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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Sears location in Delaware is slated to close next month.

Sears Holdings spokesman Howard Riefs told the Delaware State News on Monday that they are making the necessary decision to close the store at the Dover Mall. Riefs says the store will close to the public in early August, but the Sears Auto Center will remain open.

The company tells news outlets affected employees will be eligible to receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Top Republican lawmakers in Virginia are unveiling a new budget proposal that will expand Medicaid, give state workers raises and boost the state's rainy-day fund.

Sen. Emmett Hanger and Republican Del. Chris Jones unveiled their plan Monday.

The plan will face its first big hurdle Tuesday when the Senate reconvenes. Republican leaders in the Senate oppose Medicaid expansion and could try and block Hanger and Jones' proposed budget.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel has added more than $80 million to Delaware's government revenue estimate as lawmakers prepare to begin drafting a new budget.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday increased this year's revenue estimate by more than $64 compared to April's projections, thanks largely to corporate franchise and income taxes.

The revenue estimate for fiscal 2019, which starts July 1, increased by more than $16 million compared to April's estimate, with corporate franchise taxes again playing a large role.

Sheriff's Department

19-year-old Jose Miguel Vazquez-Ramos has been charged with sexual assault on a 14-year-old at Parkside High School.

The student was charged with a number of counts according to the sheriff’s office.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the school system is still investigating the incident.            

But Superintendent Donna Hanlin issued a statement saying that student safety was the district’s top priority.

This not the first time Parkside High has been hit with a sexual assault incident.

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Minority youth are over represented in the juvenile justices system compared to the general population. A digital video project Bars: Stories of the System, a Youth Perspective has allowed those young people to tell their stories in collaboration with the Fenix Youth Project. In part 1 we look at the overall effort to bring these stories to light and the problems that they encounter.

Wallops Flight Facility

It was liftoff time at Wallops Flight Facility as thousands gathered to witness the launch of the Orbital ATK Antares rocket this morning.

The time was 4:44 a.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that with a loud boom the rocket rose into the sky on its way to resupply the International Space Station.

It was carrying more than 3 tons of supplies as well as tiny satellites known as “CubeSats” which will be deployed after the Cygnus spacecraft leaves the space station on July 15th.

Inclement weather postponed the launch on Sunday.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Democratic candidates for governor are holding their first debate.

The Maryland Public Television debate is scheduled for Monday in Baltimore at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. MPT is producing the debate in association with WBAL-TV.

Eight of the nine candidates are scheduled to attend. Ralph Jaffe will be represented by a pre-recorded segment.

The other candidates are Rushern Baker, Valerie Ervin, Ben Jealous, James Jones, Richard Madaleno, Alec Ross, Jim Shea and Krish Vignarajah.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The deadline to register to vote or update an existing voter registration before the June primary is approaching.

The Virginia Department of Elections says registrations must be received or postmarked by Monday. You can also register to vote online.

The primary is June 12.

In addition to some local races, there are primary races for congressional seats and a Republican primary race among challengers looking to take on U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine. Kaine does not have a primary opponent.

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There’s been an arrest of an 18-year-old high school student in Delaware for pulling a gun on a fellow student.

WBOC reports that Tymere Moore of Middletown has been charged with possessing a firearm in a school zone, theft of a firearm and aggravated menacing among other charges.

Police say the incident occurred on Friday morning when Moore threw a bottle at a female student at Middletown High School.  

The television station reports that authorities say a male student confronted Moore and their altercation moved to a restroom.

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77-year-old Maria Ellis was killed Friday in a car crash on Route 50 when her Toyota Camry entered the westbound lanes near White Lowe Road.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she failed to yield to oncoming traffic as was struck on the side by a Ford Focus driven by 20-year-old Garret Pusey.

Pusey was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center with injuries.

Police said alcohol was not involved in the crash but note it was raining at the time.

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