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Adjunct professor Kathy Dettwyler won’t be coming back to the University of Delaware.

The decision not to renew her contract in the anthropology department came after a post on her Facebook page.

In it, she said, that Otto Warmbier deserved to die after being released by the North Koreans.

He was returned recently to his family in the U.S. after falling into a coma.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in her original post she asked if it was wrong of her to think that Warmbier got exactly what he deserved.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican Party of Virginia has decided to pick its candidate for the U.S. Senate next year in a primary contest rather than at a convention.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that party leaders voted 45 to 35 Saturday for a primary.

Conventions are generally favored by the party's more activist wing, while more establishment Republicans typically prefer primaries.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is asking the state school board to investigate allegations of fraud in one of Maryland's biggest school systems.

Hogan sent a letter Sunday to Maryland State Board of Education President Andrew Smarick requesting the board begin looking at possible wrongdoing at Prince George's County schools.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Representatives of several Native American tribes are celebrating a new monument planned near Virginia's Capitol.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that tribal representatives and others celebrated a groundbreaking Saturday of a new monument entitled "Mantle." The monument will recognize Native Americans' legacy in Virginia.

The Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission was established in 2009 to install a permanent monument on Capital Square. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former vice president Joe Biden already has a train station in Wilmington named for him.

Now, local officials are making a splash by naming a swimming pool for him.

Gov.  John Carney was scheduled to join Biden and community members on Monday, when the aquatic center at the Brown-Burton Winchester Park will be renamed in his honor.

As a teenager, Biden worked as a lifeguard at what was known as the Prices Run swimming pool.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea says he's running for governor.

Shea announced Thursday night he will seek the Democratic nomination in next year's June primary.

Shea worked as a Maryland assistant attorney general before joining the Venable law firm in Baltimore in 1983. He later became Venable's managing partner before becoming chairman. He also served on the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents and served as chairman.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County is joining other jurisdictions that screen inmates at local jails for immigration violations.

The Capital Gazette reports that federal immigration officials and the county have finalized a deal under which county correctional officers will be trained to use federal databases that check inmates for immigration violations, warrants and past crimes.  

A spokesman for County Executive Steve Schuh said earlier this year that it was part of a "moderate and measured approach" to enforcing immigration laws.

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What is the truly Divine spark? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes he believes it can be found in one's humanity.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says health care bills in Congress "do not work for Maryland."

Amelia Chasse, the Republican governor's spokeswoman, wrote in an email Thursday that the current health care system "needs to be fixed." But she says Congress "should go back to the drawing board in an open, transparent and bipartisan fashion to craft a bill that works for all Americans."

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There is an online petition being circulated opposing the removal of a historical marker for Confederate General John Henry Winder in downtown Salisbury.

It’s sponsored by Jonathan Taylor a local conservative blogger in response to a Salisbury civil rights organization Showing Up for Racial Justice that has called for its removal.

Taylor told the Salisbury Daily Times that calls for removal was just another example of political correctness adding it was important not to let “this movement take away our history.”

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Commercial jet service is coming to the Salisbury airport.

Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, will be replacing its turboprop aircraft with jets in August.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there will be one early morning jet flight per day to Philadelphia.

The full complement of flights will commence by next year.

The announcement yesterday was made by Lyle Hogg, president of Piedmont Airline which has its headquarters at the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware state senator missed his flight after his 9mm handgun was found in his carry-on.

The News Journal reports that Sen. Brian Pettyjohn was temporarily detained after Transportation Security Administration workers at Salisbury Regional Airport found the gun as he was headed on Thursday to a conference in New Orleans.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says a loaded handgun was discovered when a carry-on bag went through a checkpoint X-ray machine.

Pettyjohn says in a rush to pack, he forgot to properly stow the weapon.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Senate lawmakers have given final approval to a bill prohibiting Delaware charter schools from giving enrollment preferences to children living within a 5-mile radius.

The bill was approved on a 12-to-4 vote Thursday and now goes to Gov. John Carney.

The bill applies to all charter schools but is aimed at Newark Charter, a predominantly white, high-performing school with a waiting list of more than 3,000 students.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Dozens of Baltimore business owners are suing city officials for allegedly mishandling the city's response to rioting following the death of Freddie Gray.

News outlets report more than 60 plaintiffs filed a nearly 700-page complaint in federal court this week. The lawsuit names several defendants including Baltimore police, the city council and former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The plaintiffs are suing under the Maryland Riot Act statute, which allows parties to bring a claim against the city for property damage during civil unrest.


A search for two men who jumped off the eastern side of the Route 90 bridge into Ocean City has come up empty.

WBOC reports that Ocean City officials got a call about the jumpers around 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

A number of agencies including the Ocean City Fire Department immediately commenced a search.

The television station reports that officials believe the two were probably picked up by another boat before search crews arrived.

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has joined a petition to remove the marker at the historic Wicomico County Courthouse commemorating Confederate General John Henry Winder.

Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that Winder had not connection with Salisbury.

He noted that the confederate general was from Nanticoke adding that was the place for such a marker.

Day also said that the marker should include that the general was a war criminal because of his time with confederate prisons that saw abuses – including the  Andersonville facility.

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Around a dozen or so protesters stood outside the offices of Congressman Andy Harris in downtown Salisbury as the Senate Republicans work out a measure to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Progressive Maryland sponsored the protest opposing the House measure and calling for a single payer system instead.

The group says research shows that 56 percent of Maryland residents oppose the American Health Care Act already approved by the House.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee has voted overwhelmingly to send a bill raising income taxes on Delawareans to the full House for a vote.

The legislation considered by the committee on Wednesday raises income tax rates across the board, eliminates itemized deductions while increasing the standard deduction, and creates a new tax bracket for income above $150,000.

Representatives of the real estate and nonprofit communities urged lawmakers not to eliminate deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions.

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STERLING, Va. (AP) - The depth of community sorrow at the death of a 17-year-old Muslim girl attacked as she walked to her mosque has been made clear after thousands attended her funeral and a subsequent community vigil.

Many who turned out in support of Nabra Hassanen and her family Wednesday said they're fearful for their children's safety after the attack.

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There could be fewer school districts in the future for Delaware.

Some members of the General Assembly are making the suggestion as a way to save some money as the state faces a flood of red ink.

Currently, the state has 19 school districts with nearly 15-thousand students in the Red Clay school system alone.

State Representative Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) chair of the House Education Committee has sponsored a bill that would create a taskforce to see if district consolidation would actually save money.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new state report says people with disabilities continue to struggle to find employment, particularly in rural areas.

A report released recently by the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities said the employment rate for people with disabilities has not improved noticeably.

The employment rates are lower than the Great Recession and only about a third of the state's disabled population was employed in 2015. The employment rate gap between the disabled and those without disabilities is greater than it was pre-recession.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is running for governor of Maryland.

In a campaign video released Wednesday, Baker said he's running "to build a future that works for all of us." In the video, Baker discusses his work as county executive in the state's second-largest jurisdiction, touting crime reductions and progress in education and economic development.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city has taken a position against offshore drilling.

Media outlets report that the Virginia Beach city council voted Tuesday to oppose any operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

The vote is a recommendation to President Donald Trump. The president has ordered a review of the Obama-era ban on drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Trump will make the final decision.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Fishermen in Maryland have claimed $15,000 total after catching 2017's first white marlins.

The Daily Times reports Charlie Horning caught this year's first white marlin on June 16. Horning was only two hours into a trip on the Fishing Whistle, his Delaware-based boat out of Indian River Inlet, when the billfish had "the pole bend and luckily he just got hooked and hung there."

Horning didn't initially realize it earned him a $5,000 prize from the Ocean City Marlin Club, who rewards the money to the member who snags the season's first white marlin.

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The new date for the launch of the sounding rocket at Wallops Flight Facility is now June 24th.

This will be the 10th attempt after previous missions were scrubbed because of weather conditions.

The area in recent weeks has been hit with high winds, thunderstorms and cloud cover.

If the sky is clear Wallops officials expect to make another try around just after 9 p.m. on Saturday.

The rocket will contain canisters that will release red and blue-and-green vapors that will form clouds over a 100 miles above the earth.


There was a tornado in Sussex County on Monday.

The National Weather Service says it was an EF-0 which tripped trees out of the ground and damaged building near Greenwood.

The federal agency says the tornado touched down near Route 13 between the Nanticoke River and the intersection of Sugar Hill Road and St. Johnstown Road and headed northeast for around a half a mile.

Damage included the end of a warehouse at Delaware Electric Cooperative blowing out two large garage doors along with overturning some trailers.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A budget airline will begin offering new service to Florida out of Norfolk International Airport this fall.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Allegiant Air, a low-cost airline focused on vacation travelers, will offer nonstop flights to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Introductory fares start at $39 for one-way tickets. Regular price information isn't yet available.

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Correctional officers in Delaware will be getting a raise and a pledge for safer working conditions.

The deal was struck by Governor John Carney and the union that represents correctional officers.

New hires will get $40-thousand dollars a year – a $5-thousand increase in the next budget year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that will go up to $43-thousand the following year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are giving initial consideration to host of proposals by Democratic lawmakers to increase taxes on Delawareans to help balance the state budget.

Among the bills up for discussion Wednesday in a House committee is a proposal to raise income tax rates across the board, eliminate itemized deductions and increase the standard deduction, and creating a new tax bracket for income above $150,000.

The committee also will consider a competing proposal to create two new tax brackets at $125,000 and $250,000.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has overwhelmingly approved a bill opening Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry.

The measure cleared the House on a 34-to-7 vote Tuesday and now goes to the Senate

The bill, supported by Gov. John Carney establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, including abandoned and polluted brownfields.