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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (AP) - Virginia Natural Gas wants to raise its prices about $100 a year for an average customer.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the company has sought approval from the State Corporation Commission for the rate increase.

The commission has until next year to consider the request, but company spokesman Duane Bourne said Virginia Natural Gas will begin raising rates after Sept. 1. If the SCC decides against the increase, the company would refund customers any extra amount paid.

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Tensions at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center spilled over into a reported assault on one of the guards.

The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware said that the incident occurred Friday evening when the around 20-to-25 inmates were in the dining hall.

Several broke the rule on to speak during the meal and a guard ordered them to stop.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the association said at that point other inmates began speaking and the officer was shoved.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue forecast is meeting to update its projections.

Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is its first since Democratic Gov. John Carney proposed a mix of tax increases and spending cuts last month to balance a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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Police have arrested a 19 year-old Baltimore woman after a Trump political billboard in Princess Anne was set on fire.

Police say that D’Asia Perry was taken into custody on the campus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The motive, authorities said, was over “political differences”.

The Salisbury Daily Time reports it is not clear if she attended UMES.

The paper reports that she has been charged with arson and the commission of a hate crime and has been released on a $20-thousand bond.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies across Virginia are hosting events this month for people to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs.

The National Drug Take Back Day will take place at dozens of Virginia locations on April 29. The Roanoke Times reports pills and patches will be accepted, but not sharp objects such as needles and syringes.

Appointments are not needed and no questions will be asked.

The newspaper reports Virginians disposed of more than 22,000 pounds of prescription drugs through the program last year.

PHOENIX (AP) - Condolences poured in for retired NFL player Todd Heap and his family on Saturday, a day after police say the former Pro Bowl tight end accidentally ran over his 3-year-old daughter with a truck, killing her.
Heap was moving the truck at his home in Mesa, a Phoenix suburb, on Friday when he struck the girl, police said. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The Baltimore Ravens, Heap's longtime former team, called the accident "knee-buckling news and an overwhelming tragedy."

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - Maryland police are investigating a homicide at a state prison in Allegany County.

Police say the victim has been identified as 30-year-old Michael Hall, who was serving a 29-year sentence for murder at the Washington Correctional Institution. Police say investigators were called to the prison at about 2 p.m. on Saturday after Hall was wounded in an assault. He later died at a local hospital. Police say Hall was stabbed inside a recreation area by one inmate, and died about an hour and a half later at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia health officials have identified a significant increase in fatal drug overdoses between 2015 and 2016.
The Washington Post reports at least 1,420 people in Virginia died of overdoses in 2016, a 38 percent increase. A state report also says there was a 175-percent increase in deaths from varieties of fentanyl, a pain medication.
State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine attributes the overall increase to abuse of synthetic opioids, heroin and prescription fentanyl.

On today's program, we look ahead to Earth Day and concerns about a proposal to cut Bay restoration funds from the budget.

In the second half, Mary Angela Baker stops by to talk about Salisbury University's Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning.


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Salisbury is looking to join other cities like Boston to hold a marathon that will draw runners from across the country.

Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that he has never run a marathon before but next year he’s going to give it a try.

And he showed up at yesterday’s news conference to make the announcement in running shorts.

The SBY Marathon would encompass a 26.2 mile course that would include North Park Drive, North Schumaker Drive and Nutters Cross Road before heading back into Salisbury.

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The Fearless Girl statue that stands opposite the Charging Bull on Wall Street is getting a lot of attention with a demand to have her removed.

But the artist Kristen Visbal who lives in Lewes said she was excited when she got the phone call for the statue.

She told WBOC that she wanted to make a statement about the inclusion of women on Wall Street.

The artist said that she believes that if more women were included in leadership positions it would lead to better decisions and increased profits.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Parks are offering triathletes a new type of competition: who can cover the most ground in races at six state parks.

The state plans to award prizes to triathletes who cover the greatest mileage. The six races combine for 156.7 miles of running, biking and swimming, as well as canoeing or kayaking.

Prizes include camping equipment from REI and state park gift certificates.

The first race is the James River State Park Adventure Triathlon on April 22. The final race is in October, at the Pocahontas State Park.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy is inviting the public to see art and poetry by students at the school.

The exhibit of work by students, called midshipmen, is on display at the school's Nimitz Library until May 26. The school said in a statement that the display showcases nearly 100 works of art by 40 midshipmen and includes digital photography, oil paintings, pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolors, acrylic and one piece of sculpture. Nine works of poetry are also on exhibit.

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A federal lawsuit is set to be filed against former Governors Ruth Anne Minner and Jack Markel and senior prison staff in the wake of an inmate uprising.

And a news conference is scheduled by the widow Lt. Steve Floyd who was killed along with two surviving officers at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the attorneys for the two surviving corrections officers said Floyd was beaten by a number of inmates at the beginning of the uprising.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court has dealt a blow to a bid to overturn protections for gay and transgender students at a northern Virginia school district.

Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, and a student filed a lawsuit after the Fairfax County School Board voted to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its non-discrimination policy. They argued that the policy is unlawful because such protections aren't included in state law.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Three Republicans vying to be governor of Virginia are showing markedly different styles ahead of the June primary.

At a candidate debate Thursday at Liberty University, frontrunner Ed Gillespie largely ignored attacks from his opponents and focused his pitch on improving the state's economy.

Corey Stewart, a one-time chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign in Virginia, positioned him as a politically incorrect fighter who would curb illegal immigration.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge has vacated a man's conviction after a federal grand jury indicted the three Baltimore officers who arrested him.

Media outlets report that at 31-year-old Ivan Potts' trial last March on gun charges, it was his word against the officers who arrested him in 2015. The jury sided with Sgt. Wayne Jenkins and Detectives Evodio Hendrix and Maurice Ward. Potts was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The three officers said Potts ditched a gun in a Northwest Baltimore alley while running from police.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP/Wilmington News Journal) - A Delaware judge has convicted a 17-year-old girl of homicide after a school bathroom fight that left a 16-year-old girl dead.
The Family Court judge delivered his ruling Thursday after a week of testimony in the nonjury trial.
An autopsy found that Amy Joyner-Francis died of sudden cardiac death, aggravated by physical and emotional stress from the April 2016 fight at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington.

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - Police say they're looking for a man they say led them on a high-speed chase that reached speeds up to 90 mph.

Milton Police Department Chief Robert Longo said in a news release that authorities are looking for 31-year-old James Eley in connection to a high-speed chase Tuesday. Eley is charged with multiple offenses including aggressive driving and resisting arrest.

Authorities say they pulled Eley over for traveling without any lights. Police say when officers told him his license was suspended, he fled from the scene.

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Worcester County Commissioners are looking at imposing 200 foot setbacks for chicken houses and placing a limit of 8 houses on a parcel of land.

In addition, the proposal would place vegetative buffers between the chicken houses and nearby properties.

Kathy Phillips with the Assateague Coastal Trust told WBOC she would like to see a health ordinance adopted to look at the cumulative impact of these houses as well their density.

This would be the first change in some 50 years to deal with the growing number of large poultry houses that have sprung up on Delmarva.

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The Ocean City Town Council wants to take another look at plans for a cell tower along the Boardwalk.

They say they are concerned about “visual pollution”.

Houston-based Crown Castle wants to put up 12 such towers along the eastern side of the Boardwalk.

The plans would erect a total of 19 such poles that will reach 20 feet high.

The council wants the polls to be placed on the side streets west of the Boardwalk.

The cell towers would provide service for AT&T and Verizon customers among others. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Democratic Party is complaining about a fundraising email for Gov. Larry Hogan sent during the legislative session, but Hogan's campaign treasurer says the complaint is "baseless."

Interim party chair Kathleen Matthews has filed a complaint with the elections board.

She writes that an April 2 email forwarded to the party was sent by Maryland Insurance Commissioner Alfred Redmer, a Hogan appointee. The email is an invitation "to play a leadership role" for a July fundraiser.

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Wicomico County has put some money in its budget to pay for some firefighters at the regional airport.

It is part of the plans to relocate the volunteer firefighters that have recently separated from the Salisbury Fire Department.

The work in the past has been done by crews from Piedmont Airlines.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County Executive Bob Culver says that members of the Company 1 Volunteer Firefighters has been offered a new station at the airport.

He said he wants to put some of them on the payroll.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A jury has awarded the families of two helicopter pilots killed in a 2014 midair collision with a small plane in Maryland a total of $17 million.

The Frederick News-Post reports  Midwest Air Traffic Control Services will pay the family of 29-year-old Christopher Parsons $5 million and the family of 47-year-old William Jenkins $12 million, per Tuesday's decision. The company, which was sued for negligence, had claimed the pilots' lack of awareness caused the crash.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - A spokeswoman says a Virginia town manager who shot himself in the head after a standoff with police has died.

Christiansburg Spokeswoman Melissa Powell says 53-year-old Steve Biggs died early Wednesday. Biggs had served as town manager for the small southwestern Virginia community since July.

Authorities said police found Biggs inside an apartment Tuesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say a man was critically injured in a Dover apartment building fire.

The Delaware Fire Marshal's office said in a statement that the fire broke out Tuesday at the Alder Park Apartments and firefighters found flames coming from a second-floor apartment when they arrived. Officials say a 41-year-old man was severely burned and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

State fire investigators remain on the scene searching for the fire's origin and cause.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge says he will rule Thursday on whether three teen-age girls are culpable in a school bathroom fight that left a 16-year-old girl dead.
Family Court Judge Robert Coonin made the announcement Tuesday following closing arguments in the non-jury trial.
The girls, all 17, are being tried as juveniles in the death of fellow student Amy Joyner-Francis after a fight that was captured on cellphone video at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington.

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The Christina School district has officially become a safe haven for undocumented immigrant students.

The board approved the measure on a 4-to-2 vote last night.

Under the new rules employees at a school are not required to hand over information about a student to immigration authorities.

But they are not allowed to block access.

In addition, the measure declared that a request from immigration authorities must go through the office of Superintendent for legal purposes.  

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than two dozen conservatives are the latest group calling on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare the life of a death row inmate who claims he's innocent.

Among the conservatives urging McAuliffe to halt Ivan Teleguz's execution in a letter is Brent Bozell III, president of the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center. Others include former Republican Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley and a former executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia.

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The tourist season is just around the corner with Delmarva resorts gearing up for the kickoff. Delmarva Public Radio's Jamir Wilson prepared this report.