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With nearly 60% of the prison population in Delaware consisting of African American inmates, while blacks only make up less than a quarter of the population, a group consisting of Complexities of Color Coalition, the Delaware NAACP and the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware are holding a town hall in Lewes. The meeting will focus on specific policy changes in the criminal justice system ranging from law enforcement and legal penalties to repeal of the death penalty. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Dr.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Advocates say a transgender inmate who says she was called "it" and "some kind of animal" by guards who watched her shower has won a legal victory that forces the Maryland prison system to better train for how to treat transgender people.

An administrative law judge ruled in August that Patuxent Institution violated the Prison Rape Elimination Act over the treatment of Neon Brown, who goes by Sandy, and because the jail did not have a policy for strip-searching transgender inmates.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities wants Gov. Terry McAuliffe to delay the execution of a man convicted of killing two George Washington students in 1988.

Alfredo Prieto's attorneys have asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so he can be transferred to California and assessed on whether he's intellectually disabled.

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It was a packed community meeting at The Green on the campus of the University of Delaware yesterday after it was first reported that three nooses were found hanging outside a residence hall.

Those turned out to be paper lanterns from a previous event.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a number of minority students talked about enduring racial insults while on campus.

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton has proposed a measure that would link rent that tenants pay to their landlords to a property’s assessed value.

The legislation would make the monthly rent for a home that is assessed at $77-thousand, $468 a month instead of the current $1-thousand.

The Mayor said if there were upgrades to the home the rent could be higher.

But WBOC reports some landlords reject the proposed rent control measure arguing that the city should not be able to dictate what a rented is charged.

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The state of Delaware is launching a 30-45 day pilot program that puts body cameras on state and municipal police officers.

Governor Jack Markell said he was convinced that this would help protect citizens and officers alike.

The move comes after a major push by the NAACP in Delaware for the devices following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of a police officer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, said he was pleased with the new program but says more needs to be done.

A new pediatric and senior care facility is coming to Milford.

This week Bayhealth said it had cut a deal with Nemour Children Health System in Wilmington for the facility.

WBOC reports that the goal of the partnership was to make their campus more than just a hospital.

Spread out over 165 acres services will range from outpatient care and specialty physicians to diagnostic testing.

The site is located at the intersection of Wilkins Road and Cedar Creek Road near Route One.

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Longwood University will host the 2016 vice-presidential debate.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that the sole vice-presidential debate will be held Oct. 4, 2016, at the small public school in Farmville, which is in central Virginia.

School president W. Taylor Reveley IV said Longwood's selection was a "proud juncture" for the university, which was founded in 1839.

The school said its efforts to host the debate received strong support from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia's congressional delegation.

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Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants to offer up some relief to renters in Salisbury.

In his statement he says that residents pay far too much to for quality rentals and charges there has been a problem of greed in the rental industry.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he wants to put $8 million back into the local economy.

The paper notes that rents rose dramatically during the early part of the last decade and have continued to climb despite the drop in paychecks during the Great Recession.

Get ready for Sunfest traffic.

From Thursday through Sunday on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is to be heavier than normal.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has issued an advisory and it says it will open up an extra lane on the west bound span for those going to Ocean City weather permitting.

WBOC reports that the state agency says that the best times to travel is before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

On Saturday state officials say its best to leave before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m

University of Delaware police say the reported nooses outside Mitchell Hall were not nooses after all.

WBOC reports that they say they have determined that instead they were remnants of paper lanterns from an event held on The Green.

The university has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. community meeting on The Green today for a dialogue given the sensitivity on campus.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Geri Wilson received a text message about nooses and ran toward the nearby residence hall at around 10 p.m.

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The medical marijuana company that wants to build a 40-thousand square foot facility near Hebron got their first public input last night.

During a public meeting at the Black Diamond Lodge in Fruitland local residents expressed both support and opposition to the plans by BioCannatix based in Upper Marlboro.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that some the neighbors were concerned about how much water it would consume and the security of the facility.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have decided to permanently close an aging state-run nursing home where water problems earlier this year forced the relocation of residents to other facilities.

Health and Social Services officials confirmed Tuesday that the Emily P. Bissell Hospital near Wilmington will close.

In February, 48 residents of the 84-bed facility were moved after months of problems with the hot water system culminated in a complete boiler failure.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The administration of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has released a detailed internal investigative report into the bloody arrest of a University of Virginia student by three state liquor agents that prompted allegations of racism.

McAuliffe's administration said Tuesday that it was able to release the report because the three officers involved had waived protection of their personnel information.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are celebrating the completion of a statewide effort to improve safety in public schools.

Gov. Jack Markell joined education and law enforcement officials Tuesday to recognize the completion of comprehensive safety plans across Delaware's school system.

Officials say this school year is the first in which every Delaware public school that was in operation as of last year has a comprehensive safety plan in place.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are accepting public comment on proposed changes to rules governing Delaware's farmland preservation program.

The Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation was to hold a public hearing Wednesday in Dover to discuss the proposed regulations.

Among the issues targeted by the regulations is the acquisition of preservation easements, including the process for submitting applications to sell easements, establishing the purchase price for the easements with appraisal information, and the basis for accepting offers to sell easements.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has revised the state's revenue estimates up by $212 million for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates approved the estimates Monday. The estimates went up $80.6 million for fiscal year 2016, which began in July. Revenue estimates increased $131.6 million for fiscal year 2017.

The revisions come after Maryland ended fiscal year 2015 with a fund balance of $295 million.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Two birds normally found in the Caribbean and parts south are visiting Baltimore's harbor.

Two brown boobies, an adult and a "subadult" about a year old, have been seen around Baltimore's harbor this month.

Phil Davis of the Maryland Ornithological Society said in a phone interview Tuesday that he has seen and photographed the seabirds. He says a water taxi operator spotted the birds recently and emailed the Audubon Society, and the message was posted on the Ornithological Society's email list.

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The Ocean City Town Council says no to a plan to drill for oil and gas in along the coast.

In addition, the resort approved a resolution that also opposes seismic airgun surveys in the nearby waters.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the council said it had concerns about how it would affect the recreational fishing industry as well tourism.

The states of Maryland and Delaware have both called on the federal government to exclude them from the drilling areas.

State Senator Jim Mathias says he’d like to see a third span across the Chesapeake Bay.

During a recent meeting in Wicomico County the Maryland Democrat said that he believes this would ease the congestion on the current two spans.

WBOC found that Maryland state officials say that last year around 25.6 million cars crossed the bridge last year.

There was a proposal for a ferry to cross the bay with a landing cite in Crisfield

But that was scrapped after a study of project.

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Just a reminder that tonight there will be town hall meeting by a medical marijuana company that is looking to locate a facility near Hebron.

The gathering to be held at the Black Diamond Lodge in Fruitland at 7 p.m. will give the firm BioCannatix a chance to lay out its plans and address community concerns.

WBOC reports that organizers say there will be experts on hand.

The facility would grow and process the marijuana under one of the 15 applications that are being offered by the state of Maryland.

If you want to get a good look at this month’s super lunar eclipse the NASA Wallops Flight Facility is offering to give the public a chance to see the celestial event.

In conjunction with the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation the space port will host a viewing of this rare event on Sunday September 27.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will be held at the Center’s Auditorium at around 8 p.m. with telescopes and binoculars to view the eclipse starting at 9:30 p.m.

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The battle over a zoning ordinance that limits the size of new houses is heating up in Rehoboth Beach.

There’s a new group called the Rehoboth Neighbors United which wants voters to approve the new regulations in November 7th’s referendum.

Susan Gay, one of the group’s organizers told WBOC that this is “a turning point” for the city.

She expressed particular concern about the environmental impact of these houses – especially the loss of trees.


There’s a new report by NASA’s Inspector General’s office on the Antares rocket project to send Orbital Science’s resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the study found the first two launches for December and March from Cape Canaveral will be combined with another company’s payload.

The paper says that the report says it is not clear how they will work together.

In addition, the Daily Times reports that two launches at Wallops in 2016 will carry more supplies to eliminate one of the planned flights.

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Last night a Fox News pundit got an unwelcome greeting when she spoke at the University of Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that around 80 students held a silent protest holding up a banner that read #BlackLivesMatter.

Pundit Katie Pavlich has called the Black Lives Matter movement a “violent hate group”.

She was invited by a university organization called Students for the Second Amendment that was formed earlier this year.

The News Journal reports that the audience was made up of about half protesters and half gun rights advocates.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - BAE Systems is laying off about 650 workers at its Norfolk shipyard.

According to media outlets, the company said Monday that the layoffs will be effective Nov. 20. The shipyard employs about 1,500 people.

The company said in a statement that the cuts are the result of a "decrease in Navy repair work, consistent with the Navy's decision to delay several modernization programs and the reduced number of Navy ships homeported in Norfolk."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia agriculture officials report that organic farming is increasing in the state.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Virginia had 167 organic farms in 2014, up from 156 in 2008. Those farms generated $41.3 million in sales, more than double the $19.2 million in 2008.

Eighty-one percent of the organic sales came from crop production. Fourteen percent came from livestock and poultry products such as milk and eggs, and five percent from livestock and poultry animals.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Forty-five local tourism initiatives will share more than $796,000 in state matching grants.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the funding from the Virginia Tourism Corporation's Marketing Leverage Program on Monday. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of two to one. The governor's office says the result will be more than $3.3 million in new marketing to increase visitation to Virginia.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP)- The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections is updating its fiscal forecast.
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is set to meet Monday to update revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.
The meeting is the council's first since lawmakers passed a $3.9 billion spending plan for the current year on July 1.