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Delaware’s House of Representatives has approved a ban on bump stocks that turn a semi-automatic rifle into a near automatic weapon.

The measure was approved by a vote of 25-to-2.

There were 11 Republicans not voting.

WBOC reports that the measure was primarily backed by Democrats who said the device was an attempt to circumvent the federal ban on automatic weapons.

Opponents of the measure argued that it required people who legally bought the device to turn them over to law enforcement.

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Charges have been dismissed against Salisbury Council member April Jackson and another woman who were involved in an altercation in the Billy Gene Jackson Park in Salisbury.  

WBOC reports that when the assault charges were dismissed Jackson quickly exited the courtroom with tears of joy.

Jackson told the television station that the incident had ruined her reputation and could have endangered position on the city council.

Jarenea Mitchell said Jackson left her with scars resulting from the incident in August.

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The search for missing victim of a plane crash near Assateague State Park resumed yesterday.

The search had been called off on March 1st after the body of a man was recovered and a nor’easter hit the Delmarva region.

Maryland State Police have been working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Two people were aboard the plane when it crashed.

The clothing of the body that was recovered closely matched that of the pilot.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to expand the number of licenses allowed to grow medical marijuana to increase minority business ownership.

The House voted 121-16 for the measure on Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate.

The number of allowed growers would rise from 15 to 20. The measure also would cap the number of marijuana processors at 25.

None of the companies licensed so far to grow marijuana in Maryland has a black owner, even though about one-third of the state's population is black.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican state Rep. Joe Miro has added himself to the list of Delaware lawmakers opting not to seek re-election this year.

The 71-year-old lawmaker announced his retirement on the House floor Thursday, saying that, after 20 years, it's time for someone else to represent his Newark-area district.

Miro, a native of Cuba, is a retired teacher and former member of New Castle County Council.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Citing safety concerns, a Maryland school system has explicitly banned students form walking out of school next week as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence.

The Baltimore Sun reports Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Canavan distributed a letter Thursday saying students will be presented a "learning module" through which they can express opinions, followed by a moment of silence, instead of walking out March 14. Students who walk out may be disciplined.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jay Carney has signed legislation that would ease barriers to attaining aesthetic licenses for those with criminal histories.

A release says the bill signed Thursday gives the Board of Cosmetology and Barbering discretion to grant waivers for certain felony convictions if up to three years have passed since applicants' sentence, instead of five years. Those affected include applicants for licenses to practice cosmetology, barbering, electrology and nail technology.

There is a new documentary out called "The Sign" about a controversial historical marker in Salisbury, Maryland. The film will be shown at the upcoming Ocean City Film Festival.

Guests: Dan O'Hare, Executive Producer of he film

Torrez Wise, Director

Snow Hits Delaware

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Expect icy roads this morning in Delaware after a second nor’easter swept the state with as much as 10 inches of snow.

In Greenville it was 10.4 inches while White clay Creek saw 7.6 inches.

In Brandywine Hundred the total was nearly 7 inches while in Hockessin it was 6 inches.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that officials urge drivers to be on the lookout for fallen trees, tree limbs and downed power lines.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - A Delaware high school student is accused of bringing a BB gun to school and threatening another student.

News outlets cite a release from Smyrna police saying a concerned parent reported a 15-year-old boy having a handgun on Smyrna High School grounds on Tuesday. An investigation determined the suspect showed the weapon to multiple students and threatened to shoot someone during an argument in the cafeteria.