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11:41 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Holiday Travel Up in Maryland and Virginia

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Record numbers of Maryland residents are expected to travel for the year-end holidays due in part to lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 2.1 million Maryland residents are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for the holidays. That would be a 4.6 percent increase over last year's holiday travel.

AAA says the three key factors driving an increase in travel are stronger consumer confidence, lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window.

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11:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

VA Lawmaker Quits Over Sex Scandal, But Will Run Again

Delegate Joseph Morrissey (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Democratic state lawmaker is resigning from office after recently entering a plea in connection with accusations that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenager.

But Del. Joseph D. Morrissey says he plans to run for his seat in a special election.

Morrissey sent a letter Thursday to the House speaker saying he will resign, effective Jan. 13.

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9:08 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Five Deaths from Hypothermia in Maryland

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State public health officials say  Maryland has seen its first deaths from hypothermia this season, with five people dying from cold-related conditions in a month.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a news release Wednesday that the give deaths occurred between mid-November and mid-December.

Officials says the deaths were a man age 18-44 in Frederick County; a man age 18-44 in Anne Arundel County; a man over 65 in Wicomico County; and a woman over 65 in Carroll County. 

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8:58 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Number of Flu Case Up in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials are urging residents to get a flu shot as case of the illness increase in Delaware.

The Division of Public Health said in an email Wednesday that more than 250 cases of the flu have been confirmed in the state this season. Officials also say there has been an increase in emergency room visits by patients with flu-like symptoms.

Two people have died from the flu in the state.

The Division of Public Health has reported influenza A viruses most often.

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8:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Officials Tour Damaged Launch Pad at Wallops Flight Facility

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The rocket was carrying a cargo ship was bound for the International Space Station.

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8:39 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Delaware Officials Celebrate First National Park in State

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating congressional passage of legislation that will lead to the creation of Delaware's first national park.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's congressional delegation and other officials in historic New Castle on Thursday to celebrate the creation of The First State National Historical Park.

the recent congressional approval was inserted into a defense spending package and comes almost 13 years since a committee examined the viability of a national park in Delaware.

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8:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

NASCAR Driver Calls Assault Charges "Fabrication"

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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch says there is no truth to allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll at the Dover International Speedway.

Busch took the stand yesterday during the second day of a hearing in Kent County Family Court.

Driscoll is seeking a court order to keep the race car driver from having any contact with her.

The alleged assault was supposed to have occurred inside Busch’s motorhome and is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Dover Police Department.

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8:22 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Delawareans React to Change in U.S.-Cuba Relations

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It was like the fall of the Berlin Wall.

That was the reaction of Wilmington Council member Sammy Prado as he watched president Obama announce that the United States would restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Prado’s mother left Cuba in 1961 under a special program for kids.

This week’s announcement now opens up the potential for Delaware students to travel to Cuba as well as opportunities for Delaware businesses on the Caribbean Island.

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8:17 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Delaware Senator Visits U.S. Troops Fighting Ebola

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Sen. Chris Coons says he is going to West Africa to visit U.S. soldiers who are helping to fight the Ebola outbreak.

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8:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Improving Low Performance Schools in Red Clay District

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The Red Clay School Board has given the green light to move ahead with trying to turn around its three Priority Schools.

These have been found to have scored the lowest on state tests.

However, in the 6 to 1 vote the board rejected some of the requirements laid down by the state including requiring each teacher to re-apply for their job.

They also turned back a requirement that would have paid the leaders of the schools $160-thousand a year.

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7:59 am
Thu December 18, 2014

No Big Gifts for Virginia Governor

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he has not received any big-ticket gifts since taking office this year, a notable departure from what was commonplace under past administrations.

A list of gifts received by McAuliffe was included in the governor's recently filed statement of economic interest. The list shows the governor accepted mostly trinkets related to trade missions. The statement says he didn't receive access to vacation homes or tickets to sporting events that were frequently given to previous Virginia governors.

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7:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

VA Governor Makes Budgetary Increase Request

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

The governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state's biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers.

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7:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Hogan Names Four Cabinet Secretaries

Governor-Elect Larry Hogan (R-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Governor-elect Larry Hogan has named four Cabinet secretaries for his administration.

One of them, Secretary of Juvenile Services Sam Abed, will continue in the post he was appointed to by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley.

On Wednesday, Hogan named Delegate Kelly Schulz to be secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

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5:15 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Essay: Bridging the Racial Divide

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The deaths of two African Americans at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York have sparked protests across the nation. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders how we as a nation may bridge that divide.

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11:12 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Kristen Loetz to Give Commencement at Salisbury University

Holloway Hall on the Campus of Salisbury University
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Kristen Loetz, who was the victim of a shooting at an off campus apartment by a former boyfriend, will be the Commencement speaker at Salisbury University this year.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times she felt the experience showed people that “…no matter what you are faced with there is a way to overcome it.”

The 22-year old from Stevensville was critically wounded in the shooting shortly after 6:30 p.m. on September 3rd of last year by 21 year old Ryan Shallue.

She also pays a personal tribute to her friend C.J Abbott who was killed trying to stop the shooting.

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9:36 am
Fri December 12, 2014

New App to Prevent Drunk Driving

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has launched a new phone app to fight drunk driving.

The ENDUI app allows users to estimate their blood-alcohol level, test motor skills with games and call designated drivers. The app encourages users to report drunk drivers and warns that "driving with any amount of alcohol in your system may impair you and be illegal."

The free app is available for Android and iPhone users. It was announced Thursday by state government and police officials at an annual memorial service for those who've been killed because of drunk driving.

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9:34 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Racial Slur Sparks Court Fight Over Police Personnel Records

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's highest court has agreed to hear a case involving the state's public records law and whether it requires Maryland State Police to turn over records involving a trooper who used a racial slur.

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9:30 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Hogan: Strong Medicine for MD Budget Deficit

Governor-Elect Larry Hogan (R-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says strong medicine is needed to get Maryland's long-running budget problems in order.

Hogan gave a general outline of problems the state is facing on Thursday in Annapolis. While he avoided specifics, Hogan says state government needs to have the courage to avoid increased spending.

Maryland is facing a shortfall of about $300 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The state also has a projected $593 million budget hole in the next fiscal year.

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9:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

White-Tailed Deer Hunt at Brandywine Creek State Park

White-Tailed Deer
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wildlife officials will conduct a controlled deer hunt at Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said Thursday that the park will be closed to the general public during the hunt on Tuesday and Wednesday. The hunt will be conducted from deer stands.

The controlled hunt has been conducted every year since 1994 to reduce the number of white-tailed deer in the 1,000-acre park. Hunting is not otherwise permitted in the park.

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9:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

$20 Million for Wallops Repair in House Spending Bill

Rocket explodes at Wallops Flight Facility just minutes after liftoff for International Space Station
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The last minute spending bill approved by the House of Representatives last night included $20 million in funding to help in the repair of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility that was damaged during the explosion of an Antares rocket just after liftoff this year.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kane announced that the money is contained in the bill that will now be considered by the Senate.

The two Virginia Democrats calls the Wallops Facility a key asset to the state that they expect will continue to play a role in NASA and space exploration.

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9:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

I-495 Bridge Repair to be Completed Next Month

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Repairs on the damaged I-495 bridge over the Christina River will continue through January after the pilings were found to have been damaged last June.

Around 90 percent of the work has been completed and state officials had been hoping to get the work finished by the end of the calendar year.

The bridge was closed on June 2 after it was found to be tipping dangerously between the river and Christiana Avenue.

The southbound lanes were reopened on July 31st and the northbound lanes were reopened on August 24th.

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9:16 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Data Vulnerable at University of Maryland College Park

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - State auditors say sensitive data in computers at the University of Maryland-College Park remains vulnerable to hackers five years after administrators were told about security flaws.

The university said Thursday that the shortcomings identified in a 2009 audit weren't related to a data breach in February involving the records of about 288,000 students, faculty and staff members.

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9:09 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Markell Marks Opening of Constroversial Rehab Center

Governor jack Markell (D-De)
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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is celebrating the grand opening of a HealthSouth rehabilitation hospital in Middletown after steering its controversial approval through state government.

Markell planned to join Healthsouth executives and other elected officials for Friday's grand opening.

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9:06 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Judge Says Gun Give-Back Can Go Ahead in Fredericksburg

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FREDERICKSUBRG, Va. (AP) - A Fredericksburg judge has refused to block a gun give-back event sponsored by the city's police department.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League and gun dealer and collector Patricia Webb sought an injunction to stop Saturday's event, claiming an ordinance was required. They also said the event could deny business opportunities to dealers and collectors of one-of-a-kind weapons.

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Delmarva Today
9:03 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Delmarva Today 12/12/2014

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The deaths of two African American men at the hands of police have set off a series of protests across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore there have been small protests, including those on the campuses of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University.

Guests: Dr. James King, Associate Professor of English, Salisbury University and faculty advisor of SU's chapter of the NAACP

Juliez Benjamin, student President of SU's chapter of the NAACP

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10:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Michael Steele To Deliver Commencement at UMES

Michael Steele (R)
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Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is returning to the state he once presided over as Lt. Governor.

He will be delivering the Commencement Speech tomorrow at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Steele was the first African American to be elected statewide in Maryland and subsequently made a failed senate bid.

During his time in the administration of Governor Bob Ehrlich he worked to reform the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program and championed charter schools in the state.

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10:24 am
Thu December 11, 2014

"I Can't Breathe" -- Georgetown Basketball Team

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Georgetown basketball team is the latest to stage an "I Can't Breathe" protest.

The entire roster emerged for the final warmups wearing black short-sleeve T-shirts with the words "I CAN'T BREATHE" in white before Wednesday night's game against No. 10 Kansas.

Players wore the T-shirts during the national anthem and pregame handshakes, then took them off for the announcement of the starting lineups.

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10:16 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Congressman Harris Attacks D.C Pot Initiative Through Funding

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A measure by Congressman Andy Harris that challenges Washington D.C.’s legalization of marijuana has made it into a must pass spending bill to keep the federal government open.

The provision would stop the District from spending money to enact laws or rules that legalize or reduce penalties for marijuana possession for recreational purposes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Harris’ staff believes the legislation would keep the ballot measure approved last month from going into effect.

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10:11 am
Thu December 11, 2014

4 Maryland Private Colleges Get Grants from Hodson Trust

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Four Maryland private colleges are announcing gifts totaling $10.5 million from the Delaware-based Hodson Trust.

St. John's College said on Wednesday it received $2.75 million from the trust. Washington College announced a $2.75 million gift earlier in the week. Johns Hopkins University and Hood College say they each received $2.5 million.

The schools said they will use the funds for undergraduate scholarships, internships, research programs and other purposes. 

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10:03 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Federal Grant to Improve Early Childhood Education in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are touting a $5.5 million grant from the federal grant in their effort to improve early childhood education programs.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to visit La Fiesta Child Care Center in Wilmington on Thursday to discuss the grant announced this week.

The child care center is part of the Latin American Community Center and a partner site that will benefit from federal health and human services grant.

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