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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Students across Maryland generally improved their math scores from last year on the state's annual standardized test, but once again fewer than half of the test-takers were able to pass.

The Maryland State Department of Education on Tuesday released the scores for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam.

The tests, which debuted during the 2014-15 school year, were given in grades three through eight, and in two subjects in high school.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Officials say Virginia's Medicaid program has begun covering the cost of mosquito repellent to prevent people from being infected by the Zika virus.

The Washington Post reports that the program began covering repellent on Monday.

The state health department says prescriptions are required for people to obtain the payment. One refill is allowed per month.

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Officials have identified 20 year old Maurice Wright of Norfolk as an apparent drowning victim who was last seen on Sunday afternoon near the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was wading from the beach to a pontoon when he disappeared under the surface of the water.

He was not wearing a life jacket.

The paper reports that the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search last night.

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Led by the Reverend Aaron Appling around 75 to a hundred homeless advocates yesterday urged the Dover City Council to get them help.

Appling urged the council members to use their resources and power to assist them as the weather begins to turn cold this fall.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Sue Harris, co-founder of Port of Hope Delaware Incorporated, said the homeless populations is beginning to overwhelm the area.

She said that homeless organizations serving in Kent County were not able to cope with problem.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Baltimore County officials narrowly voted to keep schools open on Muslim holidays, prompting shouts of "Injustice!" from some members of the public.

The Baltimore County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-5 against closing schools for the two most important Muslim holidays when they fall on school days.

The vote followed an emotional discussion among school board members, while dozens of Muslims stood in the audience.

If the policy had passed, the school system would have been the first in Maryland to close on Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.

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The Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs has made its endorsement in the upcoming primary elections.

They include New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon state Senators Bryan Townsend -- a candidates for congress and Bethany Hall-Long – a candidate for Lt. Governor.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Dr. Muqtedar Kahn, president of the Delaware Council, said that in the age of Islamophobia his community would not stay silent or be marginalized.

Townsend was thanked for his support for closing the loophole for background checks to buy firearms.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man has filed a federal lawsuit against a Catholic diocese-owned assisted living home that he says fired him because he's gay.

John Murphy served as executive director of the Saint Francis Home for about a week before he says two Catholic Diocese of Richmond officials told him he was fired because his same-sex marriage goes against church doctrine.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Two Baltimore police officers are getting back pay after being cleared of criminal charges in the death of a young black man whose neck was broken in a police van.

Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter will receive $96,855 and $70,523 respectively after being suspended without pay after being charged with manslaughter, assault and other charges in the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

White and Porter were among six officers charged in Gray's death. Prosecutors dropped their cases after three other officers were acquitted.

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A portion of Ellicott City's Main Street is re-opening after flooding last month.

Howard County officials said in a statement that beginning Wednesday a portion of the western end of Main Street that sustained minor or no damage in the July 30 flooding will be re-opened. Businesses at the western end of the street and along Tonge Row will be able to to re-open.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says Governor Larry Hogan is popular for such a Blue state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the state official after last week's summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons after his previous attempt was blocked by the state's Supreme Court.

McAuliffe's announcement Monday came nearly a month after the court ruled that governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis. That ruling invalidated a previous executive order that had restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.

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CROWNSVILLE, Md. (AP) - A state panel is reviewing a proposal to remove from the grounds of Frederick City Hall a statue of the Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.

It's on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the Maryland Historical Trust's Easement Committee in Crownsville. The committee makes recommendations to the trust's director. Its meetings are closed to the public.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say four people, including a 6-year-old, were injured when a tractor trailer rear-ended a pickup truck in Newark.

The agency said in a news release Monday that the crash occurred early Friday on South College Avenue. Troopers say a tractor trailer driven by 33-year-old Charles Bolton Jr. of Washington failed to stop at a red light.

Police say Bolton's vehicle rear-ended a pickup truck, which was operated by 65-year-old Clinton Peavy of Neptune, New Jersey.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has temporarily halted progress on the next phase of a bike and pedestrian trail linking Wilmington and New Castle pending resolution of a dispute between a contractor and state transportation officials.

After opening and publicly reading a bid from Kuhn Construction Co., officials declared Kuhn the low bidder. But they later rejected the bid because it was not accompanied by the required bond.

Kuhn says it did attach the bond to its bid, and that officials violated the law by opening and reading the bid without confirming the bond.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington's police union has reached a long-awaited, tentative agreement with the city that includes three years of raises for rank and file officers.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams announced the proposed deal with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 on Monday after the two sides met in a closed-door meeting.

The city's police officers have been working without a contract since July 2011.

The agreement includes a 2 percent pay increase for fiscal year 2013, a 1 percent increase for the past two fiscal years.

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There was loud banging and yelling just behind a courtroom in Northampton yesterday forcing the judge to bring proceedings to a halt in yesterday.

It was the result of an enraged teenager who had to be restrained by deputies.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities say a 16-year old boy had come from a juvenile detention center.

He had been accused of sexually assaulting a staff member.

Authorities the paper that the boy had become enraged after being sentenced to 20 more days in detention.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials are reporting the first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year in the state.
The health department said Monday an adult who lives in western Maryland has survived the infection.
The department says the virus has been detected in mosquito pools collected in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. A pool is a group of mosquitoes collected at one of several trap sites around the state.

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There has been a call by local residents for a curfew in Pocomoke City after a recent fight that took place on Fourth and Laurel Streets last month.

Pocomoke City Mayor Ernest Crowfoot told WBOC that he had been asked by a number of people for help to combat bad behavior and crime.

He told the television station that the city would take a look at the curfew laws during a public meeting in September.

Crowfoot said that imposing a curfew would be a difficult to implement but was not impossible.

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - The decision to pull books from a Chesterfield County summer reading list has drawn the attention of a state senator and criticism from national free-speech advocacy groups.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that during a June School Board meeting, Chesterfield Schools leader Donna Dalton said the division revised a summer reading list after parents expressed concerns over some of the books.

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The Federal Fish and Wildlife Service says it will soon drop its investigation into the death of 13 bald eagles that were found on an Eastern Shore farm.

WBOC reports that Neil Mendelsohn of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that officials intend to close the case "in the near future" because of a lack of evidence linking anyone to the crime.

Authorities say that the eagles which were found in February on a Laurel Grove Road farm were poisoned and did not die of disease.  

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It's back to school and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says it is time to begin the term after Labor Day throughout the state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the Comptroller during last week's summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties to talk about the idea and down signs for fiscal health of the state.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The sister of prominent African-American journalist and publisher George Curry says her brother has died. He was 69.

Charlotte Purvis says Curry died suddenly Saturday at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, after he was taken to the emergency room. Curry lived in Laurel, Maryland.

Curry's syndicated column appeared in more than 200 African-American newspapers. He served as editor-in-chief of both Emerge magazine and the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a news service for black newspapers.

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The First Unitarian Church in Wilmington has hung banners celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement up along U.S. Route 202.

And this time reports the Wilmington News Journal they are hoping they will stay up.

Previous signs had been torn after they had been vandalized.

The banners read, ”Black Lives Matter” and “Standing on the side of love.”

They went up on Sunday morning.

The mostly white church said that for each incident of vandalism it would make a donation to the national Black Lives Matter movement.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - With the Sept. 13 primary approaching, more than a dozen politicians statewide have been fined for having illegally placed signs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 13 politicians' campaign signs have been spotted on utility poles, medians or too close to the road in the past three months.

Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Westhoff says the signs can obstruct motorists' views if they are placed within 10 feet of a road.

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Governor Larry Hogan announced this weekend that he is ending the statewide requirement that business and homes use the best available technology for septic tanks.

During an appearance at the Maryland Association of Counties Hogan said that businesses and local leaders complained that the regulations had been expensive and a burden.

WBOC reports that while repealing the regulations there would be environmental safeguards in the critical areas.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for Baltimore's top prosecutor say lawsuits filed against her by five of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are without merit and should be dismissed.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges against six officers in the death of Gray but did not win any convictions. Gray is a black man who died after he was severely injured while riding in the back of a city police van.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys are meeting with a judge in advance of the retrial of a former death-row inmate for a drug-related killing.

Monday's pretrial conference involves the prosecution of Isaiah McCoy, who was convicted in the 2010 death of 30-year-old James Mumford in Dover.

Delaware's Supreme Court last year ordered a new trial for McCoy because of errors by the judge and prosecutor at his first trial.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard says a 20-year-old man is missing after he went underwater near Smith Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Coast Guard reports that the man was wading from the beach to a pontoon boat about 20 feet offshore when he went underwater around 2 p.m. Sunday and did not resurface. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Coast Guard crews are searching for the man along with Virginia Marine Police and Virginia Beach firefighters.