Fri December 19, 2014
Delaware Traffic Deaths

Traffic deaths on rise in Delaware, up 23 percent over 2013

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State data shows traffic deaths are up 23 percent this year over 2013 with two weeks to go in the year.

The News Journal reports police had reported 108 fatal crashes resulting in 121 deaths this year through Wednesday on Delaware roads.

Twelve crashes this year involved more than one death, including a tour bus crash on Sept. 21 that killed three passengers. Officials say that's twice the average number of multi-fatality crashes in Delaware over the last five years.

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Thu December 18, 2014
Atheists-State Constitution

Md., 6 other states have bans on atheists holding office

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don't believe in God from holding public office.

The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The New York Times first reported on the campaign.

The Supreme Court struck down such restrictions in 1961.

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Thu December 18, 2014
Felons' Rights

Va. shortens process for felons to seek rights restoration

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.

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Thu December 18, 2014
Lewes Fatal Fire

Fire in travel trailer leaves 1 person dead in Lewes

LEWES, Del. (AP) — Fire officials say one person is dead after an early morning fire that swept through a travel trailer at a campground in Lewes.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the fire. It broke out just after 1 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say the trailer was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The victim's remains were turned over to the state medical examiner for an autopsy to determine the person's identity and cause of death. Damage was estimated at $30,000.

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Thu December 18, 2014
Parental Abduction

Baltimore police search for missing boy abducted by mother

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police are searching for an 11-year-old boy who they believe was abducted by his mother who suffers from a mental illness.

Police say 11-year-old Kuwan Taylor was abducted Wednesday by his mother, Davita Walker. Kuwan's legal guardian is his aunt.

Police say Walker has a history of arrests and that her mental illness is a concern. Investigators say Walker is known to visit motels along Baltimore's southern border with Baltimore County. She is thought to have her three other female children with her as well.

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