SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - Crews have recovered the body of a Suffolk man who went missing on his way to work amid Hurricane Matthew.

City officials said in a news release that 53-year-old Derek Cason's body was found Wednesday in the water near Constant's Wharf.

Authorities say Cason was last seen Sunday morning after getting dropped off not far from the McDonald's where he worked.

Investigators believe Cason had been walking along a road in the area when he was swept away in heavy tidal flooding caused by the hurricane.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is challenging state employees to raise $4.3 million during their annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

McAuliffe kicked off the campaign this week and set a goal that's 5 percent higher than the $4.1 million donated by state employees last year.

State employees have donated nearly $47 million to more than 1,000 charities since the campaign began in 1997.

Donations have helped children, veterans and people without permanent housing as well as groups that do things like cancer research and land conservation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to announce actions to close a state budget shortfall.

The governor is set to make an announcement Thursday at Capitol Square.

McAuliffe announced a $1.5 billion budget shortfall in August, which has threatened planned raises for state employees and required state agency heads to come up with proposals for cutting their budgets by 5 percent.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is starting a three-day swing through western Maryland a few weeks before Election Day.

His schedule includes breakfast Thursday in Hagerstown with Republican congressional candidate Amie (AH'-mee) Hoeber, followed by a cabinet meeting at the downtown Maryland Theatre.

Hoeber's bid to unseat Rep. John Delaney is considered the most competitive House race among Maryland's eight congressional districts.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The executive director of a social service organization says the number of homeless people in Allegany County has more than doubled in a year.

Courtney Thomas is with the Human Resources Development Commission. She tells The Cumberland Times-News this week that the increase in homelessness is a symptom of the area's increasing substance abuse issues.

The official count of people living on the street in January indicated 35 people were without shelter in the county. Last year's count was 16.

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SOLOMONS ISLAND, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Municipal League is holding its fall conference.

It begins Thursday in Solomons, Maryland.

The annual event draws mayors and other elected local officials.

The will take part in a variety of conference sessions. One is titled: "You Have an Active Shooter Situation - Now What?" It will be led by the commander of the Gun Enforcement Section of the Maryland State Police.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An opinion by the state attorney general's office says Maryland's system of holding defendants in jail because they can't pay a cash bail likely would be found unconstitutional.

The office of Attorney General Brian E. Frosh sent a letter Tuesday to five House of Delegates members who sought Frosh's opinion.

The letter says that judges and court commissioners must consider the accused's ability to pay before setting bail.

The letter says if bail is out of reach, the courts would find that unlawful.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has released the state of Delaware from a 2011 settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, affirming that the state has reformed its public mental health system.

Local news organizations report that U.S. District Court judge Leonard P. Stark signed the order Tuesday after the DOJ and the state filed a motion to dismiss the settlement agreement. The joint motion states that Delaware has implemented reforms to transform, expand and enhance its ability to serve people with serious and persistent mental illness.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - State prosecutors have dropped child endangerment charges against a Rehoboth Beach woman accused of leaving her children home alone while she picked up food.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that prosecutors dropped the charges against 55-year-old Susan Terrillion on Sept. 22 after the Department of Justice determined it could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she committed a crime.

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The launch of the Antares rocket at Wallops Flight facility has been delayed again.

This time it is set for Sunday at 8:03 p.m.

This is the second time that the launch has been postponed this week.

This time it is because of Tropical Storm Nicole which is expected to strike Bermuda today.

The rocket will carry 5-thousand pounds of supplies to the International Space Station in the Cygnus spacecraft.

This would be the first launch of the Antares rocket since it exploded at Wallops two years ago.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a tractor trailer overturned during a crash, spilling chickens onto state Route 1 in Smyrna.

Police said in a statement that two tractor trailers collided early Wednesday in southbound lanes and one overturned. Police say the drivers were not injured, but the chicken trailer spilled its load of chickens.

The roadway was blocked for hours into the morning rush as crews cleared away the overturned trailer and chickens.

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Harrington is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew.

This time a bridge west of the town has been closed on Vernon Road due to a sink hole that is a result of heavy flooding.

It located between Prospect Church and Fox Hunter Roads.

Gray Layton with the Delaware Department of Transportation told WBOC that it is not clear when the bridge will be open again.

Motorists are urged to use alternate routes around the bridge.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has revised an executive order on requiring public schools to start after Labor Day.

The revised order issued Tuesday adds details on how schools can apply for waivers.

It also requires local school boards to hold a public meeting where the waiver application is considered and approved.

The governor's initial order allowed for waivers with "compelling justification." The revised order elaborates on what qualifies. That includes waivers for an innovative school schedule for certain low-performing schools or at-risk schools.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A sheriff in Maryland has agreed to resign after an investigation found he created a hostile work environment by belittling staffers and making racist and sexist comments.

A 48-page-report by the Howard County Office of Human Rights found that Sheriff James Fitzgerald was "universally described as vindictive, arrogant, narcissistic, rude, belligerent, nasty and intimidating."

The report also found that Fitzgerald made derogatory racist, sexist and anti-Semitic comments about blacks, women and Jews.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials will be handing out thousands of drug disposal kits designed to allow residents to safely get rid of unused prescription opioids.

Attorney General Mark Herring said 80,000 drug deactivation kits were recently donated by the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

When warm tap water is added, the kits deactivate the pills, allowing them to be thrown safely in the trash. Herring's office says the kits can destroy up to 45 pills each.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police say the death of a Delaware man while he was in custody remains under investigation.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that 37-year-old Jerome Weston of Greenwood, Delaware, was arrested Aug. 7 after a traffic stop. Police say a search of Weston's car turned up 150 grams of heroin in 1,500 bags.

Officers say Weston was taken to department headquarters. Investigators say Weston complained of difficulty breathing and said he had swallowed cocaine.


YORK, Pa. (AP) - A Virginia man and woman who got lost in Pennsylvania and entered the property of a nuclear plant by cutting a chain at a gate have pleaded guilty to some charges in exchange for no additional jail time.

Twenty-nine-year-old Timothy Stewart and 33-year-old Jenilee Simpson have been in York County Prison since their arrest in May at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.

Authorities said the Chesapeake, Virginia couple were driving from Baltimore to New York and apparently cut the chain while trying to get back on the right road.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The 2nd Annual Capital Region Business Forum is taking place in the nation's capital, where the governors of Maryland and Virginia will gather to talk about economic issues.

It's taking place in Washington on Wednesday.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will join Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser to discuss economic issues impacting the Mid-Atlantic.

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A taskforce has been formed to investigate recent allegations of fraud, mismanagement and embezzlement at Delaware volunteer fire companies.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials believe the limited reporting by the volunteer fire companies has led to corruption.

The paper reports that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been simply vanished.

And high level officials have been involved in those cases that have come to light.

The volunteer fire companies only have to submit an annual report to the State Fire Commission.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from tobacco companies that wanted to reduce payments owed to Maryland and Pennsylvania.

After a federal arbitration panel in 2013 cut the annual payments by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA, and others, state courts ruled that was wrong. The justices are leaving those rulings in place. The payments reimburse the states for smoking-related health costs.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - University of Delaware volleyball coach Bonnie Kenny and associate head coach Cindy Gregory have been put on administrative leave by the school.

UD athletics spokesman Scott Selheimer confirmed to The Wilmington News Journal that the coaches have been on leave since Friday.

Selheimer declined to explain the reasons for the university's decision and would not say whether it is a disciplinary measure or if the coaches requested it.

There’s been a delay for the launch of the Antares rocket that will send supplies to the International Space Station.

The Wallops Flight Facility says it is now scheduled for this Friday October 14th – one day later than originally planned.

It’s expected to lift off at 8:51 p.m.

WBOC reports there was a minor vehicle processing issue over the last few days along with the impact of Hurricane Matthew.

Officials say the scheduled launch is still tentative pending the pre-testing procedures and weather conditions.

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It’s time again for dining out in Ocean City.

The resort’s Restaurant Week has begun and will run through October 23rd.

The event has been going on for 10 years now and is an effort to extend the tourist season for just a few more weeks.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there are more than 20 restaurants participating in promotion that will also include $10 to $40 specials to visitors.

The paper says that The Crabby Pig which opened this year on Coastal Highway is the newest entrant.

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There are still detours and closures in Worcester County  in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

WBOC reports that the rain damaged Big Mill Road in Stockton and Langmaid Road in Newark.

There were downed trees and wires that blocked traffic at the south end of Big Mill Road.

The flood waters and downed trees wiped out part of the highway south of Stockton.

Meanwhile, WBOC reports that repair crews were out on Langmaid Road repairing the shoulder.

In addition, Whiton Crossing Road in Berlin also saw downed trees because of the flooding.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are reporting one storm-related death after Hurricane Matthew.

State police said in a statement Monday that 38-year-old Anthony Longoria of Carsville was killed when his pickup truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer stopped for a downed tree on Interstate 64 in Chesapeake early Sunday. Police say he wasn't wearing his seatbelt.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman is exploring ways of taking expedited action against Sheriff James Fitzgerald over alleged racist and sexist comments outlined in a county investigation.

Kittleman announced Monday he has directed the county's law office to explore "any and all legal means" through the court system for Fitzgerald's removal.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's presidential campaign has fired its Virginia chairman after he led a protest at GOP headquarters complaining that the party establishment was undercutting its nominee.

At a protest Monday outside Republican National Committee headquarters, Corey Stewart referred to the Republican establishment as "pukes" who were thwarting Trump by reallocating campaign funds to congressional races instead of the presidential campaign.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court will not rehear a challenge to the city of Danville's decision to remove the Confederate flag from a monument at Sutherlin Mansion.

A circuit court judge in October dismissed the Heritage Preservation Association's lawsuit against the Danville City Council over its ordinance permitting only U.S., state and city flags to be flown on flagpoles owned by the city. Danville police removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the city-owned mansion after the ordinance was adopted in August.

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Governor Jack Markell was pushing state-backed affordable house yesterday as he made a tour of some luxury apartments being built in Seaford.

These apartments with their waterfront view of the Nanticoke River stood in contrast to another apartment Markell visited that was a small second floor unit that smelled of urine.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the visit yesterday was part of the governor’s effort to show off the use of state and federal grants and loan guarantees for affordable housing.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to endorse Dr. Mark Plaster, who is running for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.

The two Republicans plan to take a tour of downtown Annapolis on Tuesday morning.

They plan to visit businesses on Main Street and near the City Dock.

Plaster is a physician, lawyer and small-business owner. He started a modest publishing company with his wife about 30 years ago. His campaign says it's become an international medical publishing company.