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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking mariners to slow down off of Virginia Beach to protect a group of five endangered right whales seen in the area.

NOAA says the animals were spotted 69 nautical miles northeast of Virginia Beach on Tuesday. It's asking vessels to route around the area entirely or transit through it at 10 knots or less.

There are also mandatory speed restrictions in place, including one in Cape Cod Bay and another off of Block Island.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed legislation to stabilize health insurance rates in the Maryland Health Care Exchange's troubled individual market.

The bill Hogan signed Tuesday taps about $380 million that health insurance companies no longer have to pay in federal taxes due to changes in the federal tax code to help prevent rising premiums for about 150,000 people. A separate bill the governor already has signed creates a long-term plan to preserve the exchange through a reinsurance initiative.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are coming back to the Capitol to try and pass a budget after failing to do so earlier this year.

Lawmakers are set to return Wednesday to open up a special session on the budget, but they aren't expected to do anything beyond procedural moves. Passage of a state spending plan is expected to take weeks or longer.

An intraparty feud between Republicans in the GOP-led General Assembly over whether to expand Medicaid has caused the budget stalemate.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The lawsuit over a months long shutdown in 2014 of an interstate bridge in Delaware that the then-U.S. Transportation Secretary called "a national issue" may be coming to a resolution.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Records show a Delaware mayor spent nearly $70,000 more than what was budgeted for office furniture.

The News Journal reports Wilmington Councilman Vash Turner on Monday challenged Mayor Mike Purzycki's staff to explain the $79,352 spent on office equipment and furniture last year, more than the $10,000 budgeted.

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The flu season may have hit its peak in Delaware but three more people have died bringing the total to 34.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the recent deaths involved a Sussex County man and two Kent County women.

The paper reports they were all in their eighties.

There has been in major decline in the number of confirmed flu cases with 216 reported between March 25th and Marth 31st.

The total confirmed cases this season stands at just over 81-hundred the highest since the state first began tracking them back in 2004.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP) - Maryland's legislative session has ended, after lawmakers put finishing touches on high-profile measures.

Democrats who control the General Assembly and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said early Tuesday after the midnight adjournment that there was plenty of bipartisan work in Annapolis this year.

Lawmakers from both parties worked on a school-safety bill that passed Monday. Bipartisanship was also evident in a package of crime legislation that passed on the last day of the 90-day legislative session.

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A suspicious package found Monday morning on the door step of the Newark Planned Parenthood offices turned out to be paperwork left for an employee.

Discovery of the package caused a portion of East Delaware Avenue to be shut down and apartments evacuated as authorities carried out their investigation.

Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Delaware, told the Wilmington News Journal that the package appeared to be torn and beaten up.

Newark officers searched the area for around three hours before reopening the street.

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This week the Indian River Board of Education is set to grapple with an expected explosion in student enrollment as they look over major capital improvements in the district.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the district says Sussex Central High School is expected to see an increase in student population from around 16-hundred to over 2-thousand by 2024.

In all 11 schools are expected to be over capacity in the next school year.

That includes six elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are joining university students to call for more gun control measures in Delaware.

Students and lawmakers planned to gather on the North Green at the University of Delaware on Tuesday for a lunchtime rally against gun violence.