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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has met with state and federal law enforcement officials to discuss security issues, including the threat posed by racially motivated extremists.

Hogan met Monday with Jennifer Boone, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office. The superintendent of the Maryland State Police and Hogan's homeland security advisor also attended.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville says it spent more than $921,000 on public safety work related to the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally.

The city released a cost estimate Thursday and said it filed a notice with the state earlier this month indicating that it's interested in applying for emergency relief.

Officials say more than 375 city employees were involved in public safety operations and the city spent $600,000 more this year than last, in part, because they anticipated a full weekend of activities.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final approval to a bill aimed at protecting Delaware school students and teachers from shootings.

The legislation approved unanimously Thursday requires all new school construction and major renovation projects to include measures to prevent a gunman from wreaking havoc.

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The tourist season has arrived and Ocean City is putting up some new boardwalk barriers for security reasons.

WBOC reports that there will be up to 10 different gated entrances onto the boardwalk.

Those steel gates will are for first responders and maintenance crews.

The estimated cost is $1.2 million.

Resort officials say these will be permanent barriers but do not expect them to affect the look of the resort.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are set to vote this week on a bill aimed at protecting Delaware school students and teachers from shootings.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday requires all new school construction and major school renovation projects to include measures to prevent a gunman from wreaking havoc.

The construction standards include an intruder alarm, bulletproof glass in entrance areas and on interior doors and windows, and doors that can be locked from either side with a key.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia has hired a consulting firm to evaluate its safety infrastructure following a torch-lit march of white nationalists on campus.

The Daily Progress reported last week that the university will pay Margolis, Healy & Associates around $250,000 to conduct the review. Spokesman Anthony de Bruyn says the university is prepared to "make additional investments in staffing and infrastructure" based on the firm's recommendations.

Christiana Care says it is reaching out to the community after the NAACP demanded a meeting with hospital officials over alleged abuse by security at the facility.

Richard Smith, president of the Bear Chapter, said there has been a history of abuse charging security at the facility is “out of control”.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a number of citizens have told the paper about unpleasant encounters with aggressive constables.

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This Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump with see a contingent of Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputies.

Sheriff Mike Lewis told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is sending 25 of his deputies to provide security for the ceremonies.

But he told the paper that he did have some concerns given the tens of thousands of protesters expected to show up even though he believes they will be peaceful.

Lewis was a prominent local supporter of Trump during last year’s presidential election.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is taking part in an international conference in Morocco on issues important to Atlantic Basin countries.

Markell is traveling to North Africa at the invitation of The German Marshall Fund of the United States and Morocco's OCP Policy Center to participate Friday in The Atlantic Dialogues.

The conference, now in its fifth year, brings hundreds of high-level public and private sector leaders together for three days of in-depth discussion on issues including security, economics, migration and energy.

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (AP) - Officials at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland say security forces are taking precautions because a suspicious vehicle was trying to gain access to the installation.
Spokeswoman Heather Roelker said by telephone Wednesday that the vehicle is at the Maryland Avenue Gate on Route 715. There have been no injuries.
Roelker says the installation is not on lockdown. She says officials are recommending that people avoid the area and use the gate on Route 22 instead.


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Dover, Del. (AP) -- The Delaware National Guard has increased security at an air base after different vehicles approached its gate this week, then left.

A spokesman at New Castle Air National Guard Base in northern Delaware says that in at least some of the incidents, an individual asked for directions. In at least one case, a vehicle turned around before reaching the main gate.

Col. Len Gratteri says the activity is not uncommon, but there were five such incidents. That frequency is what prompted base officials to increase security.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The Delaware National Guard says it has increased security at an air base after its staff reported what might be suspicious activity nearby.
The guard said in a news release Wednesday that the activity was reported recently at the New Castle Air National Guard Base.
It says no specific threat has been identified. The guard says its measures to increase security are "simply a matter of procedure and increased vigilance."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware schools are facing new requirements for conducting safety drills under legislation being signed this week.

Legislation to be signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell moves the compliance date for schools under the 2012 Omnibus School Safety Act to Sept. 10, instead of September 2017. 

The legislation also requires schools to conduct at least one critical incident tabletop exercise annually, rather than every two years. School also will have to conduct at least two lockdown/intruder drills per year, rather one critical incident exercise annually.