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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates will hold a final vote Tuesday for a bill meant to draw employers to rural and forgotten areas of Virginia through tax breaks.

The Washington Post reports the bill, introduced by Del. Will Morefield, R-Tazewell, attempts to help poor areas by offering 10-year term corporate and personal income tax breaks for certain companies that meet specific criteria.

The bill lists 40 counties and six cities as the poor areas of focus.

The bill passed the Senate Monday 29-11, but not without some debate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia House Democrats and a handful of Republicans have forced a change in a proposed utility-backed rewrite of the state's electric regulation laws that could save customers billions.

The House voted Monday to amend the legislation over the objections of allies of Dominion Energy, the state's biggest electric monopoly and the most politically influential company in the state.

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(AP) Maryland's acting U.S. attorney says he believes it would be prudent for a Maryland legislative ethics panel to hold off its own investigation into an indicted state senator "until the federal charges are resolved."

Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning's letter to lawmakers was read across the desk in the Senate Monday night.

Sen. Nathaniel Oaks, the Baltimore Democrat who is facing federal bribery and obstruction of justice charges, was in the chamber when the letter was read. He declined to comment after session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker says a clearer policy is needed on acceptable locations and expectations for people who protest around the State House.

Del. William Folden, a Frederick County Republican who is an active police officer, expressed the need for policy clarifications during a news conference Monday with House Republicans and advocates for gun rights in Annapolis.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Andy Harris says he doesn't support offshore drilling off Maryland's coast.

Harris, the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation, was asked about his position at a recent town hall.

Harris says he supports the concept of offshore drilling, but he opposes it where local jurisdictions don't want it. Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore, said: "since Ocean City and the local jurisdictions do oppose it in Maryland, I oppose it off the coast of Maryland."

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Lt. Steven Floyd was honored at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center where he was killed during an inmate uprising around a year ago.

In the falling rain Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps described Floyd as someone who “cared about giving people a voice and for standing up for what is right.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he added, “Floyd stood up during times of challenge and controversy. He stood with integrity.”

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Scott Koenig has been chosen to become the new town manager of Dewey Beach.

The vote by the town commission was unanimous – 5-to-0.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mayor T.J. Redefer called Koenig’s credentials remarkable.

There were 25 applicants for the job.

Koenig’s appointment follows the departure of Marc Appelbaum who had faced allegations of sexual harassment, racism and misuse of his authority.

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Governor John Carney has signed an executive order that provides for the Delaware National Guard to assist with two 400 gallon tanks of water for the residents who have wells in the town of Blades.

WBOC reports that this follows the discovery of PCB’s in the underground water which is now being investigated by state, federal and local officials.

Tim Ratsep with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control told the television station that the investigation was only in its early stages.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget committee is resuming its work as lawmakers continue their review of state agency requests in Gov. John Carney's proposed $4.25 billion spending proposal for next year.

The Joint Finance Committee reconvenes Monday with reviews of the state finance and agriculture departments. The committee also will hear from the state auditor's office and Delaware's elections commission.

In addition to the operating budget for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1, Carney has proposed a $677.5 million capital budget for construction projects.