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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final approval to a bill authorizing 12 weeks of paid family leave for teachers and other state government workers.

The measure was approved 16-4 Wednesday despite concerns about hardships on school districts who would need to find long-term substitutes for teachers on extended maternity leave.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney for his signature and will make Delaware one of only a handful of states offering paid family leave.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group of women's health care providers has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a number of Virginia's abortion regulations in light of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday challenges Virginia laws, some decades old, that restrict who can provide an abortion and how it can be provided. The plaintiffs argue the laws are unconstitutional obstacles to care not supported by medical evidence.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Senate has approved a $4.27 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The budget bill passed on a 19-1 vote Wednesday and now goes to the House.

The bill, which represents a 4 percent increase over this year's budget, includes $26 million for pay raises of $1,000 for most state employees and 2 percent for teachers.

It also includes millions more than Democratic Gov. John Carney proposed in areas including disability services, special education and school transportation.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A former University of Virginia student who filed a civil rights lawsuit after his 2015 arrest by alcohol-enforcement agents has received a nearly $250,000 settlement.

sued Virginia's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and three of its agents after the arrest, which was captured on video. It showed ABC agents pinning Johnson to the ground while his head was bleeding.

ABC agents said Johnson, who is black, was attempting to enter a bar with a fake ID. Johnson said his ID was valid.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on a bill preventing municipalities from establishing housing restrictions for sex offenders that are stricter than what state law requires.

State law prohibits sex offenders from residing or loitering within 500 feet of school property. The bill to be considered Thursday would restrict the ability of municipalities to impose broader residency and proximity restrictions.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland will recall the four members of the National Guard he sent to the U.S.-Mexico border and will not deploy other resources until a federal policy of separating immigrant children from their families is rescinded.

Hogan made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.

The Republican governor says he has ordered four crewmembers and a helicopter to immediately return from where they were stationed in New Mexico.

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The effort to ban the sale of assault weapons in Delaware has died in the state Senate.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that two Democrats along with Republicans killed an effort to bring the measure to the floor for a vote.

State Senator Bryan Townsend, a co-sponsor of the measure, said that it was unfortunate that the bill did not even get a chance to be debated.

Tuesday’s vote was the second defeat and gun control advocates in the wake of a series of mass shootings including the one that took place at a Parkland high school.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill that encourages Delaware colleges and universities to assist foreign-born student entrepreneurs in maintaining proper legal status within the United States.

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed the measure, which is aimed at students engaged in developing new businesses and technologies in Delaware.

The bill is being promoted as an economic development measure. It now heads to the House.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The city council of Maryland's capital has apologized for the lynchings of five African-Americans more than a century ago, a step toward accepting a historic marker for public display.

The Equal Justice Initiative documented more than 4,000 lynchings in the United States between the Civil War and World War II. The initiative's National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, created markers and called on each county to install them as a public acknowledgment of their local history.

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The jobless rate in Delaware fell to 4 percent last month.

For the first time in a decade the number of unemployed residents fell below 20,000.

WBOC reports that was in 2008 there were 19,499 were without a job.

In addition, the time of being out work was shorter with male workers experiencing 19 week of unemployment while women averaged 26 weeks over the last year.