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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers and officials are discussing whether the annual state budget passed by the General Assembly should require more than a simple majority of votes for passage.

Thursday's meeting stems from a resolution passed by lawmakers on the final night of this year's session.

The resolution, sponsored by Republican Sen. Colin Bonini, notes that the budget bill has been treated as needing only a simple majority, even though the state constitution requires a three-fourths vote to appropriate public money to any corporation.

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The Delaware Chapter of the Association of Building Contractors is objecting to a requirement that they have apprenticeship programs before they can bid on New Castle County government projects.

The group filed suit earlier this month seeking a legal judgment against the rules that require companies with a contract of more than $100-thousand to have such a state approved program.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the requirement was approved in 2008 with high praise from state union leaders.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to host a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential bid.

It's set for Thursday afternoon at an Annapolis hotel.

Hogan, a Republican, endorsed Christie's run for the GOP nomination for president last month.

Christie campaigned for Hogan in Maryland last year in his campaign for governor.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Health officials say the first case of West Nile virus has been reported in Baltimore County.

The Baltimore County Department of Health said in a news release Wednesday that the person infected with the mosquito-borne virus died on Monday from causes not related to West Nile.

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The suspect in an on-air shooting at WDBJ-TV has has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a high speed chase down Interstate 64.

He has been identified by authorities as Vester Lee Flanagan a former report who was known professionally as Bryce Williams

Authorities say he died at around 1:30 p.m. around seven hours after shooting and killing two of his former colleagues.

Becky Coyner with dispatch and records at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said that 41-year-old Flanagan was from Roanoke.

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With the start of the school year Delaware public schools will be getting access to the drug Naloxone which reverses the effects overdose effects from heroin and other drugs.

The Department of Health and Social Services will be distributing the donation of 2-thousand Evzio injection units to the Department of Education, addiction treatment centers and participating law enforcement.

Delaware officials say 185 people died from suspected overdoses in the state last year.

Many of them were the result of heroin or prescription drugs.

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With the Chinese economy slowing and the New York Stock Exchange shivering some question the implications for the United States -- especially in the wake of the events that led to the recent Great Recession. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Dr. Tylor Claggett, professor of finance at Salisbury University's Perdue School of Business who has visited China many times over the years.

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The Dover International Speedway will be holding a special kickoff to the AAA 400 NASCAR Spring Cup Series race October 2 through October 4th.  

It’s the popular NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade on Thursday October 1st with 40 brightly colored haulers that will start out at the Blue Hen Corporate Center to make their way to the International Speedway.

There were nearly 10-thousand people who showed up for the parade when it began two years ago.

Last year the event was rained out but officials agreed it should return this year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Air Force Base officials are helping to make the deployment of service men and women a little less stressful and scary for their children.

The base is hosting an event Wednesday that allows children a chance to participate and experience a mobility line, similar to what their parents go through as they prepare for assignments away from home.

The children, as well as teachers from the base schools, can experience what it's like to go through pre-deployment briefings and preparations, complete with dog tags, mock travel cards and physical forms.

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There’s a rebellion brewing in Rehoboth Beach.

Hundreds are angered by a law that will make it harder for them to build large houses.

And they have handed in a petition to force the town commissioners to take another vote.

They must have gathered 40 percent of the electorate in order to force the vote.

That will force suspension of the ordinance until its reconsideration.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that if there is not a reversal residents vow to force a referendum.

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The Cheswold Town Council has decided to put off an annexation plan that has residents at the nearby Noble’s Pond retirement community along with some elected officials up in arms.

The annexation included adding 245 acres of farmland part of which could be developed into townhomes and commercial retail.

Another portion of the parcel would be open space next to the retirement community.

The town council could reconsider the annexation at its September 8th meeting that would provide for a special election.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Insurance Administration says insurance companies have paid $12.9 million in claims stemming from civil unrest in Baltimore linked to the death in April of Freddie Gray.

The agency said Tuesday that the payments include $11.6 million for commercial property damage. Rioters damaged or looted hundreds of business, and set several on fire, after Gray's funeral April 27.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says the last inmates in the dangerously decrepit men's section of the Baltimore City Detention Center have been moved out as it permanently closes facility.

The detention center pre-dates modern penal facility standards, with some of its walls dating to the 19th century. It has been notorious for hazardous conditions, including blind corners and dark corridors. It also has been targeted for decades by reform attempts.

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HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) - New Castle County police say a man found dead in a car in a Hockessin nursing home parking lot had been shot in his upper torso.

Police were called to the parking lot of Genesis Healthcare Monday evening after someone reported an Audi sitting in the lot for an unusually long time. Officers found 27-year-old Shazim Uppal of Hockessin dead.

Police say Uppal was last seen driving an Audi with Delaware registration in the Pike Creek area Sunday between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday.

Homicide detectives are investigating.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A freighter has run aground in the Delaware River south of Philadelphia.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A coalition of pastors and the NAACP that is investigating accusations of discrimination in state government is beginning to seek testimony at hearings in Kent and Sussex counties.
 
The Wilmington News Journal  reports that the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of churches in the Dover area, and the Central Delaware NAACP have joined black pastors in New Castle County to conduct the hearings starting Tuesday.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court wants to hear from federal prosecutors before deciding whether former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will have to go to prison while he appeals his corruption convictions.

Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order Monday giving prosecutors until Wednesday to respond to McDonnell's request to remain free. The order also says a federal appeals court order that puts the wheels in motion to send McDonnell to prison will be put on hold until Roberts or the Supreme Court can decide on McDonnell's request.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is issuing statewide guidelines to prevent discriminatory profiling by law enforcement based on race, gender and other characteristics.

Frosh has scheduled a Tuesday news conference about the initiative. He says the guidelines are similar to ones issued in December by the U.S. Justice Department, which called on states to adopt their own. Frosh says Maryland is the first state to issue its own guidance.

He says it goes further than current Maryland law, but departments would have to adopt the policies.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Archaeologists say an 18th century shipwreck was found in the Nanticoke River by a State Highway Administration crew repairing the U.S. 50 bridge.

The SHA said in a news release Monday that the crew was removing debris from under the bridge when workers found some wood that could be ship timbers.

SHA archaeologists found that an intact keel, frames and other ship timbers. The wreck was taken to the Maryland Archaeology Conservation Laboratory in Calvert County.

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The Delaware Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal against a former death row inmate by prosecutors.

They say a judge made a mistake in not allowing a videotaped confession by Jermaine Wright in the 1991 murder of liquor store clerk.

That confession had been the key piece of evidence that led to his death sentence but was suppressed by a judge earlier this year.

That decision allowed Wright to go free.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at issue is whether he was read his Miranda rights and that he was on heroin.

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Last night police say a man was shot and killed in a parking lot near a Hockessin nursing home.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was discovered in a black Audi next to the Franciscan Care Center around 7 p.m.

The man’s identity and age have been withheld by police.

The News Journal added that authorities have not said how he died but that New Castle County police chief confirmed he was shot.

Meanwhile, the paper also said that it has talked with a family member who told the News Journal that they wanted to be left alone in their grief.

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The small town of Cheswold in Delaware is bracing for a stormy meeting tonight over an annexation plan that has angered Kent County residents.

One parcel includes Noble’s Pond retirement community.

The residents there are objecting to a separate piece of farmland that has been rezoned for a number of uses including town homes and commercial retail.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that residents say they were never told about the annexation plans.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A fraternity has suspended activities at a university chapter in Virginia after an uproar over sexually suggestive banners hung from a private home where several of that fraternity's members live.

Sigma Nu's national organization said it suspended the fraternity's activities at Old Dominion University in Norfolk pending completion of its investigation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware utility regulators are continuing discussions on whether Delmarva Power utility customers deserve to have more transparency on their bills.

The state Public Service Commission was scheduled to host a bill transparency workshop on Tuesday as part of ongoing discussions about the issue.

In response to concerns raised by state lawmakers in 2013, Delmarva Power last year began providing more detailed cost breakdowns on monthly bills regarding state required charges for energy assistance and renewable energy programs.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man has been charged with trying to bring a handgun through a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for police accountability reforms are calling for changes to the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.

Civil rights and police reform activists have set a news conference Monday to criticize the number of law enforcement officials who have been scheduled to testify before a panel of state lawmakers who are considering changes to the law, compared to the number of representatives from groups that are seeking reforms.

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If you’re heading to the Assateague Island National Seashore tomorrow there’s a present waiting for you – of sorts.

To celebrate the 99th birthday of the National Park Service the admission will be free waiving the regular fee of $20 per car.

There were will be a number of activities ranging from an underwater Aquarium talk adventure and a wild horse “Creature Feature” to the Old Ferry Landing for an exploration of the bay and salt marsh.
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law creating  of the National Park System.

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In the fight against heroin addiction the Delaware Attorney General want to slash the cost of the drug’s anti-dote.

Delaware officials say 10 lives have been saved this year since the antidote Naloxone for heroin overdoses was put in the pockets of officers in the Ocean View, Middletown and New Castle County police departments.

These included a 35 year old Wilmington man who was found unconscious by his roommate and a 32- year old woman in Ocean View who was given it twice within a 10 hour period.

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Pickets showed up at the Easton Planned Parent office in the wake of efforts to defund the organization.

There were nearly 100 who were in front of the facility Saturday afternoon after a number of undercover videos were released involving the use of fetal tissue from abortions.

Congressman Andy Harris joined the protest.

The Eastern Shore Republican told WBOC that he opposes funding the organization because it is receiving money for providing the tissues.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.50, down from $2.55 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 13 cents below the national average of $2.63.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.47 in Baltimore, $2.49 in Cumberland, $2.59 in Hagerstown and $2.34 in Salisbury.

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