Proposed Del. legislation targets revenge porn
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state lawmaker is planning to introduce a bill that would make publication of so-called "revenge porn" a crime in Delaware.
Revenge porn is the term used to describe the practice of posting a nude or sexually explicit photo or video of someone, often a person's former sex partner, on the Internet without their consent.
The legislation proposed by Rep. Andria Bennett, a Dover Democrat, would make it a misdemeanor for a person to disseminate images of a person, without his or her consent, who is nude or engaged in a sexual act. The offense could be increased to felony if the image was originally obtained without the victim's consent, is distributed for profit or includes information identifying the person.
DEATH INVESTIGATION-MISSING GIRL
Police seek girl missing after death at Md. home
DUNDALK, Md. (AP) - Authorities are looking for an 11-year-old girl who is missing after her mother was found dead at a Baltimore County home.
Police say emergency workers called to a Dundalk home Thursday found 36-year-old Bobbie Cortez dead. Homicide detectives investigating the slaying learned that Caitlyn Virts was missing from the home.
An Amber Alert has been issued for Caitlyn, who is believed to be with her father, 38-year-old Timothy Virts. Police are concerned for Caitlyn's safety because she is not supposed to be with him. She is described as white, 5 feet tall, weighing 80 pounds and may be wearing glasses.
Timothy Virts is described as white, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 280 pounds. Police say he may be driving a black Dodge Durango with Maryland plates 5AJ4458.
Md. revenues $238M less than projected
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials have revised the state's revenues down by about $238 million.
The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates released the revised numbers on Thursday.
Revenue projections are down $127 million for the current fiscal year. They have been revised downward by about $111 million for fiscal year 2015.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, the board chairman, says much of downward revision reflects poor economic and revenue performance in the fourth quarter of 2013, rather than the state's revenue outlook moving forward.
The board revised sales and use tax receipts down by nearly $48 million.
A top state budget analyst has scheduled a 4 p.m. briefing with a Senate budget committee Thursday to talk about the revision.
Del. health care commission: About 7k choose plans
DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say about 7,000 Delawareans have chosen private insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf told the state Health Care Commission on Thursday that 6,994 people had selected plans in Delaware's health insurance exchange as of Feb. 28, an increase of about 38 percent over the previous month
Officials are no longer reporting how many people have actually paid for coverage, as opposed to simply choosing a plan.
In addition to enrollment on the exchange, another 2,168 Delawareans have been deemed eligible for coverage the ACA's Medicaid expansion, up 55 percent from the previous month.
Officials had said they hoped to enroll 35,000 uninsured Delawareans in insurance plans under the exchange before open enrollment for coverage this year ends March 31.
MILITARY NO-SHOW CHARGES
Md. man to plead in no-show scam at Pa. Guard base
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former civilian contractor who worked at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland is scheduled to plead guilty to helping the vice commander of a base near Pittsburgh receive extra pay in exchange for getting a no-show job at the Pennsylvania base.
The defense attorney for 50-year-old Robert St. Clair, of Bel Air, Md. did not comment on Thursday's court order setting the guilty plea hearing for April 14 in Pittsburgh.
St. Clair was charged Wednesday along with retired Air National Guard Col. Gerard Mangis.
The 60-year-old Mangis was vice commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing based at Pittsburgh International Airport when he allegedly got St. Clair the no-show job as an enlisted man.
Federal prosecutors say St. Clair needed the job because financial problems were jeopardizing his security clearance at the Maryland base.
XGR--DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILLS
Protective order bill clears House unanimously
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A bill that would make it easier for abuse victims to obtain protective orders has cleared the House of Delegates with a unanimous vote.
In a news conference after the vote Thursday, Kathleen Dumais, vice-chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said legislators want to balance victims' rights with due process. But Maryland is the only state where victims must provide clear and convincing evidence of abuse in order to get long-term protective orders.
Last year judges denied 1,700 petitions for insufficient evidence, Sen. Brian Frosh said.
Issuing a protective order often means forcing accused parties out of their homes. But Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said other states don't have outcries about too many orders being issued.
The House also approved two other domestic violence backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Man shot after leaving Wilmington nightclub
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police say a man was shot during a robbery attempt after leaving a nightclub.
Officers say the man left the Safari Lounge on Lancaster Avenue about 12:40 a.m. Thursday. Police say a man tried to rob the victim and shot him several times, hitting him in the legs.
The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
CMT VS BET PARTY PROBE
McDaniel College probes 'CMT vs. BET' event
WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - McDaniel College in Westminster says it's investigating a "CMT versus BET" party thrown by sorority and fraternity members wearing outfits inspired by Country Music Television and Black Entertainment Television.
Vice President for Student Affairs Beth Gerl said in a statement Wednesday that "any event that promotes negative stereotypes or disrespect of others is reprehensible."
Spokeswoman Cheryl Knauer says the college didn't approve the event held off campus in January. She says the college learned of the party in early February and launched an investigation along with the national headquarters of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
The McDaniel Free Press student newspaper reported Wednesday that the women wore cutoff shorts, plaid shirts and boots, while the men wore baggy clothing, chains and backward baseball caps.
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