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The residents of Pocomoke City could be going to the polls once again.

After a voting machine discrepancy this week the local Board of Elections is recommending a revote by those whose ballots were counted by the machine.

Write in votes would not change.

This leaves 132 voters with the option of an absentee ballot or casting their ballots at a polling place on a specific day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the problem arose when the count for each candidate was not equal to the total number of votes cast.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is denying wrongdoing or cover-up regarding a contract employee accused of using confidential public housing records to solicit votes for the employee's wife, a state senator and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Gordon issued a statement Wednesday calling the allegations against himself and housing inspector Dana Long false and politically motivated.

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The Brandywine School District is facing a lawsuit stemming from the mistaken identity of a high school student for an alleged drug dealer.

The incident occurred at the beginning of last year when Joseph Wahl was mistaken for the dealer and was suspended after a search of his backpack found two credit-card knives.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the school refused to remove the suspension which led to his father filing a lawsuit alleging an unconstitutional search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are introducing legislation to eliminate the practice of civil forfeiture, which allows police to seize property thought to be associated with criminal activity, even if the owner has not been convicted of, or arrested for, a crime.

Supporters of the bill say the government should not be allowed to take a person's property unless and until it proves the person did something wrong.

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The widow of a New Castle County police officer will be allowed to go ahead with her lawsuit against a bath salts company.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Kathleen Szczerba has charged that Adrenalin Rush conspired with retailers to sell the synthetic drugs knowing that they were dangerous.

Bath salts are now banned.

The News Journal reports that court records indicate that David Salasky had taken the drug before his confrontation that led to the stabbing death of Lt. Joseph Szczerba in 2011.

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The deaths of a father and his seven children by carbon monoxide poisoning in Princess Anne a year ago has spurred legislation in Annapolis that would require landlords to install hard-wire or plug in carbon monoxide detectors.

WBOC reports that the tragedy occurred when police went to the home of Rodney Todd who had failed show up for work.

Family members at the time said that the electricity had cut off for non-payment.

A generator was left on apparently leading to the death of the family.

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Local leaders in Wicomico County and Salisbury gathered this week to figure out how to combat rising heroin and opiod addiction rates.

Just this week the county council voted to fund a program called Community Outreach Addiction Team that uses peer counselors to help those with addiction.

Among the attendees were law enforcement officials Sheriff Mike Lewis, County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan as well as political leaders County Executive Bob Culver and Mayor Jake Day.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to allow certain school security officers to carry guns.

Republican Del. Scott Lingamfelter's bill would allow school security officers to carry a firearm if they're a retired law enforcement officer and have met certain training standards. The local school board would also have to agree to it. 

McAuliffe said in his veto message that the bill would expose students and schools to "unnecessary risk and potential harm" by allow people without adequate training to carry firearms in schools.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has added a tax break on retirement income for law enforcement and emergency services personnel to an overall tax-relief plan.

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee made the changes Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate.

The panel essentially added a Senate tax-relief plan and the break on retirement income to a bill that already has passed the House.

The changes need Senate and House approval before the session ends Monday at midnight, to send them to Gov. Larry Hogan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has approved $37.5 million in tax credits over five years for defense contractor Northrop Grumman, if it keeps 10,000 employees in the state.

The bill was approved Wednesday in a bipartisan vote, sending it to the Senate.

Supporters say it's an important tool to keep jobs in Maryland. Opponents say it's a huge tax break for one company.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia death row inmate is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after his execution was stayed by a federal appeals court.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted Ivan Teleguz's execution, pending review of his petition by the nation's highest court. Teleguz was set to be executed on April 13.

Teleguz was convicted in 2006 of hiring another man to kill his former girlfriend. Since then, two key prosecution witnesses have recanted.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general says DNA evidence proves that a man who is serving a life sentence was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder more than three decades ago.

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring said in a news release Wednesday that his office has filed a brief in the Supreme Court of Virginia, arguing that 59-year-old Keith Allen Harward's conviction should be vacated.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on overriding two of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes.

The House votes are expected Thursday.

One of the measures vetoed by the Republican governor would create a scoring system to rank transportation projects for funding. While it wouldn't prevent the governor from funding a project with a lower score than another, it would require an explanation for the decision.

Another bill Hogan vetoed would change the composition of a commission that nominations members of the Anne Arundel County school board.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The Delaware River and Bay Authority is testing whether unmanned drones can be used to inspect the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

The DRBA conducted its first test of the drones Tuesday afternoon. A drone captured video and images under the bridge, including its steel cable and superstructure.

Images captured by the drone will be transmitted to an operator on the ground who can view the images on a tablet.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Ocean City Council has approved revisions to regulations that limited people from performing on the city's boardwalk.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the changes were approved Monday night after the town created a task force to look at the regulations and revise them if they saw fit.

The regulations came into effect last summer and required anyone wanting to perform on the boardwalk to sign up for a designated spot. The regulations were met with backlash and performers eventually filed a lawsuit.

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon says he would discuss today a recent recording in which he allegedly says that a county employee should be dismissed.

But the News Journal reports that the recording goes on with Gordon adding that the employee would not be fired because of the influence of the employee’s wife state Senator Bethany Hall-Long.  

The paper reports that the conversation took place between Gordon and his former Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi.

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There were no election results in Pocomoke City last night.

Council member George Tasker was running against local resident Sheila Nelson in District One while Diane Downing was unopposed in District Two.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Tasker and Nelson were called into the library for several minutes after which it was announced that there was a discrepancy.

John Haynie, the Board of Election Supervisors chair, told reporters the board was not comfortable with signing off on the results.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland workers could earn up to seven paid sick days a year, under a measure approved by the House of Delegates.

The House voted 84-54 on Tuesday for the bill.

Workers could earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work, up to seven full sick days a year. The House bill would apply to workers at companies with at least 15 employees.

Maryland law does not require private-sector employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid sick leave.

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Over 200 watermen crammed into the committee room in Annapolis yesterday.

They were there to oppose legislation that would have the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science lay out biological guidelines for harvesting oysters.

Waterman Jordan Coffman told WBOC that the turnout clearly demonstrated strong opposition to the measure.

Doug Myers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation told the television station that the study would reveal the specific impact of harvesting on the oyster population.

He adds the information is not available now.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia will soon have an official state rock thanks to a group of community college students.

The News & Advance reports Nelsonite, named after Nelson County, officially will become the state rock July 1. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed the bill into law Friday.

Michelle Stanislaus and her classmates at Piedmont Virginia Community College worked to help convince legislators to name Nelsonite the state rock.

The project was collaboration between PVCC political science and geology classes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a trio of education-related bills he said would undercut state support for all public schools.

McAuliffe vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have allowed students at struggling schools to transfer to another school in the same school district.

Another bill would allow disabled students to use public school funding for private school or other items.

And a third bill would have created a new state board tasked with overseeing full-time virtual school programs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed GOP-backed legislation that would have prohibited state and local officials from releasing people from jail if federal immigration officials had requested they be detained.

The Democratic governor vetoed the legislation last week, saying it would unfairly treat immigrants "caught up in a broken immigration system."

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A state-sponsored Civil War tourism group is piggybacking on a National Park Service youth program to promote local museums.

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area said in a statement Tuesday that its new program is a companion to the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative President Barack Obama announced last year.

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Hundreds of police officers gathered to mourn the death of a Virginia state trooper who was killed by a gunman at a bus station.

Virginia State Police say about 20 state police agencies from across the country were represented at the funeral for Trooper Chad P. Derymyer on Tuesday. More than 3,000 people were expected at the ceremony at the Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton.

Alabama State Trooper Jason Fox called Dermyer a "true American hero." He said he came to the ceremony to show Virginia State Police and Dermyer's family that they have support throughout the country.

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Efforts to revitalize downtown Salisbury includes a new initiative. It's called First Saturday. Modeled after the Third Friday event, its designed to pulled people back into the heart of Salisbury with music and activities. Delmarva Public Radio's Timothy Young braved the weather and to a look at the effort.

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The Delaware City elections will not take place today.

Officials say that they have found an error in the election notice.

At issue is language that say those 18 years and older with a valid identification can vote.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware City administration has since changed that requiring residents to register with state election officials.

Howard Sholl, a New Castle County elections official, told the paper that it was decided to postpone the election so that the results could not be challenged.

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Mourners will gather to remember a Virginia state trooper who was killed by a gunman at a Richmond Greyhound bus station.

A funeral for Trooper Chad P. Dermyer will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton. A private burial will follow in Gloucester County.

Authorities say Dermyer was fatally shot by James Brown III at the busy bus terminal, where police were holding a counterterrorism training exercise. Brown, of Aurora, Illinois, was killed by two other state troopers after he opened fire.

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