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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors in Virginia have won a rare conviction of a white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen suspected of shoplifting.

The guilty verdict Thursday was for voluntary manslaughter, a lesser charge than the original first-degree murder count. And the jury recommended a 2  1/2 year prison sentence for Stephen Rankin, a punishment far below the decade prosecutors had sought.

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19-year old Kyshir Connally has been found guilty of second degree murder among other charges in the shooting death of 17 year old Rakim Russell in August of last year.

The jury did acquit him of first degree murder which carries a life sentence.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his two co-defendants 20-year old Larry Ennis and 19-year old Jared Stokes who shot Russell were convicted of first degree murder.

The paper reports that while Connally did not actually kill Russell he had a dispute with him providing the motive for the killing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are reminding Delaware drivers to share the road with motorcycles.

Officials with the Office of Highway Safety say there been eight motorcycle fatalities on Delaware roads this year, and more than 175 over the past decade.

While the number of fatalities this year is less than the same time last year, officials are reminding motorists and motorcyclists to see and be seen while on the road.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Montgomery County official is returning a $296,000 check meant to pay for riot aid to Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports  County Executive Isiah Leggett wrote to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake this week, saying, "... we accepted the call for assistance with the belief that the City would do the same for us in a time of need. Consequently, we are returning the check."

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating a car crash that left two people injured after a parked vehicle was pushed into a food truck.

Police say the incident happened Thursday afternoon when a man driving a SUV in Georgetown failed to make a sharp left turn.

The SUV struck a parked car in the parking lot of Donovan's Salvage and also hit a male pedestrian. Police say the parked vehicle was pushed into a food truck that was also parked in the parking lot, injuring a female employee inside.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a woman was tied up during a home invasion in the Georgetown area.
 
Police said in a statement that it happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Kruger Road. A 24-year-old woman heard a noise in the kitchen area and when she walked out of the bathroom, police say she was confronted by three men.
 
Police say one man armed with a handgun ordered the woman to lie down and her hands were tied behind her back and her head covered.
 

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TUCKAHOE, Va. (AP) - Henrico County officials are planning to install a roadside marker honoring the historic significance of three local cemeteries that serve as the final resting places for freed slaves.
 
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the marker will be unveiled during an Aug. 20 ceremony in honor of the Quioccasin (kwee-ock-a-sin), Westwood and Pryor Memorial cemeteries.
 
Those Richmond-area cemeteries hold the remains of those who lived in the historically black community of Quioccasin.
 

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) - A Kentucky racing company and a New York casino firm will buy the Ocean Downs casino and racetrack.

Churchill Downs Inc. and Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC announced Tuesday that they formed a joint venture to buy Ocean Downs

Ocean Downs, a 67-year-old facility, takes up 168 acres of land in Berlin on the Eastern Shore. It has 800 video lottery terminals and electronic game tables, and has harness racing. It employs about 235 workers.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An Ocean City marina is selling T-shirts featuring the phrases "White Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter" to spread awareness - about the conservation of white and blue marlins.
 
The NAACP is not pleased about this.
 
White Marlin Marina worker George Lamplugh, who designed the shirts, says he means no offense, and that fishermen know a good joke when they see one.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boy's bathroom at his school until it decides whether to intervene in his case.

The high court agreed Wednesday to allow the Gloucester County School board to bar Gavin Grimm from the bathroom that matches his gender identity until the justices decide whether to review an appeals court ruling in his case.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware is being formally recognized as an American Indian tribe.

The formal recognition becomes official with Gov. Jack Markell's signature Thursday on legislation passed by state lawmakers on the final day of this year's legislative session.

The action by the state acknowledges the Lenape tribe's history and culture, centered in Kent County, but also means the tribe can be recognized as eligible for the programs and services provided by the federal government to Native Americans because of their status as Indians.

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$80 million will not spent by the state of Maryland.

That’s the decision by Governor Larry Hogan who decided against the outlay because of worries about softening state revenues.

The state legislature had provided the funding in an all-or-nothing deal with the governor having the final say on whether it would be spent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that $19 million would have been spent on an additional one-time financial allocation for teacher pension contributions by state agencies.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Environmental officials say millions of gallons of sewage have flowed in the Patapsco River after a line broke during flooding in Ellicott City.

Jay Apperson is a spokesman for the Department of the Environment. He tells The Baltimore Sun that about 5 million gallons per day of sewage have poured into the Sucker Branch tributary of the Patapsco.

Apperson says the break came in Ellicott City when the town took on 6.5 inches of water within hours Saturday night. The broken line was not discovered until Tuesday.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is scheduled to address the National Urban League.

Kaine is slated to speak Thursday morning at the group's "Save Our Cities" summit in Baltimore.

The Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns were invited to speak at the conference. Republican Donald Trump's campaign declined an invitation to speak.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A Washington, D.C.-area transit police officer charged with attempting to support the Islamic State group has made his initial appearance in court.

Thirty-six-year-old Nicholas Young of Fairfax appeared Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. A magistrate appointed a public defender to represent Young after he requested a court-appointed attorney.

The FBI says Young is the first law enforcement officer in the U.S. to be charged under the federal government's terrorism law.

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Charges of internal theft are swirling around the treasurer of the Smyrna Parent Teacher Organization.

WBOC reports that the Smyrna Police Department came across the thefts in March of this year.

Their investigation led them to 39-year old Kellie Sullivan McGovern.

She is suspected of using a debit card issued by the PTO.

The locations where she allegedly used the card range from gas stations to liquor stores.

And items included jewelry and clothing.

The television station reports that she faces two counts of felony theft.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Discount store Dollar Tree plans to spend $110 million to expand its Virginia headquarters.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the expansion Wednesday, saying it will create 600 new jobs in the next six years.

McAuliffe approved more than $9 million in grants for the expansion, which he said will help the state's economy.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The levels of dissolved oxygen within the Chesapeake Bay plummeted in July after a promising start to the summer.

The Baltimore Sun reports that state environmental officials are blaming a recent heat wave for the decline since warm water holds less oxygen than cold water.

The Department of Natural Resources wrote in a statement that a lack of winds also prevented surface oxygen from mixing with bottom waters to increase the oxygen levels.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Officials at a Virginia jail say they have found security footage they thought had been deleted that was recorded outside of the cell of a mentally ill inmate who died last year.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Hampton Roads Regional Jail Assistant Superintendent David L. Simons has declined to release the video recorded outside 24-year-old's cell.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court says the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.

In a 148-page opinion Tuesday, a majority of the justices said Delaware's law violates the U.S. Constitution because it allows a judge to sentence a person to death independently of a jury's recommendation.

The court also said the law is unconstitutional because it does not require jurors to be unanimous in finding that aggravating circumstances that weigh in favor of the death penalty.

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The Maryland State Police have identified 17-year old Natalie Insley as the teenager who was killed in a Sharptown car crash on Monday.

She was a passenger in the vehicle when it struck a tree.

The accident occurred around 10 a.m. with three other teens ranging in age from 14 to 17.

When she arrived at Peninsula Regional Medical Center she was pronounced dead.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports authorities are awaiting a decision as to whether the driver will be charged before releasing the name.

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The Delaware SPCA has found headstones for a woman  and her pet in its Stanton pet cemetery that has been slated to be sold for development.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the organization’s application to the Division of Public Health says that after clearing the brush away they discovered the headstones for Ms. Ligon and her pet Lady.

The SPCA says it will not remove the headstone or dig up the grave to confirm that her ashes are actually there.

This means that this portion of the property will be placed in its care in perpetuity.

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A body was pulled from the Choptank River near Cambridge yesterday morning.

And it may be that of a boater who has been missing since last November.

WBOC reports that the authorities say the body was found near Horn Point and will be sent to the medical examiner’s office for identification.

63-year old Edward Asvick from Easton went missing after his boat mysteriously showed up near Cambridge.

The Department of Natural Resources Police have been searching the Horn Point area since his disappearance.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Help is on the way for Delawareans taking care of family members released from the hospital.

Legislation being signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell requires health care facilities to develop processes to maintain records and educate family caregivers about their responsibilities upon discharge of a loved one from a hospital or treatment facility.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is ramping up efforts to promote its agriculture and forestry products worldwide.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the state will open two new trade representative offices in Singapore and Dubai.

The state is also hiring a new Richmond-based staff member who will oversee the expanded trade effort. The state is spending $850,000 over the next two fiscal years on the initiative.

Virginia currently has representative offices in Canada, Latin America, Europe, India and China.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Health and agriculture officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito pool in Prince George's County, the first such pool found in the state this year.

The Department of Agriculture said in a news release Tuesday that workers mosquitoes collected mosquitoes in Capitol Heights on July 19. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in those mosquitoes on July 27.

Officials say truck sprayed the area to control adult mosquitoes.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new solar energy project that will be built at Naval Air Station Oceana.

McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Dominion Virginia Power will build and operate an 18-megawatt facility on the base, and state government will buy all of the energy produced.

The project is part of McAuliffe's bid to increase the amount of solar energy the state procures. McAuliffe announced a similar public-private partnership with Dominion in March to build a 20-megawatt facility in Northern Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lobbyists in Virginia are spending less taking public officials out to eat at high-end restaurants, while lawmakers are more frequently covering the cost of eating out with their virtually unrestricted campaign accounts, according to data collected by the Virginia Public Access Project.

The shift comes after a gift scandal caused Virginia's elected officials to tighten the state's ethics rules.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Virginia's former first lady say her corruption convictions should be vacated after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her husband's convictions.
 
News outlets report that Maureen McDonnell's attorneys asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate her convictions in a motion filed Monday. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The high court overturned his conviction and sent it back to the appeals court.
 

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - After deadly floods in central Maryland, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman says he's tapped the county's planning department to draft a master plan to address flood-prone areas in order to prevent future disasters.

He said he believes nothing "could have stopped this tragedy," but that "it is an opportunity to make some changes."

Kittleman hosted a meeting Monday for residents impacted by severe flooding in Ellicott City.

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