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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he will again push to exempt pension income for military veterans from state income tax. He also commented on this week's elections.

Hogan said Thursday he'll likely be proposing more tax cuts for next year's legislative session.

The Republican governor and members of the Democrat-led General Assembly are heading into an election year in 2018.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge says she will appoint a special official to craft a plan to increase diversity at Maryland's historically black colleges.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake this week rejected proposals by a civil rights group and state higher education officials. She wrote in a ruling Wednesday that neither party's proposals were "practicable, educationally sound, and sufficient to address segregative harms of program duplication."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The executive director of Maryland's medical marijuana commission is resigning.

The panel announced Thursday that Patrick Jameson will resign, effective Nov. 30.

Jameson says it's been an honor to help sick people and launch a new lucrative industry in Maryland. He says the time has come for him to pursue other interests.

The commission is beginning a search for a new executive director. Jameson will assist with a transition plan. The commission says daily operations will continue as normal.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - This week's groundswell of political change in Virginia has improved the odds of Medicaid expansion becoming law there. The long-stalled liberal priority gained new life after Democrats nearly wiped out Republicans' overwhelming majority in the House of Delegates.

It had repeatedly failed when Republicans controlled two-thirds of the chamber.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Another House committee chairman is planning to retire.

Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a 13-term congressman from Virginia.

In a statement Thursday, he says it's "the right time for me to step aside and let someone else serve the sixth district."

Goodlatte's tenure as chairman of the judiciary panel ends in December 2018 due to term limits. He describes the marker as the "natural stepping-off point" and a chance to begin a new chapter.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Roxann Robinson has won re-election to the House of Delegates, eliminating one of the remaining opportunities for Democrats to claim control of the chamber.

The Associated Press called the race for Robinson after her opponent, Larry Barnett, conceded defeat Thursday.

Results show a 124-vote margin of victory for Robinson in the Richmond-area district.

On Thursday, the AP called another race in favor of Democrat Dawn Adams, who will become the legislature's first openly lesbian lawmaker.

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A third Democratic candidate has entered the race to unseat Republican incumbent Congressman Andy Harris. Jesse Colvin, a former Army Ranger and business consultant has decided to enter the race. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the candidate to talk about the race and the issues.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has infuriated Gov. Larry Hogan by declining, for the moment, to join a legal fight against a ruling that a prominent cross-shaped war monument on public violates the U.S. Constitution.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are crediting new regulations enacted earlier this year for a drop in the number of prescriptions being written for dangerously addictive opioid pain medicines.

The new regulations, which took effect April 1, were designed to help prescribers more closely monitor and control the use of opioids by their patients.

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The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission decided not to include a new are that would limit short-term rentals in certain residential areas.

On a vote of 4-to-2 the commission left that proposal out of its comprehensive plan.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City now only allows four non-family tenants to rent a single-family unit in a residential development.

The paper says this comprises 5.4 percent of the resort’s residential units.

The current code does not limit the length of stay.

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