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Delaware lawmakers voted to cut the tax break enjoyed by senior citizens on their property by $100.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many of the members of the Joint Finance Committee said they reluctantly did so.

They cited the prospect of a $400 million budget shortfall as a reason for the reduction.

But there were three dissenting votes with Representative William Carson calling it wrong to take this money away from seniors.  

The move will cut the maximum tax break from $500 to $400 on their property tax bill.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Health Care Foundation has announced a new $1.5 million program designed to increase access to mental health care for uninsured residents and those with little to no medical care.

Richmond Times Dispatch reports Beyond Blue was revealed on Monday as a two-year initiative beginning this summer. It will focus on the number of psychiatric nurse practitioners in Virginia, treating depression in diabetic patients and implementing a trauma-informed care approach.

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BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) - A Maryland high school senior has been barred from participating in her school's graduation ceremony because she is pregnant.

Media outlets report 18-year-old Maddi Runkles discovered she was pregnant in January. The teen attends Heritage Academy, a small private Christian school in Hagerstown. Upon Runkles' pregnancy announcement, school officials also suspended her for two days and removed Runkles from her student council position.

Runkles says she feels she has been treated more harshly than students who have been suspended for other reasons.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The word "shame" has been spray-painted on a Confederate monument in Virginia.

Media outlets report Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson says officers were called to the vandalism site Monday morning.

The Norfolk City Council decided in 2015 to keep the monument, despite pressure from a local civil rights group. At the top of the monument is a statue of a Confederate soldier also known as a Johnny Reb.

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Delaware Transportation officials are finding the cost of road construction going up.

That’s according to the Wilmington News Journal.

The paper reports that with a flood of new projects only a few construction companies are bidding on them.

One case is a contract for U.S. Route 301 tollway where Greggo and Ferrara bid on a toll collection facility.

It would connect the Maryland Eastern Shore with Delaware Route 1.

The paper reports that the company bid was $7.9 million for a contact that the state engineer said would cost $4.5 million.

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Plans to open up the Virginia Coastline for offshore drilling saw over 30 people protesting at the Willis Wharf on the Eastern Shore Saturday.

The event was called “Hands Across the Sand Eastern Shore” and was part of around 20 events across the county over the weekend.

State Senator Lynwood Lewis told the Salisbury Daily Times that he felt the Eastern Shore Virginians were “ground zero in the battle over offshore drilling.”

He said it would impact tourism, aquaculture and even the military in the region.

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The court battle over the winner of the White Marlin Tournament in Ocean City has gotten underway.

It was last August when Phil Heasley caught a 75.6 pound white marlin and was eligible for a $2.8 million prize.

But tournament officials decided against declaring him the winner after a post-tournament lie detector test.

The tournament officials said they withheld the prize and asked the courts to decide who won.

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Halimot was 15 when she came to England. She says her Aunt Miriam dressed her up "really smart" — in an elegant outfit and sunglasses to hide her eyes.

Because, Aunt Miriam explained, "if they see your eyes, they'll see your fear."

Before they headed to the airport, Halimot grabbed the phone number she’d written on a piece of paper. "I put the number inside a tissue — I wrapped it. And I put it in plastic, and then I put it [under my shirt], so it wouldn’t get wet."

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Saudi Arabia plans to invest a huge sum of money in a company founded by an adviser to US President Donald Trump.

Blackstone Group said over the weekend that Saudi Arabia had signed a nonbinding agreement committing $20 billion to upgrade existing infrastructure in the United States.  

Blackstone also plans to raise another $20 billion from other sources for its infrastructure fund.

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More than 58,000 Haitians who stayed in the United States with a special protected status since a catastrophic 2010 earthquake will be allowed to stay another six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday.

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