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BATLIMORE,Md. (AP) - A judge has acquitted a Baltimore police officer on all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a black who died after he was injured in a police transport van.

Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted Monday after a bench trial by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams. Rice is the fourth of the six officers charged to go on trial in the 2015 death. Three earlier trials resulted in two acquittals and a mistrial.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge in Baltimore is scheduled to issue his ruling in the case of a police officer charged in the death of a black man injured in a police transport van.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams will make his ruling public Monday in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice.

Rice is the fourth of the six officers charged to go on trial in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

Rice is the highest-ranking of the officers. Three earlier trails resulted in two acquittals and a mistrial.

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National Republicans may be meeting in Cleveland to nominate presumptive nominee Donald Trump but at least one Republican will be here on the Eastern Shore.

Governor Larry Hogan who has he will not be voting for Trump will be on hand for the 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake this Wednesday.

It’s an all-you-can eat affair held in the Somers Cove Marina where politicians often come to schmooze with the local residents.

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Sunday marked the final moment for Delawareans to say goodbye to Tim McClanahan.

His funeral was held at the Cape Henlopen High School followed by a ceremony outside the Lewes Fire Hall.

The Lewes fireman was killed early last week during an accident in which he fell from a helicopter during a training exercise.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it was a procedure the 46-year old fireman had done thousands of times before and loved to do.

Ted Robertson told the paper that McClanahan was a hero doing what he loved to do.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Thousands of immigrants in the country illegally have sought a Delaware driving privilege card since December of last year.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the number comes despite predictions few would sign up because of a fingerprinting requirement.

The Delaware Legislature passed a law in June of 2015 creating the program.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police Arrested more than 60 people during a protest after participants blocked lanes on an interstate in the city.

The numbers were initially around 20, but police spokesman Lt. Jarron Jackson later updated the figures to 55 adults and 10 juveniles arrested when protesters blocked traffic on Interstate 83 on Saturday. He said the charges will be failure to obey and illegally walking on a highway.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - The Milford-based upholstery and sewing company First State Manufacturing has announced that it is adding more than 25 new positions.

FSM Director of Marketing Lori Tovcimak-Speed tells the Wilmington News Journal that the company wants to put people to work "as soon as possible." Filling the new positions will expand FSM's workforce by nearly a third - growth that will equal the number of jobs the company has added over the last three years.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Those hoping to bag a black bear in Maryland this fall are beginning their hunt for licenses.

The online application process begins Monday and continues through Aug. 31. A lottery drawing will be held Sept. 2.

The Department of Natural Resources says it will issue 750 permits for the four-day season that begins Oct. 24.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Courts in Maryland's upper Eastern Shore are now only accepting electronic filings.

The Maryland Judiciary says in a statement that as of Monday, electronic filing will be mandatory for attorneys filing civil and criminal cases in District Court and Circuit Court in Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties.

Attorneys have been filing electronically since October 2014 when the Maryland Electronic Courts system launched in Anne Arundel County.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court will meet Tuesday to hear arguments in a Republican lawsuit trying to block more than 200,000 former felons in the state from voting in November.

At issue in the case is whether the state's constitution allows governors to restore voting rights to ex-felons en masse or requires them to be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Republican lawmakers who sued McAuliffe say the governor clearly violated the constitution and ignored decades of practice with his April executive order.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The city council of Norfolk will welcome its first openly gay council member at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports that 46-year-old Nicole Carry is also believed to be the council's first Navy veteran in recent history.

The assignment will be temporary. Carry replaces a member who had to resign because he ran for mayor, unsuccessfully, earlier this year.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Bids for a new parallel tunnel on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel have been revised downward from three contractors.

The Virginian Pilot reports that the bids are still higher than were initially expected, but they are now much closer to the original $724.4 million estimate under scaled-back proposals.

Jeff Holland, the bridge's executive director, says officials are very pleased with the results released Friday.

He declined to list specific changes to the project until July 27, when a subcommittee will meet to recommend which company to select.

This week we will hear the story A. Aubrey Bodine the celebrated photographer. We’ll learn about Denton, Maryland’s own Sophie Kerr. And naturalist Dave Wilson and his guest Dr. Aaron Hogue will tell us about apex predators on Delmarva.

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Last week two African Americans who had legal guns in their possession died at the hands of police officers setting off nationwide protests. Then five Dallas police officers were killed by a gunman just days later. All of this got Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill to ponder the role of guns in society.

In the first half, we take another look at large chicken house operations. In a previous program, we spoke with residents who live near some of the operations. This morning, we turn to the industry side of the equation.

In the second half, we turn to local reaction the the recent events in Dallas, Texas.

Guests: Donald Morton, Executive Director of Complexities of Color

Mark Thompson, outreach Pastor for the Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury Maryland

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Perdue Farms has announced that it will begin to improve the lives of chickens. The nation's fourth-largest poultry producer has begun to move chickens out of windowless and often cramped quarters they have been housed in. In addition, there are also plans to study a move away from genetic modification that produces fast-growing birds.

Guests:- Bruce Stewart-Brown, Veterinarian and Senior Vice President for Perdue Farms

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Small-town pride has a new meaning in rural America.

Now that victories for same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights have made it easier for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to live openly, many more small towns are getting LGBT resource centers and pride festivals, including Saturday's event in downtown Hagerstown, Maryland.
 

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bipartisan group of governors is calling on Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership despite opposition from both leading presidential candidates.
 
The governors of Iowa, Virginia and Louisiana said Friday the agreement would help businesses export more products and create jobs.
 
They joined with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who's leading the Obama administration's efforts to sell the plan to skeptical lawmakers.
 

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - NASA says the commercial space company Orbital ATK will send a resupply rocket to the International Space Station around Aug. 22. The launch will be the firm's first from Virginia since a 2014 mishap that destroyed a NASA payload and damaged Virginia's state-owned launch pad.

NASA announced the tentative launch date Thursday, saying the unmanned spacecraft will carry supplies and vehicle hardware to the space station's crew.

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The Giant Food in Salisbury has been sold to Albertsons which has 22-hundred stores including Acme.

Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that he got the call from Giant officials yesterday morning.

In addition, he said there will be no store closure and current employees will continue to have their jobs.

The paper also reports that the employee will still be represented by a union.

Albertsons operates stores in 33 states including Acme as well as Safeway and Vons.

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Around a hundred people gathered in Middletown to remember the five Dallas police officers who were gunned down last week along with the two African American men who were shot to death by police.

They showed up at Cochran Square for a march, prayer and a vigil last night.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Reverend Jeffery Broughton with Middletown’s Living Grace Worship Cathedral organized the service which was accompanied by police.

Broughton said that the fight was not only for Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter but for all lives matter.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Lewes firefighter who died after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise is being honored with a light display at the state capitol.

In honor of firefighter Tim McClanahan, the cupola atop Legislative Hall in Dover will be lighted red this weekend. 

Meanwhile, a viewing for McClanahan will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Parsell Funeral Home and Crematorium in Lewes.

Another viewing is planned from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Cape Henlopen High School, followed by a funeral.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - A former Cambridge police officer has been accused of making threats to attack the police department's headquarters.

The Star Democrat of Easton  reports that 47-year-old Matthew R. Collins was arrested and charged Tuesday with making a threat of mass violence and second-degree assault.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office says in charging documents that a deputy received a text message from Collins that implied the former officer was intending to attack the headquarters and kill a member of the administrative staff.

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The bug for Legionnaires' disease has been fund in the tap water of the Gold Sands Condo in Ocean City.

The Worcester County Health Department said that the bacteria was first discovered last fall when it came across two cases.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the department said that two cases turned up last month.

Kathy Derr, director of communicable diseases, told the paper the facility has hired a water consultant to develop a plan to deal with the outbreak as required.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Virginia state senators are calling for an investigation into a $2.3 billion University of Virginia surplus.

Sens. Chap Petersen and Bill DeSteph said in a statement Thursday that they intend to formally call for an audit into the fund, which former university board member Helen Dragas called a "slush fund."

The two senators say the fund should be used for lowering student tuition and fees. They also accuse the university of overcharging for its services.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers have announced a new workgroup focused on loosening government oversight of new or expanded health care facilities in Virginia.

House Speaker William J. Howell and Senate President Pro-Tem Stephen D. Newman said Thursday they had created a new workgroup and were rededicating themselves to changing the state's certificate of need law.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Funeral arrangements have been made for a Lewes firefighter who died after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise.
 
Media outlets report a viewing for 46-year-old Tim McClanahan will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday at Parsell Funeral Home and Crematorium in Lewes. Another viewing is planned from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Cape Henlopen High School with his funeral scheduled for 3 p.m.
 

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If you look forward to Punkin Chunkin then its organizers have another event for you.

It the 1st Annual Great American Watermelon Blast which will be held on August 27th in Linkwood, Dorchester County.

The giant machines will be launching beg green melons into the air.

Frank Payton, president of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association, told the Salisbury Daily Times that there had been a real desire on the part of local officials to see Punkin Chunkin come to their area.

It ultimately wound up back in Sussex County.

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WBOC is reporting that there is a financial investigation into the Poplar Hill Correctional Facility.

The television station reports that it has confirmed the probe but Public Safety spokesman Jerry Shields said no charges have been filed.

The station said that Shields could not confirm if there had been any personnel changes as a result of the investigation.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia health officials say they will extend testing for the Zika virus in mosquitoes to the Hampton Roads region.

WTKR-TV reports that none of Virginia's mosquitoes has tested positive for the virus so far. But the state health commissioner says it's likely a matter of time before some will become infected. The virus is known to cause birth defects.

Dr. Marissa Levine, the health commissioner, said more testing will help the state get ahead of Zika and mitigate its spread. 

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