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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The top election official in Delaware is pledging to update voter registration forms amid complaints that the state's documents violate federal law.

Campaign Legal Center is a Washington-based voter advocacy group. It says federal voter registration forms used in Delaware contain outdated information about the eligibility of felons to vote in state elections.

Delaware Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove says the advocacy group is correct. She tells the News Journal of Wilmington that we will be acting on every one of their recommendations."

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Core crimes in Kent County, Delaware are down compared to 2016.

Robberies declined by 35.7 percent.

That’s below the Delaware State Police of goal of 3 percent.

The clearance rate was the second-highest since 2005 at over 61 percent.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that burglaries were also down by just over 20 percent last year.

That’s the lowest since 2013.

Meanwhile, the clearance rate was at a record 39 percent.

Also the number of thefts was also down by 16.7 percent with a clearance rate of 42 percent.

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Plans for a natural gas pipeline are underway for Somerset and Accomack Counties.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Baltimore-based equity firm H4 Capital Partners have been carrying out engineering work and seeking private interest.

The proposed 180-mile pipeline would connect to a natural gas pipeline in Cecil County.

It would run through Kent, Queen Anne’s and Somerset counties including alongside Route 13 south of Salisbury.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- The companies developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have agreed to spend nearly $58 million to help offset its environmental impact in Virginia.

A memorandum of agreement outlining the payments was signed several weeks ago by then-natural resources secretary Molly Ward and Leslie Hartz, an executive with lead pipeline developer Dominion Energy.

The agreement says the money is to mitigate forest fragmentation and related impacts on water quality from construction of the 600-mile-long pipeline.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia amusement park is changing the moniker of a roller coaster named after the war whoop of a Confederate soldier.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Kings Dominion amusement park will rebrand its "Rebel Yell" roller coaster as "Racer 75." The park outside of Richmond opened in 1975.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A University of Delaware spokeswoman says the woman found dead at an off-campus residence hall was an employee.

UD spokeswoman Andrea Boyle tells The News Journal of Wilmington the 42-year-old woman was a resident at INNternationale House, a school housing hall that focuses on language and culture.

School police say EMS officials do not suspect foul play and believe the death was the result of an ongoing medical issue.

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Wicomico High School Indians basketball team scored a record last night giving its legendary coach Butch Waller his 800th win.

He told WBOC that he was glad they had past that milestone so they could concentrate on 801.

The television state reports that the stands were filled with alumni and community members as well as parents and students who cheer on the team.

Waller said that this only adds fire to his aim at getting another state championship this year.

The team’s record is 19-to-0.

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A Chick-Fil-A truck could be coming to Ocean City.  

It’s a proposed partnership with Trimper’s Rides and Amusement.

The truck would be allowed to sell food to the south Boardwalk property.

The resort currently prohibits food trucks on the Boardwalk.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Ocean City Planning & Zoning Commission gave its approval in a January meeting.

Chris Trimper described the trailer as an outpost that would be backed into what is now the duck pond stall in the carousel building.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been seen this week in Georgetown.

That’s the word from local police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports it is not clear why the federal officials were there.

An official statement from ICE said that it had conducted targeted enforcement action on January 30th and that one person had been arrested.

Local police generally do not work with immigration officials unless the person has committed a serious crime.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who says he remains in remission from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, has been diagnosed with a "non-serious skin cancer."

Hogan made the announcement at a news conference Thursday.

The Republican governor had some skin removed last month from his forehead. He says it turned out to be basal-cell and squamous-cell skin cancer, but not melanoma, which is a serious form of skin cancer. Hogan says the skin cancer he has is easy to take care of, and he has an appointment Saturday to remove it all. Hogan says he won't miss a day of work.

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