study and another vote in 2020 before any casino licenses would be granted.

News outlets report the Senate Finance Committee agreed Wednesday with a plan by Republican Majority Leader Tommy Norment of James City to stop any local referendums on casinos until a comprehensive study is done. The committee voted 12-4 to advance the plan, diminishing hopes of casino supporters as the legislative session approaches the halfway point.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Virginia are investigating the death of a man who passed away a few hours after he went to jail.

The Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office said in a statement that 35-year-old Andrew Joseph Abram died early Wednesday at a local hospital.

A judge had denied him bond a few hours earlier after authorities said he violated the conditions of a probation program for first-time offenders.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland President Wallace Loh will remain at the state's flagship university through June 2020, after he initially announced plans to retire at the end of this school year in the aftermath of a football player's death.

Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden announced Wednesday that Loh is leading several initiatives critical to the university's future. Gooden says the university is launching the process to select Loh's successor.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will host a solar energy development conference this spring for landowners, property managers, communities and others to learn about land-based solar power production.

"Brightfields 2019 - Virginia" is scheduled for April 9-10 at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond.

The interactive conference will offer those interested in pursuing solar projects the opportunity to explore options with solar energy vendors and ensure their land is viable in the brightfields marketplace.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to give the annual State of the State speech, and he has said he'll be proposing a tax cut.

Hogan will give the speech to a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday.

At a PBS Newshour discussion Monday night in Baltimore, the Republican said he would talk about a "major tax cut" when he delivers the speech, though he declined to offer details Monday night.

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The Hummers parade shocked the Middletown community with a float showing people in cages representing the detention of children by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the border. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Charito Calvachi-Mateyko, co-chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission which has denounced the float.

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LEIPSIC, Del. (AP) - State officials say the Delaware Bay's stock of blue crabs is continuing a four-year growth streak.

The Delaware State News reported Tuesday that harvest, population estimates and other data from the state's 2018 blue crab season indicate the bay's stock is growing.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control biometrician Richard Wong says around 4 million pounds of crabs have been harvested annually in the past four years, which is a very high level historically.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's acting police leader says officers will continue making arrests for pot possession, hours after the city's top prosecutor says her office will no longer prosecute such cases.

Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said Tuesday that Baltimore's officers will keep making arrests for illegal marijuana possession under the law. He says they will only stop doing so if Maryland's legislature ever changes the law to make all possession legal.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - The Delaware artist who created the "Fearless Girl" statue is being sued by a group that says she failed to make a 9-foot (2.7-meter) bronze replica of Alexander Hamilton.

The News Journal reports the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association's lawsuit says Kristen Visbal breached a $28,000 contract to create the statue.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia police chief says one of his officers accidentally shot a person inside a home while firing at an armed suspect on the street.

News outlets cite a release from Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera, who says both people suffered non-life-threatening wounds on Sunday.

Cervera's statement says officers responding to gunfire attempted to verbally de-escalate the situation with the armed suspect before ultimately shooting him. Police later learned that someone in a nearby home had also been shot.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill to require schools across Virginia to notify parents before holding lockdown drills has been voted down.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a House of Delegates subcommittee on Monday voted down the bill, which would have required schools to give at least 24 hours' notice ahead of the drills simulating high-stress situations.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - After nine minutes of debate, the Virginia House sent a bill providing more than a half-billion dollars in incentives for Amazon to Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.

News outlets report that the House voted 83-16 on Monday in favor of the measure, which would create $550 million in "post-performance" incentives for the technology giant, based on job creation.

Northam has said he will sign the bill, which would give Amazon cash grants of $22,000 per new full-time job for the first 25,000 jobs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A little-noticed piece of legislation advancing through the Virginia General Assembly could pose a serious threat to Dominion Energy's planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The bill would add new restrictions on Dominion's ability to pass along costs of transporting gas from the ACP to its Virginia-based power stations. That could pinch the bottom line of a project whose costs have already ballooned in the face of fierce opposition from environmentalists and land owners.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland will sample air on the lower Eastern Shore to examine the potential effects of large poultry houses on air quality.

The Department of the Environment announced Tuesday that monitoring stations will collect preliminary data on ammonia and particulate matter levels near poultry houses for comparison with air quality elsewhere in the state.

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It’s been a tough week on Tangier Island with the freezing temperatures causing the town’s water main to break.

WBOC reports Mayor James “Ooker” Eskridge said that the whole water tower has been drained.

Going into the second week he said the pressure is back up and residents can now shower and use their toilets.

But he cautions that if they want to drink the water it should be boiled first.

The television station reports that temporary hoses have been brought in as a cold front moves in.

In Search of Ghost Pots

Jan 29, 2019
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GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) - Researchers are trying to figure out how to reduce the number abandoned crab pots in the Chesapeake Bay. The so-called "ghost pots" kill blue crabs as well as fish and birds and turtles.

The Daily Press reported Monday that researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point are surveying watermen for ideas for solutions.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel has reversed itself and ruled that two civic groups can pursue a challenge to a permit allowing a Delaware oil refinery to ship unblended ethanol to other facilities along the East Coast.

The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted 4-3 Monday to allow the Delaware Audubon Society and the League of Women Voters of Delaware to challenge a permit granted to the Delaware City Refinery in 2016.