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9:51 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Former VA Governor Gets Money for Mitt for Defense Fund

Former VA Governor Bob McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly released tax records show former Gov. Bob McDonnell's legal defense fund raised nearly $150,000 during the first quarter of this year.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, gave $10,000. Coal baron Richard Baxter Gilliam gave $50,000, the single biggest donation.

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9:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

No Smoking Signs Go Up in Rehoboth Beach

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Rehoboth Beach is gearing up to enforce its no smoking ban with 170 signs to be place along the Boardwalk and in city parks.

In addition, there will be certain locations along the beach where smoking will be allowed.

Commissioner Stan Mills told the Wilmington News Journal that he expected the effort will cost $31-thousand with nearly half paid for by the state of Delaware.

There will also be a web page where visitors can find out where the smoking and non-smoking areas are with a brief explanation of the decision to limit smoking in the resort.

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9:31 am
Wed April 23, 2014

OC Food Pantry Finds New Home

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The Shepherd’s Crook Food Pantry has a new home in Ocean City.

The new facility will open on May 1st at an empty store front located at 205 Baltimore St.

It has been operating out of the Ocean City Health Center’s Annex.

The pantry was once operated out of the basement of the St. Paul’s By The Sea Episcopal Church which was damaged fire last November.

That was the blaze that took the life of Pastor David Dingwall and another man who entered the facility on fire.

Another person was injured.

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8:55 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Lock Fix At Worcester County Jail Behind Schedule

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Those faulty locks at the Worcester County Jail that allowed prisoners to leave their cells have still not been fixed.

County officials discovered the problem six months ago that allowed the inmate to move about in the holding area.

Kim Moses, a county spokesperson, told the Salisbury Daily Times that there had been delays due to retrofitting issues forcing the contractor to reshape the steel locks.

It was back in November that Warden Garry Mumford told county officials of the deficient locks and had been hoping to get the problem fixed by January.

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8:37 am
Wed April 23, 2014

First Coast-to-Coast National Trail Proposed

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Senator Chris Coons says he will introduce legislation that would make the American Discovery Trail part of the National Trails System.

There are a number of agencies that currently oversee 68-hundred mile long trail that runs from Cape Henlopen State Park to Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the cost of maintaining the trail is estimated at $2-million a year.

The Delaware Democrat says the principle opposition comes from those leaders who fear the trail would become an excuse for the state to take privately owned lands.

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8:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Gansler: High-Speed Rail Between Baltimore and Washington

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Attorney General Doug Gansler wants a task force to study options for high-speed rail service between Baltimore and Washington.

Gansler, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, says that if he's elected governor, he'll gather representatives from transportation agencies, housing and environmental advocacy groups and private businesses to submit recommendations.

He says it would boost Baltimore's economy.

There are two proposals in the works for a high-speed rail within Maryland, but they depend largely on the federal government.

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7:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

More Court Briefs Backing EPA Bay Restoration Plan

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says more friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in support of a massive restoration of the estuary.

The leading advocate for the bay's cleanup says one amicus brief has been filed by several cities, including New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A second was filed by Florida conservation groups.

This month, Virginia's attorney general filed an amicus brief in support of the plan.

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10:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Marriage Equality Could Bring Big Dollars to Virginia

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A report by a think tank at UCLA says legalizing gay marriages in Virginia could generate up to $60 million in spending in three years.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that about 7,000 same-sex couples may choose to get married in Virginia within three years of a change in law. In February, a federal judge in Norfolk struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. The decision has been stayed pending an appeal, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Richmond on May 13.

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10:26 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Inmate's Death Ruled Homicide in Sussex Correctional Institution

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - A death certificate states the death of a Delaware inmate has been ruled a homicide.

The certificate provided Steve Hampton, an attorney representing the family of 48-year-old Ronald Shoup of Lewes, shows that the Sussex Correctional Institution inmate "sustained lethal trauma while being restrained multiple times by prison response team."

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10:08 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Bay Grasses Making Come Back

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Scientists say an indicator of the Chesapeake Bay's health - underwater grasses - has reversed a three-year downward trend.

The Chesapeake Bay Program released its annual report on underwater grasses on Monday. The program says the abundance of underwater grasses increased 24 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Underwater grasses are considered critical to the bay ecosystem because they offer food to small invertebrates and migratory birds and shelter for young fish and blue crabs.

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9:59 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Earth Day: Environmental Progress on Delmarva

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With the nation marking Earth Day, Alan  Girard, Eastern Shore director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says much progress has been made in cleaning up the bay and dealing with population growth on Delmarva.

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9:40 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Sparks Fly During Salisbury City Council Session on Redistricting

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Old divisions emerged as the Salisbury City Council took up the Mayor’s proposal to create five council districts replacing the two districts currently in place.

Currently, the city has a plan to expand the minority-majority district from one to two seats while reducing District from four to three.

But the Mayor has never submitted that plan to the judge who would have to approve it under a consent decree hanging over the city.

Opponents say that would still leave a lopsided racial disparity.

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9:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

MD Health Exchange High Tech Cost

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A breakdown of spending on Maryland's troubled health exchange shows that more than $90 million of the nearly $130 million cost so far has gone toward technology expenses.

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9:01 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Dew Tour Returns to Ocean City

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The Dew Tour is returning to Ocean City this summer.

The event set for June 25th - 29th will be celebrating it 10 year anniversary featuring skateboard and BMX competitions during the five day event.

Eric Grill, president of Alli Sports, a division of NBC Sports, cited the continuing support of the resort over the last three years, for its decision to come back to the seaside resort.

Mayor Rick Meehan told the Salisbury Daily Times that his city was thrilled to host the event for another year.

The rest of the Dew Tour schedule has yet to be set.

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8:45 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Revenue Projection Down for Delaware Budget Writers

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Delaware’s revenue forecasting panel says the state’s budget problems just got worse predicting that it will fall $75 million short of previous estimates.

The new projections by the non-partisan Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council means that the state’s governor and lawmakers may have to consider budget cuts as they head toward the June deadline.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Governor Jack Markell is expected to put $20 million back into the general fund that agencies will not spend this year.

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8:35 am
Tue April 22, 2014

EPA To Monitor Ground Water from Superfund Site in Hagerstown

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to learn the extent of groundwater pollution from a Superfund site in Hagerstown.

The agency is asking the mayor and City Council on Tuesday to let it install detector devices in surface water at several city parks.

The EPA would then inject a non-toxic dye at the Central Chemical Superfund site and look for it the dye at the monitoring locations.

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8:21 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Berlin Intersection Made Safer After Fatal Accident

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The intersection of Bay Street and Route 113 in Berlin just got safer.

It now has new crosswalks, signage and a new speed limit that has been lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph.

In addition, town officials say a lit crossing signal will be put in by September.

The improvements come after a deadly crash in November where on teenager was killed while his brother lost his leg.

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8:01 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Osprey's Fight Eviction on Bay Bridge

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A pair of ospreys whose nest had been removed by state transportation workers because it was blocking a traffic camera rebuilt the nest, only to have it removed again.

The back-and-forth between the migratory birds and the Maryland Transportation Authority began Friday when the state agency tried to move the nest on a pole that holds a traffic camera on the Bay Bridge.

Agency spokesman John Sales said officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.

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12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn Jumps into Delaware A.G. Race

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn says he will seek the attorney general's office.

Denn announced Monday that he has filed with the state elections commissioner to be a Democratic candidate in the race this year.

The announcement comes just days after Attorney General Beau Biden announced he would not seek a third term and instead focus on a run for governor in 2016.

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12:15 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Bad Weather Delays Bethany Beach Streetscape

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are blaming the weather for holding up a streetscape project in Bethany Beach.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says harsh weather this winter slowed work on Garfield Parkway near the boardwalk and the project won't be complete before Memorial Day. Work will be put on hold during the summer tourism season and resume in the fall.

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12:02 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

MD Governor Pushes Back on Holding Immigrants for ICE

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor says a state jail in Baltimore will no longer automatically comply with federal requests to hold immigrants past their release date for possible deportation.

Gov. Martin O'Malley says the Baltimore City Detention Center will now consider the severity of the charges a person is facing when reviewing U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement requests to hold immigrants through the "Secure Communities" program. O'Malley notified Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson of the change in a letter released last week.

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9:06 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Senator Tom Carper To Push for Hike in Gas Tax

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Senator Tom Carper wants to increase the federal gas tax by 3-to-4 cents a year for up to four years indexing it to inflation.

The Delaware Democrat says that would bring it back to the buying power of the 18.6 cents of 1993.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he says the increase would make sure that the nation’s bridges would be in good shape.

Carper not only chairs the Senate Transportation Committee but is also a member of the finance committee.

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8:53 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Salisbury Mayor's Plan to Redraw Council Maps

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Mayor Jim Ireton wants to expand the number of City Council districts from two to five in Salisbury.

Under the Mayor’s plan that would take effect with the November 2015 election when all of the seats are on the ballot.

The proposal would include two minority majority districts.

But such change would require a judge’s approval as a result of the 1987 lawsuit that produced the current lone minority-majority district now occupied by Shanie Shields.

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8:42 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Red Light Cameras Reduce Dangerous Crashes

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state report shows Delaware's red-light cameras are reducing the frequency of dangerous crashes at 30 intersections, even as they bring in fewer dollars than in past years.

The News Journal reports the Delaware Department of Transportation's program generated more than 39,000 red-light tickets and about $4 million in fines last year. Fines are $112.50 each. After the program's expenses, it brought in just under $900,000.

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8:27 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Delaware Bill Would Allow Beer Sales at Movie Theaters

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They could be serving popcorn and a beer at your local movie theater in Delaware.

At least, that’s what legislation introduced into the state’s General Assembly would allow for theaters that have 500 seats, are open 5 days a week and have at least 250 movie showings a year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports there are around 30 states which allow alcohol to be served at movie theaters.

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8:14 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Upcoming Delaware Budget Revenue Forecast Revision

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official financial projections is updating revenue estimates lawmakers will consider as they work on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council meets Monday, one month after lowering its overall revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by almost $108 million compared to its December forecast. Leading that decline was a $70 million drop in estimated corporate income taxes.

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7:55 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Berlin Woman Dies from Cleaning Fluid Fumes

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) - The Worcester County Sheriff's Office says a 75-year-old woman died after cleaning her home in Berlin.

Officials say the woman was cleaning her bathroom at her home at the Lake Haven Trailer Park on Sunday, when she mixed a cleaning product that may have had ammonia in it with bleach, a combination which can create toxic vapors.

The woman was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where officials say she was pronounced dead.

Officials say the incident is still under investigation, but they are reminding people to never mix cleaning products.

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7:39 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Delay in Superintendent Selection for Anne Arundel County School District

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Anne Arundel County school board is delaying its selection of a new schools superintendent.

The Capital reports the board previously scheduled its section for this week's meeting on Wednesday. But Board of Education President Teresa Milio Birge says the board wasn't able to get everything done in time.

A decision could come at the May 7 meeting. The board could also call a special meeting to make a selection.

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11:16 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Beau Biden Seeks Higher Office, MD Dem's Square Off, The Money Primary

Attorney General Beau Biden
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No third term for Attorney General Beau Biden.

Instead, the Vice President’s son will spend the next two years gearing up for a run at the Governor’s chair.

The announcement came in the form of a written statement.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Biden was not available for comment nor did he schedule a news conference on his decision.

Recently Biden has been battling health problems and was hospitalized in a Texas cancer center where he underwent surgery to remove a small lesion from his brain.

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10:52 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sulfur Dioxide Emissions at Delaware Refinery

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware environmental officials say nearly 200 pounds of sulfur dioxide has been released into the air at the Delaware City Refinery.

WDEL-AM reports that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said Thursday that the release was tied to a flaring incident caused by a mechanical malfunction.

The agency says 195 pounds of sulfur dioxide, a chemical compound the Environmental Protection Agency considers hazardous, was released into the air.

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