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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are working to address the threat posed to infants by opioid addiction and other substance abuse.

Lawmakers and health care officials are gathering on Thursday to announce a new effort linking the ongoing work to combat addiction to the medical needs of infants.

The effort is aimed at increasing prevention, recognition and treatment of substance exposure in infants, and ensuring that they and their families get the support they need. 

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BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) - A Maryland high school senior has been barred from participating in her school's graduation ceremony because she is pregnant.

Media outlets report 18-year-old Maddi Runkles discovered she was pregnant in January. The teen attends Heritage Academy, a small private Christian school in Hagerstown. Upon Runkles' pregnancy announcement, school officials also suspended her for two days and removed Runkles from her student council position.

Runkles says she feels she has been treated more harshly than students who have been suspended for other reasons.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is poised to begin consideration of a bill to ensure abortion remains legal in Delaware if the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The bill, which narrowly cleared the Senate last week and is up for discussion by House members Wednesday, revises Delaware's current abortion law, which remains on the books despite being superseded by federal law.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say Medicaid recipients can now get benefit coverage for over-the-counter mosquito repellents.

Officials say the move is intended to help protect against the Zika virus.

Over-the-counter insect repellents generally are not covered by Medicaid. But the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently allowed states to cover mosquito repellents for Medicaid recipients when prescribed by an authorized health professional.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The commonwealth of Virginia will now be able to timely detect any potential Zika virus outbreaks.

Vrginia's Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services announced Monday that it is now able to test blood samples for the Zika virus after being appropriately designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Health officials say Maryland has its first confirmed Zika virus infection.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a news release Thursday that a Maryland resident who had traveled to a country where Zika transmission has been active and ongoing has tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.

Many people infected with the Zika virus do not get sick. For those who do, it is usually a mild illness with symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. The virus is primarily spread through bites from a specific mosquito.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is set to discuss legislation mandating paid family leave for all full-time state workers, including employees of school districts.

The bill to be discussed in the House Administration Committee would entitle employees with at least one year of service to 12 weeks of paid leave upon the birth of a child or adoption of a child 6 years old or younger.

If both parents work for state government, each would be eligible for paid leave.

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The National Coalition Against Censorship is weighing in on a request by a member of the Indian River School Board to remove lessons from the school curriculum.

These include the definitions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender as well as information on STD’s, HIV and pregnancy prevention instead of abstinence.

The Coalition says to deny students such information because of anyone’s religious or other personal beliefs raises serious First Amendment concerns and would compromise the public education system.