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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are set to announce the first round of grants in a new program aimed to given Delaware high schools specialized training in high-demand career fields.

Gov. Jack Markell was scheduled to join education officials at Appoquinimink High School in Middletown and Polytech High School in Woodside on Wednesday to announce the state's first Pathways to Prosperity grants.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The lawyer for the family of Freddie Gray, a black man who died of spinal injuries during an arrest in Baltimore, said he believes the police had no reason to stop the man in the first place.
    
Authorities say that 25-year old Gray was arrested on April 12 after police "made eye contact" with him and another man and the two started running.

Gray was placed in a transport van, and roughly 30 minutes later was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two Delaware men have pleaded guilty to arson charges after fires at three churches in the Felton area in December.
 
The Delaware State News reports that 27-year-old Alex Harrington Jr. of Frederica and 26-year-old Joseph Skochelak of Felton entered the pleas Monday in Kent County Superior Court. They pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree arson, second-degree conspiracy and third-degree burglary.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police have released videos showing the arrest of a man who died after his spine was nearly severed.

But none of them captured what happened inside the van where an arresting officer said he suffered a "medical emergency."

Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez says the officers involved have been suspended, and the autopsy shows that Freddie Gray "did suffer a significant spinal injury that led to his death."

Rodriguez said that a week later, investigators don't yet have any evidence showing what caused that injury.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A woman faces 17 years in prison for participating in a string of fires set on the Eastern Shore.

Media outlets report that Tonya Bundick entered Alford pleas on Monday to all 61 arson counts remaining against her. She previously was convicted of setting two fires on the Eastern Shore.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgement the state has enough evidence to convict.

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A new poll finds that 63 percent of Delawareans still support the death penalty.

The survey was carried out in mid-April by Public Policy Polling of just under 600 Delaware residents.

The company was hired by the Delaware Center for Justice which is seeking to end the death penalty in the First State.

The survey found that 34 percent opposed or were somewhat opposed to capital punishment.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Members of the Delaware legislature's budget-writing committee will have to sharpen their pencils again following another decline in projected revenues for the upcoming fiscal year.

The panel that sets the official revenue forecast on Monday lowered its estimate of revenue available for fiscal 2016 by $21.7 million compared to last month, when the estimate fell by $45 million.

The latest revision means revenue estimates have fallen about $67 million since Democratic Gov. Jack Markell proposed a $3.9 billion budget in January.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell says her public corruption convictions are based on an overly broad definition of bribery and she did not receive a fair trial due to a number of mistakes made by the presiding federal district court judge.

Her attorneys argued Monday in a 101-page court filing that McDonnell's conviction on several public corruption counts should be overturned.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - More ads may soon be coming to a bus stop near you.

The state House was scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would allow the Delaware Transit Corporation to advertise on the back panels of bus shelters throughout the state.

While allowing ads on the back of the shelters, the legislation would still prohibit ads within a residential subdivision, except at its entrance, and within 50 feet of a residence.

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There will be fewer seasonal officers for Ocean City this year.

Normally there are 100.

But this year the number will only be 70.

Ocean City Police Department spokesperson Lindsay O’Neal told WBOC that the agency has implemented polygraph screenings and psychological evaluations similar to those for the resort’s full time officers.

But officials say that there should not be any concern for public safety.     

They say that they will use safety aides for certain jobs that don’t require a sworn officer.

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In Delaware electronic cigarettes may be the new thing but owners and operators of stores and lounges that allow them say an indoor ban would destroy them.

They argue that customers have to be able to try them out before a purchase.

So, they are seeking an exemption from legislation that would prohibit indoor use of the devices.

Brent Stock, owner of the Vape Nook in Dover, told the Wilmington News Journal that the measure would cost the state millions of dollars in sales.

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There was no money in the Salisbury City budget for police body cameras despite strong support on the council.

During yesterday’s meeting council member Shanie Shields noted that with the climate in the nation she said she would support putting the devices on police officers.

Others in the chamber including Council President Jake Day and council member Jack Heath also said they were for officers wearing them.

A Gold Alert has been issued for 86 year-old James Custis of Lewes, Delaware.

There has been no word from him since 10 p.m. on Saturday when he spoke to a family member by phone.

WBOC reports that Delaware State Police say they were unable to find him and there is now a concern for his safety.

Custis is an African America male around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds.

He also has brown eyes and grey hair.

 

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There is now a description for a suspect in one of two shootings on the Delaware State University campus.

University spokesman Carlos Holmes said that the suspect in the second incident is an African American male between 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with dreadlocks.

He was seen driving a four-door burgundy vehicle.

The incident occurred at the off-campus University Courtyard student apartment complex.

The university got a report of the shooting around 1 a.m.

No one was injured.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Funeral services have been held for a father and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at their Maryland home.

Hundreds attended Saturday's services for Rodney Todd and his children at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Police say Todd and his children were poisoned in their sleep days after the power company discovered a stolen meter and cut off electricity to their rental home in Princess Anne. With the power out, Todd bought a generator and put it in his kitchen to keep his family warm. They were found dead April 6.

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Three 18-thousand pound shipping containers have found a home on Assateague Island.

The 640 square foot containers are providing space for Assateague Outfitters on the bay side of the island.

It’s a project carried out by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and Super Fun Eco tours.

The containers will provide room for cafes, office space and even homes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Assateague Outfitters building will use one 40-foot by 8-foot container for their main retail area with two 20-foot by 8-foot containers for storage.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue forecast is meeting to update its projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.

Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council comes one month after it made its first update of the year, lowering its revenue estimate for the current year by $39.4 million compared to its December estimate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal statistics show the number and size of Virginia farms declined in 2014.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Statistics Service estimates there were 45,900 farms in Virginia in 2014. That's down 100 from 2013. The average farm size dropped by 1 acre to 179 acres.

The total amount of land in farms fell by 100,000 acres to 8.2 million acres.

The number of farms with less than $100,000 in agricultural Sales dropped by 200. But the number of farms with more than $100,000 in agricultural sales increased by 100.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly filed finance reports show Virginia Republican state lawmakers have a large cash advantage over their Democratic counterparts going into this year's campaign season.

But Democrats say they don't have as much in the bank because they're already spending it on efforts similar to what helped their candidates, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, sweep all three statewide offices in 2013.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former state Senate candidate accused of molesting a young neighbor more than 25 years ago has been sentenced to one year of probation for unlawful sexual contact.

Fifty-six-year-old Eric Bodenweiser received a suspended sentence Friday of one year in prison for each of two misdemeanors counts. He must register as a sex offender and is barred from unsupervised contact with minors during probation.

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It will have taken at least $110 million since 2002 to clean up the Standard Chlorine superfund site left behind by the Metachem Products LLC which declared bankruptcy.

The latest phase will be run $17.4 million to install a thick cap and toxic vapor collection system.

It will cover the 23 acres that is the site's main production area.

Ninety percent of the cleanup costs are being funded by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The state of Delaware is picking up the other 10 percent.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died in police custody after officers used a stun gun as they arrested him during a break-in call.

Hagerstown police say officers responding to a 911 call reporting a break-in on Thursday night found a "highly agitated" man in front of the house. Believing the man was under the influence of drugs, police say officers requested an ambulance.

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If there is no meeting between Mayor Jim Ireton and Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver by April 28th the Mayor says he will outline a number options to the public on the issue of city fire and EMS service to the county.

Ireton declared, ”You have city taxpayer money and you have to give it back.”

This week the Mayor said that if there is no agreement by July 1st on tax relief for city residents who provide fire and EMS services to the county he will keep those services to within the city limits.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The "emergency" of heroin and opioid abuse in Maryland is getting attention from state lawmakers and health leaders.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford's office announced on Thursday that the third of six drug task force summits will be hosted in Calvert County later this month.

Rutherford is the chairman of the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, part of Gov. Larry Hogan's initiative to address the rising number of fatal overdoses in the state - which he declared an emergency.

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A deal has been struck between Delaware lawmakers and the Sussex County Technical High School.

The state House of Representatives has offered up a plan to restructure the schools finances and enrollment.

The measure would provide for a 5.5 percent property tax increase starting on July 1st in the district.

The following year there would be a 1 cent increase finally capping at 30 cent for $100 of assessed property value.

The increase will cost the average taxpayer nearly $11 by the end of the second year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge in Wilmington has granted the state of Delaware's request to dismiss racial and gender discrimination claims filed by parents of students at a struggling all-girls charter school trying to stave off a second state-ordered closure.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Stark on Thursday granted the Department of Education's request to dismiss the lawsuit involving predominantly black Reach Academy in New Castle.

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Getting enough students into the classroom has become a problem for three Delaware charter schools.

State officials say that Freire Charter School, Delaware Lab Design Lab High School and Prestige Academy have been placed on formal review.

Freire and Design Lab are brand new.

Prestige has been around for just over a half a dozen years.

The state required charter schools to reach at lead 80 percent enrollment by the first of this month.

This affects the amount of funding they will receive from the state of Delaware.

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