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Attorney John Phoebus has quit as chair of the Lower   
Shore Judicial Nominating Commission after his allegations that he fled the scene of a traffic accident.

Somerset County Sheriff Ronnie Howard told the Salisbury Daily Times that Phoebus faces a number of traffic charges from the collision on Friday night.

The Sheriff says that Phoebus was driving south on Route 413 just outside of Crisfield when his vehicle cross the center lane and hit a car in the northbound.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are urging Delaware's Public Service Commission to reject Delmarva Power's latest request to raise electricity rates.

The Delaware Public Advocate and Public Service Commission staff is urging commission members to deny the rate increase at their meeting Thursday.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor said Wednesday she will renew a push to add two civilians to police trial boards after a board of three officers ruled that a police van driver violated no policies when a black man was fatally injured inside his van.

The death of Freddie Gray in 2015 a week after he was injured during a police van ride sparked riots and reform efforts in the state capital, but police union opposition has kept civilians off such panels in Baltimore, even as civilians join police in handling complaints in other cities.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's police commissioner says he remains committed to an effort to discipline officers for the treatment of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

Commissioner Kevin Davis issued a statement Tuesday after an administrative board found Officer Caesar Goodson didn't violate department policies while driving Gray to a police station in 2015. Gray died a week later from injuries suffered during the journey, touching off days of protests and rioting.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Transgender woman Danica Roem (rohm), whose defeat of an outspoken, socially conservative lawmaker has made news around the world, is just one of several women who made history in this week's Virginia elections.

The state House is also getting its first Latina members, its first Asian-American woman delegate and likely its first openly lesbian member.

Altogether, at least 10 new Democratic women will be joining the House, and that number could tick up as races that were too close to call Wednesday go through recounts.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Six inmates have pleaded not guilty in connection with a fatal Delaware prison uprising that occurred earlier this year.

The six inmates, who are among 18 prisoners indicted in the February riot, pleaded not guilty at arraignments on Tuesday. All six demanded a jury trial.

Five of the six, including two already serving time for murder, are among 16 inmates charged with first-degree murder in the death of corrections officer Steven Floyd.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Democrats ousted the Republican mayors in the Maryland cities of Frederick and Annapolis.
 
Frederick Mayor Randy McClement conceded to Democratic Alderman Michael O'Connor on Tuesday night.
 
According to unofficial tallies, O'Connor received about 58 percent of the vote, while McClement got about 36 percent.
 
McClement was hoping to serve a third term after having been the city's mayor for the past eight years.
 

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Democrat Ralph Northam swept to victory by a margin of 53 percent for 45 percent over his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie in yesterday’s gubernatorial election in Virginia

After an acrimonious race the Democrat told supporters last night that he will seek to be a healer of divisions and political rancor when he takes office.

Northam said in his victory speech that the eyes of the nation were on Virginia on Election Tuesday.

He said that voters had told political leaders to end the divisiveness and bigotry.

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Wicomico County Public School system issued an explanation as to why it decided not to hold a moment of silence in the wake of an apparent suicide.

The school system did not identify the student by name but the Salisbury Daily Times reports that social media identified her as 14-year-old Kaitlyn Purnell.

The statement said that the schools have responded to her death with “counseling services, compassion and a willingness to listen.”

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Those who travel on Route 113 should expect to see 17 projects along the corridor.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said they will stretch from Ellendale to Selbyville and are expected to cost over a half billion dollars in the next 20 years.

At the announcement Governor John Carney said that getting a grip on traffic flow was a key to economic development and quality of life in the state.

WBOC reports that topping the plan’s priorities are projects involving Routes 9 and 404 intersections in Georgetown as well as adding a bypass for Route 24 in Millsboro.

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