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Attorneys for former Governor Jack Markel have asked that a judge to postpone a hearing on the federal lawsuit filed by the family of slain correctional officer Steven Floyd.

They had been scheduled to argue for dismissal in the case that resulted from the 18-hour standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution in February.

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A half-a-million dollar lawsuit has been filed in the salmonella outbreak at the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Charles Coffield from Pennsylvania filed the suit that said he became ill after eating the chowder.

The suit was filed against Shrimp Heads Inc.

Coffield said he ate one sample and bowl of chowder offered up by the restaurant.  

A day later he became ill.

Tests found that he did suffer from salmonella.

Coffield is asking for a jury trial.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Four Baltimore police officers who were recently indicted on federal fraud charges are now being sued by a woman who says they falsely arrested her husband and stole $20,000 from them.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Nancy Hamilton has sued four officers who are part of the department's Gun Trace Task Force and were earlier this year charged with unlawfully arresting and robbing residents, as well as filing for overtime they didn't work.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for current and former Delaware officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of a guard killed in a prison riot and five other correctional officers who survived.

Inmates took over a building at the maximum-security Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February, setting off an 18-hour standoff during which correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed.

The lawsuit alleges that state officials have ignored staffing and security issues at the prison for years, creating an unsafe work environment.

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The City of Salisbury is being sued by the volunteer firefighter company that left Fire Department Station 1 earlier this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are seeking the return of equipment and other items they said they bought as well as nearly $500-thousand in damages.

The suit also charges that the Fire Chief acted with malice and ill will toward the fire company.  

Mayor Jake Day says the city is meeting with the firefighters and has list of what it will return and what it will not.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal lawsuit accuses two white men of attacking a black teenager near his Virginia home as part of a campaign to run his interracial family out of their neighborhood.

The lawsuit comes more than a year after the men were convicted of assault and battery of 18-year-old Mister Frazier. However, they were cleared of hate crime charges after a judge said it appeared to be just a neighborhood fight.

During their trial, attorneys for the men argued Frazier was the aggressor and strongly rejected the idea that the fight was racially motivated.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Virginia and its information technology agency over the state's attempt to end a 13- year contract.

Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the aerospace and defense company filed the lawsuit Friday, seeking damages of more than $10 million. The lawsuit alleges the state sabotaged a settlement reached with officials in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the lawsuit is without merit and the governor is disappointed in Northrop Grumman's performance.

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There are more plaintiffs in a discrimination lawsuit against the Indian River School District.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that two families with children in the district have been added to three other individuals who attended George Washington Carvey Academy.

The paper reports that the amended complaint also charges that there was a prison-like environment at the school.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department wants to intervene in a private lawsuit brought by Pocomoke City's former police chief and two other black officers alleging race discrimination.

The Justice Department filed the motion to intervene Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - An ex-Wicomico County parole officer states in a lawsuit that a co-worker's comments about the rape of one of her relatives by Dr. Earl Bradley created a hostile work environment.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Rennae Elizabeth Ott filed the lawsuit on Oct. 10, claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit states that officials forced Ott to resign after denying her request to be transferred out of the Salisbury field office.

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