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DPR Programming Notes
9:22 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report Coming To Morning Edition

Marketplace Morning Report

Starting on September 22, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will be featured daily as part of Morning Edition, broadening the reach of this robust business segment.

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DPR Programming Notes
9:10 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Clock Changes Coming To NPR's Programming

New Morning Edition Clock, effective November 17
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Did you know that every public radio program has a clock? Broadcast clocks are set templates that stations like ours use to track the timing of a show's stories and interviews, newscasts, and funding credits each day.

This fall NPR is making some changes to their newsmagazine clocks, in partnership with member stations across the country. This will help align programs with the way people listen to radio today, and provide stations with more flexibility to include the local content that's important to their audiences.

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Arts
11:46 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Coastal Concerts Volunteer Recognized By Governor

Coastal Concerts has been a long term supporter/underwriter of Delmarva Public Radio, and WSCL listeners know we have aired two  of their concerts from last season the past two Saturdays.   We are happy to share this news of MD state recognition of their work in the arts community, with special congratulations to  Denise Emery.

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Delmarva Today
9:14 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Delmarva Today 9/15/2014

Photograph by Earl Dotter
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Who are the immigrants who work in our agricultural fields and chicken plants and build our homes?

This Thursday, Salisbury University's Downtown Art Gallery features an exhibit  of photographs by Earl Dotter titled  Work. Respect. Dignity.

Reception: Thursday, September 18, 6pm, light refreshments will be served.

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Delmarva Today
10:34 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Delmarva Today 09/12/2014

Rick Pollitt, Don Rush and Bob Culver
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On today's program, Wicomico Country Executive Rick Pollitt  and challenger Bob Culver face off on a host of issues facing voters in the upcoming November election.

In the second half, Lucy Cochran drops by to play for us and discuss the upcoming Berlin Fiddlers Convention, September 19th through the 21 in Berlin, MD.

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Local News
8:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Essay: Lessons From an Retired Subway Car

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Retirement often provides a time to give back to the community. Delmarva Public Radio's George Writes sometimes all it takes is just being there.

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Local News
8:13 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Helping New Mothers in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are highlighting progress in a program aimed at helping first-time mothers to ensure they have healthy babies.

Gov. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn planned to discuss the state's Nurse-Family Partnership program Friday at Children and Families First, a Wilmington nonprofit that is implementing the program with the help of federal funding.

The program involves nurses making home visits to first-time, low-income mothers to teach them how to care for themselves and their newborns.

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Local News
8:01 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Cellphone Tower Approved for New Castle Cemetery

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Officials in New Castle County have given their blessing to 14-story cellphone tower in a Delaware cemetery that will be made to look like a bell tower.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the New Castle County Board of Adjustment voted 3 to 2 in favor of the AT&T tower at All Saints Cemetery near Newark.  The paper reports more than 60 opponents of the tower were present for a hearing Thursday on the tower.

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Local News
7:53 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Punkin Chunkin Moves to Dover

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It’s official.

Pumpkin Chunkin will be moving to the Dover International Speedway next month.

This will be the 28th year for the event.

The move comes after organizers of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin event lost its old site at a farm near Bridgeville earlier this year.

More than 50 sites were looked at both in and out of the First State before it was decided on the International Speedway.

Some of the air cannons can shoot pumpkins nearly a mile so space was in important consideration.

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Local News
7:47 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Sheriff Christopher Considers Write-In Campaign

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher
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It could be a write-in campaign for Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher who lost to Robert Lee in his reelection bid by 21 votes in this week’s primary elections.

The manual count of the absentee ballots yesterday did not change the outcome.

Lee and Christopher were both on hand as election workers tallied up the 479 votes.

Christopher said that he was considering a write-in effort if Lee won the Republican primary.

He said he was getting phone calls from people urging to him to do so.

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Local News
7:43 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New 911 Smart System in Sussex County

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Sussex County unveiled its new ‘Smart911” system yesterday.

The online service would allow any Sussex County resident to draw up a Safety Profile for their household.

This would provide the 911 emergency officials with information that would allow them to better assist those in need as well as save time.   

The service is completely voluntary and free.

Those who sign up would have control over their information that would travel with them wherever they go in the United States.

Sussex County included funding for the new service in its 2014 budget.

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Local News
7:37 am
Fri September 12, 2014

FEMA Seeks Overpayments for Superstorm Sandy Recipients

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The Federal Emergency Management agency is investigating 45-hundred households that it says may have received overpayments  in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

After hurricane Sandy hit FEMA sent out some $1.4 billion in aid to residents along the East Coast – especially in New York and New Jersey.

In Maryland Somerset County residents were hit the hardest.

And many are now just getting their homes rebuilt.

Tina Throne, a Somerset County resident, told WBOC that she was surprised to hear some people may have to pay money back.

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Local News
7:32 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Inmate Dies in Delaware Correctional Institution

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Corrections officials say an inmate at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington has died.

The Department of Correction says 41-year-old Michael Piunti died Thursday morning at St. Francis Hospital. Officials say Delaware State Police are investigating Piunti's death as an apparent suicide.

Piunti arrived at the jail on Sept. 1. Officials say he was being held in default of bail on charges of forgery and other offenses.

Piunti's body has been turned over to the Medical Examiner's Office.

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Local News
7:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Panel Ponders Delaware Gambling Future

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel that recommended a $10 million financial bailout for Delaware's three casinos earlier this year has reconvened to figure out what, if anything, to do next to help the state's struggling gambling industry.

The gambling study commission, which met Thursday, is charged with studying challenges facing Delaware's gambling industry and recommending ways to help the state remain competitive in a region that is becomingly increasingly saturated with casinos.

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Local News
8:41 am
Thu September 11, 2014

9/11 Remembrance

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Flags in Maryland are flying at half-staff in honor of 9/11.

Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered the Maryland and U.S. flags flown at half-staff in memory of the people who died on that day.

It's been 13 years since the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

Ocean City

At noon today Ocean City will see a line of motorcycles ride down the Boardwalk.

It’s the annual 911 event held by the Maryland 3 Chapter of the Red Knights motorcycle club.

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Local News
8:31 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Vice President Biden Attends Saturday Star-Spangled Banner Event

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend the Star-Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore.

The National Park Service says the vice president is scheduled to attend the event on Saturday. It is being held at the Fort McHenry National Monument to observe the bicentennial of the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley also is scheduled to attend, along local and federal officials.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to be at the event, as well as Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

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Local News
8:27 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Second Confederate Flag Incident at Howard County School

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Two Howard County high school students arrived at school with Confederate flags draped over their shoulders just days after a fellow student was disciplined for displaying the divisive symbol.

Howard schools spokeswoman Rebecca Amani-Dove says the Glenelg High School students displayed the flags on campus before the opening bell Wednesday.

She tells The Washington Post that the students complied after being told to remove them, and that things have been calm.

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Local News
8:23 am
Thu September 11, 2014

DelDOT Crew Hit With Spray by Crop Duster

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Seven members of a Delaware of Transportation maintenance crew got hit with chemical from a crop duster just east of Bridgeville yesterday.

State officials say that there were 13 workers out along Coverdale Road and Delaware Route 404.

When the crop duster flew by spraying the area they were covered with a green liquid.

They took refuge in the truck as the plane continued to spray the area.

Officials say the plane was spraying a soybean field.

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Local News
8:17 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Cellphone Tower in Delaware Cemetery

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A proposal to build a 14-story cellphone tower in a Delaware cemetery and camouflage it as a bell tower is angering some residents of the area.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware reports a permit hearing will be held Thursday about the proposed  AT&T tower at All Saints Cemetery near Newark.

Opponents have gathered about 250 signatures of people who oppose the 142-foot tower, gathering some signatures online and others on paper.

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Local News
7:57 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Panel Meets on Delaware Casino Financial Troubles

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - With lawmakers already having approved a $10 million financial bailout for Delaware's three casinos earlier this year, a state panel is reconvening to figure out what to do next regarding the struggling gambling industry.

The state gambling study commission, which recommended the bailout, is scheduled to meet Thursday to resume its work. The panel is charged with studying the competitive marketplace facing Delaware's gambling industry and recommending ways to address it.

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Local News
7:55 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Solar and Wind Power for Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Mayor Jim Ireton has asked the Salisbury City Council to take a look at proposals for alternative energy sources to be included in plans to rebuild the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The mayor says that the proposals from wind and solar companies such as Pioneer Green and SolarCity could offset the electricity costs of the facility.

The city wants to rebuild the plant after an $80 million upgrade of the plant has left it in disrepair.

It was one of 66 facilities chosen to be upgraded to cut its nitrogen and phosphorus output by 70 percent.

 

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Local News
7:51 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Former FBI Director Investigates NFL Handling of Rice Decision

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NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL says former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement that the investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will grant Mueller access to all NFL records, the statement said.

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Local News
7:45 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Recount in Sussex County Sheriff's Race

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher
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Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher is almost out of office.

The Department of elections will hold a recount this morning since he lost to Robert Lee by only 21 votes in this week’s election.  

Kenneth McDowell, director of the Sussex county Election Department, told WBOC that results have never been overturned by a recount.

Only absentee ballots will be counted since the regular votes are cast by computer.

There are 479.

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Local News
7:42 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Clamate Change: An Economic Issue in Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is casting the work of his climate change commission as an economic development mission.

McAuliffe addressed the Climate Change and Resiliency Commission on Wednesday as the 30-plus members were sworn in.

McAuliffe made it clear he has no doubts about climate change and said how Virginia deals with rising seas will be critical to the state's economic future.

The state's coastal region is considered among the most vulnerable places to rising seas.

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Local News
7:40 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Harris Withdraws Names to Chair Conservative Committee

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md)
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Congressman Andy Harris has decided to withdraw his name to chair the Republican Study Committee in the wake of the sudden death of his wife.

The Eastern Shore Republican was considered a serious name for chair of the coalition of conservative House members.

But the National Journal reports that he took his name out of the running before the committee began to make its decision.

Harris’s wife of 30 years suddenly died on August 28 just a few days away from her 58th birthday.

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Local News
11:59 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Teen Charged for Alleged Fake Bomb Threat in Ocean Pines

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In Ocean Pines police have charged a 13 year old with making a bomb threat and trying to construct a device.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on September 7th police got tipped of about a suspected explosive device.

They said the threat appeared in text messages and on social media from teenagers including a picture of suspected bomb.

The suspect was identified and a search of his home uncovered a hoax device that would not be exploded.

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Local News
11:55 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Big Legal Expenses Follow Failed Newark Data Center Project

Proposed Newark Data Center
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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The city of Newark has spent more than $577,000 on legal and consulting fees related to a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site that was ultimately rejected by the University of Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports city Finance Director Lou Vitola says the city paid $509,324 to the law firm Connolly Gallagher since October 2013. The city also paid $53,959 to the Dover firm of Prickett Jones & Elliott and $14,270 to Liberty Environmental Inc.

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Local News
9:20 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Delaware Primaries Set GOP Slate, While Sussex County Sees Shake Up

Ken Simpler
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The results from the Delaware primary are in with a couple of upsets in Sussex County.

Ken Simpler Wins GOP Treasurer Primary

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Financial executive Ken Simpler has won Delaware's Republican primary for state treasurer.

Simpler defeated Milford businesswoman Sher Valenzuela in Tuesday's primary.

He advances to take on Democrat Sean Barney in November.

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Local News
8:46 am
Wed September 10, 2014

NFL Did Not See Video of Ray Rice Striking Fiance'

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - As questions arose about how the NFL investigated domestic violence allegations against Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, video showing the ex-Ravens running back punching his then-fiancee on an elevator.

Goodell told CBS that "no one in the NFL, to my knowledge" had seen a new video of what happened on the elevator until it was posted online.

"We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity," Goodell said.

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Local News
8:13 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Baltimore Celebrates National Anthem

Francis Scott Key
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BALTIMORE (AP) - As part of a weeklong celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner's 200th birthday, 30 naval vessels and tall ships will arrive in Baltimore's harbor.

Ships from around the world, including vessels from Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and Turkey, will dock at Locust Point, Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor. Many of the tall ships will be on public display between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., from Sept. 11 to 16.

The ships are part of the Star-Spangled Spectacular, an event to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of America's national anthem.

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