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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware lawyer says the state's constitution is unconstitutional in requiring a political balance among judges on Delaware's courts.

James Adams sued Gov. John Carney on Tuesday over the provision, which mandates that judicial nominations and judgeships be split between the two major political parties.

Adams says selecting judges partially on political affiliation, and excluding members of minority parties, is unconstitutional. He claims that violates the freedom of political association guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

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Feb 22, 2017
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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - An advocacy group for civil aviation is spreading its wings to welcome drone pilots.

The Frederick-based Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said in a statement Tuesday it's creating new membership options for what it calls "remote pilots" of unmanned aircraft.

President Mark Boyer says drone pilots are looking for a trusted source to help them learn about regulations and issues, protect their licenses and get the most out of flying.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The warden of a Delaware prison where inmates staged an uprising and hostage taking in which a prison guard was killed has been placed on leave.

Department of Correction officials said Tuesday that David Pierce, warden of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, has been placed on paid leave.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape in 2006.

William Morva argued that he should have been allowed to present evidence that he wouldn't pose a risk of future violence if he was spared the death penalty.

But the justices on Tuesday left in place an appeals court ruling that rejected those claims.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's U.S. senators are sponsoring legislation to bring a statue of Harriet Tubman to the U.S. Capitol Building.

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation in 2012 creating the Harriet Tubman Statue Commission to raise money and commission a statue for display in the U.S. Capitol Building. But Congress must pass legislation to accept the donation.

The bill Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin announced Monday will direct the Joint Committee on the Libraries to enter into an agreement to accept the statue.

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With too many drinks in his system and a snowy night Steven Porter takes his car to pick up his daughter who is stranded in a house in the hills near Frederick, Maryland. He suddenly hits a young boy in the road as his car begins to swerve on the slippery road. That's the key moment in a new book entitled, "Fatal Option" by author Chris Beakey which is being released this week. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with Beaky to talk about the forces that shape the lives of the characters and the choices that they make. 

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - A researcher at William & Mary says that "big, honkin' grandma oysters" could improve the Chesapeake Bay's oyster stock.

Geology Professor Rowan Lockwood says in a university press release that larger, older oysters produce more offspring. And some studies suggest they're more tolerant to disease. 

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Senator Chris Van Hollen paid tribute to former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman at a ceremony on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Maryland Democrat told the historically black college that it was important to mark the incredible story.

He said hoped legislation in Washington will soon allow a statue of Tubman in the nation’s capital.

President Obama slated her image to replace that of President Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate panel voted Monday to send the appointment of Maryland's acting lottery director to the full Senate for a confirmation vote - more than 21 months after Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him to the job.

The Senate Executive Nominations Committee voted in favor of Gordon Medenica's appointment Monday.

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Dover city council member Roy Sudler wants Mayor Robin Christiansen to step back as chair of the police chief search committee.

Sudler sent an email to the council president and other members pointing to recent remarks made by the mayor.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that during a January 9th meeting Christiansen said he was angered by a Facebook post made by a state representative asking why the appointment of Deputy Chief Marvin Malley as the next police chief has been delayed.  

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The battle over the ethanol expansion request by the Delaware City Refinery has pitted lawyers for the state and the refinery against citizen groups as they go before the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control along with the company claim that five of the seven arguments against the expansion are erroneous and reflect desperation.

But Delaware Audubon and the League of Women Voters of Delaware call the claims misdirection and say they are failing to follow the law.

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Generally, students in Maryland public schools automatically get President’s Day and the day after Easter off.

But there’s legislation in Annapolis that would allow the school districts to decide if they want give students to do that.

WBOC reports that supporters of the measure say this would give schools more flexibility.

They point to Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to require schools to start after Labor Day and to end before June 15th.

Supporters say this makes fitting in classroom time more difficult.  

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would allow people to carry concealed switchblades and a bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public-school sports.

The governor announced the vetoes Monday. He also vetoed a bill that would lower the allowable age of conceal handgun permit holders from 21 to 18 for active duty military members and veterans.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick County officials are considering relaxing restrictions on farm distilleries, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms.

The bills are up for discussion by the County Council on Tuesday afternoon.

County Executive Jan Gardner has announced bills to allow tasting rooms on farms and distilleries in areas zoned for agriculture.

Council Member Tony Chmelik is proposing legislation to define tasting rooms as agri-tourism.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - One of Virginia's most powerful politicians is stepping down.

Republican House Speaker William J. Howell said Monday he is retiring will not seek re-election when his term ends in January.

House Majority Leader Kirk Cox is expected to be Howell's successor, though other Republicans may try to challenge him.

Elected as speaker in 2003, Howell helped grow a near GOP supermajority in the House thanks in part to the favorable legislative boundaries drawn during the last redistricting.

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Several hundred protesters showed up in front of city hall in downtown Salisbury on Saturday.

The principle rally was called by opponents of President Donald Trump’s policies in particular on immigrant rights and the travel ban that affects seven Muslim majority countries.

City council member and former Mayor Jim Ireton told the crowd that people must “…rise up against this Muslim ban and this ridiculous wall.”

That latter refers to President Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

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Delaware’s two Democratic senators have gotten an earful from constituents when it comes to President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.

Senator Chris Coons told the Wilmington News Journal that he has gotten dozens of calls in a day.

He said, “They have been ringing off the hooks in Dover and Wilmington and Washington."

Delaware’s senior Senator Tom Carper told the paper his constituents don’t want them to be timid in opposing some of Trump’s nominees.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate panel is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Maryland's acting lottery director - more than 21 months after Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him to the job.

A vote by the panel on whether to send Gordon Medenica's appointment to the full Senate is expected Monday.

Some senators have expressed confidence in his experience. Others, however, have had questions about him.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican hopefuls for governor have played nice during their first debate.

The candidates avoided attacking each other Saturday at an event in Charlottesville and instead stuck largely to GOP talking points.

Corey Stewart, a one-time chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign in Virginia, has blasted former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie several times in interviews and social media accounts.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A former Virginia news anchor whose girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 says he's raised more than $30,000 during the first week of his campaign for the House of Delegates.

The Roanoke Times reports that Chris Hurst announced the fundraising total during a campaign kickoff event on Saturday. He has yet to file a campaign finance report.

Hurst quit his job as an anchor at WDBJ-TV to run as a Democrat in Virginia's 12th District, which is currently represented by Republican Del. Joseph Yost.

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SYKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - No one won the massive Powerball jackpot on Saturday night, but someone in Maryland got richer anyway.

The Maryland Lottery says a $1 million winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in Sykesville.

The ticket matched all five white balls that were drawn but not the Powerball. The jackpot for Saturday night's drawing was $349 million.

The ticket sold in Maryland was one of nine $1 million or $2 million winners around the country.

The store in Sykesville will get a $2,500 bonus for selling the ticket.

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Salisbury will be the scene of two demonstrations Saturday reflecting the divisions in the country.

One will be led by Molly Likovich called “No Ban, No Wall, No Registry Rally.

Likovich a recent Salisbury University Graduate told the Salisbury Daily Times that the protest is aimed at reflecting opposition to President Trump’s policies ranging from immigration to the proposed travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries.

But they will be met by a conservative counter protest led by the Somerset Central Republican Committee.

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The Wilmington City Council has decided to resume opening its meetings with a prayer.

And the term universal prayer was removed from this week’s resolution before passage.  

The measure was approved by 11 of the 13 members.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the new prayer will be done in conjunction with faith leaders and will be heard at the next council meeting.

The council had replaced an overtly Christian prayer with a moment of silent reflection.

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In the first half of today's program, we look at the growing problem of heroin addiction on the Eastern Shore.

On the second half, Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes  stops by talk talk about the Easter Shore's role in the Maryland budget process.

Guests: Susan Canfora, with the Salisbury Independent

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A student studying at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis will be among the contestants on the college championship of "Jeopardy!"

The school says 18-year-old freshman Gary Tse of Ellicott City, Maryland, will compete on the show that airs Friday at 7 p.m. The school says he'll face off against a Georgetown University student and a student from the University of Kentucky.

The show's college championship runs from Feb. 13 to Feb. 24 and features 15 students competing for a $100,000 grand prize.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore school police officer accused of standing by while another officer was caught on video slapping a teen has been acquitted of charges.

News outlets report a jury on Wednesday found 53-year-old Saverna Bias not guilty of second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Documents show a witness to the March 1 encounter said Bias told Officer Anthony Spence to hit the youth, and Spence then hit and kicked the teen. Spence said the student spat on him.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An offender held at a Delaware prison where a hostage died during an inmate uprising says tactical responders who stormed the building to end the siege injured nearly every prisoner inside.

Donald Parkell filed a federal lawsuit this week against the warden and unnamed prison staffers.

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The Day Without Immigrants protest found 27 percent of students in the Indian River School District were absent yesterday.

In addition, WBOC reports that the North Georgetown Elementary school where over 60 percent of the students are Hispanic 47 percent were absent.

In addition, Georgetown saw two of his Hispanic restaurants were closed for the day.

Meanwhile, in Salisbury the manager to Plaza Tapatia… decided not report to work in solidarity with the protest even though his restaurant stayed open for business.         

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