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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-controlled legislative commission has asked for a broad study of the office of Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission approved a resolution Tuesday asking staff to do the study. The move comes a month before Herring faces a challenge from Republican John Adams in the election.

The study would include how the office spends proceeds from asset forfeiture and an examination of salary increases.

Herring's spokesman called it an "obvious political stunt."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - As the Virginia attorney general's race heats up, Republican challenger John Adams and Democratic incumbent Mark Herring are releasing new television ads.

An ad by Adams to begin airing this weekend criticizes Herring for using money from a 2014 Medicaid fraud settlement to pay raises for lawyers in his office. Adams called those "backdoor pay raises."

It's the latest in a series of attack ads that both Adams and Herring have used in the race.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican Attorneys General Association plans to give $300,000 to the campaign of Virginia attorney general challenger John Adams.

Taylor Keeney, a spokeswoman for the Adams campaign, told The Associated Press that the contribution will be announced by RAGA on Thursday.

The donation brings the group's total contribution to the Adams campaign to $800,000 as the Republican candidate tries to unseat Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn says he will not run for re-election next year.

In a Facebook post Monday, Denn said that after 14 years in statewide office, he and his family deserve a change from the political grind and the time it requires of a candidate and office holder. He also said he hopes to find a position in the private sector in which he can spend more time advocating for children.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fearful of President Donald Trump's policies, the Maryland General Assembly is poised to empower the state's Democratic attorney general to sue the federal government without permission from the state's Republican governor.

The House of Delegates is expected to make a final vote Wednesday on the joint resolution already approved by the Senate.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen says he will vote against three of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations.

The Maryland Democrat says he will oppose Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General saying that he is trouble by his record on voting rights and the rights of women, minorities and the LGBT community.

He also said he did not believe that Sessions would provide an independent check on Trump’s push to bar Muslims from coming into the country.

Maryland’s Junior Senator said he opposed Chris Pruitt to head up the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Dow-DuPont merger is being challenged by three agricultural advocacy groups over potential anti-trust violations.

The American Antitrust Institute, Food and Water Watch and the National Farmers Union sent a letter to the U.S Attorney General’s Office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they say that the merger would result in a consolidation of any already shrinking industry.

They argued that it could result in higher prices and a reduction in choices for farmers and consumers.

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The shooting death of Jeremy McDole has revealed that the ability for officers to use lethal force only requires the belief that it is necessary to protect others.

In a 31 page report issued by the state Attorney General’s office on its decision not to prosecute it said that only a belief was necessary whether it was reasonable or unreasonable.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Attorney General Matt Denn has asked for major reforms of the training for officers in the Wilmington Police Department.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Results of a Wilmington police investigation into a high school restroom fight that left a 16-year-old girl dead have been turned over to state prosecutors, who will decide whether criminal charges should be filed.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Dennis Williams confirmed that findings of the police investigation into the death of Amy Joyner-Francis were submitted to the attorney general's office Thursday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam raised $660,000 last year for his gubernatorial campaign while his potential GOP challenger Ed Gillespie raised $483,000.

Gillespie raised virtually all of that amount in December, while Northam has been fundraising since April, newly filed campaign finance reports show.

Northam also raised an additional $63,000 for his lieutenant governor campaign account since October.

Republican attorney general hopeful Del. Rob Bell reported raising $635,000, with most of that coming from his House of Delegates account.

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