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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved legislation authorizing the establishment of a public-private partnership to lead Delaware's economic development efforts.

The measure was approved 34-to-6 on Tuesday despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency regarding the partnership's work.

Critics also noted that the partnership itself, rather than Delaware's Public Integrity Commission, would ensure compliance with its conflict of interest of policy.

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(AP) - A chaplain at the mosque where a slain teen worshipped says members have faith in the police investigation of the fatal attack.

Joshua Salaam of the ADAMS Center said at a press conference Tuesday that police "have given us complete confidence." Seventeen-year-old Nabra Hassanen was slain over the weekend in northern Virginia.

Salaam said the community is struggling because Hassanen was beloved by so many and well-known for her kind spirit.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a Virginia inmate convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006 are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life.

William Morva's attorneys said Tuesday that they have filed a clemency petition urging the Democratic governor to stop the man's execution scheduled for July 6. His attorneys say jurors didn't know that Morva suffers from a severe mental illness that they say led to his crimes.

They're asking McAuliffe to commute his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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(AP) - Vigils are being held around the country to honor a Muslim teen who police say was fatally beaten with a baseball bat by an angry driver as she walked with friends to a Virginia mosque this weekend.

Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment CEO Rana Abdelhamid said by telephone that her group partnered with groups in cities around the nation to hold vigils Tuesday for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and stand in solidarity with her family.

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Delaware Electric Cooperative has restored power to most of its members after last night’s storm put nearly 2-thousand homes in the dark.

WBOC reports that they worked all night to do so even as the storm damaged several of the buildings at the cooperative’s headquarters.

The structures held electrical equipment.

Two trailers were also reported to have been blown over.

No injuries were reported.

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The on-ramp for US Route 13 south onto the Salisbury Bypass is now closed.

Large cranes and work crews will now be repairing the road for the next three months.

WBOC reports that State Highway officials say closing the ramp over the next 90 days will make it safer for the workers and motorists.

If the ramp was not closed the state believes it would have taken six months for the repairs.

Officials emphasized that there was no problem with the span that was built in 1972.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel has increased Delaware's revenue forecast for the current and upcoming fiscal years.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday boosted its current year revenue estimate by $12.5 million compared to its May projections. The revenue estimate for fiscal 2018, which starts July 1, increased by $13.5 million.

Adding reversions of unspent funds, available revenue for fiscal 2018 increased by $27.4 million. That still leaves a gap of more than $350 million between estimated revenue and proposed spending for next year.

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The senior administrative staff at the Sussex Technical School District have been put on paid leave.

The action comes as officials investigate financial mismanagement issues that cropped up on during a recent audit.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the state auditor’s office found a local businessman and his company sold a piece of land for twice what he paid for it within a two seek period.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a Muslim teen who disappeared while walking with her friends to her mosque died of blunt force trauma to the upper body.

Police in Virginia say "road rage" prompted the killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen. Police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with murder. Police say they believe Martinez Torres acted alone and say they are not looking for other suspects.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Reef balls are being planted on the Tilghman Reef this week.

The Coastal Conservation Association Maryland and the group's northern Virginia chapter is scheduled to plant 140 reef balls west of Tilghman Island in Talbot County on Wednesday.

The association says the reef balls will triple the size of the existing reef, making it one of the largest man-made, three-dimensional reefs in the middle of Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The price motorists are paying for a gallon of gas in Virginia is down four cents from a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday that the average price of a gallon of regular, unleaded gas in Virginia was $2.08, down from $2.12 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 22 cents below the national average of $2.30.

The average price of a gallon of gas in cities around the state includes $2.09 in Charlottesville, $2.04 in the Norfolk area, $2.07 in Richmond and $2.07 in Roanoke.

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There’s a bill in the Delaware legislature that would allow judges and police to temporarily take guns away from people whose family believes they might be a danger to themselves or others.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Democratic state Representative David Bentz believes the measure would enable authorities to defuse potentially explosive situations – particularly those considering suicide.

Police would be able to search and seize guns from a person’s home after a petition has been filed describing the type of weapon and where it is.

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The launch of a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility was scrubbed against last night.

It had originally had been scheduled to liftoff on June 18th.

This is the 9th delay so far.

The rocket will send out canisters with that disperse red and blue-green vapors forming artificial clouds so scientists can track the motion of particles in space.

They will reach over a 100 miles above the earth’s surface.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware have arrested a man they say sold ecstasy to an undercover officer at a music festival.

The Dover Police Department said in a news release that a man sold the drug to an officer Friday at the Firefly Music Festival.

Authorities say after the man was arrested and searched, officers found nearly 1,000 ecstasy pills; 40 doses of LSD; MDMA; crystal meth; cocaine; and mushrooms.

Twenty-six-year-old Jordann Reeser of Illinois was charged with numerous counts of possession of drugs with intent to distribute and other offenses.

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A Virginia man has been charged in the murder of a Muslim teenager who had confronted her near a mosque in Sterling,Virginia.

22-year-old Darwin Torres has been charged in the death of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.

The Washington Post reports that friends near the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center had been at a sleep over when they saw some kind of dispute with a man on Sunday morning.

The paper reports that the friends told authorities that the driver left his car and brandished a baseball bat.

The friends scattered and afterward called police.

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Yet another delay for the sounding rocket launch at Wallops Flight Facility yesterday.

It had originally been scheduled to liftoff on June 18th.

This is the 8th delay so far.

NASA officials will meet this afternoon for a weather briefing before making a decision on whether to attempt another launch.

The rocket will send out canisters with that disperse red and blue-green vapors forming artificial clouds so scientists can track the motion of particles in space.

They will reach over a 100 miles above the earth’s surface.

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Thousands gathered for the annual Firefly Music Festival in Dover.

But one man Zachary Hamilton is now charged with trying to hijack a van with six employees of RMC Events.

WBOC reports that Hamilton allegedly smashed through a fence before coming to halt when the vehicle struck some brush.

Police say that Hamilton punched the officers when they tried to make an arrest and head butted a police vehicle causing damage.  

The television station reports that the police learned later that he alleged struck

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is offering police training to help endangered children.

The free, two-day training course for law enforcement is taking place Monday and Tuesday in Hanover at the Maryland Department of Transportation.

The Texas Department of Public Safety originally developed the "Interdiction for Protection of Children," a training course to help troopers identify and rescue endangered children.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats are promising party unity after a hotly contested primary battle for governor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello urged Democrats to work together in this year's general election.

Their comments came Saturday evening at the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner.

Northam defeated Perriello last week in a primary contest. Perriello said Saturday he "fully" endorses Northam.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than $83 million in grants is going to Virginia localities, organizations and state agencies to support programs and services related to the criminal justice system.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than 1,000 animals have a new home following a weekend "mega" adoption event in Delaware.
 
The Wilmington News Journal reports upward of 7,000 people attended the event at Bellevue State Park on Saturday and Sunday hosted by the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The 1,134 homeless animals that were placed with families topped the first "mega" adoption's 886 animals placed over three days during December 2016 in Philadelphia.
 

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The Ocean City Air Show got some perfect weather and upwards of 300-thousand showed up for the Saturday event.

The Navy’s Blue Angels made their appearance.

The F-22 Raptor team was the final act a slot normally reserved for the Blue Angels because of weather conditions.

There were light sprinkles throughout the afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that some of the crowd was packed shoulder to shoulder around the 16th Street show center.

The paper many were impressed by the areal display.

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Tourists will get a sneak peek of the Ocean City Air Show this afternoon as thousands flock to the resort for the annual event. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin has this reports.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Ocean City can now legally ban topless women.

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As Delaware lawmakers struggle to close a nearly $400 million budget deficit, educators are concerned about the hit the state's public schools might take when the wrangling is all over. One of those is Fredericka Jenner, president of the Delaware State Education Association. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with the outgoing president about the proposed cuts could have.

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The Firefly Music Festival in Dover has gotten underway.

Yesterday morning the hip-hop group Trio kicked off the event at the Northeast Hub stage as the early campers got their own parties started.

The festival is now in its sixth years and has grown from 30-thousand attendees in 2012 to 90-thousand last year.

The genres range from hip-hop to alt-country.

The acts include Chance the Rapper, Wale and Twenty One Pilots.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved legislation restricting the factors that insurers can use in setting automobile insurance rates.

The bill, a watered-down version of legislation that had stalled in committee amid opposition from industry groups, was approved Thursday on a 24-14 vote. It now goes to the Senate.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are proposing higher taxes on alcohol and tobacco in Delaware as part of an effort to fashion a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

One bill introduced Thursday raises the beer tax by two cents a can. The wine tax would increase by about three cents per serving, while taxes on liquor would jump by 15 cents per 750 milliliter bottle. The increases would net an estimated $7.2 million next year and $9.9 million the following year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor is urging a federal appeals court to find that she is immune from a civil lawsuit filed by five police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The officers are suing Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for malicious prosecution, defamation and invasion of privacy. Other claims, including false imprisonment, were dismissed.

Mosby said in a brief filed this week in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a lower court should have found her to be immune from being sued because she's a prosecutor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's elections administrator says the state found "suspicious activity" on a computer system it uses for online voter registration before last fall's election.

Linda Lamone says cybersecurity experts determined the system was not penetrated, thanks to "strong security protocols."

She disclosed the activity on Wednesday in response to an inquiry by The Baltimore Sun about alleged Russian cyber attacks on states' election systems. Maryland's experts didn't determine the origin of the apparent attempted breach.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Frederick County school board has approved a policy to protect transgender students.

The Frederick News-Post reports the policy allows students to choose which bathroom to use. It also gives students options such as privacy curtains, access to private bathrooms and different schedules for changing clothes in locker rooms. Students may also participate in sports that align with their gender identity.

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