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The owner of three mobile home communities is being sued by the Delaware Attorney General’s office.

The 17 page lawsuit charges that Hometown America Communities pressured tenants into giving up their rights.

The residents of the communities in Kent and Sussex counties received rent increase notices but were offered a discount if they waived their right to a legal challenge.

Attorney General Matt Denn called the practice – reprehensible.

The communities included Barclay Farms in Camden, Angola Beach Estates in Lewes and Rehoboth Bay in Rehoboth.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A new report says Baltimore police was underprepared and disorganized during the protests and rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray.

The report, "Lessons Learned from the 2015 Civil Unrest in Baltimore," was conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum at the request of the city's former police commissioner, Anthony Batts. The report focuses on the police response from April 25 to May 3.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state economic development panel has unanimously approved a request from banking giant JPMorgan Chase for more than $10 million in taxpayer-funded grants.

Gov. Jack Markell and bank officials announced last month that JPMorgan plans to add 1,800 jobs in Delaware by 2019.

Delaware economic development officials agreed to match 3 percent of the firm's capital expenses, up to $3 million a year for three years. They also agreed to provide up to $500,000 a year for three years to support training and workforce investment.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Governor Terry McAuliffe is reviewing regulations for compensating victims who were involuntarily sterilized decades ago by state officials.

The General Assembly gave the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services 280 days to develop the regulations after the budget was enacted. Department spokeswoman Maria Reppas told The News and Advance that McAuliffe has until Dec. 26 to sign the regulations.

Victim's advocate Mark Bold says potential victims or their representatives should begin gathering documents such as medical records.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - On the first day Virginia state lawmakers can file bills for the 2016 General Assembly session, Republicans in the GOP-majority House of Delegates have introduced legislation focused on tolls inside the Washington beltway and the federal Clean Power Plan.

The party announced in a news release Monday that Republicans are seeking to ban tolls on Interstate 66 inside the District's beltway. The other second bill introduced would require the state to get approval from the legislature before implementing the Clean Power Plan.

Four suspects have been charged in the shooting of Michael Brown and Keone Davis in Salisbury on October 14th.

They are Jamoni Wheeler, Ryshawn McCloud, Tavian Simmons and Morgan Hudson ranging in ages 18 to 20.

The counts include two each for attempted first and second degree murder as well as conspiracy charges.

Salisbury police say Brown and Davis were hit by a single gunshot each as they were fleeing.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the shooting arose from an argument at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's homicide toll for 2015 continues to mount after reaching what Police Commissioner Kevin Davis called a "sad" milestone of 300 over the weekend.

Less than four hours after announcing that slaying, police reported another homicide Saturday night in the 2500 block of Annapolis Road.

They say a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest and died a short time later. Police have not announced the man's identity.

The 300th homicide recorded earlier Saturday was the stabbing death of a 27-year-old man.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware state police are searching for a Lewes man who has been accused of stealing multiple cell phones and then tried to sell the items at a video game store.

Authorities say 32-year-old David A. Ciabattoni Jr. is wanted by police on multiple counts of theft, burglary, and selling stolen property.

Police say Ciabattoni tried to sell stolen cellphones at a GameStop store in Rehoboth Beach last month.

He has also been accused of entering his ex-girlfriend's home Millsboro and stealing jewelry and money.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An optional retirement plan for about 5,000 Virginia higher education employees is getting new management.

The Virginia Retirement System plans to switch the plan's management from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity to International City Management Association - Retirement Corp. The change will be effective in fall 2016.

Retirement system spokeswoman Jeanna Chenault told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the change is expected to reduce beneficiaries' fees and improve the plan's management.

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THURMONT, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service says government sharpshooters are preparing for the seventh season of deer-herd reduction at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont.

The agency says Park Central and Manahan roads will be closed intermittently from Monday through Dec. 17 while shooting occurs.

The program began in early 2010 in an effort to curb tree and plant damage from a white-tailed deer herd that is bigger than the forest can sustain.

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Natural Resources Police in Delaware say a hunter was shot in the abdomen by an arrow shot by a bow hunter.

It happened about 5:45 p.m. Thursday on the edge of a farm field near Millsboro. Officers say a 54-year-old hunter in a tree stand shot an arrow from his compound bow.

Authorities say the arrow struck a 24-year-old hunter on the ground about 30 yards away.

Investigators say the hunter was flown to a hospital in Maryland, where he underwent surgery on Friday.

No charges have been filed.

There’s a new trend in Delaware for physicians to charge a straight yearly membership fee to cover certain basic health care like physicals and between two and four office visits.

In essence for a cost of around $75 a month for adult patients skip the normal insurance co-pays and paperwork.

For children under 18 the cost is up to $360 a year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Dr. Christina Bovelsky in Middletown has opened such a unique practice.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Democrats have re-elected Charlottesville Delegate David J. Toscano minority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Toscano's re-election was by acclamation at the annual winter retreat of the House Democratic caucus on Saturday in Richmond.

He announced Thursday he would not seek re-election to the leadership post, but he reversed himself on Friday amid appeals by fellow Democrats that he reconsider his decision. He has been minority leader since 2011.

Republicans have strong majority in the House.

This week on the Delmarva Almanac: We will meet abstract painter Jack Knight. We will hear the story of the HMS De Braak. We’ll learn about the Fall Fire Season. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about a great trail to hike or bike between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.

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This week the nation marked Veterans Day. The United States has been in an active military conflict for the last 14 years in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Salisbury Mayor-Elect Jake Day, a Lieutenant in the Maryland Army National Guard, talked with  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about the meaning of the day and the deployment the men and women in uniform since 911.

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In the first half of today's program, we look back thirty years to the origins  of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the future of Classical Music.

In the second half, we sit down with Salisbury Mayor-Elect Jake Day to discuss his hopes for the new Salisbury City Council and the future of Salisbury, Maryland.

Guests: Dr. Thomas Elliot, former Chairman of Salisbury University's Music Dept.

Dr. Jeffery Schoyen, Cellist and conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra

Jake Day- Mayor-Elect of Salisbury, Maryland.

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The new $117 million Academic Commons on the campus of Salisbury University is rushing towards completion in the fall of next year.

Yesterday school officials offered up a guided tour of the four-story facility with a tall bell tower and will be used to house the university library and the Nabb Research Center.

The 221-thousand square foot structure will be the largest building on campus replacing the old Caruthers Hall along Route 13.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that atop the building will be 32-thousand square feet of green space.

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There’s a rush for applications to grow or dispense medical marijuana in the state of Maryland and as a result there will be a delay in the start of the program.

The commission overseeing the program said there have been 882 applications for licenses as of the November 6th deadline.

WBOC reports that Hannah Byron, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, said the review of the applications will be extended to mid-January.

Byron added that the large number of applications indicates there is a strong group of contenders.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is unveiling a free smartphone app citizens can use to shoot, upload and submit videos of police encounters directly to the organization.

The ACLU will make the announcement at noon on Friday in Baltimore. There will also be a news conference in Washington.

The app, called Mobile Justice MD, will be available in English and Spanish, and allows people to take videos that are immediately sent to their local ACLU offices.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - About 30 Virginia Commonwealth University students peacefully assembled at the president's office, expressing solidarity with students at the University of Missouri and demanding more black professors.

Media reports state that President Michael Rao listened to the students outline their concerns before they left his office Thursday.

While the primary complaint was a lack of black professors, students also called for more cultural competency training at VCU.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation says it's stocked up with supplies to clear the state's highways when it snows this winter.

The department has more than 657,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives on hand. It also has 1.7 million gallons of liquid calcium chloride and salt brine.

More than 13,000 pieces of snow-removal equipment stand at the ready. That includes something new this year - four trucks in the Staunton area equipped with wing plows, which have a front blade and a side blade and can do the job of two traditional plows.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has again delayed sentencing for the widow and children of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse on federal cyberstalking charges.

David Matusiewicz, his mother, Lenore, and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, had been scheduled for sentencing last month for conspiracy and cyberstalking that resulted in the death of David's ex-wife, Christine Belford. Belford was shot by Thomas Matusiewicz, who then killed himself.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland elections officials say the state's new voting system has been used successfully in recent local elections and a test election.

Linda Lamone, the Maryland state board of elections administrator, said Thursday elections in Rockville and College Park gave voters the chance to use Maryland's new system, and it was well received.

State and local election officials found a statewide test election last month useful to understanding the new system and identifying areas where procedures and documents need revision for next year's elections.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two-thirds of Virginia's Democratic superdelegates are publicly backing Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid, including all of the state's Democratic congressional delegation.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is also a superdelegate and public supporter of Clinton. He has been friends with Clinton for many years and helped manage her unsuccessful 2008 campaign.

Ten out of 15 of Virginia's superdelegates publicly support Clinton in the Democratic primary. Others said they are still undecided or did not return requests for comment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The latest Virginia crop report forecasts drops in soybean, corn, cotton and peanut production.

The report says soybean production for Virginia is forecast at 22.9 million bushels, down 9 percent from 2014. Producers are expected to harvest 620,000 acres, a decline of 20,000 acres from last year.

The report says 49.6 million bushels of corn are expected to be produced this year, down 2 percent from 2014.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a recent trade and tourism mission to Canada has increased exports of Virginia seafood.

McAuliffe said Thursday that Rappahannock River Oyster Company has secured deals with Lagoon Seafood of Lachine, Quebec, and Toronto-based seafood importer SeaCore as a result of the September mission.

Rappahannock will supply SeaCore with oysters and Lagoon Seafood with oysters and clams.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Del. Scott Taylor and Del. Glenn Davis, both Republicans from Virginia Beach, have announced that they are exploring bids for lieutenant governor.

The Virginian-Pilot reports both delegates made announcements Wednesday.

Taylor is a former Navy SEAL and Iraq War veteran and is a regular guest on Fox News Channel programs. He's served as a delegate for a two-year term and was re-elected without a challenger last week.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former White House adviser and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Ed Gillespie has created a political action committee as part of his plan to run for Virginia governor in 2017.

The Washington Post reports that Gillespie's Let's Grow, Virginia! PAC has scheduled its first two fundraisers for Dec. 7 in northern Virginia and Dec. 10 in Richmond. Details, including locations and ticket prices, have not yet been determined.

The formation of the PAC comes a month after the Republican confirmed that he would seek his party's nomination for governor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has created the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission to develop activities and events for the 100th year anniversary of the war.

Hogan signed an executive order on Wednesday to form the panel. It will include 11 members who will be appointed by the governor.

The commission will submit a plan for commemorating the centennial to Hogan by June 30, 2017.

The governor's office points out that several sites in Maryland played significant roles in the war.

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In Salisbury local officials gathered at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for a ceremony honoring Veterans Day complete with patriotic music played and sung by students from Mardela High School.

The JROTC was on hand for the lowering of the colors.

Vietnam Veteran Donald Fitzgerald told the WBOC that when he returned from overseas it was a different time with little recognition of his service.

Fitzgerald served with is cousin who died in 1966 in Vietnam while serving in the Marine Corp.