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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.

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It was a symbolic vote.

But the Lewes Town Council approved a resolution opposing seismic testing for offshore exploration.

WBOC reports that it is the first Delaware city to oppose the offshore drilling practice of seismic testing but is one of around 90 towns along the east coast to oppose the plan to open up Atlantic waters for offshore oil drilling.

One council member said that the town had an obligation to make its opinion known to federal officials.

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  (AP) -  Environment Maryland will join federal and local officials in Maryland to unveil a new extreme weather map. 

Rep. John Sarbanes is scheduled to attend the event on Thursday in Annapolis.

The interactive map will show that 90 percent of Maryland residents live in counties recently affected by extreme weather disasters in recent years.

Michael O'Connell, chief of the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management, is scheduled to attend, along with Lisa Craig, the chief of historic preservation in Annapolis.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A citizen-led task force has recommended that the Howard County Police Department should implement a pilot program to explore the use of body cameras.

The Baltimore Sun reports members of the advisory council suggested the cameras could help "ensure equality for both the officer and the citizen."

Citizen Advisory Council chair Linda Lee Hickerson says the program could eliminate "the he said/she said" issue during a traffic stop, arrest or other interaction.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two men accused of trying to buy weapons for attacks on synagogues and black churches are due in a Virginia courtroom for a preliminary hearing.

Thirty-four-year-old Robert C. Doyle and 33-year-old Ronald Beasley Chaney III are scheduled to appear in federal court in Richmond on Thursday. They have been in custody since their arrests Sunday.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge is meeting with attorneys to discuss the murder case against a man accused of raping and killing a fellow church worker in Sussex County.

The judge scheduled an office conference Thursday with attorneys to discuss the case against 31-year-old Matthew Burton of Dagsboro. Burton is scheduled to be tried in April in the death of 35-year-old Nicole Bennett.

Bennett, a volunteer daycare leader at Bay Shore Community Church near Gumboro, was found dead in June 2012 in Worcester County, Maryland. 

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Cambridge has gotten its first city manager.

She is Sandra Tripp-Jones who previously held a similar position in Santa Barbara, California.

Her position will be full time and she will be a point person for the Mayor and the City Council.

Carol Ruark, owner of The Wine Bar, told WBOC that she hopes this will streamline governmental operations.

The television station reports that other business owners hope this will help provide a unifying effort to promote the city.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret has appointed the governor's brother as the system's vice chancellor for government relations.

The university announced Tuesday that Patrick N. Hogan, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates and the brother of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, will join the university system on Nov. 30.

Caret says the eight years Patrick Hogan spent in the Maryland General Assembly will help him in his duties.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - About 150 high school students are taking part in Anne Arundel County District Court's Schools in the Court program.

On Thursday, the students will be visiting criminal court proceedings and learning about the consequences of being charged with offenses such as drunk driving. The students will also get to meet members of the Maryland State Police's K-9 squad.

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Eastern Shore Delegate Chris Adams wants to reverse a state rule that requires fire sprinklers in new and renovated single-family homes.

The rule went into effect in July.

The Wicomico County Republican told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was “a backdoor attempt to halt economic growth on the Eastern Shore.”

His measure would leave the decision to local officials.

The paper reports since the rule was put in place Wicomico County has gotten only one home building permit application.

There was a rush of applications to beat the deadline.  

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - The Montgomery County school board is considering revising a countywide dress code policy to ban Confederate symbols and other apparel that would disrupt a school's learning environment.

The Roanoke Times reports that the board approved the first reading of the proposal on Tuesday night.

Confederate symbols are among examples of items that would be banned. Other examples include clothing or items denoting Neo-Nazi and other hate groups.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware political leaders are taking time out to commemorate Veterans Day.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's congressional delegation and other officials Wednesday for the state's annual Veterans Day service.

Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Major General Francis Vavala also is participating in the event,  which will include local high school bands, leaders from religious organizations and community members,


There will be no investigation by New Castle County into the traffic stop that caused the dismissal of former chief administrative officer David Grimaldi.

The county council turned back a call for an outside investigation into the offer by Elsmere Mayor Steve Burg to  “yank” the ticket given to Grimaldi.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that on October 27th police discovered that Grimaldi was driving with a suspended license for failing to pay a ticket after he was pulled over.

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There’s a free speech battle going on in Sussex county.

A Republican candidate for governor next year and two other political figures are charging that conservative blogger Frank Knotts has libeled them.

Candidate Lacey Lafterty along with Vince Calabro, a former Sussex County Republican Chairman, and Don Ayotte with the Independent Party want him to delete all references to them from the Delaware Right blog.

In addition, they say they never want him to write about them again and that they want him to pay them $60-thousand or face a civil suit.

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The Town of Berlin could be seeing some larger apartment units go up soon.

The town council has raised the number of units from 12 wide to 36.

But there were worries at Monday’s meeting that this could lead to bigger buildings and damage the small-town look of Berlin.

But Mayor Gee Williams assured those in attendance that Berlin would not become another Salisbury.

The vote revolves around a development by Rinnier Development Company on Seahawk Road that they say will allow for a better design.


Nearly $2.3 million has been awarded in federal Violence Against Women Act grants by the state of Maryland.

Atlantic General Hospital Cooperation SAFE Victims program in Worcester County got $18-thousand in funds through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Governor Larry Hogan said these funds will save lives and give many families the ability to receive treatment and support after a violence incident.

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Authorities are identifying the driver of a pickup truck killed in a fiery crash with a van headed to a Maryland church, north of Washington.

Prince George's County Police identified the driver late Tuesday as 30-year-old Medardo Flores of Chillum. Earlier in the day, police identified three others killed in the crash as 6-year-old Staily Gomez, 75-year-old Santiago Merche, and 72-year-old Elba Merche. All three lived in Washington.

One woman in the van was in the late stages of pregnancy and lost her baby as a result of the crash.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel is holding a seminar on how to de-escalate confrontations with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions is holding a session on Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate what works and what doesn't in a mental health crisis that will include participants who will role play.

The panel is hosting a three-day seminar. About 30 law enforcement officials and behavioral health partners will train at a facility in Sykesville.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Opponents of a merger between energy companies Exelon and Pepco are calling on District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser to disclose potential conflicts of interest in her handling of the deal.