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STERLING, Va. (AP) - The depth of community sorrow at the death of a 17-year-old Muslim girl attacked as she walked to her mosque has been made clear after thousands attended her funeral and a subsequent community vigil.

Many who turned out in support of Nabra Hassanen and her family Wednesday said they're fearful for their children's safety after the attack.

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There could be fewer school districts in the future for Delaware.

Some members of the General Assembly are making the suggestion as a way to save some money as the state faces a flood of red ink.

Currently, the state has 19 school districts with nearly 15-thousand students in the Red Clay school system alone.

State Representative Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) chair of the House Education Committee has sponsored a bill that would create a taskforce to see if district consolidation would actually save money.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new state report says people with disabilities continue to struggle to find employment, particularly in rural areas.

A report released recently by the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities said the employment rate for people with disabilities has not improved noticeably.

The employment rates are lower than the Great Recession and only about a third of the state's disabled population was employed in 2015. The employment rate gap between the disabled and those without disabilities is greater than it was pre-recession.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is running for governor of Maryland.

In a campaign video released Wednesday, Baker said he's running "to build a future that works for all of us." In the video, Baker discusses his work as county executive in the state's second-largest jurisdiction, touting crime reductions and progress in education and economic development.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city has taken a position against offshore drilling.

Media outlets report that the Virginia Beach city council voted Tuesday to oppose any operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

The vote is a recommendation to President Donald Trump. The president has ordered a review of the Obama-era ban on drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Trump will make the final decision.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Fishermen in Maryland have claimed $15,000 total after catching 2017's first white marlins.

The Daily Times reports Charlie Horning caught this year's first white marlin on June 16. Horning was only two hours into a trip on the Fishing Whistle, his Delaware-based boat out of Indian River Inlet, when the billfish had "the pole bend and luckily he just got hooked and hung there."

Horning didn't initially realize it earned him a $5,000 prize from the Ocean City Marlin Club, who rewards the money to the member who snags the season's first white marlin.

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The new date for the launch of the sounding rocket at Wallops Flight Facility is now June 24th.

This will be the 10th attempt after previous missions were scrubbed because of weather conditions.

The area in recent weeks has been hit with high winds, thunderstorms and cloud cover.

If the sky is clear Wallops officials expect to make another try around just after 9 p.m. on Saturday.

The rocket will contain canisters that will release red and blue-and-green vapors that will form clouds over a 100 miles above the earth.

There was a tornado in Sussex County on Monday.

The National Weather Service says it was an EF-0 which tripped trees out of the ground and damaged building near Greenwood.

The federal agency says the tornado touched down near Route 13 between the Nanticoke River and the intersection of Sugar Hill Road and St. Johnstown Road and headed northeast for around a half a mile.

Damage included the end of a warehouse at Delaware Electric Cooperative blowing out two large garage doors along with overturning some trailers.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A budget airline will begin offering new service to Florida out of Norfolk International Airport this fall.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Allegiant Air, a low-cost airline focused on vacation travelers, will offer nonstop flights to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Introductory fares start at $39 for one-way tickets. Regular price information isn't yet available.

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Correctional officers in Delaware will be getting a raise and a pledge for safer working conditions.

The deal was struck by Governor John Carney and the union that represents correctional officers.

New hires will get $40-thousand dollars a year – a $5-thousand increase in the next budget year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that will go up to $43-thousand the following year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are giving initial consideration to host of proposals by Democratic lawmakers to increase taxes on Delawareans to help balance the state budget.

Among the bills up for discussion Wednesday in a House committee is a proposal to raise income tax rates across the board, eliminate itemized deductions and increase the standard deduction, and creating a new tax bracket for income above $150,000.

The committee also will consider a competing proposal to create two new tax brackets at $125,000 and $250,000.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has overwhelmingly approved a bill opening Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry.

The measure cleared the House on a 34-to-7 vote Tuesday and now goes to the Senate

The bill, supported by Gov. John Carney establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, including abandoned and polluted brownfields.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved legislation authorizing the establishment of a public-private partnership to lead Delaware's economic development efforts.

The measure was approved 34-to-6 on Tuesday despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency regarding the partnership's work.

Critics also noted that the partnership itself, rather than Delaware's Public Integrity Commission, would ensure compliance with its conflict of interest of policy.

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(AP) - A chaplain at the mosque where a slain teen worshipped says members have faith in the police investigation of the fatal attack.

Joshua Salaam of the ADAMS Center said at a press conference Tuesday that police "have given us complete confidence." Seventeen-year-old Nabra Hassanen was slain over the weekend in northern Virginia.

Salaam said the community is struggling because Hassanen was beloved by so many and well-known for her kind spirit.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a Virginia inmate convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006 are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life.

William Morva's attorneys said Tuesday that they have filed a clemency petition urging the Democratic governor to stop the man's execution scheduled for July 6. His attorneys say jurors didn't know that Morva suffers from a severe mental illness that they say led to his crimes.

They're asking McAuliffe to commute his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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(AP) - Vigils are being held around the country to honor a Muslim teen who police say was fatally beaten with a baseball bat by an angry driver as she walked with friends to a Virginia mosque this weekend.

Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment CEO Rana Abdelhamid said by telephone that her group partnered with groups in cities around the nation to hold vigils Tuesday for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and stand in solidarity with her family.

Delaware Electric Cooperative has restored power to most of its members after last night’s storm put nearly 2-thousand homes in the dark.

WBOC reports that they worked all night to do so even as the storm damaged several of the buildings at the cooperative’s headquarters.

The structures held electrical equipment.

Two trailers were also reported to have been blown over.

No injuries were reported.

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The on-ramp for US Route 13 south onto the Salisbury Bypass is now closed.

Large cranes and work crews will now be repairing the road for the next three months.

WBOC reports that State Highway officials say closing the ramp over the next 90 days will make it safer for the workers and motorists.

If the ramp was not closed the state believes it would have taken six months for the repairs.

Officials emphasized that there was no problem with the span that was built in 1972.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel has increased Delaware's revenue forecast for the current and upcoming fiscal years.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday boosted its current year revenue estimate by $12.5 million compared to its May projections. The revenue estimate for fiscal 2018, which starts July 1, increased by $13.5 million.

Adding reversions of unspent funds, available revenue for fiscal 2018 increased by $27.4 million. That still leaves a gap of more than $350 million between estimated revenue and proposed spending for next year.

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The senior administrative staff at the Sussex Technical School District have been put on paid leave.

The action comes as officials investigate financial mismanagement issues that cropped up on during a recent audit.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the state auditor’s office found a local businessman and his company sold a piece of land for twice what he paid for it within a two seek period.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a Muslim teen who disappeared while walking with her friends to her mosque died of blunt force trauma to the upper body.

Police in Virginia say "road rage" prompted the killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen. Police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with murder. Police say they believe Martinez Torres acted alone and say they are not looking for other suspects.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Reef balls are being planted on the Tilghman Reef this week.

The Coastal Conservation Association Maryland and the group's northern Virginia chapter is scheduled to plant 140 reef balls west of Tilghman Island in Talbot County on Wednesday.

The association says the reef balls will triple the size of the existing reef, making it one of the largest man-made, three-dimensional reefs in the middle of Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The price motorists are paying for a gallon of gas in Virginia is down four cents from a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday that the average price of a gallon of regular, unleaded gas in Virginia was $2.08, down from $2.12 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 22 cents below the national average of $2.30.

The average price of a gallon of gas in cities around the state includes $2.09 in Charlottesville, $2.04 in the Norfolk area, $2.07 in Richmond and $2.07 in Roanoke.

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There’s a bill in the Delaware legislature that would allow judges and police to temporarily take guns away from people whose family believes they might be a danger to themselves or others.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Democratic state Representative David Bentz believes the measure would enable authorities to defuse potentially explosive situations – particularly those considering suicide.

Police would be able to search and seize guns from a person’s home after a petition has been filed describing the type of weapon and where it is.

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The launch of a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility was scrubbed against last night.

It had originally had been scheduled to liftoff on June 18th.

This is the 9th delay so far.

The rocket will send out canisters with that disperse red and blue-green vapors forming artificial clouds so scientists can track the motion of particles in space.

They will reach over a 100 miles above the earth’s surface.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware have arrested a man they say sold ecstasy to an undercover officer at a music festival.

The Dover Police Department said in a news release that a man sold the drug to an officer Friday at the Firefly Music Festival.

Authorities say after the man was arrested and searched, officers found nearly 1,000 ecstasy pills; 40 doses of LSD; MDMA; crystal meth; cocaine; and mushrooms.

Twenty-six-year-old Jordann Reeser of Illinois was charged with numerous counts of possession of drugs with intent to distribute and other offenses.

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A Virginia man has been charged in the murder of a Muslim teenager who had confronted her near a mosque in Sterling,Virginia.

22-year-old Darwin Torres has been charged in the death of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.

The Washington Post reports that friends near the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center had been at a sleep over when they saw some kind of dispute with a man on Sunday morning.

The paper reports that the friends told authorities that the driver left his car and brandished a baseball bat.

The friends scattered and afterward called police.

Yet another delay for the sounding rocket launch at Wallops Flight Facility yesterday.

It had originally been scheduled to liftoff on June 18th.

This is the 8th delay so far.

NASA officials will meet this afternoon for a weather briefing before making a decision on whether to attempt another launch.

The rocket will send out canisters with that disperse red and blue-green vapors forming artificial clouds so scientists can track the motion of particles in space.

They will reach over a 100 miles above the earth’s surface.

Thousands gathered for the annual Firefly Music Festival in Dover.

But one man Zachary Hamilton is now charged with trying to hijack a van with six employees of RMC Events.

WBOC reports that Hamilton allegedly smashed through a fence before coming to halt when the vehicle struck some brush.

Police say that Hamilton punched the officers when they tried to make an arrest and head butted a police vehicle causing damage.  

The television station reports that the police learned later that he alleged struck

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is offering police training to help endangered children.

The free, two-day training course for law enforcement is taking place Monday and Tuesday in Hanover at the Maryland Department of Transportation.

The Texas Department of Public Safety originally developed the "Interdiction for Protection of Children," a training course to help troopers identify and rescue endangered children.