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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge is holding an evidence suppression hearing for a murder suspect whose case led to Delaware's death penalty being overturned by the state Supreme Court.

Wednesday's hearing comes in the prosecution of Benjamin Rauf, who is charged in the 2015 drug-related killing of 27-year-old Shazim Uppal of Hockessin, a fellow Temple University law school graduate.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - One of Virginia's largest cities could officially declare that it's not a "sanctuary city" for immigrants.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that city officials in Chesapeake are considering drafting a resolution.

City Councilman Robert Ike says it would send a message to undocumented workers. Others say it's unnecessary and could send the wrong message to immigrant communities.

Sanctuary cities limit their cooperation with the federal government's enforcement of immigration laws.

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are set to announce how many people were killed on the state's roads last year.

Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn will join other officials in Linthicum Heights on Wednesday to release the 2016 roadway fatalities in Maryland.

Officials will highlight Maryland's commitment to a statewide effort known as the Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The goal of the collaboration between federal, state and local officials is to cut traffic fatalities in half during the next 20 years.

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The waterman still missing from yesterday off Tangier Island has been identified as Ed Charnock.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his brother-in-law Dan Harrison confirmed Charnock and his son Jason were out on their vessel the Henrietta C.

The U.S. Coast Guard had not released the names as of this morning.

The incident began with a report to the Coast Guard that the 40-foot crabbing vessel was taking on water yesterday afternoon.

Both went overboard without life vests and Jason was picked up by a nearby boat.

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CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Maryland say someone planted a tree and scratched "Earth Day 2017" in the dirt on the pitcher's mound of a high school baseball field in what may be a senior prank.

The Queen Anne's Sheriff Office said in a statement on its Facebook site that the incident was noticed Saturday at Queen Anne's County High School in Centerville. They say the tree sapling still had the $139.99 price tag attached.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker has been sentenced to two days in jail for driving while impaired.

Media outlets report Del. Richard Impallaria, who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, was sentenced last week in Worcester County Circuit Court to 60 days in jail with all but two days suspended. He was also sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs.

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There was a search under way last night for a waterman who went overboard around 5 miles of Tangier Island.

The incident occurred around early afternoon when the U.S. Coast Guard received a report that a 40 foot crabbing boat was taking on water.

WBOC reports that the island’s Mayor James Eskridge said the man and his son went overboard and that they were not wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard said that the son was rescued by another boat.

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LAUREL, Del. (AP) - Mourners will gather this week to remember Alan Schweitzer, a firefighter, paramedic and Laurel town councilman who was killed in a motorcycle crash.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a funeral Mass for Schweitzer will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Laurel.

The 62-year-old Schweitzer was killed on Thursday when an SUV pulled out in front of his motorcycle and he collided with the vehicle.

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A Delaware task force says that the state needs to do more to clean up its waterways.

So, it has proposed that the First State’s residents shell out $40 to $80 a year to pay for it.

This would be added to an individual’s income taxes with a $45 surcharge on business license fees.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that officials say that would raise around $20 million each year.

That money would then go to deal with cleaning up pollution and investment in infrastructure.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has endorsed Tom Perriello in the Virginia governor's race.

Warren's endorsement means Perriello now has two of the leading progressive voices in the Senate backing his campaign. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont endorsed Perriello earlier this month.

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The 18 year old American-Israeli who has been charged with bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. also allegedly threatened a Delaware state Senator.

The Israeli indictment not only includes the centers a threat against state Senator Ernesto Lopez.

The young man is reported to have offered his intimidation services in exchange for Bitcoin.

WBOC says that Lopez had no comment but referred to a press statement in which he condemned the threats and thanked law enforcement agencies who worked on the investigation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel charged with helping find ways to reduce cancer rates in Delaware is looking at the role physical activity plays in preventing the disease.

Creating a culture of prevention through physical activity, particularly among the young, is the theme at Tuesday's meeting of the Delaware Cancer Consortium.

Following opening remarks from Gov. John Carney, the keynote address was to be delivered by Tom Farey, executive director of the Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute.


There will be a new Aquatic Resources Education Center to replace an older facility at the edge of the Delaware Bay Marsh.

The announcement was made yesterday by Governor John Carney during a ceremony where he was joined by Senator Chris Coons and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester.

The governor praised the state’s Bayshore Region as a unique destination for ecotourism and outdoor recreation.

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At least two people are dead from a drug overdose during a three day period this weekend that saw another 20 people given the drug naloxone for an overdose.

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services said of those 20, 15 were in western Sussex County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the two men who died lived in Seaford were believed to be in their 40’s and 50’s.

Their names have been withheld pending the notification of their relatives.

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the increase in the overdoses.

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The warden of the Worcester County Jail has died.

57-year old Gary Mumford has been in the post since 2011 after eleven years as assistant warden.

He replaced Warden Ira Shockely who retired.

A statement issued by local officials said that he died on Saturday after a short illness.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was instrumental in getting the facility the Recognition of Achievement Award from the Maryland Commission on correction Standards for the last 14 years.

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GOOCHLAND, Va. (AP) - The front-runner for the Republican nomination in Virginia's closely watched governor's race is expressing discomfort with series of vulgar and predatory comments about women President Donald Trump made in a recording 12 years ago.

Ed Gillespie said at a Republican debate Saturday in Goochland that he was offended by comments from a 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted about groping women.

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The building permit for 10 large chicken houses in Wicomico County is being challenged by two local residents.

Monica Brooks and Gabby Cammarata live near the proposed operation just outside of Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they charge the regulatory framework for the project does not do enough to protect the environment and the health of neighbors.

Meanwhile, Jack Lennox, head of planning for the county told the paper, that the project was approved because it met all the requirements of the county code.

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A man was medevaced from the Carnival Pride cruise ship near Virginia Beach.

Saturday evening the Coast Guard got a report that a 58-year old passenger had suffered a heart attack.

WBOC reports that a Jayhawk helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina and picked up the passenger near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

The television station reports that the passenger is recovering.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former President Barack Obama will visit Virginia's capital city this fall.

Obama is scheduled to speak at the Richmond Forum on Nov. 18. Organizers say Obama will present remarks and participate in a question-and-answer session.

The former president's speech will open the 32nd season of the Richmond Forum, a speaker series held at the Altria Theatre.

Other speakers next season include Glenn Close, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers and MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is praising nine individuals or organizations he says have made outstanding efforts to volunteer.

The governor recently honored recipients of the Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards at the executive mansion.

They include GrandInvolve of Fairfax County, which pairs older adults with elementary school students and Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries of Chesterfield County, which provides free meals to the hungry through a mobile food cart.


Technology is swiftly changing our lives - both at work and at home. And sometimes, writes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill, they have unintended  consequences.


SOLOMONS, Md. (AP) - A boat explosion on Chesapeake Bay injured two men and sent one of them to the hospital.
Local news outlets report 38-year-old Michael Franz and his father were on a boat near Solomons Island Yacht Club Thursday evening when it exploded and sent them flying into the water. Authorities say the men were on board refueling the boat before it exploded into flames.
Maryland Natural Resources Police applauded the reaction of a boat captain nearby who saw the explosion and pulled the flaming vessel away from the pier into deeper water.


NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The northbound lanes of Interstate 485 will be closed between Interstate 95 and U.S. 13 near New Castle to give crews space to fill potholes.
Delaware Department of Transportation said in a statement that closures will occur between 8:00 p.m. Friday and 5:00 a.m. Monday. The segment also will be closed April 28 to May 1.
Officials say lanes will be closed on weekends for the safety of workers and to minimize the impact to the traveling public.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to spare the life of a death row inmate came down to concerns about the fairness of his trial, not doubts about his guilt.

For weeks, supporters of Ivan Teleguz urged McAuliffe to halt his execution because they believe he may be innocent.

Teleguz was scheduled to be put to death next week, but on Thursday, McAuliffe commuted his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawrence Hogan Sr., a former Maryland congressman and father of Gov. Larry Hogan, has died at age 88.

His death was confirmed by Governor Hogan's spokesman Doug Mayer.

The Republican served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975. He represented Maryland's 5th congressional district, which included Prince George's and Charles counties near Washington. In 1974, Hogan became the only Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to support all three articles of impeachment against then-President Richard Nixon.

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Howard Schweitzer a firefighter and paramedic with the Ocean city Fire Department was killed in a motorcycle crash near Georgetown yesterday morning.

The accident occurred when he was riding his Harley-Davidson up East Trap Pond Road and struck another vehicle that had apparently failed to come to a full stop.

Schweitzer was wearing a helmet and was ejected from the motorcycle.

He died at the scene.

Jessica Waters with Ocean City told the Salisbury Daily Times that the news was devastating.

The driver and his two juvenile passengers were uninjured.

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The legendary waterfowl wood carver Delbert “Cigar” Daisey has died at the age of 89.

He was a resident woodcarver at the Refuge Waterfowl Museum in Chincoteague where he lived.

WBOC reports that his work was best known for its functionality and artistry and was featured at the Smithsonian and seen in publications such as National Geographic.

Wood carver Roe Jerry told the television station that he learned a great deal about the craft and called Daisey a hero as a carver.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Authorities have dropped hate crime and arson charges against two women from the Baltimore area in connection with the burning of a billboard promoting President Donald Trump.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports 19-year-olds Joy Shuford and D'Asia Perry appeared in Somerset County District Court Thursday, where second-degree arson charges against them were also dismissed.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia students will be paying more for tuition next year.

Local media report UVA's Board of Visitors approved the increase Thursday. In-state students will pay 2.2 percent more, and out-of-state students will pay 3.5 percent more.

The university said in a statement that the increase is needed to deal with a state budget cut and required employee pay raises.

TV station WVIR reports a group of students protested outside the building where the Board of Visitors was meeting.

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David Rommel may be described as a low key businessman.

But yesterday he stood in the atrium of the Franklin P. Perdue Schools of Business to donate $5.5 million most of which will go to Salisbury University’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

The center opens in 2019.

University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach praised Rommel and his family adding that his family’s generosity may encourage others to join him.

The center will offer a place for students and entrepreneurs to work in making their business dreams come true.