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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The owner of a farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been indicted on animal cruelty charges after dozens of dead and sick horses were found on her property.

Seventy-four-year-old Barbara Pilchard of Hebron made in initial appearance Friday in Circuit Court in Salisbury on 16 felony counts of animal cruelty and 48 misdemeanor counts of animal abuse and neglect.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said in March that it found as many as 25 dead horses on the 2-acre property.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - Maryland's network of public colleges is awarding degrees at a significantly higher rate than a decade ago.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the 11 public colleges in the University System Of Maryland issued more than 40,000 degrees in 2017. That's a 42 percent increase over the 28,000 degrees handed out in 2008.

The biggest increase came at the University of Maryland University College. The online institution has seen a 120 percent increase in the last decade. It awarded more than 11,000 degrees, including associate's degrees, in 2017.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A judge on Maryland's Eastern Shore has rejected a city's request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking records about a legal settlement over excessive force accusations against a police officer.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Baltimore-based Real News Network filed the lawsuit against the city of Salisbury under the state's Public Information Act.

In 2016 the city settled a lawsuit filed by four Salisbury University students against an officer in the city's police department. Details of the settlement were never released.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Gov. Martin O'Malley is endorsing Rushern Baker in Maryland's Democratic primary for governor.

O'Malley said Thursday the Prince George's County executive has the integrity and ability to bring people together needed to be governor.

O'Malley, who served two terms, says he believes Baker is the candidate who is best able to "restore Maryland's leadership in public education and make our children winners in a changing economy."

O'Malley endorsed Baker at a news conference in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a proposed amendment to Delaware's constitution guaranteeing equal rights based on sex.

The measure easily cleared the House on Thursday, one day after the Senate recalled and revised it.

The bill had failed to win Senate passage last month amid Republican concerns about possible hidden motives, such as guaranteeing taxpayer funding for abortions or granting special rights to transgender people.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A candidate in Maryland's Democratic gubernatorial primary has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit over her eligibility.

Douglas Horn filed the suit Tuesday, alleging Krish Vignarajah doesn't meet a five-year residency requirement. Vignarajah registered to vote in Maryland in 2006, but voted in the state for the first time in 2016.

She's said Maryland has always been home, even when she worked in Washington, where she voted for four years.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final approval to a bill aimed at protecting Delaware school students and teachers from shootings.

The legislation approved unanimously Thursday requires all new school construction and major renovation projects to include measures to prevent a gunman from wreaking havoc.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a new state budget that expands Medicaid to as many as 400,000 low-income adults.

The Democratic governor signed the legislation Thursday on the steps outside the state Capitol. He said the bipartisan compromise on Medicaid expansion is a stark contrast to the "chaos and partisan warfare" in national politics.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a "red flag" bill allowing authorities in Delaware to seize guns from a person a family member believes is a danger to himself or others.

The measure was approved Thursday and now goes to the Senate. It is similar to one passed earlier this year that allows authorities to seize guns from a person deemed by a mental health provider to be dangerous.

The bill permits a family member or police officer to obtain a lethal violence protective order removing a person's access to guns following a Superior Court hearing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lawmakers have scrapped an effort to overhaul Delaware's criminal code amid criticism from the attorney general.

A comprehensive code rewrite had been scheduled for consideration by lawmakers this week but was pulled after Attorney General Matt Denn issued a 30-page document Tuesday outlining the Department of Justice's concerns.

Among other things, Denn says the proposed revisions would dramatically reduce existing punishments for repeat violent offenders and totally eliminate mandatory prison sentences for repeat drunken drivers.

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