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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland authorities say 18 people, including two correctional officers, have been indicted in a prison corruption case.

State prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced Thursday that six inmates and 10 outside facilitators also have been indicted.

The charges include conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances, conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery and the smuggling of contraband such as narcotics and cell phones.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have released an interim report outlining efforts to implement reforms in the wake of a deadly inmate riot last year at Delaware's maximum-security prison.

Officials cautioned in releasing the report Thursday that, while progress is being made, institutional and cultural change within the Department of Correction is a complex, long-term process.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is leaving office after a largely successful four-year term that saw his image reinvented from fundraiser to accomplished administrator.

Known as a top Democratic money man and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, McAuliffe has notched a series of successes as governor of the nation's 12th largest state. They range from major transportation deals to an overhaul of the state's juvenile justice programs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia cities would have the authority to remove or alter Confederate monuments under a proposal from a top Democratic state lawmaker.

House Minority Leader David Toscano filed a bill this week that he said aims to clarify what's allowed now under a law designed to protect war memorials.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Senate has passed a bill granting federal recognition to six American Indian tribes in Virginia, a move that makes the tribes eligible for federal money for education, housing and health care.

The bill will now be sent to the president's desk. It gives the Rappahannock, Monacan, Nansemond, Upper Mattaponi, Chickahominy and Eastern Chickahominy tribes a status they have sought for two decades. Many of the members of the tribes are descendants of Pocahontas' Virginia Powhatan tribe.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he is joining a bipartisan coalition of states committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

In a letter Wednesday, the Republican governor wrote that when President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate accord last year, he opposed the move. He says he still opposes Trump's decision.


Those who flock to Cruisin’ Ocean City will see the event extended to Delmar, Delaware.

U.S. 13 Dragway will hold the event from May 18th to the 19th.

That will coincide with the event in Ocean City which runs from May 17th through the 20th.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the idea is to give those who come to Ocean City for the Cruisin’ another opportunity to see more of Delmarva.

The event producer Bob Rothermel told the paper that the Delmar location will have a more racetrack type of theme that could include timed races.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Three of Delaware's six general hospitals will lose out on some funding due to their patient safety record.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the federal government is penalizing the hospitals for having too many patient injuries and infections by taking away 1 percent in Medicare payments.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man who was sentenced to six months in jail for hanging a black-faced dummy by a noose in his front yard has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn his conviction, arguing that his free-speech rights were violated.

Jack Eugene Turner of Rocky Mount was convicted in 2015 of violating a state law that prohibits hanging a noose to intimidate. Turner, who's white, was upset with his black neighbors.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland supporters of requiring paid sick leave are planning to rally for the General Assembly to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the bill.

Members of MomsRising and the Working Matters Coalition are scheduled to rally Thursday.

The House of Delegates could vote to override the governor's veto as soon as Thursday. The chamber would need a three-fifths vote, or 85 of 141 members. The bill passed with 88 votes last year.