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The New Castle County Council has called on the council president Karen Hartley-Nagle to resign.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the 10-to-3 vote was prompted by her refusal to participate in behavior coaching mandated by the council.

The paper reports that the mandate came after the county spent at least $135-thousand to investigate and settle claims of workplace harassment by a former aide.

Council member George Smiley sponsored last night’s resolution and there was no debate.

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An effort to halt the Rehoboth Beach outfall has been defeated.

The Delaware Environmental Appeals Board voted 5-to-1 against an appeal by Suzanne Thurman executive director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute in Lewes.

She said there were reasonable doubts about its effectiveness.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the $52.5 million outfall would allow treated wastewater to flow into the ocean.

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George Pastrana has become the new president and chief operating officer of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

Pastrana spent six years as chief marketing officer at ACH Food Companies.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he said the “off-center culture” attracted him to the job.

Pastrana who is from Illinois said he comes out of the food industry and loves discovering new dishes.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at cracking down on cigarette smugglers in Delaware.

The legislation, which passed the Senate last year, makes it a felony to traffic in cigarettes that are not taxed in Delaware.

The current maximum penalty for selling or possessing untaxed cigarettes is a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

Lawmakers say that is not enough to deter traffickers who move black-market cigarettes from low tax states to be sold in higher tax states.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are gathering for the start of their annual 90-day legislative session.

It begins at noon on Wednesday in Annapolis.

As they do each year, lawmakers are expected to elect the presiding officers for the House and Senate on the first day.

While some sessions get off to a slow start, lawmakers appear ready to act soon on some high-profile issues. Democrats who control the General Assembly say they expect an override vote against Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill requiring paid sick leave for businesses with 15 or more employees.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam says curbing gun violence and expanding Medicaid will be two of his top legislative priorities after he takes office Saturday.

Northam spoke with outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a press conference Tuesday, one day before the start of the General Assembly session. The two laid out a joint legislative package.

It includes legislation that would implement universal background checks for gun purchases. It also calls for Medicaid expansion to cover more low-income Virginians.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia General Assembly is set to kick off its 2018 session.

Lawmakers will officially convene at noon Wednesday, and a host of new faces will fill the House of Delegates, where Democrats picked up 15 seats in the November elections.

Later in the day, outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe will give his final State of the Commonwealth address.

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As the opioid addiction rate has risen in recent years local governments have struggled with how to deal with the developing crisis. Delmarva Public Radio's Tyler Simpson takes a look at one addict who struggled to get clean and the officials who faced this unexpected phenomenon.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A person who receives treatment through Maryland's new medical marijuana program may have to surrender his or her right to own a gun.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that concerns are growing over how federal gun laws will impact people who use medicinal marijuana.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Authorities have made it clear to gun dealers that they shouldn't sell to people who use marijuana medically.

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The owners of WBOC-TV and FM say they have a deal to buy four Mid-Shore radio stations.

They include WAAI-FM which features country music and WTDK-FM which plays oldies.

The other two are WCEM-FM which is formatted with adult contemporary and WCEM-AM which features standards and talk radio.

Craig Jahelka, president of Draper Media which owns WBOC, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the purchase of the stations is part of a commitment to the Delmarva Peninsula.

The paper reports that the deal should be completed by the end of the first quarter of this year.

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