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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A high-ranking National Guard chaplain running for Delaware's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat is ending his campaign days after it began.

A spokeswoman for Brig. Gen. Kenneth "Ed" Brandt told The News Journal on Wednesday he is dropping his bid to challenge Democratic incumbent Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general has released a report confirming that the use of deadly force was justified in the killing of a man who exchanged gunfire with police during a lengthy standoff after fatally shooting a state trooper.

In a report dated Tuesday, authorities said 26-year-old Burgon Sealy Jr. immediately began firing at officers who converged on his family's house in Middletown after he shot and killed Cpl. Stephen Ballard in the parking lot of a convenience store last April.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hospital emergency rooms in Maryland are being overwhelmed with people needing treatment for mental health or substance-abuse problems.

The Baltimore Sun explored the issue after video showed workers at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Midtown Campus depositing a woman in a mental health crisis at a bus stop. The Sun reports that most hospitals aren't equipped to treat such patients, but they usually have no other place to go.


Delaware lawmakers are considering a measure that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol.

If they do that would make Delaware the first state to take such a step.

WBOC reports that the Lt. Governor’s office said the American Medical Association has called for a nationwide ban.

The organization says that the substance can be misused whether it’s by inhaling or ingesting it or adding it to alcoholic drinks.

Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long said that it could posed a potentially serious public health problem – especially for underage youth.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Democratic candidate for governor has released six years of state and federal tax returns, and he's calling on other candidates to do the same.

State Sen. Richard Madaleno is the first candidate in a crowded Democratic primary to make his returns public.

Madaleno criticized President Donald Trump for failing to release his tax returns in the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump's decision not to release them broke with decades of precedent in presidential campaigns.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia city's mayor is resigning.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms announced at a news conference Wednesday that April 30 will be his last day. The 64-year-old says he has two job offers from the private sector but plans to take a break after leaving office to decide what is best for his family.

Sessoms has been mayor for nearly a decade and is more than a year into his third term. He was re-elected in 2016.

He says he has not accepted any job yet and that neither offer is in his previous banking career.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are proposing to do away with minimum mandatory sentences for juvenile criminal offenders in Delaware.

A bill up for a House vote on Thursday would repeal and remove all minimum-mandatory sentencing schemes for juveniles adjudicated delinquent in Family Court.

Family Court judges would still be able to sentence an offender to incarceration but would be able to exercise their judicial discretion.


Chincoteague residents heard from those vying for three of the six seats on the town council at a forum this week.

And there were lots of questions for the two incumbents Ben Ellis and Ellen Richardson as well as three challengers Alex Tucker, Matthew Reed and Harry Thornton.

Nearly topping the agenda for several candidates was widening the inlet and the impact on the southern part of Chincoteague.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that incumbent Ellis said the resulting flooding would be high on his list.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers have rejected a proposal by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to raise taxes to help improve the Washington-area's struggling public transit system.

House Republicans voted Wednesday against small increases on real estate and hotel taxes in Northern Virginia to fund Metro. The new taxes would have raised about $30 million a year.

Instead, the state will rely more on existing funding for road projects to help cover the state's $150 million a year in new Metro spending.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver wants an additional $750-thousand for in a onetime appropriation for schools.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times he would like to see that money go toward school security.

Culver said that the county contribution to the Board of Education would total $43.6 million to main the same per-student amount spent each year.

It’s part of his $151 million operating budget which is an increase of 4.5 percent over the last fiscal year.