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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A review commissioned by Virginia officials found poor communication between state and local responders during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville led to confusion about the "rules of engagement" with protesters.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police conducted the review for a state task force convened after the August violence. Jim Baker, a consultant with the association, presented the findings Wednesday.

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A murder-for-hire scheme has resulted in the arrests of four people in Accomack County.

The County Sheriff told the Salisbury Daily Times that the arrests came after an investigation into the shooting of a witness on Halloween night.

The incident took place on Linhaven Circle near Painter where authorities found a 31-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman had suffered gunshot wounds.

The two were taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware are warning about hoax phone calls made to day care centers in which the caller tries to obtain personal information, claiming he's trying to identify a lost child.

Delaware State Police and Newark Police said in a statement Tuesday that a man called two day care facilities in Newark and Middletown on Monday.

Authorities say the calls came from a block number, and a man said he had found a lost child. The caller claims the child's belongings identified the child as being under the facility's care.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A candidate in Maryland's governor's race has proposed a new state agency that would focus on stopping sexual harassment and violence.

The Washington Post reported that Democrat Krishanti Vignarajah outlined her proposal on Monday.

She said the agency would identify repeat offenders and audit state offices. Individuals seeking office, employment or public funding would have to disclose whether they've committed such misconduct.

Vignarajah is one of two women in a crowded field of Democrats seeking to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan next year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A group of Maryland health advocates is outlining some new plans to improve prescription drug affordability.

Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative is holding a news conference on Wednesday in Baltimore to talk about a proposal that would create a state commission to determine what Marylanders can pay for expensive drugs in order to make them more affordable.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland budget analyst says the state workforce is understaffed in some agencies.

David Juppe, a Department of Legislative Services analyst, told lawmakers Tuesday the executive branch has abolished nearly 8,000 positions since 2002, leaving it with less than 50,000.

He estimates agencies are understaffed by about 1,300 positions. That's in addition to vacant positions that are simply not filled at this time.

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The former CEO of DuPont Ellen Kullman revealed that she had to put up with sexual harassment during her careers.

The Delaware native told the Wilmington News Journal that it was “not terrible”.

But she added that many women during the 1980’s learned not to be around their male colleagues when there was alcohol.

She declined to describe the kinds of harassment that she had experienced.

Kullman was the first woman to become the CEO of DuPont.

She has now added her name to the list of women who are talking about sexual harassment in the workplace.

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The Pohanka Nissan car dealership in Salisbury was hit with a bomb threat yesterday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Maryland State Police said they were alerted of a phone call which said a bomb had been placed in an undisclosed location.

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and the Delmar Police Department checked for an explosive device but found none.

Authorities believe the threat was a robocall and closed out the case.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland fishing party may have made a rare catch- a 105-pound (47-kilogram) opah, or moonfish.
 
Local news outlets report Capt. Austin Ensor and his three crew members set sail Sunday and are believed to have caught the moonfish off Ocean City.
 
Ensor says they had just caught an 80-pound (36-kilogram) swordfish when the fish grabbed their bait. After over an hour, they reeled it in.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers and a conservative group are criticizing Delaware's proposed nondiscrimination policy for transgender students in schools.  
 
The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, reported Monday that the proposal would let students self-identify their gender without telling their parents. Schools could also provide access to locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond with a students' gender identity
 
Democratic Gov. John Carney in July directed the Department of Education to come up with the policy.
 

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