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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials of a Maryland town have urged residents not to swim at its beaches until lifeguards return to duty.

Local news outlets report that Ocean City officials say despite the long Memorial Day weekend, people should not swim at the town's beaches until Saturday morning when the beach patrol is back on guard.

Ocean City communications manager Jessica Waters says people are urged to keep their feet in the sand until the lifeguards return to the stands at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A medical helicopter has crashed behind a building in a Delaware industrial park, killing the pilot. No other injuries have been reported.

The pilot has been identified as 37 year-old Michael Murphy from New Jersey.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the Eurocopter E135 helicopter crashed just before noon Thursday about 1 mile southeast of New Castle Airport. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash.

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An effort is now underway to fight addiction in Sussex County.

It’s called Bridging Recovery in Delaware – Gathering Essential Supports or B.R.I.D.G.E.S.

It is a program that will create a community of navigators to help people get assistance for their addiction.

Board member Brian Napier said that many don’t know where to go to get help and he hopes his organization will try to answer that.

WBOC reports that yesterday’s conference included the Delaware State Police who provided workshops on how to recognize when someone has an addiction problem.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge has temporarily blocked Maryland's medical marijuana commission from issuing licenses to companies to grow marijuana.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams issued the temporary restraining order on Thursday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary has approved Rehoboth Beach's plan to discharge the city's treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean.

Officials said Thursday that the ocean outfall will eliminate discharges into Delaware's Inland Bays.

City officials chose ocean outfall to comply with a court order to stop discharging effluent into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal by June 2018.

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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) - Virginia's finance secretary says state revenues will not fall short of its forecast when the fiscal year ends.

Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Secretary Richard D. Brown reassured lawmakers on Thursday that although the state "took a punch in April," Virginia's revenues ended the month about $130 million ahead of the forecast for the fiscal year ending June 30. However, revenues ended April about $185 million less than what was projected at the end of March.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A new state commission is aimed at promoting the welfare and interests of Delawareans of African and Caribbean descent.

A bill being signed Friday by Gov. John Carney establishes the Delaware African and Caribbean Affairs Commission.

The seven-member body is charged with promoting the interests, culture and historical heritage, socioeconomic relationships, and general welfare of people of African and Caribbean descent in Delaware.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland defense attorney and his interpreter are charged with trying to intimidate a rape victim by raising the possibility of deportation if she testified against their client.

A Baltimore grand jury indicted attorney Christos Vasiliades and interpreter Edgar Rodriguez on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and intimidate a victim and a witness.

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It’s about that time for families to hit the road.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says it expects nearly 744-thousand Marylanders will be on the highways for Memorial Day Weekend.

This will be a 2.1 percent increase for the holiday over last year.

State officials say there will be no dump trucks or cranes working on the roadways this weekend.

The Department of Transportation told the Salisbury Daily Times that this will allow a smoother drive for motorists.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A package of measures in Maryland to battle opioid overdoses are scheduled to be signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan.

The governor has a bill signing ceremony scheduled Thursday with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

One measure is called the HOPE Act. It requires hospitals to set a new protocol for discharging patients treated for substance abuse disorders. It also increases access to the overdose-reversal drug known as naloxone. The bill also provides added funding for community behavioral health providers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has upheld a 2015 school district election in which residents approved a property tax increase, despite finding that the district's advocacy for the tax hike violated the state's constitution.

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Those stopped by New Castle County law enforcement will not be asked about whether they are a citizen or not.

In addition, police will be barred from making an arrest on the basis of citizenship status.

County Executive Matt Meyer unveiled what is called the “Safe and Inclusive Communities” executive order yesterday.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Meyer said it was not the job of local police to enforce immigration laws.

Nor, he added, was it the job of librarians or county employees.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has pardoned a minor driving offense committed years ago by an immigrant mother of two, saying he hopes this will help prevent her deportation by President Donald Trump's administration.

The case of 30-year-old Liliana Cruz Mendez of Falls Church has become emblematic of tougher immigration policies under Trump.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia prosecutor is seeking to convene a special grand jury to investigate the 2015 death of a mentally ill inmate who was jailed on charges of stealing $5 worth of junk food.

Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Morales filed a motion with the Portsmouth Circuit Court on Wednesday requesting a special grand jury in Jamycheal Mitchell's case.

Mitchell died at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail a few months after his arrest. A medical examiner said the 24-year-old died from heart failure accompanied by severe weight loss.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The death of an inmate is under investigation after officials say he was found hanging in his cell at the Roanoke City Jail.

Media outlets report that the inmate was found Tuesday evening. The Roanoke Sheriff's Office says a deputy found 51-year-old Roy Foley of Boones Mill hanging by his bed sheet. Foley was unresponsive and after deputies, medical staff and EMS administered CPR and lifesaving procedures, officials say he was pronounced dead.

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Governor John Carney will be meeting with opponents of marijuana legalization on June 1stas Delaware lawmakers consider allowing those 21 and older to buy one ounce from stores around the state of Delaware.

The legislation would also allow cultivation facilities businesses that convert the weed into edibles, liquids and ointments.

The meeting will take place on the campus of Delaware Technical Community College – the same site where he met with supporters of legalization.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Mourners holding flowers have paid their respects at the site where a student was fatally stabbed days before his graduation.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday at the University of Maryland, College Park's chapel garden to honor Richard Collins III, who was killed Saturday on the campus.

Mourners placed red and white flowers in the center of a circle in the garden. Many walked the few blocks to the bus shelter where Collins was stabbed.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Five of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the in-custody death of a young black man face disciplinary action.
 
An attorney representing the officers confirmed that three officers - Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White and Officer Caesar Goodson- face firing, while two others-Officers Edward Nero and Garrett  Miller-face a five-day suspension. Officer William Porter does not face any disciplinary action.
 

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Mayor Jake Day’s plans for a two tiered property rate has drawn strong opposition from Salisbury landlords.

The proposal in his 2018 budget plan would cut the rate for owner-occupied house down to 90 cent for $100 of assessed property value.

Meanwhile the rate for rentals and commercial property would rise to $1.06.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the Mayor says this is an effort to encourage homeownership.

But the paper reports that owners of rental property say this should not come at the expense of renters who are often low-income.

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Delaware will be losing around 400 jobs with the announcement that the financial services company HSBC Bank USA is closing its offices in New Castle County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the company says moving the jobs out of the First State is part of a two year plan to cut real estate expenses.

The offices in the Churchman’s Corporate Center employs 450 workers 50 of whom will still be able to work remotely from the company’s office in downtown Wilmington.

The paper reports the announcement came as a shock to the employees as well as the landlord.

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It is baseball and craft beer.

That’s the theme of the latest efforts by the Maryland Department of Tourism.

Officially called the Maryland Baseball and Brew Scorecard the summertime promotion is aimed at encouraging travel across the state.

The scorecards can be picked up at participating breweries and Maryland Welcome Centers.

And when they are all filled out there are prizes.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says it is a way to celebrate to great Maryland traditions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Fire School has received a nearly $440,000 federal grant to add equipment for training exercises.

Media outlets report Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester D-Del. and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons D-Del. visited the school Monday to announce the Assistance to Firefighters Grant. This year's grant will provide a forcible entry training trailer, ambulance simulator, and several hazardous materials training props.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A black Bowie State University student slain over the weekend at the University of Maryland was remembered at the ceremony where he was meant to graduate.

The historically black school's commencement was held Tuesday at the neighboring university's College Park campus, where Richard Collins III was fatally stabbed early Saturday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of school buses in Virginia are missing a device that prevents parking brakes from disengaging by accident.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that state officials say up to 4,000 of the state's 17,000 school buses lack a brake interlock.

Officials noticed the missing device several weeks ago during a spot check. Several bus manufacturers have agreed to install brake interlocks on qualifying school buses for free.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration says it's time for state and local governments to pay for cleanups of iconic but polluted waterways such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.

But supporters of those programs say the cleanups are already a team effort. They are fighting a proposal in the Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 budget plan to cut $427 million for regional waterway restorations.

Many members of Congress in both parties also oppose defunding the cleanup efforts, which are popular with constituents.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The father of a black student slain while visiting a neighboring university says he's too consumed by shock to fully grasp the implications of the "horrific and senseless act."

Richard Collins Jr. tells WRC-TV that he's "in no place to feel very many emotions beyond sadness and just (a) deep sense of personal loss." Collins describes his son, Richard Collins III, as a competitor with "a loving and giving heart."

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has named Dawn Parks to head up the Finance Department on an interim basis.

She replaces Leslie Lewis who was fired by Culver last week.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports it’s not the first time Parks has filled in.

She is a veteran of the Finance Department including serving as acting finance director two years ago.

Lewis was dismissed last week without explanation and her departure comes as the county begins its budget deliberations.

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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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