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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The number of babies who've been exposed to drugs and alcohol is growing in Delaware.

WDEL in Wilmington reported Thursday that the state reported 431 cases last year. That's an increase of more than 100 babies who were exposed to a harmful substance during pregnancy.

To fight the problem, Delaware's Division of Public Health has come up with materials for OB/GYN's on how to screen pregnant women for addiction. The materials also connect the women to treatment and educate them about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several new state laws are going into effect Saturday in Virginia, potentially impacting how Virginians drive, what kind of alcohol they buy, and what they wear when they go hunting.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year passed provisions that put in place a $100 fine for driving too slowly in the left lane on highways, allow state-owned liquor stores to sell the hard liquor Everclear, and let hunters wear blaze pink instead of blaze orange.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee has voted overwhelmingly to send a bill raising income taxes on Delawareans to the full House for a vote.

The legislation considered by the committee on Wednesday raises income tax rates across the board, eliminates itemized deductions while increasing the standard deduction, and creates a new tax bracket for income above $150,000.

Representatives of the real estate and nonprofit communities urged lawmakers not to eliminate deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on a bill expanding the hours for Sunday alcohol sales.

Under current law, the sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption is limited to the hours from noon until 8 p.m.

The legislation being voted on Tuesday moves up the opening time from noon to 10 a.m.

House lawmakers also are scheduled to vote on another bill creating a new type of liquor license for outdoor beer gardens.

The bill sets the biennial fee for a beer garden license at $2,000.

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An accident on Route 13 in Bridgeville left five people injured late yesterday afternoon.

Delaware State Police say the three-vehicle crash occurred around 5:45 p.m. near the Heritage Shores development.

WBOC reports that 65 year old James Wright’s Jeep Wrangler drove in the wrong direction going eastbound in the westbound lanes on Heritage Drive.

His jeep struck a Volkswagen approaching the entrance to Heritage Drive when he pulled into the northbound lanes on Route 13.

His vehicle then struck a Chevy work truck almost head on.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Some parents are raising concerns about a school administering breathalyzer tests to students attending a homecoming dance.

The Wilmington News Journal that some parents were annoyed by the practice at Smyrna High School and even felt it bordered on infringing on students' rights. But parents were most concerned about being unaware of the alcohol breath tests in the first place. 

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration is promoting five rules for teen driver safety.

The "5 to Drive" campaign is part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs through Saturday. MVA workers are handing out brochures targeting behaviors that have been shown to reduce the risk of fatal car crashes involving young people.

Number one: No cellphones. The agency says a car going 55 mph can travel the length of a football field in the five seconds it takes to glance at a phone.

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Businesses in Newark are gearing up to meet new set of regulations as they brace for returning students at the University of Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there will be a new nuisance point system for bars and restaurants.

Infractions will be based on a 1 to 10 scale.

And with enough points they could lose their liquor license.

Officials tried to assure local businesses that if they are making good faith efforts they should “not have to worry”.

The new regulations come after the death of a student at a house party in the spring.

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - The pumpkin-hurling competition in Sussex County will feature stricter alcohol regulations this year.

Punkin Chunkin President Frank Payton was quoted by WXDE-FM as saying that event organizers are asking spectators not to bring their own alcohol.

He says beer will be sold at the event, but says that if people want to bring their own alcohol, the event will feature designated camping sites where people will be allowed to drink.

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The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury will be allowed to serve alcohol.

The county Board of License Commissioners gave the okay for the facility to serve beer, wine and liquor at the events.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it had been thought that the original deed had prohibited the serving of alcohol at the Center but a recent legal investigation found that was not the case.  

County Executive Bob Culver has pushed for permission to serve alcohol and it could make the center more attractive to those looking for a site to host their events.

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