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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor all promise to change the state's tax code.

Republican Ed Gillespie is promising an across-the-board cut on income taxes, Democrat Ralph Northam vows to cut grocery sales taxes for the poor, and Libertarian Cliff Hyra wants to ban some local business taxes.

But promising tax reform is a lot easier than enacting it once elected. Competing special interests and political concerns have hampered past efforts, and past governors have not always lived up to their campaign promises.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Nearly 50,000 people have signed an online petition asking for the removal of a statute of retired Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis after he joined other NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
The petition on says the anthem honors the United States and its veterans.  It reads: "To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting."
A Maryland Stadium Authority spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun extra security has been added to M&T Bank Stadium, including the plaza where Lewis' statue is located.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are getting ready for this weekend's NASCAR race in Dover, but aren't expecting major traffic problems.
NASCAR stars will be racing at Dover International Speedway from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. About 65,000 people are expected to attend.

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Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico leaving almost all without electricity and around half without drinking water. The storm's destruction has sent a shockwave through the Puerto Rican community on the U.S. mainland. Sergio Cuadreado is an IT special who lives in Wilmington and has family on the U.S. territory. He has not been able to contact them yet. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him about his efforts to get supplies to the island and the mood of the community here on the mainland.

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Two people have been arrested in connection with the graffiti chalked on the sidewalk and steps of the Wicomico County Courthouse.

The sheriff’s office identified them as 29-year-old Christopher Aulerich and 27-year-old Jordan Swanson – both from Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they have been charged with malicious destruction of property of less than a thousand dollars.

The graffiti appears to be connected to the calls to remove the plaque noting the General John Winder who oversaw the notorious Confederate prisoner of war camps.

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Royal Farms has withdrawn its email that barred Maryland employees from wearing Ravens jerseys.

The ban followed members of the Baltimore team taking one knee during the national anthem in solidarity with former Forty-Niner quarterback Colin Kaepernick who was protesting the treatment of African Americans by police.

The Royal Farms Marketing project manager Shelby Kemp said that the company had erroneously indicated that some that some employees had to stop wearing the team’s apparel.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Public health officials say a Delaware girl contracted the swine flu virus, apparently from close contact with pigs at a county fair in Maryland.

The Delaware Division of Public Health said in a news release Wednesday that the girl, identified only as under age 18 and a resident of Sussex County, has a mild case of H3N2v and is recovering.

Delaware officials say the girl had contact with pigs at the Anne Arundel County Fair in Crownsville, Maryland.

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After 18 years at Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach will step down at the end of June next year.

Dudely-Eshbach said it was time for a change adding that change was good for both individuals and institutions.

She said,”It is emotional for me. I’ve shed a few tears. And the reason for that is I love this place. This for me has been a dream job. I love the people here. There’s no better place to live. And, I love the Eastern Shore. So, it’s been emotional for me.”

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) - Volunteers are wanted to help clean up Assateague Island on National Public Lands Day.

Officials are asking volunteers to come to the island on Saturday to help with a yearly clean up. Entrance fees will be waived and volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water.

Assateague Island is off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia and is home to wild horses that swim to Chincoteague Island each summer, an event that draws thousands of tourists and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry's novel "Misty of Chincoteague."


Heavy winds hit the Ocean City Inlet yesterday morning as Tropical Storm Maria moved past the Delmarva Peninsula.

WBOC reports that the U.S. Geological Survey said that two-thirds of the beaches in Maryland and Virginia could expect serious erosion.

Town officials urged beach goers to stay out of the water especially this weekend when the weather warms up.

There won’t be any lifeguards on duty until next year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland's attorney general says the state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution.

Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Brian Frosh, told The Associated Press the lawsuit will be filed Wednesday after weeks of preparation.

Gov. Larry Hogan directed the attorney general to sue the EPA Wednesday morning. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland's ozone problem originates in upwind states.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is helping raise money for the Democratic candidate in Virginia's closely watched race for governor.

An invitation obtained by The Associated Press says Clinton is the featured guest at a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in New York on Oct. 4.

Northam is facing Republican Ed Gillespie in one of only two off-year gubernatorial contests in November. The swing-state contest is viewed as a possible referendum on President Donald Trump's first year in office.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is meeting with state government employees to discuss efforts to reduce health care costs in Delaware.

Carney planned to hold a town hall meeting Thursday at Delaware State University to answer questions from employees and discuss the need to reduce taxpayer spending on health care.

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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach announced that she will be stepping next year at the end of June.

She said she would not be retiring but would take a one year sabbatical to prepare to return to the faculty to teach in the Spanish department.

Dudley-Eshbach said she would serve in a role of Special Advisor to the university to help her successor through the transition as well as doing some  fundraising work and special projects during her sabbatical.

She arrived at the university 18 years ago and has added numerous buildings to the campus.

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The combat veteran who sings the national anthem for the Baltimore Ravens has decided to step down.

The decision by Joey Odoms follows the decision by Ravens players and others on NFL teams around the country to take a knee during the playing of the anthem.

President Trump has called for the team owners to fire those players.

On his Facebook page Odoms said this was an ethical decision.

He told WJZ News that he was not offended by the player’s actions but did not want to get mixed up in the controversy.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he wants those who wrote anti-Confederate graffiti in colored chalk on the sidewalk and steps around the County Courthouse to be charged.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the State’s Attorney had advised the County Sheriff’s office that it can file malicious destruction of property charges for writing on the building.

On his Facebook page County Sheriff Mike Lewis said he intended to file charges calling the perpetrators “thugs” and “punks”.  

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The state of Delaware has some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

That’s according to a new federal study.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the First State ranked 8th for chlamydia per capita and 10th for gonorrhea per capita.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state has ranked in the top 20 for chlamydia since 2009.

For gonorrhea Delaware has ranked 13th since 2015.

The CDC says the rise in gonorrhea is most troubling because it has become increasingly drug resistant.

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The Sussex County Council is not quite ready to offer $1.5 million to help pay for a new $4 million sports and park complex.

After getting a presentation from officials with the Sussex County Sports Center council members decided to get more input from the public.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bobby Horsey with the leadership committee for the Sports Complex told the council that he believed the project would be “a great thing for the county.”

The facility would have eight regulation lacrosse and soccer fields as well as a cross country course.

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Dewey Beach will pay the legal fees for Town Manager Marc Appelbaum if it needed to do so.

The town commissioners voted unanimously but said it will wait two business days before providing the financial compensation.

Rick Cross the lawyer for those who have filed complaints that include sexual harassment and racial discrimination told WBOC that the town agreed to withhold payment until the issue has been decided by the courts.

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - Prosecutors say a former account clerk for a town near Maryland's Eastern Shore has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $169,000 from the town.

The Office of the State Prosecutor said in an email Tuesday that 32-year-old Erica Holland was indicted on one count of felony theft. A grand jury in Worcester County returned the indictment, which alleges that Holland stole the money while she was an account clerk for the town of Snow Hill.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A state health actuary says health plan premiums are set to rise by an average of nearly 60 percent in Virginia's 2018 individual marketplace.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch quotes David Shea as telling lawmakers on Monday that the increase is "unquestionably the highest we've ever seen." Shea said that next year, average monthly premiums will range from roughly $500 to $1,050 and the rise will come as many residents see their options for plans dwindle to one insurer.

Shea says this year's filing season was the most challenging of any previous one.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new report has given Delaware an "F" grade for its fiscal health.

The analysis from Truth in Accounting claims the state had an $8.5 billion gap between assets and liabilities in 2016. The nonprofit group focuses on state budgets.

Truth in Accounting said the burden on Delaware taxpayers rose by $6,600 per person from 2015 to 2016.

The report said Delaware had assets of $2.9 billion and liabilities of $11.4 billion, with most of its bills coming from pension benefits and retiree health care.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former President Barack Obama made an appearance at a reception for a charitable foundation named after the late son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

WDEL reports Obama visited Delaware to speak Monday at the Wilmington Country Club for the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

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Maryland State Police arrested 33-year-old Donte Sumpter of Princess Anne on Sunday for first and second degree murder among other charges.

He is accused of shooting to death 31-year-old Arthur Alford in Princess Anne.

Police were called to the scene Sunday afternoon and found Alford lying on the ground.

He was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he died.

Authorities said they found a long barrel .22 caliber semiautomatic handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.

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Perdue AgriBusiness is taking its soybean operation to Pennsylvania where it will process 17.5 million bushels a year at its new $60 million plant.

It’s the first in the Keystone state.

And it will be located in Conoy Township, Lancaster County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the state of Pennsylvania is kicking in $8.7 million to develop the site and put in a grain elevator.

There will be an estimated 35 positions created as well as 150 construction jobs.

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No charges will be filed for the graffiti denouncing Confederate General John Winder on the sidewalks and steps around the Wicomico County Courthouse.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Salisbury police are reviewing video from surveillance cameras in the downtown area looking for the perpetrators.

But police say because the graffiti was done in colored chalk which can be washed off there was no permanent damage done to the property.

Phrases such as “Tear Down Winder and “Winder is Scum” were written on the sidewalk and steps.


Two parking lots remain closed on the Assateague Island National Seashore because of damage done by Hurricane Jose.

Those were lots 3 and 4.

But lot’s 1 and 2 were reopened shortly have the storm passed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that pounding surf hit the Virginia side of the island with the currents carrying so much sand that the two lots had to be closed along with a portion of a third.

Officials say they may not reopen until Memorial Day next year.

Clearing the lots on the south side of the island has become an offseason task.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that $11.7 million will be allocated in federal highway funds to increase highway safety.

The funds will be handed out to 90 agencies and organizations across the state aimed at cutting down on crashes and related injuries and deaths.

WBOC reports that the money will be handed out by the state Highway Safety Office.

Among the local recipients are the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office which will get $10,500 while the Worcester County Sheriff’s office will receive $2-thousand.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is urging Delawareans to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

Carney is embarking on a statewide "Eco Tour" to meet with outdoor experts and small-business owners and promote outdoor recreational activities for Delawareans and visitors this fall.

Tuesday's first stop is Bellevue Mansion at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington.

Carney will then travel to Delaware City for a tour of the American Birding Association Headquarters and bike a portion of the Michael Castle Trail.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Charlottesville Police Department has released figures that show it spent nearly $70,000 on a white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens injured.

The money was spent on overtime for police officers, bottled water, food and batteries. The costs also included a consultation with a clinical psychologist to help prepare police for the rally.

The list of expenditures was provided to Richmond television station WRIC in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. It was also provided to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.