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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice won't bring federal charges against six police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in Baltimore.

The officers were charged by state prosecutors after Gray's neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon in April of 2015. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled at the time, but he was unrestrained by a seat belt.

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Delaware is the fourth most violent state in the union.

That’s according to the 24/7 Wall Street index which ranks the states according to violent crime and homicide rates as well as small arms ownership and imprisonment.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that violent crime in the First State was 489 out of a 100-thousand.

That’s the eighth highest

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter came in at 5.8 per 100-thousand or the 7th highest.

Delaware also has a low rate of gun ownership at 5.2 percent of adults.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report says violent crime was up slightly and property crime decreased in Virginia in 2015.

According to the Virginia State Police report released Thursday, violent crime increased by less than 1 percent from the previous year. Violent crime includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Homicides alone increased from 337 to 382, an increase of 13.4 percent.

The property crime category includes burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. Those crimes were down a little more than 2 percent. 

Drug offenses were virtually unchanged.


EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - On the day of the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the city's former police commissioner will sit on a panel examining racial unrest in the city.

Anthony Batts will take part in a discussion at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg on Wednesday evening. It's intended to address deaths in police custody and racial inequities in the justice system.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is taking additional steps to make it easier for convicted felons to regain their voting rights.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced policy changes Thursday that will shorten the application process for people convicted of more serious crimes. The changes include eliminating notarization, letters to the governor and other requirements. The application was reduced from 13 pages to one.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates has passed a measure to increase penalties for someone who commits a crime of violence in front of a minor.

The House approved the bill 132-0 on Monday. It would apply to people who commit a violent crime in front of a minor who is at least 2 years old and younger than 16.

The measure is the top legislative priority of Attorney General Doug Gansler.

Under the bill, a person would be eligible to up to five years additional imprisonment for committing a violent crime before a minor.