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DOVER, Del. (AP) - In an attempt to bolster interest in the more than 250 vacant correctional officer positions, Delaware's Department of Correction has announced a new recruitment and referral incentive program.

Agency spokeswoman Jayme Gravell told the Delaware State News that the program announced Tuesday offers recruits a $3,000 bonus, while correctional officers who make referrals will get $1,000.

Both incentives will be paid out in two parts: when a new cadet graduates from the academy, and after they've stayed with the department for 18 months.

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Just last week Brigadier General Kenneth “Ed” Brandt announced his bid for the Republican nomination to fill Delaware’s lone congressional district.

But he finds himself fending off questions about whether he is violating military rules that prohibit active Army National Guard personnel from engaging in partisan political speech if active duty extends beyond 270 days.

They can receive an exemption from the U.S. Secretary of the Army.  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has upheld the conspiracy conviction of a teenage girl in a school bathroom attack that left a 16-year-old classmate dead.

The court on Tuesday rejected the girl's arguments that there was insufficient evidence to convict her in the April 2016 attack that left Amy Joyner Francis dead.

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The famed DeVage’s Subs and Donuts eatery in Salisbury is losing its long time owners.

Craig and Dee DeVage retired on Wednesday and said that they appreciate the public support over the last 20 years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they reassured customers that the restaurant would continue its family-run tradition with the new owners.

It is not clear who will be taking over the restaurant.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A city treasurer in Delaware says she's studied the numbers, and it's not fair that 94 percent of the city workers getting double-digit raises are men.

Women deserve pay equity, Wilmington Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter said in requesting a 19 percent raise for herself, to more than $135,000.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that such a raise would make Jones-Potter the city's second-highest-paid employee after Robert Tracy, whose police chief salary was raised by nearly $50,000 last year, to $160,000.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - An official says a Maryland city is the first in the state to conduct its city elections through the Postal Service.

The Washington Post reports the Rockville City Council voted Monday to move its city elections to a vote-by-mail format, meaning its registered voters will receive their official ballots by mail and can return them by mail, starting with the November 2019 election.

Rockville City Board of Supervisors of Elections Chair Lois Neuman says the city opted for the change with hopes of increased voter turnout in city elections.

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ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board has voted not to change names of some schools and mascots that recall the Confederacy, defying trends elsewhere.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Hanover County's school board voted 5-2 Tuesday night to preserve Lee-Davis High School and its Confederate mascot, as well as Stonewall Jackson Middle School and its Rebel mascot. More than 75 percent of more than 13,000 people surveyed wanted no change in names. State data shows 80 percent of the student population at each school is white.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The former Maryland state senator who resigned and pleaded guilty to fraud charges in a federal bribery case says he supports efforts to remove his name from the Democratic primary ballot.

News outlets report that in a letter submitted Wednesday to the U.S. District Court judge overseeing Nathaniel Oaks' case, his lawyer wrote that Oaks has ceased campaigning and will decline the nomination if he receives it. Oaks also signed an affidavit submitted with an emergency petition filed Monday seeking the removal of the 71-year-old's name from the June 26 ballot.

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The Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City will be shutting down again for more repairs next week.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Maryland Department of Transportation says it will close the draw bridge overnight beginning Sunday April 15th.

That will run through Friday April 20th.

Work on a small crack in one of the steel beams was repaired on April 6th and state officials decided to work on the others as well since they are of the same age.

Traffic in and out of Ocean City will be rerouted to Maryland Route 90.

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Residents in Ocean View are expected to face a 50 percent hike in their property taxes.

It was part of the budget unanimously approved by the Town Council.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that town officials say it was part of an effort to shift the resort from its reliance on unreliable transfer taxes.

The council members also ought to cut $200-thousand from the budget for various town projects.

Coming under the budgetary knife was spending for public safety staff as well as overtime and engineering costs over the next five years.

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