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PARK HALL, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say they've arrested an 8-year-old boy after a loaded gun was found in his book bag in his elementary school.

The Washington Post reported that it happened Wednesday at Park Hall Elementary School in St. Mary's County. That's the county where just last month, authorities said a high school boy fatally shot a girl and then killed himself as a school security officer confronted him.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of Virginia students are expected to hold a rally at the State Capitol as part of a nationwide protest against school violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

The National School Walkout has been organized in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and faculty members dead.

Students across the country are planning to leave their schools at 10 a.m. Friday.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans hoping to upset Hillary Clinton's former running mate in a U.S. Senate race are clashing over who is more loyal to President Donald Trump.

Corey Stewart accused opponent Nick Freitas at a debate Thursday at Liberty University of being insufficiently supportive of the president and too-thin skinned to survive a tough general election against Democrat Tim Kaine.

Kaine is viewed as the favorite to win a second term to the Senate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - City officials in Maryland say President Donald Trump will give the commencement speech to the U.S. Naval Academy's 2018 graduating class.

Annapolis spokeswoman Susan O'Brien told news outlets Wednesday the city will be cooperating with the Secret Service to provide security for Trump's visit. It will be his first time speaking to the academy's graduating class.

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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.

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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.

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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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