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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A black activist who says he took control over one of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups has been barred from participating on the group's behalf in a federal lawsuit over the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Officials plan to challenge a Virginia law they say keeps Norfolk from moving a Confederate monument.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Norfolk's city attorney said he'll move forward with a petition challenging the state law in coming weeks. Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by two activists seeking to force the city to remove the 80-foot (25-meter) monument was delayed Thursday.

The suit filed by Roy Perry-Bey and Ronald Green asks the court to make the city follow through on a resolution to move the downtown monument to Elmwood Cemetery.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says he's asked prosecutors in Boston and North Carolina to investigate sexual assault allegations two women have made against him.

Speaking at a Wednesday news conference, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue and the sexual encounters he had with the women were consensual.

Fairfax says he'll cooperate fully with prosecutors in Boston and Durham, North Carolina, where the women say the assaults took place.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of four states and the mayor of the District of Columbia are asking Congressional leaders to boost funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

The governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware and the mayor of Washington, D.C., called on House and Senate committee leaders in a letter released Wednesday to oppose proposed cuts to the federal Chesapeake Bay Program. Instead, they want an increase in funding from $73 million to $90 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

The House of Delegates voted 101-35 on Wednesday to send the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. The Maryland House agreed to a change made by the Senate to allow an exception for active-duty members of the military. Under the bill, people who are 18 and can show military identification would still be able to buy tobacco in Maryland.

The measure includes electronic smoking devices.

If the governor signs the bill, the law would take effect Oct. 1.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved an education funding measure to begin a major investment in schools with bipartisan support.

The Senate voted 43-1 Wednesday for a measure to begin funding a blueprint of recommendations submitted by a state commission.

Lawmakers already have included $255 million in the state budget for the next fiscal year to begin implementing the recommendations.

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The deal is just about done.

Twin River Worldwide Holding completed the transaction to buy Dover Downs on March 29th.

WBOC reports that the company’s president and CEO George Papanier said it is not clear if staff will be reduced at the casino.

The company said that it hoped its plans for Dover Downs will result in the casino’s growth and increase employment opportunities.

The television reports that in 2018 it only netted a profit of $30-thousand.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates has approved increases to truck registration fees and regional gas taxes to pay for improvements to Interstate 81.

The House voted Wednesday to accept an amendment proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam that included the tax and fee increases.

Supporters said the increases would raise taxes in areas around I-81 by about 7 cents a gallon. They said the extra money would pay for urgently needed upgrades to the highway to improve safety and traffic flow.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland would become the first state to stop participating in a federal family planning program known as Title X due to a proposed Trump administration rule, under a bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly.

The state Senate gave the bill final approval on a 28-16 vote Wednesday. That sends the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Trump administration rule would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals. Critics denounce that as a "gag rule."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers have voted to eliminate the suspension of driver's licenses for motorists with unpaid court fines and costs.

The Senate voted Wednesday evening in favor of Gov. Ralph Northam's proposed budget amendment to reinstate driving licenses for more than 627,000 Virginians who currently have suspended licenses. The House approved the measure earlier in the day.

Current Virginia law mandates the automatic suspension of licenses for unpaid court debt.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's acting mayor has ordered a review of the most recent city contracts after the elected mayor stepped aside amid a scandal involving the sale of her self-published children's books.

Acting Mayor Jack Young told reporters Wednesday he's directed Baltimore's law department to pull roughly 90 of the most recently authorized contracts. Pending contracts before the city's spending board will also be reviewed.

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(AP) Former Vice President Joe Biden is acknowledging his past behavior with women has made some people uncomfortable following complaints over the past week that he touched some without their consent.

In a video posted Wednesday on Twitter, Biden says, "Social norms have begun to change, they've shifted. And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset."

Biden also said, "I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A judge is scheduled to hear arguments about whether a man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper office should have more time to consider an insanity plea.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura Ripken has a hearing set in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday with attorneys.

Attorneys for Jarrod Ramos have asked for more time to consider changing his plea to not criminally responsible, because they have received additional case materials from prosecutors.

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Some racist letters showed up in St. Michaels over the weekend.

WBOC reports that police say someone living in the town called authorities Sunday to report finding the literature.

Maryland State Police say that the letters were inside plastic bags that were weighted with birdseed.

Most of them were located in the Riverview Terrace and Cove Road areas.

Police say the letters were apparently created by the Ku Klux Klan and expressed racist attitudes toward African Americans, the Jewish community, Native Americans and others.

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Some fees and taxes are going up in Bethany Beach this summer to meet the needs of its growing population and tourism.

The resort hopes to bring in as much as $150-thosuand in additional revenue.

The money will go toward financing projects ranging from wheelchair replacements and new trashcans to comfort station renovations and the increasing cost of Bandstand performances.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resort rental fees will rise from $50 to $100 a year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - House Republicans say they tried and failed to broker a deal with Democrats that would allow for a bipartisan public hearing in which two women who accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault could testify under oath.

Republican Speaker Kirk Cox issued a statement Tuesday blaming Democrats for refusing to participate and blocking a bipartisan hearing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who sued state police after being shot inside his home by a trooper investigating a hit-and-run incident involving a parked car.

Michael Rogers was shot five times after fighting with trooper Matthew Morgan in 2013. His lawsuit alleged invasion of privacy, excessive force and other claims.

After a judge granted summary judgment for state police on most counts, a jury rejected Rogers' excessive force and negligence claims.

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Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine is looking at working with private companies to help with the construction and maintenance of new facilities in Kent and Sussex Counties.

WBOC reports that court officials say the current facilities in Dover and Georgetown are too small and do not provide the proper safety requirements.

They were built in 1988.

The plan would be similar a long-term lease but the state would own the two buildings.

Republican State Senator Brian Pettyjohn represents the Georgetown area.

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DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) - Officials at a Maryland high school waited hours to tell police that a football player had been credibly accused of raping a teammate with a broomstick, despite an agreement with police requiring the immediate reporting of sexual assaults.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - In a city that's seen more than its share of corruption, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is mired in a strange scandal involving no-contract deals that netted her hundreds of thousands of dollars for her self-published children's picture books.

Some local leaders are frustrated that while the latest turmoil is embarrassing Maryland's biggest city on a national scale, it's also sucking attention away from issues like crime, drugs and poverty.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says he has developed a case of pneumonia, after a follow-up health procedure to his 2017 liver transplant.

Busch released a statement Monday to provide an update after he missed presiding over legislative sessions last week.

The speaker says he started feeling run-down after a Democratic Caucus meeting last Tuesday. Busch says he is staying in touch with his staff and members of House leadership.

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Senator Tom Carper came to the defense of former Vice President and fellow Delawarean Joe Biden who has face criticism for inappropriate behavior with a female Nevada politician.

The Delaware Democrat told WBOC that Biden can be personable and friendly with affection that can be misinterpreted.

Carper added he did not believe there was any ill-intent in this case.

Biden has said that he never felt he acted inappropriately toward women, but added, he would listen respectfully to what they have to say.

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The Tanger Factory Outlet location in Ocean City has been sold.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company yesterday announced it has sold four of its non-core outlet center for a total of $130-million.

The other properties are located in North Carolina, Utah and Iowa.

The paper reports that the buyer of the Ocean City location has not been disclosed.

Tanger has owned the location for the last ten years and has put in $3 million to renovate the outlets.

The popular site in Rehoboth Beach will, however, stay open. 

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Some residents in Northampton and Accomack counties have found white supremacist flyer in their drive ways over the weekend.

The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office told the Salisbury Daily Times that the flyers began to appear around 6 p.m. on Saturday.

There were different versions of the flyers photographs of which in plastic bags were posted on Facebook.

The flyers were apparently tossed randomly in both counties.

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The visitors just wouldn’t stop approaching the ponies in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

So the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company moved the herd over the weekend to the southern corral on Assateague Island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company’s Facebook page says they tried to educate the public about the dangers of getting too close to the ponies including putting out flyers.

But, it added, people still did dangerous things.

The ponies will be held in the corral until the spring roundup on April 12th and 13th.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Nearly three dozen Virginia health professionals have lost their medical licenses - the state's harshest penalty - due to opioid abuse or irresponsible prescribing over the last two decades.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that a review of documents related to the 80 license revocations between 1998 and 2018 found that at least 34, or about 42%, involved opioids. About half of the 46 revocations in the past decade fell into that category. Some coincided with other issues like sexual misconduct or financial fraud.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - At least one Baltimore City Council member is calling for Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign as a scandal intensifies over allegations of "self-dealing" arrangements to sell her children's book series.

Councilman Zeke Cohen says Pugh has "lost the moral mandate to govern and the public's trust." Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has also urged her to resign. Cohen, Franchot and Pugh are Democrats.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - One of the two women accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault says his response has been "disgraceful, irresponsible and manipulative."

In an interview aired Monday with CBS News, Vanessa Tyson criticized Fairfax for comparing himself to lynching victims when he defended himself in a speech on the state Senate floor in February.

"Never was it two black women lynching black men," Tyson told interviewer Gayle King. Both Tyson and the second woman to accuse him, Meredith Watson, are African American. So is Fairfax.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine has endured the pain of winning the popular vote but losing the Electoral College, which denied him the vice presidency.

But the Virginia Democrat on Monday downplayed the prospects of abolishing the Electoral College.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Johns Hopkins University will be allowed to create its own armed police force, under a measure that has received final approval by the Maryland General Assembly.

The Maryland Senate voted 42-2 to pass the bill Monday night. That sends the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. A spokesman for Hogan says he will likely sign the bill.

The measure has sparked debate between those who want to increase campus safety as Baltimore struggles with violent crime and those who fear police profiling.

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