TOWNSEND, Del. (AP) - A recent fatal crash on Delaware's main north-south highway is raising questions about the need to install guardrails.

Five members of a New Jersey family were killed earlier this month on Delaware Route 1 after a pickup truck crossed the median and struck the family's minivan as they returned from a beach vacation.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says the highway, which runs from Christiana through the state's beach towns, has seen nine fatal median crossover crashes that killed 13 people since 2005.

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Delaware’s effort to get a handle on drug overdose deaths has not been moving forward very quickly.

The state made a commitment to examine the problem in 2016 but so far the Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission has only looked at 10 overdose cases.

And, the process began only in December.

Dr. Terry Horton, chair of the commission, told the Wilmington News Journal that developing the method for assessing the drug epidemic has involved changing the law to allow the issuance of subpoenas for specific records.

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CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland Natural Resources Police say the body of a woman who fell out of a during a practice has been found.

Police tell news outlets the body of 35-year-old Stephanie Meredith was recovered Sunday morning from the Corsica River in Queen Anne's County. The Easton resident was one of 17 people aboard the log canoe when it capsized on a sharp turn Friday night. A chase boat trailing the canoe rescued the 16 others.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Bring on the bees.

Virginia has a new program that distributes beehives in an effort to increase the number of actively managed bee colonies around the state.

The program provides beehive equipment directly to new and established beekeepers.

Virginia residents who are 18 or older can receive up to three beehive units per year. People who receive a beehive unit will be registered as beekeepers with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, allowing for periodic inspection by the agency.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Maryland's biggest casino is getting even bigger.

MGM National Harbor opened a $48 million expansion Sunday, less than two years after opening its doors in December 2016.

The Baltimore Sun reports the expansion includes a new, second-floor poker room, off-track horse betting offered in partnership with the Maryland Jockey Club, 285 slot machines and a new terrace overlooking the Potomac River.

Casino officials say the expansion is driven by higher-than-anticipated demand.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit that seeks to overturn state laws restricting abortion rights.

Herring's office filed the motion to dismiss Friday in federal court in Richmond. The attorney general's office argues that while the abortion-rights groups that filed the lawsuit raise legitimate concerns, the issues should be addressed by the state legislature, not the courts.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The incoming freshman class at Virginia Tech will be the most diverse in the school's history.

The Roanoke Times reports that 34 percent of the Blacksburg school's 6,400 first-year students are classified as either as first-generation, low-income or minority students.

The school's goal is to reach 40 percent by 2022.

Virginia Tech will next year begin using a simplified, streamlined application designed to make applying for financial aid more accessible.

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Hair. It's a human obsession. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes while it may be an object of affectation many lose it all too soon.

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The Maryland Comptroller's office has issued a list of individuals and businesses that owed collectively over $12 million in taxes. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Comptroller Peter Franchot to talk about the program that has been around since 2000.

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Delaware officials say they have found first two wild birds of the year that have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a crow found in southwestern Sussex County by the mosquito patrol of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control tested positive last week for the virus.

The results for the second crow came back positive four days later.

The paper reports that officials say the appearance of the virus usually comes later in the season but point to the recent rainfall in May and June for the detection.