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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - A William & Mary professor says there's no compelling evidence to show that immigration leads to more crime.

Sociology department chair Graham Ousey says in a university press release that some studies show immigrants are less likely to be criminals.

Ousey is the co-author of a recent analysis of 50 studies on the subject. He co-authored the paper with Charis Kubrin of the University of California-Irvine.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to vote on repealing previous calls to the U.S. Congress to hold a constitutional convention.

The joint resolution is on the agenda for Monday night's session.

The Maryland General Assembly has passed four calls for a convention since the 1930s to amend the U.S. Constitution. The last one in the 1970s called for an amendment that requires a balanced federal budget.

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Delaware Governor John Carney has re-appointed William Witham Jr. as Resident Judge on the Superior Court in Kent County.

WBOC reports that in his announcement the governor said he was pleased that Witham had decided to serve another term.

In 1999 Witham joined the bench as an Associate Judge and was appointed Kent County Resident Judge 11 years ago.

His re-appointment must still get Delaware Senate approval. 

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A suspect has been charged in two of the three shootings that hit Salisbury this week.

The police say that they have taken 27-year old Jermel Moss into custody for allegedly shooting a 28 year old man near Middleneck Drive on February 28th.

He has also been charged in the shooting of Troy Smiley around 11:30 p.m. – an hour and a half earlier.

The shooting at 1 p.m. occurred when the victim’s car was flagged down by the suspect.

WBOC reports that police say when the victim stopped the car the suspect asked for a ride.

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Voters in the Indian River School District gave the thumbs up to a referendum that would raise $7.3 million.

It was approved an overwhelming margin of around 17-hundred votes – that is 7-thousand to 53-hundred.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the district argued that the funds were needed given that its student pollution had grown over 22 percent over the last decade.

The district says it is projected to hit over 10-thousand students by 2026.

The district said that this would save up to 200 jobs.


Members of the volunteer fire company at Station 1 in Salisbury crammed into the chambers of the Wicomico County Council.

During the special session they heard Corey Polidore with the volunteer fire company describe the frustration his members felt in its negotiations with the city to resolve staffing differences.

He said, “Due to issues that occurred that went unaddressed for a year, two years now, the meeting with the city and the city fire chief – things just never seemed to get addressed.”

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland legislative panel is recommending the House of Delegates reprimand a lawmaker for his roles in shaping medical marijuana legislation and working as a consultant for a company seeking a license to grow marijuana.

A copy of the ethics committee's report on Del. Dan Morhaim was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.


There was a town hall style meeting yesterday held by the Delaware correctional officers and the department’s Commissioner Perry Phelps.

It comes a month after the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in which officer Steve Floyd was killed.

WBOC reports that the media was barred from the meeting.

But the television station reports that the correctional officers’ union president Geoff Klopp said that Phelps had the support of his organization.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is making another push for legislative redistricting reform.

The Republican governor held a news conference Friday before hearings on legislation he is backing. The measure aims to take politics out of the process of drawing legislative districts by putting the task in the hands of an independent board.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates are rebuffing a request from the governor to drop their legal defense of legislative districts Democrats say are unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

House Speaker William Howell, Majority Leader Kirk Cox and finance chairman Chris Jones told reporters Thursday they're confident in the 11 districts that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a day earlier must be re-examined.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is joining activists and fellow Democrats in decrying the recent arrests of immigrants outside a church shelter in Virginia.

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BALTIMORE (AP/Slate) - Seven Baltimore police officers who worked together on a firearms crime task force have been charged with stealing money, property and narcotics from people over two years.

U.S. attorney Rod Rosenstein issued a news release Wednesday that said the officers were on the police department's Gun Trace Task Force in 2015 and 2016. However, five of the seven are accused of committing some of the crimes earlier in 2015, before they joined the task force.

Four of the officers worked together on another police unit before joining the task force.

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Today it’s one more time to the polls in the Indian River School District on a referendum that would raise $7.3 million in property taxes.

The district has argued that it needs the funds to handle the massive growth the district has seen in recent years.

WBOC reports that the district says the money will allow it to hire more teachers and improve security and technology.

In addition, the money would also help fund school programs.

If approved residents would pay an additional 49 cents for $100 of assessed property value.

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A deal has been reached between Ocean City and its firefighters.

Holding up negotiations was a dispute over work schedules.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the agreement does not mean that the firefighters are happy.

Ryan Whittington, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4269, told the paper that was not in the best interest of the firefighters or residents.

But he said the dispute needed to be resolved.  

The deal requires two 10-hour day shifts and two 14 hour night shifts.

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Dozens crammed into the Bethel AME Church in Wilmington yesterday afternoon to sing, pray and show solidarity against anti-Semitic attacks.

On Monday there was a bomb threat against the Seigel Jewish Community Center at Talleyville as well as two others in January.

And there was the attack on the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.  

Imam Abdul Hadi Shehata told the gathering that the group was coming together as a show of unity in the face of those who would divide the communities.

The meeting comes in the wake of the killing of two Indian men in Kansas.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Norfolk City Council has passed measures prohibiting discrimination in city hiring or contracting based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Virginian Pilot reports  the ordinances adding protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people were approved in two 8-0 votes Tuesday night.

The city already had measures prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability or national origin.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials are distributing legal guidance to local school districts on immigration-related issues in response to President Donald Trump's recent executive actions.

Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven Staples sent a memo Wednesday to local superintendents with the advice.

The memo emphasizes that districts must provide a high-quality education for every student, regardless of immigration status. It also says school divisions cannot inquire into a prospective student's citizenship status.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Virginia school board that wants to keep a transgender teen from using the boys' restroom at his high school is calling on the Supreme Court to delay consideration of the case to allow the Trump administration to weigh in.

A delay also could allow time for Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The Gloucester County school board says in a letter to the court that the justices should decide whether the federal anti-sex discrimination law for education applies to high school senior Gavin Grimm and other transgender students.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware hunters have once again bagged a record number of deer.

State officials say hunters harvested 14,742 deer during the 2016-2017 hunting season, surpassing the previous year's record of 14,681 deer taken

Sussex County had the highest harvest with 7,675 deer, followed by Kent County with 4,397 and New Castle County with 2,670.

The most recent hunting season marked the first time that Sunday hunting was allowed, resulting in 1,170 deer being harvested on the five Sundays of hunting on private lands and public wildlife areas.


CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The number of Maryland deer found to have chronic wasting disease is growing.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Wednesday that six of 200 deer recently tested in Allegany County were positive for the disease. That brings to 17 the number of confirmed cases since 2011, all from Allegany County.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the neurological disease is fatal to deer but there is no evidence it can be transmitted to humans, livestock or other animals.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is mainly ruling for African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed 12 legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.

The justices said Wednesday that a lower court that upheld the 12 districts used the wrong legal standard when it determined that race did not play too large a role in creating the districts.

African-Americans made up at least 55 percent of eligible voters in each district.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller was taken to a hospital briefly after feeling ill.

Media outlets report that 74-year-old Miller went to the State House nurse's station Tuesday after aides say he complained of feeling light headed. The nurse recommended a doctor treat Miller for flu-like symptoms. Aides say he was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but returned to his office by late afternoon.

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Five more correctional officers have quit their jobs and Maj. Jeffrey Carrothers the security superintendent at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has been reassigned.

It comes nearly four weeks after an inmate uprising that left one officer dead.

WBOC reports that the Department of Correction says that brought the total number of resignations since the uprising to 13 – 10 of whom worked at the prison.

The department also says that there have been 12 officers who have either retired or put in their papers to do so.

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Voters in the Colonial School District turned down a measure that would have produced nearly $11 million in annual tax revenue.

They also said no to the issuance of $4.7 million in bonds for improving school security.

The Wilmington New Journal reports that nearly 3-thousand people voted against the tax measure while around 2-thousand supported it.

When it came to the bond issue around 27-hundred voted against it while 21-hundred supported the measure.

The tax measure would have represented an increase of 39.4 cents for $100 of assessed property value.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a bill to limit school testing to 2 percent of the annual school year.

The bill passed 139-0 on Tuesday. The measure now goes to the Senate, where a similar bill is pending with 31 co-sponsors out of the Senate's 47 members.

It would limit all district, state and federal mandated tests to 21.6 hours in elementary and middle schools and 23.6 hours in high schools.

The bill also would put teachers and parents at the table when decisions are made about changes to district testing.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland health care advocates are highlighting the need for a new state commission to monitor potential changes to the Affordable Care Act.
They are scheduled to gather Wednesday before a hearing on the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act.
It is part of a package of bills that Democrats are backing out of concern for how policies supported by President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress could hurt Maryland.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The National Aquarium says its oldest Atlantic bottlenose dolphin has died.

The aquarium said in a statement Tuesday that 44-year-old Nani exhibited unusual behavior on Monday and died that evening despite emergency care from the animal care team. The aquarium says veterinarians are trying to determine the cause of death.

Aquarium officials say dolphins in human care often live to 30 years and older.

Nani, who was born in the wild, was the matriarch of the aquarium's colony. She came to Baltimore in 1990 from another institution that closed.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Electronic guns, such as Tasers, can now legally be carried in Annapolis.

The Capital of Annapolis reports the Annapolis City Council unanimously voted Monday to repeal the city's ban against the weaponry. The decision comes after the Supreme Court in March questioned the constitutionality of stun gun bans and suggested that Second Amendment protections applied to electronic weapons.

Gun rights activists had filed a lawsuit against the city following the ruling.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a man shot by a Dover police officer two years ago has been arrested on drug charges.

Police say 23-year-old Terrence Fletcher was arrested after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon and charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine.

It was not immediately clear whether Fletcher has an attorney.

The shooting of Fletcher, who is black, by a white officer in 2015 led to racial tensions in the community.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - All Virginia day care workers will have to undergo fingerprinting for a criminal background check after state lawmakers passed a bill intended to make sure the state doesn't lose out on federal funding.

The Virginian-Pilot reports child care providers will have to undergo the fingerprinting by the end of September. Previously, workers at churches and small, home-based centers not licensed by the state weren't included in the requirement.

Supporters said the change brings child care protections up to speed, but opponents called it government overreach.