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As the decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA rallies are planned at the offices of Delaware Governor John Carney and the state’s Democratic senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons.

Organizers notes that both senators have expressed strong support for the program that allows undocumented immigrants brought to this country by their parents as children to stay in the U.S.

It’s is an executive order that was issued by then President Obama as congress failed to provide comprehension immigration reform.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is signing two bills aimed at improving security within Delaware prisons.

One measure to be signed Friday makes it a felony for an inmate to recklessly injure a correctional officer or prison worker or recklessly hit them with urine, feces or other bodily fluids. Under current law, such acts must be intentional for an inmate to be convicted of a felony carrying mandatory prison time.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he has given up effort to create a new fire territory for the breakaway volunteer fire company.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times all work has been stopped.

Previously Culver had told his emergency services director David Shipley to move ahead with giving the breakaway volunteer fire company territory outside of Salisbury in the Route 13 bypass area.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in a Maryland beach town have issued an arrest warrant against a driver they say left the scene of a crash that fatally injured a cyclist.

Ocean City Police said in a news release Thursday that 38-year-old Brooks T. Bratten of Snow Hill is sought in the Aug. 30 crash. Bratten is charged with negligent driving and failure to remain at the scene.

Authorities say 21-year-old Veronika Badurova was hit by an SUV that failed to stop at the scene. Badurova, a student from Slovakia, was taken to a hospital, where she died two days later.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's new solicitor says his top priority is to implement mandated reforms to the city's police department.

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis said at a news conference Wednesday that it would be his failure if his office has not reformed the police department in two to three years.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A company that offers individual health insurance plans in Virginia says it's scaling back while raising rates next year.

The Daily Press in Newport News reports that Optima Health made the decision as the future of the Affordable Care Act remains uncertain. Three other insurers recently announced they're pulling out of Virginia's individual market.

Optima reversed plans to sell individual plans in the Richmond, Danville and Bristol areas. It will remain in the Hampton Roads region and other markets, including Harrisonburg.

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The decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA has brought protests around the country. The Obama era executive order allowed undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children to stay in the U.S. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke to one DACA beneficiary about the impact of the decision on his life.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a man who was shocked with a stun gun while being arrested by Ocean City police.

Authorities say an officer used his Taser while trying to arrest 28-year-old Byron Tunnell of Ocean City following a traffic stop late Monday night. Despite being stunned, Tunnell fled on foot, allegedly discarding drugs before being subdued, they say.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Most students in Maryland are heading back to school for the first year since Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order requiring public schools to start after Labor Day.

Tuesday marked the first day of classes for students statewide, unless their school was granted a waiver under the order issued last year.

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There is an effort in Ocean City to keep the famed Dumser’s Dairyland ice cream parlor.

It came in a brief town council meeting yesterday when members of the group called Save Dumser’s spoke during the public comment portion of the session.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Vicki Magin who spoke at the meeting has collected more than 10-thousand names on her change.org petition.

She told the council members that there is growing public support to preserve the landmark business on the boardwalk.

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There is another call for the removal of Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

Rick Cross, an attorney representing a number of plaintiffs against Appelbaum, pointed to a note that says the town manager made lewd comments in front of several women in town hall.

WBOC reports that the note said Appelbaum made remarks about women who he could see through a window with a glass mirror near the courtroom adjusting their breasts.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has the fewest number of inmates on death row since July 1979, shortly after it resumed carrying out the penalty following a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that halted executions across the U.S.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Virginia has four death row inmates and none have been added in more than five years. As of April only six of the 31 states that carry out executions had fewer death row inmates.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel will consider Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to cut $68 million from the state's $43.5 billion budget.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Board of Public Works will vote on the governor's request on Wednesday.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attorney General Matt Denn is pointing out a path forward in Delaware's battle to control its opioid abuse epidemic.

Denn has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to release the results of a comprehensive substance abuse treatment needs assessment that was commissioned by the state Department of Justice.

Officials also will release the DOJ's eight-point plan for what the state needs to do over the next several months in addressing the opioid epidemic.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware bar canceled a concert it planned to host after anti-fascist activists told an owner some of the performers have neo-Nazi ties.

The News Journal reported Monday that local activists sent the co-owner of a Wilmington bar a 118-page dossier with photographs of band members. Some showed them with members of 211 Bootboys, a group the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a far-right ultra-nationalist skinhead crew.

The bar's co-owner, Matthew Jester, scrapped the show and put together a fundraiser Friday for animals impacted by Harvey.

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Captain Shawn Ridgely and his Ida May took first place in the 58th Annual Skipjack race off Deal Island yesterday.

He’s been competing for the last 14 years but this is the first time he has won.

Coming in second was Captain Delmus Benton on the Fannie L. Daugherty and in third place was the Rebecca T. Ruark captained by Wade Murphy.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the winning Ida May was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The vessel was built in the 1880’s and was the oldest participating in yesterday’s race.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan has met with South Korea's first lady to discuss opportunities for collaboration with the country's new presidential administration.

Hogan's office announced Monday that she visited with Kim Jung-sook at the president and first lady's official residence in Seoul. The meeting comes amid a trade and diplomatic mission led by the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland Secretary of State's Office.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The first legal crop of marijuana has started to grow in Maryland. And industry officials say products should be available in medical marijuana dispensaries by 2018.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that at least two licensed cultivators have marijuana plants growing. They are ForwardGro in Anne Arundel County and Curio Wellness in Baltimore County.

The cannabis seeds have been planted four years after Maryland legalized the plant for medical use. Since then, nearly 20 companies have been cleared to grow, process and sell the plant.

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A new $30 million library is set to open along Delaware Route 9 in Wilmington with some 40-thousand square feet.

The September 12 opening of the Library & Innovation Center is the result of efforts to revitalize an area between Wilmington and New Castle.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the center will have features that range from books and computers to a café and theater.

In addition, there will be rooms that cater to the elderly, children those with autism.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Salisbury firefighter has been taken to a Baltimore hospital after being hit by a fire vehicle.

Salisbury public information officer Chris Demone told The Daily Times on Sunday that the firefighter was helping place blue reflectors to indicate hydrants when he was struck. He was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Demone said the city wouldn't identify the firefighter until all family had been notified and they are certain of his condition. No further details about the incident were immediately available.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A goose caused a game delay and a bit of a stir when it landed in the middle of a Maryland minor league baseball team's field.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reported Sunday that the wayward bird landed in center field during a Delmarva Shorebirds game the night before, prompting the team's first-ever "goose delay."

A video broadcast of the game shows the goose lying motionless in the grass until an outfielder threw a ball its way. The outfielder recoiled and the goose took off but hit a fence.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police say a 5-year-old girl was taken to a hospital after being struck by gunfire.

Police said in a statement Monday night that officers responded around 5 p.m. to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they were directed to a house, where the girl was found suffering from an apparent gunshot graze wound to her lower right leg.

The girl was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital in good condition.

No one was in custody early Tuesday, and an investigation is ongoing.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia has hired a consulting firm to evaluate its safety infrastructure following a torch-lit march of white nationalists on campus.

The Daily Progress reported last week that the university will pay Margolis, Healy & Associates around $250,000 to conduct the review. Spokesman Anthony de Bruyn says the university is prepared to "make additional investments in staffing and infrastructure" based on the firm's recommendations.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Independent investigators say prison administrators dismissed warnings of trouble brewing at Delaware's maximum-security prison in the days leading up to a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking.

Investigators said in a report released Friday that after some inmates at Vaughn Correctional Center became unruly in January, correctional officers told supervisors the instigators should be moved to another building for security reasons. The request was dismissed by higher-ranking officials.

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Perdue will sending at least 1 million pounds of protein to southeastern Texas in help Houston and the surrounding area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The food will be sent to the local Feeding America-affiliated food banks and the Houston Independent School District.

The poultry company has already sent a half million pounds to the school district to feed the victims of the hurricane.

About half is being sent to the Houston as well San Antonio and Victoria.   

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HARTLY, Del. (AP) - Police say a car crashed into a horse-drawn carriage in Delaware before fleeing, killing one man.
 
Delaware State Police say the man operating the carriage was attempting to make a left turn near Hartly

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Ocean City could be hit if the Trump administration decides to eliminate the J-1 Exchange Visitor program that provides around 4-thousand students to work in the resort during the summer.

Susan Jones, Director of Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, told WBOC that there simply are not enough people to fill out of the seasonal workforce.

The Wall Street Journal reports that elimination of the program would be part of the president’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.

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The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore says an anonymous donor has pledged to match $25-thousand in donations for hurricane relief efforts in Texas.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Foundation has already said it will match $5-thousand with its own money.

The foundations says that 100 percent of all donations will go toward the relief effort through the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

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A rally is scheduled for September 9th in Georgetown by supporters of President Donald Trump.

It’s being sponsored by the Sussex County Delaware GOP and will include speakers and a voter registration booth.

A party official told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an opportunity for like-minded people to come together.

The rally will mark the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and economic growth under the Trump administration.

The rally will be held at the North Bedford Street Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - An independent review team is releasing its final report on a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking at Delaware's maximum-security prison.

The report to be released Friday was ordered by Gov. John Carney after inmates seized a building at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February and took several prison workers hostage, setting off a standoff lasting nearly 20 hours.

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