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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware education officials are asking lawmakers for more than $52 million in additional spending next year, citing the need for more teachers to address skyrocketing numbers of students identified as having special needs.

The request presented to the legislature's budget committee Thursday includes about $16.4 million for 190 new positions, on top of 52 positions currently funded with the state budget office's contingency money.

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Money is the problem.

That’s the word from Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin whose department has lost 19 deputies over the last two years.

Godwin has asked the Board of Supervisors to okay pay hikes ranging from $3-thousand to $6-thousand beginning December 1st.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the sheriff, showing the board a photograph of smiling deputies, told them that his aim was to ensure that next year’s photo would show the same deputies.

The request would cost around $197-thousand in next year’s budget.

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There is a plan to move 150 students from Bennett Middle School to avoid overcrowding.

Wicomico Public School system would move 90 to Salisbury Middle School and another 60 to Wicomico Middle School.

The school system has held two public hearings to get community input.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that some parents feel they have not been heard.

Allison Veals told the paper that she felt it didn’t matter what they told school officials.

Veals has a daughter in the seventh grade at Bennett Middle School.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed plan by the Delaware Forest Service to launch a deer management pilot program that includes the private leasing of public lands has area hunters up in arms.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A house fire has left one woman dead and one man hospitalized.

News outlets report an 84-year-old woman has died from the injuries she suffered in the Georgetown, Delaware house fire. This is the state's first fire fatality this year. Eleven people died in Delaware fires last year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A jury deciding the fate of two Baltimore detectives deliberated for a few hours but has not reached a decision.

U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake has released the jurors until Monday morning. There have not been court sessions on Fridays during the trial and she decided to stick with that schedule.

The jury of nine women and three men asked two questions during their Thursday deliberations.

There were 32 witnesses introduced by the government during the nearly three-week trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new group funded by a prominent Democratic donor is promising financial help to state politicians of either party who reject money from Virginia's largest electric utility.

The Clean Virginia Project said Thursday it will contribute to any sitting state lawmaker who pledges to reject any contributions from Dominion Energy. It's offering $2,500 a year to delegates and $5,000 a year to senators.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Delaware city councilman against other council members over the parceling out of taxpayer money for scholarships and other discretionary spending by each member.

Wilmington City Councilman Samuel Guy filed the lawsuit after learning last year that he was not allocated any money for discretionary spending while other newly elected or re-elected council members who took office last January were.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A controversial bill that sought to exempt administrative records of the judiciary from Virginia's public records law has been withdrawn by its sponsor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, moved to strike his bill from the Senate floor Wednesday.

The bill said the Supreme Court's Office of the Executive Secretary would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

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The large chicken farm slated for just north of Salisbury has been scrapped.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the owners have sold the property off Naylor Mill and North West roads for $545-thousand according the state property records.

The new owners plan on turning the land into a sod farm with a smaller section into an organic cherry tomato patch.

This ends a two year battle by residents who opposed the construction of a proposed facility that had originally planned for 13 huge chicken houses.

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