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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman is planning to sue a social services department that she says fired her for having a concealed weapons permit.

Storm Durham tells The Roanoke Times she's working with Second Amendment advocacy group Virginia Citizens Defense League to pursue a lawsuit against the Roanoke Department of Social Services after her social media posts about her firing Friday went viral.

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The recent school shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead has spurred the state to impose new restrictions on gun sales as well as beef up school security. But the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit to halt the enactment of the new laws. All of this has led Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill to ponder the power of the NRA.

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Another winter blast is coming our way.

A nor’easter is set to hit today with rain and snow on Delmarva beginning around 10 a.m. this morning.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that less than a half inch of accumulation of snow is expected.

In Somerset and Worcester Counties are expected to see winds of up 15 mph with gusts as high as 25.

Meanwhile, in Sussex County the rain is expected to change to snow by this afternoon with an accumulation of around an inch.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say they have spent nearly $185,000 in overtime pay and helicopter costs related to the emergency response to a deadly inmate uprising last year and ensuing investigation.

The accounting of costs came in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Delaware State News

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Worcester County will be hold a conference on school safety tomorrow in the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead.

It’s called the Maryland Safe Schools Initiative 2018 conference and will be held at Worcester Technical High School.

The conference comes as a joint effort of the Maryland Center for School Safety, Safe and Sound Schools and Worcester County Public Schools.

The morning session will deal with first-hand accounts of such shootings and how to recover from them while the afternoon will focus on how to respond to such crises.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Some critics are raising concerns about whether Delaware's new economic development group is adequately transparent.

The public-private Delaware Prosperity Partnership was created last year to replace the cabinet-level Delaware Economic Development Office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the organization's 19-member governing body has met only three times so far, aside from an informal retreat.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers finished up the 2018 session Saturday without doing their most important job: passing a state budget.

They hit a stalemate because Republicans legislators can't agree on whether to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income adults.

The GOP-controlled House backs it, while the Republican-led Senate opposes it. Lawmakers will go home while negotiations continue. The state government will shut down July 1 if no budget is passed.

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Delaware’s House of Representatives has approved a ban on bump stocks that turn a semi-automatic rifle into a near automatic weapon.

The measure was approved by a vote of 25-to-2.

There were 11 Republicans not voting.

WBOC reports that the measure was primarily backed by Democrats who said the device was an attempt to circumvent the federal ban on automatic weapons.

Opponents of the measure argued that it required people who legally bought the device to turn them over to law enforcement.

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Charges have been dismissed against Salisbury Council member April Jackson and another woman who were involved in an altercation in the Billy Gene Jackson Park in Salisbury.  

WBOC reports that when the assault charges were dismissed Jackson quickly exited the courtroom with tears of joy.

Jackson told the television station that the incident had ruined her reputation and could have endangered position on the city council.

Jarenea Mitchell said Jackson left her with scars resulting from the incident in August.

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The search for missing victim of a plane crash near Assateague State Park resumed yesterday.

The search had been called off on March 1st after the body of a man was recovered and a nor’easter hit the Delmarva region.

Maryland State Police have been working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Two people were aboard the plane when it crashed.

The clothing of the body that was recovered closely matched that of the pilot.