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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on whether a law temporarily banning state regulators from adjusting a portion of electric rates is constitutional.

A group of large industrial electric customers is challenging the 2015 law, which critics have called a costly giveaway to electric monopolies Dominion Resources and Appalachian Power.

The law is costing a typical Dominion residential customer an extra $68 a year on their bill, according to one group's calculations.

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Breathing might be just a little easier in Kent and Sussex Counties.

The American Lung Association says in its annual report that they received an A for daily and annual particle pollution.

WBOC also reports overall they did improve from an F rating in 2015.

The report also looks at the number of days of pollution from ozone smog.

Lung Association believes that diesel exhaust and coal-fired generators is the cause of much of the pollution.

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If you take the Old Ocean City Road near Willards and Pittsville expect to see State Highway Administration crews out paving a seven mile section.

The crews will be milling, patching and resurfacing the section between Rounds Road just west of Pittsville to Worcester County/Pocomoke River.

WBOC reports that motorists should expect single lane closures beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting till dusk.

The cost of the roadwork is expected to be around $2 million and should be done by mid-June before the heavy traffic of the summer tourist season. 

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Mayor Jake Day laid out a $58.8 million budget for the city of Salisbury yesterday that includes a 6.7 percent cut in property taxes

That amount will be come down from 96 cents for $100 of assessed property value.

The Salisbury Daily Times also reports that the mayor proposed an 11 percent cut for personal property taxes that businesses pay out for inventory and equipment.  

There will also be a major restructuring of city government creating five new departments and eliminating four others.

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - An annual survey has found a record-high number of spawning-age female blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and predicts another year of improved harvests.

The results of the survey conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Maryland Department of Natural Resources were released Wednesday.

They show the total population of blue crabs fell this year by 18 percent. But the female spawning stock was the highest ever recorded in the survey's 28-year history.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Dozens of people turned out for a discussion with Gov. John Carney about a bill that would legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana.

The News Journal reports supporters of the measure far outweighed opponents at the meeting in Wilmington on Wednesday.

The governor has voiced opposition to the bill but said he wanted to hear from all sides.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Democratic governor is facing mounting pressure to halt next week's scheduled execution of an inmate whose case has seen two witnesses recant, years after he was convicted of ordering his ex-girlfriend's killing.

Ivan Teleguz is scheduled to receive a lethal injection April 25 unless granted clemency by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe is Catholic. He's said he personally opposes capital punishment but will uphold the law as governor. He hasn't stopped an execution during his tenure.

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The public weighed in on a proposal for a separate zoning category in Worcester County that would include a limit of 8 chicken houses on a parcel and a 200 foot setback from surrounding property.

In addition the plan would require a vegetative buffer zone.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the meeting was hosted by the Assateague Coastal Trust which has been critical of the development of large chicken operations.

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It was called Attack Addiction.

It was a training exercise held at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes where the public learned how to use naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.

Co-Chair Stacy Robinson told WBOC that this was an effort give families some control over the problem.

The medication is administered in a nasal spray as well as an injectable form.

Among other things the public learned how to identify someone who is suffering from an overdose and what needs to be done to help them including rescue breathing.

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CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors has voted to accept a settlement that allows the Islamic Center of Culpeper to obtain a permit to build a small prayer house.

The Free Lance-Star reports the body voted 4-3 Tuesday to accept the settlement that lets the ICC obtain a pump-and-haul sewage permit after denying the group about a year ago. The county will pay the ICC $10,000 for expenses.

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A lawsuit filed by the family of Steven Floyd a prison guard who died in an inmate uprising along is raising question about whether the riot could have been ended sooner saving his life.

The suit joined by surviving officers of the hostage situation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center claims that Governor John Carney delayed the rescue attempt even though David Pierce the warden at the time was ready make the attempt.

The Wilmington news Journal reports that the governor’s office denies Carney intervened in the decision to make the rescue attempt.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a number of bills that aim to make it easier to prosecute rape cases and protect victims.

The governor signed 211 bills into law Tuesday during a ceremony at the state house. Among them was one that's become known as the "no means no" bill. The Baltimore Sun reports it eliminates the requirement that victims prove they tried to physically resist their assailants.

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A defense industry firm is bringing 42 jobs to Salisbury.

Manufacturing Support Industries is expanding its operations in the city over the next three years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company has made high-precision weaponry parts for the military.

The paper reports this will be the third major manufacturing project for the city over the last six months.

The other companies involved were RDI Wire & Cable and Toriod P&H.

Governor Larry Hogan praised the job growth that has begun to take place in the Crossroads of Delmarva.

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The city of Salisbury and Salisbury University announced yesterday the Buy a Home, Build a business program.

The program provides up to $5-thousand for a down payment and closing cost to help university students start businesses in the city.

University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach said that one of her top priorities was to create a strong partnership with the  city.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jake Day said he wanted to get Salisbury University students to remain in the city.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach praised the growth that the institution has seen since the year 2-thousand.

She noted that enrollment has risen from around 64-hundred students to just over 87-hundred.

In addition, she noted that minority and nonresident alien students she said has jumped by 227 percent over the last 17 years.

But, she added, the university needed to make a greater effort to bring more diversity to the campus.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police say three people were hurt in an exchange of gunfire during a home invasion this week.

WBOC-TV reported Tuesday that officers responded to an apartment complex a day earlier on a report of a home invasion in progress.

When they arrived, officers found two men lying on the ground between buildings suffering from gunshot wounds. An investigation revealed one of those men was a victim of the home invasion and the other was a suspect.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The family of a man who died after a struggle with Baltimore police officers says the department has been unable to produce the drugs they say he had on him when he was stopped.

Officers stopped 44-year-old Tyrone West in July 2013 for a traffic violation. Police said they noticed a bulge in his sock and found cocaine. When West ran, officers chased and tackled him, and he died of what the official autopsy says was a heart condition. The family disputes the cause of death. The officers were not charged.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two incumbent councilmen will keep their seats on the Dover City Council.

Media outlets report that Second District incumbent William Hare defeated James Galvin in Tuesday's election with 68 percent of votes. Third District incumbent Fred Neil won 83 percent of votes to beat his two challengers, Lance Moffa and Jane Rolfes.

In the First District, Tanner Polce defeated Will Garfunkel and Matthew Lindell with 41 percent of the votes. He will fill the seat of retiring James Hutchison Sr.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrat Tom Perriello, an insurgent candidate for Virginia governor, outraised his opponents last quarter with big help from a wealthy donors like hedge-fund billionaire George Soros and the global activist group Avaaz.
 
Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Perriello raised $2.2 million since he got in the race in January, with about half coming from four donors.
 

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LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Army says one crew member died and two were injured when a helicopter crashed in Maryland during a routine training flight.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington said in a statement Monday evening that the UH-60 Blackhawk that crashed is from the 12th Aviation Battalion, stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Three crew members were on board. The Army says one crew member is in serious condition and one is in critical condition.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The family of a guard killed during a prison riot and five other officers who survived the inmate uprising are planning to accuse the state of Delaware in a federal lawsuit of ignoring security and staffing problems.

The lawsuit will be announced at a news conference Tuesday morning. The plaintiffs are being represented by the Neuberger firm.

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Meanwhile, possibly as many as 200 prison officials in Delaware failed to show up for work yesterday as part of a planned “sick out”.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue forecast has lowered its projections.

Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council was the first since Democratic Gov. John Carney proposed a mix of tax increases and spending cuts last month to balance a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

WXDE-FM reports the council reduced revenue projections by $4.8 million for the current fiscal year and by $11 million for the next fiscal year.

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A second arrest has been made in the burning of the Trump billboard in Princess Anne.

Police say that 19 year old Joy Shuford of Ownings Mill turned herself in and has been charged with second degree arson among other charges.

She is currently out on $20-thousand bond.

19 year-old D’Asia Perry has already been arrested for the destruction of the billboard.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities have surveillance video of Perry and her vehicle.

Damage to the billboard is estimated at $800.

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Apr 18, 2017
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It’s time to save the trees.

That’s the word from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as it urges people beware of the emerald ash borer.

In 2003 they killed thousands of ash trees.

WBOC reports that the destructive insect has been found in Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Dorchester counties.

Signs include increased woodpecker activity or the thinning of leaves.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Georgetown University is set to rename two buildings on campus in honor of people who were sold as slaves in Maryland in 1838.

The renaming of the buildings is part of the university's effort to atone for profiting from the slave sale, which was orchestrated by two Jesuit priests to pay off debts at the school. Georgetown is also giving preference in admissions to descendants of the 272 people who were sold.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Medical Examiner's Office says it's getting overwhelmed as the number of drug-related deaths related to the opioid crisis increases.

The Baltimore Sun reports the agency has exceeded national caseload standards - the number of autopsies a single pathologist should perform in a year -in each of the past four years. Performing too many autopsies can jeopardize quality.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials are opening an investigation into accusations that public schools in Virginia's capital city more frequently and more harshly punish black students and those with disabilities than their classmates.

The Department of Education's Office For Civil Rights said in a letter this month that it's opening an investigation into the complaint filed in August by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and Legal Aid Justice Center.

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EDGEMOOR, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has been injured in a shooting.

New Castle County Police said in a release Monday that officers were called to the Edgemoor community on Sunday night for a report of a shooting.

Officers found the teen with an apparent gunshot wound and administered first aid. The teen was taken to an area hospital, where police say he was treated for injuries that aren't considered life-threatening.

Police say they investigation into the shooting is continuing.

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (AP) - Virginia Natural Gas wants to raise its prices about $100 a year for an average customer.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the company has sought approval from the State Corporation Commission for the rate increase.

The commission has until next year to consider the request, but company spokesman Duane Bourne said Virginia Natural Gas will begin raising rates after Sept. 1. If the SCC decides against the increase, the company would refund customers any extra amount paid.

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Tensions at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center spilled over into a reported assault on one of the guards.

The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware said that the incident occurred Friday evening when the around 20-to-25 inmates were in the dining hall.

Several broke the rule on to speak during the meal and a guard ordered them to stop.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the association said at that point other inmates began speaking and the officer was shoved.

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