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A 2003 survey has found that nearly one in six adults in Delaware are functionally illiterate.

The study by the international non-profit ProLiteracy also found that half of the state’s third-graders struggle to read.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that the study found 11 percent of Delaware’s adults lack basic literacy skills.

The paper reports that the National Bureau of Economic Research also found that children of low literacy skills have a 72 percent change of being at lowest reading levels.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A lawyer for the Baltimore police van driver who transported Freddie Gray the day his spine was severed says the police department is trying to run over Officer Caesar Goodson in "a bus without any evidence in it."

Attorney Thomas Tompsett accused internal investigators on Monday of ignoring evidence that could have exonerated Goodson. The van driver is accused of multiple violations of police policies relating to the fatal injuries suffered by Gray, who died a week after his April 2015 arrest.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general opposes the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcasting Group and rival TV station operator Tribune Media.

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh filed comments Friday with the Federal Communications Commission, arguing that the merger would lead to fewer options for consumers and higher prices.

Frosh also asked the FCC to delay its decision on the merger until a court decides how to calculate national audience reach.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A former correctional officer has been sentenced to more than three years in prison in connection with a large racketeering case at Maryland's largest prison.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that 28-year-old Xavier Holden was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on Friday. Holden was one of 80 defendants named in the contraband smuggling scheme at the Eastern Correctional Institution in indictments unsealed in October 2016.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former prison culinary instructor is suing Delaware education officials in federal court, claiming he was wrongfully fired for speaking about a deadly prison riot and hostage taking.

In a complaint Monday, Anthony Stella claims state officials violated his free speech rights and breached his employment contract by terminating him without just cause.

Stella was working at Delaware's maximum-security prison when inmates seized a building on Feb. 1, killing a guard and taking three other staffers hostage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are seeking to boost the amount of taxpayer money used to incentivize businesses to locate and expand in Delaware.

In a budget presentation Monday, Department of State officials requested $15 million for Delaware's Strategic Fund next year, up from $10 million that the fund received this year and last year.

Officials say the money would be used to implement Gov. John Carney's strategic direction for economic development.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - The original Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats pub is getting demolished, more than two decades after it opened.

The Delaware State News reports that the downtown Rehoboth Beach landmark is scheduled to be torn down Monday morning.

Dogfish Head was the smallest commercial brewery in the United States when the pub opened in 1995. Since then, Dogfish Head has grown into the 14th largest craft brewery in the nation, according to the Brewers Association trade group.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A man and a woman are both in stable condition after a house fire in Delaware.
 
WDEL-FM reports that the fire occurred Sunday morning in New Castle. Firefighters say a 66-year-old woman was hospitalized for some inhalation, while a 55-year-old man was also hospitalized. It is unclear what the man was being treated for.
 
No firefighters suffered any injuries while battling the blaze.
 
It is unclear what caused the fire.
 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam both claim momentum is on their side in the final days of Virginia's high-stakes, closely watched race for governor.

Gillespie and Northam are racing across the state Monday after a weekend spent trying to rally supporters ahead of Election Day.

Allied groups and political parties on both sides are touting unprecedented get-out-the-vote efforts.

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The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee noted that Maryland was one of three states most targeted by Russian ads during the 2016 presidential elections.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that North Carolina Republican Richard Burr used the heavily Democratic state to downplay the impact of the Russian backed ads.

The paper reports that there were 262 ads in Maryland as opposed to Wisconsin which saw only 55.

President Trump barely won Wisconsin.

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