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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A torch-wielding group including a prominent white nationalist has protested against plans to remove a Confederate monument in Virginia.

Local media outlets report that the group rallied around the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville on Saturday night.

Among those there was Richard Spencer, who popularized the phrase "alt-right." Spencer spoke at an earlier Charlottesville rally Saturday and tweeted a picture of himself holding a torch at the night protest.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A new art exhibit will feature photographs of shipyard workers in Virginia's Hampton Roads region.

The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk will display 21 photographs from May 18 through July 16.

Norfolk-based photographer Glen McClure spent years visiting the region's shipyards. He photographed roughly 400 subjects on the docks and decks lining the area's waterways. A press release says that photographs celebrate their skill, knowledge and individuality.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - An inmate who was found in a drainage pipe six days after his escape from a Maryland psychiatric hospital's parking lot has been found not competent to stand trial for attempted murder.

Local news media outlets report that David Watson was recently found not competent to stand trial on charges that he shot at the homes of police officers. WBAL-TV reports that Watson will be re-evaluated again in six months to a year.

The 28-year-old is already serving more than 100 years in Delaware for a drive-by shooting that left bullet holes in an officer's house.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue forecast is updating its projections as lawmakers prepare to begin drafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council comes after the panel lowered its projections last month, the latest in a series of declining revenue forecasts.

The council last month lowered its revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by about $5 million compared to its March forecast. It reduced the revenue estimate for fiscal 2018 by $11 million.

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CROFTON, Md. (AP) - Authorities are searching for two suspects in connection with a noose that was found hanging outside a Maryland middle school.
 
Anne Arundel County police said in a Facebook post that officers responded to a report from an administrator at Crofton Middle School saying a teacher saw a noose hanging from an exterior light fixture Thursday morning. The noose was immediately removed by a custodian.
 
Investigators say they recovered school surveillance footage of two people gaining access to the roof of the building and placing the noose.
 

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There have been 41 arrests in a year-long undercover operation against drug trafficking in Crisfield.

Police Chief Michael Tabor the arrests were made by more than 100 hundred officers from the town and other law enforcement agencies.

WBOC reports that a deep undercover officer was able to buy heroin and opioids from a number of dealers throughout the town.

He said that many of those transactions were caught on video.

Mayor Kim Lawson said that the number of arrests were staggering for a community of only 27-hundred.

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A prison from organization held a march that began at Legislative Hall and ended at the governor’s office in Dover hoping to get more attention to the conditions for Delaware’s inmates.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one of the participants was Enrico Stratton-Bey.

He is a former inmate and a cousin of Stephen Floyd who was killed during the hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

Stratton-Bey told the paper that it was the poor conditions for the inmates that was involved in Floyd’s death.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The FBI has raided the office of a Republican consulting firm in Maryland in connection with an investigation into the 2013 Virginia governor's race.

The FBI confirmed Thursday it served a search warrant in Annapolis, Maryland, but declined to elaborate. Kelley Rogers, president of Strategic Campaign Group, told reporters the investigation relates to work the consultant did for former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the GOP's 2013 gubernatorial candidate.

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Those who sponsored benches along the Ocean City boardwalk may be facing an additional cost.

The Public Works Department says that seven to ten years into the program some of the benches are in need of repair.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports on one bench that was purchased by Brian King eight years ago at a cost of $25-hundred.

But now he is faced with repairing or removing it…and could face fee of as much as a $1-thousand to restore or replace the bench depending on cost.

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Wind turbines off the Maryland coast just got a boost.

The Maryland Public Service Commission has awarded renewable energy credits for two projects that will be built in the waters just off the Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision will allow U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy to begin construction of the turbines.   

It is expected to produce 368 megawatts of power.

The projects are expected to generate nearly $2 billion in spending for Maryland creating nearly 97-hundred jobs over the next 20 years.

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Dorothy McAuliffe, the wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, says she won't run for Congress.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Aetna, which covers almost 12,000 Delawareans under the Affordable Care Act, is pulling out of the state's health insurance exchange.

The company informed state insurance regulators Wednesday that it would not participate in Delaware's health insurance marketplace for 2018.

Officials said coverage for Aetna customers will last through the end of this year, but that anyone with a pre-existing condition for which they were being treated may be able to continue having that treatment covered.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Delaware has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The legislation, which was released Wednesday by a House committee and now goes to the full House for a vote, regulates and taxes marijuana in the same manner as alcohol.

The bill doesn't allow people to grow their own marijuana but allows adults over age 21 to legally possess less than an ounce of marijuana for personal use.

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$370-thousand has been raised in donations for the family of Cpt. Stephen Ballard who was shot and killed by a suspect near a convenience store.

The memorial fund was started by the Delaware State Troopers Association which raised $270-thousand from Delawareans.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that another $100-thosuand was donated by Wawa.

The shooting took place near one of its convenience stores.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general is calling on federal officials to let the states use federal funds to target more cases of abuse and neglect committed against Medicaid beneficiaries.

Attorney General Mark Herring was among more than three dozen attorneys general who requested the policy change in a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is moving forward on seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward offshore drilling in a region where it has been blocked for decades.

The Interior Department says it is reviewing six applications by energy companies that were rejected by the Obama administration.

Environmental groups and many East Coast lawmakers oppose the surveys, saying loud sounds from seismic air guns could hurt marine life.

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The company one volunteer firefighters have cut a deal to relocate to the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.

The move comes after deciding to separate from the Salisbury Fire Department.

Council president John Cannon told WBOC that this was a positive development.

Meanwhile, County Executive Bob Culver has proposed a budget amendment that would include the volunteer fire company.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's Cabinet secretaries will be touring Carroll County.

The heads of Maryland agencies will make multiple stops in the county on Thursday.

Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder will attend a Chesapeake Bay Cabinet meeting at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, along with Ben Grumbles, the secretary of the Department of Environment, and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a large contract for the lottery's central monitoring and control system.

The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 Wednesday for the contract, which could run as high as $341 million over 11 years. Gov. Larry Hogan and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted for the contract for Scientific Games International. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it.

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On May 20th, the Ward Museum and Salisbury University will be celebrating the cultural history of the Eastern Shore ranging from the famed Skipjack to Smith Island living. It's called the Delmarvalous Festival. And, says Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that they may be famous for carving of decoys, but reminding us of a way of life.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have voted to reinstate Delaware's death penalty.

Tuesday's 24-to-16 vote came amid public outcry over the killing of a correctional officer during a prison riot and hostage-taking in February, and the fatal shooting of a state trooper two weeks ago.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

Under the bill, jurors would have to find unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant should be executed.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has narrowly passed a bill to ensure abortion remains legal in Delaware if the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The bill, approved Tuesday and sent to the House, revises Delaware's current abortion law, which is still on the books despite being superseded by federal law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic hopefuls for Virginia governor are clashing over party loyalty and leadership qualities.

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam blasted former congressman Tom Perriello at a Richmond debate Tuesday over his conservative congressional voting record while Perriello criticized Northam for twice voting for former President George W. Bush.

The two got into a testy exchange where Northam said Perriello should not throw stones from a "glass house" while Perriello said Northam was making false and "sad" attacks.

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CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - The ship made famous in the book and subsequent film "The Perfect Storm" is about to be intentionally sunk off the New Jersey and Delaware coasts so it can become part of an artificial reef.

The sinking of the Tamaroa, a 205-foot (62-meter) Coast Guard vessel, initially was scheduled to take place several months ago, but was repeatedly delayed by rough seas and other related issues.

Officials say they plan to sink it Wednesday morning about 33 nautical miles (61 kilometers) off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey.

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NASA and local Chincoteague officials are monitoring the drinking water for a firefighting foam chemicals.

It was discovered in wells near a former fire training site at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that town manager Jim West said that there is a potential for contamination because the facility had been used for years.

The follow up tests of the wells found that chemicals known as PFAS were below levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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An inmate at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

He has been taken to a local hospital and kept in isolation

Meanwhile, WBOC reports that the Department of Correction says it has identified those who came into contact with the prisoner.

And, they will provide the appropriate care.

The Department of Correction is working with the Department of Health to deal with the potential outbreak. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - University of Delaware baseball coach Jim Sherman is celebrating his 500th career victory as head coach at the school.
 
The school says in a statement that the baseball team's 5-4 win Sunday afternoon over North Carolina State gave Sherman the milestone victory. Sherman served as Delaware's associate head coach from 1995 to 2000 and took over the head coach job from Bob Hannah in 2001. Hannah is the only other coach of the Blue Hens to have 500 wins as a head coach.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a congressional redistricting reform bill he says is "phony."

The Republican governor said Monday the bill passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature is a "smoke screen." That's because it requires five other states to agree before Maryland would turn the task of drawing congressional districts over to an independent board.

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Maryland Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dennis Schrader told a group yesterday that the Holly Center in Salisbury will not be closed but would be reimagined.

State officials said they would be modernizing the facility and find new uses for empty buildings at the Holly Center.

That drew applause from advocates for the developmentally disabled and local officials during a meeting yesterday at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are set to vote on a bill reinstating Delaware's death penalty.

Tuesday's scheduled vote comes amid a public outcry over the killing of a correctional officer during a prison riot and hostage-taking in February, and the fatal shooting of a state trooper two weeks ago.

Under the bill, jurors would have to find unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant should be executed.

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