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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says it has reached a settlement with officials of a southern Delaware town in a lawsuit over its restrictions on political signs.

The ACLU sued the town of Milton in May on behalf of a retired schoolteacher who had posted four signs on her property after the November 2016 elections with messages including "Love Trumps Hate" and "Women's Rights Human Rights."

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A decision to resume recreational time for the inmates of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has some prison guards concerned there may not be enough staff to handle the activity.

The inmates at the maximum security prison would have 17 and a-half hours a week.

The policy is part of a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Community Legal Aid Society of Delaware.

But it was suspended following the prison uprising earlier this year that resulted in the death of prison guard Steven Floyd.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is reeling from criticism inside and out for defending the right of white supremacists to march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After the death of a counter-protester at the rally, some critics said the ACLU had blood on its hands, and a leader of the organization in Virginia resigned.

The furor has set off soul-searching inside the ACLU and an announcement that it will no longer stand with hate groups seeking to march with guns.

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A group of civic organizations is urging a Delaware state taskforce to speed up its decision on which new voting machines will be used in the future.

The coalition including the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state legislature has provided $15 to $20 million in funding for the new equipment in next year’s budget.

The First State began using voting machines in the mid- 1990’s and are among the oldest in the country.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The organizer of a weekend rally that's expected to draw hundreds of "alt-right" activists and white nationalists is suing a Virginia city over its decision to relocate the event.

Attorneys for right-wing blogger Jason Kessler filed the federal lawsuit Thursday against Charlottesville.

The city says Kessler's Saturday event can't take place in its downtown Emancipation Park. Citing safety considerations, they ordered it moved to a park about a mile away.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and other groups are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to investigate police's response when protesters gathered in Charlottesville to condemn a Ku Klux Klan rally.

The ACLU, Legal Aid Justice Center, Rutherford Institute and National Lawyers Guild Central Virginia Chapter sent a letter to McAuliffe this week criticizing what they called the "outsized and militaristic" police presence to the July 8 protest.

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The battle over political signs in Milton will be decided in the courts.

The American Civil Liberties Union said that the removal of four signs critical of the Trump administration from the property of 62-year old Penny Nickerson was unconstitutional.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city has responded saying that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities may impose the reasonable regulation of signs as necessary.

It adds that the regulations do not discriminate on the basis of political points of view.    

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials are opening an investigation into accusations that public schools in Virginia's capital city more frequently and more harshly punish black students and those with disabilities than their classmates.

The Department of Education's Office For Civil Rights said in a letter this month that it's opening an investigation into the complaint filed in August by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and Legal Aid Justice Center.

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The correctional officers union in Delaware has issued a set of demand as it begins contract negotiations.

The union wants an end to the agreement between the Department of Correction and the American Civil Liberties Union that it says led to the death of Officer Steven Floyd during inmate upraising at the Vaughn Correctional Center.  

WBOC reports that the union said that mental health requirements led to dangerous inmates being placed in lower security facilities.

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Maryland judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on a lawsuit stemming from President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Several individuals and groups including the American Civil Liberties Union originally filed the lawsuit in February over the initial ban, which was blocked in court and later revised. On Wednesday, the groups will be asking a Maryland judge to issue an order that would keep the revised ban from taking effect. It's scheduled to take effect Thursday.

A federal judge in Hawaii has also scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the revised ban.

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