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SALISBURY, MD---From chamber music to folk to rock, everything is fair game for Delmarva in Performance, a new series debuting 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, on WSCL 89.5 FM.

Each two-hour broadcast features music recorded live from a concert stage on the Delmarva Peninsula. Current participating venues and organizations include Coastal Concerts, Inc. of Lewes, DE; the Arts Council of the Eastern Shore in Onancock, VA; the Avalon Theatre and Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Easton, MD; and Salisbury University.

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There is a report that a 23 year old West Virginia man is in critical condition after falling from a balcony in Ocean City last night.

Police say they were called to the scene in the 25th Street area at around 6:30 p.m. when he was treated by an Ocean City medical emergency team.

WBOC reports that eventually he was sent to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and then onto Shock  Trauma in Baltimore.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - As federal investigators try to find out why an Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia sped up in the last minute before it derailed, Amtrak's top official says the railroad takes full responsibility for the deadly wreck.

Amtrak president and CEO, Joseph Boardman, says in a letter on Amtrak's official blog that it's cooperating fully in an investigation into the accident that killed eight people and injured more than 200 this week.

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We look at the growing craft beer movement on Delmarva, including the history of local brew and a new organization promoting the tasty stuff.

Guests:

Anne McGinnis Hillyer- CEO of Sate Ventures, which runs shorecraftbeer.com

Tony Russo, author of Eastern Shore Beer: The Heady History of Chesapeake Brewing

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HEWLETT, N.Y. (AP) - A funeral will be held Friday for one of the victims killed in this week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

The Boulevard-Riverside-Hewlett Chapel on Long Island confirms that an 11:30 a.m. service will be held for U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Justin Zemser.

The 20-year-old sophomore was traveling from the academy in Annapolis, Maryland, to his home in New York City when he was killed in Tuesday night's accident. He was one of eight people killed in the derailment.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Members of AAA Mid-Atlantic can now get roadside assistance even if they ditch the car and hop on their bicycles.

AAA is announcing Friday that it is extending bicycle coverage at no extra cost to members in Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia and parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

That means if a member's bicycle breaks down, AAA Mid-Atlantic will send a service vehicle to take the member and the bicycle to a nearby bicycle shop, home or other safe location.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Some groups opposed to Baltimore police actions in the Freddie Gray case plan to rally in downtown Baltimore Saturday afternoon.

The demonstration is set for 3 p.m. in McKeldin Square near the Inner Harbor. That's about two hours before the scheduled start of the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, 5 1/2 miles away.

Sharon Black of the Baltimore People's Power Assembly says marchers from the rally are unlikely to reach Pimlico.

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Another lawsuit has been filed against Salisbury Police officer and the city of Salisbury.

The suit accused Officer Justin Aita of excessive force, civil assault and false arrest.

The incident occurred on April 9th when the officer was called to a home for a domestic disturbance in which a 17 year old was slapped by a Roger Street resident and then called his mother.

The suit alleges that four people including the young man’s older brother, mother and aunt were slammed to the ground.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A coalition of environmental groups has filed a court challenge to new federal rules aimed at preventing accidents involving trains carrying oil and other flammable fuels.

The groups argue federal officials gave companies too much time to phase out railroad tank cars known to rupture during derailments. It also says the government has backtracked on earlier requirements for railroads to notify state officials about oil shipments.

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Things are back to normal for Bethany Beach businesses after some temporary street construction.

With the tourist season about to get into full swing the traffic cones have been removed, the detour signs taken down and road blocks have been lifted.

It took two years to complete the improvements and cost $2 million.

Weather kept the project was being completed last year as scheduled.  

And, Brooke Williams of the Kites, Tails and Toys store told WBOC that many people did not know where they were located during the construction period.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal by Democratic lawmakers to raise motor vehicle fees to pay for road and infrastructure improvements has cleared the House on a straight party line vote.

The legislation was approved Thursday on a 25-16 vote, just meeting the required three-fifth majority, with no Republican support.

The legislation, which now goes to the Senate, increases the document fee on car sales from 3.75 percent to 4.25 percent. Penalties for late license and registration renewals, along with several other fees, would increase substantially.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Republican candidate in last year's recorder of deeds race in Kent County.

The court ruled Thursday that a judge should have dismissed a petition filed by La Mar Gunn challenging the election results, rather than ordering a hand recount. That recount ended in a tie, and Democratic Gov. Jack Markell appointed Democratic incumbent Betty Lou McKenna to the office.

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BOSTON (AP)- Martin O'Malley plans to announce his presidential intentions on May 30 in Baltimore, a move that could present another Democratic challenger to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

An O'Malley aide says the former Maryland governor will hold a conference call with supporters on Thursday night to discuss his plans. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning and was not authorized to speak publicly.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of travelers were scrambling and commuters were re-thinking their work weeks Wednesday after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia shut down a critical section of the busiest railroad in North America.

The crash choked Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, which carries more than 750,000 passengers a day between eight states and the District of Columbia, on Amtrak and eight commuter rail lines.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's economic development arm is seeking to raise $15 million to help businesses recover from riots and looting sparked by the death of Freddie Gray.

The Baltimore Development Corp. said Wednesday it will use the Baltimore Business Recovery Fund to make no-interest loans of up to $35,000 to businesses with property damage or inventory losses. The nonprofit corporation says about 350 businesses were affected.

The corporation says the loans may convert to grants if certain benchmarks are met.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says many Americans living in cities are worse off than they were eight years ago, and Democrats in Washington wasted a chance to stop that from happening.

The former Baltimore mayor is considering a run against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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A committee in the Delaware House of Representatives has given its okay to increase  DMV fees to provide more money for improving the state’s roads and bridges.

Democrats are looking to get another $23.9 million to put into the Highway Trust Fund.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that would be matched by new infrastructure loans.

Among the increases are hikes for duplicate driver’s license and titles.

In addition, the fee for vehicle transfers would go up from 3.75 percent to 4.45 percent.

Officials hope that will raise $12.5 million a year.

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If you’re going to go surf fishing in Delaware there are some new parking restrictions.

The vehicles will not have to park single-file instead of side-by-side.

WBOC reports that Delaware officials hope that this will keep out the people who are not surf fishing.

There have been complaints from fishermen of overcrowding.

The number of surf fishing tags has jumped by 30 percent over the last half decade.

It is expected to hit 15-thousand by the end of this year.

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$60 million has been awarded by the Maryland Board of Public Works for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant in Salisbury.

The money will go to design and building a system for Biological Nutrient Removal and Enhanced Nutrient Removal.

City officials hope this will cut the output of nitrogen by over 83 percent and of phosphorus by 85 percent.  

The Salisbury wastewater treatment plant processes 8.5 million gallons a day.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill to abolish Delaware's death penalty has failed to clear a House committee after winning narrow passage in the Senate last month.

After a two-and-a-half hour hearing Wednesday, members of the House Judiciary Committee voted 6-to-5 not to send the bill to the full House.

Supporters of the bill argued that the death penalty is racially unfair, costly, morally wrong, and ineffective as a deterrent to crime. Opponents argued that capital punishment is justified as a form of punishment for first-degree murder.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's state revenues in April increased by more than 10 percent from a year ago.

Figures released Wednesday by McAuliffe's office show payroll withholding tax collections increased by 3.5 percent in April. Sales and use tax collections rose by 5.9 percent.

Collections of individual nonwithholding and corporate income taxes also increased.

Total revenue collections are up 7.5 percent so far this fiscal year. A budget approved in the 2015 legislative session projected 4.7 percent growth.

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The proxy war is over and the DuPont Board of Directors is still intact.

The Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund conceded defeat even before the results were announced at the annual stock holders meeting.

In addressing the meeting CEO Ellen Kullman said that she was encouraged by the feedback that she had received from shareholders during the proxy battle.

But, she added, there was more work to be done to realize the company’s potential.

Peltz had initially called for splitting DuPont into two companies but then backed away.

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Motorists may soon see some road closure signs in the town of Berlin.

Part of Main Street between Old Ocean City Boulevard or Route 346 and Route 50 will be shut down to through traffic between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. over a number of weeks.

It’s the result of a sewage repair project which is now in its preliminary assessment stage.

A hard start has yet to be determined.

Local residents on Main Street will still be allowed to get to their homes during construction.

 

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One of the themes of the 2016 presidential campaign has been income inequality. Delmarva Public Radio's Melodi Gaus prepared this report looking at its causes and its impact on Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The government's first estimate of damage from rioting last month in Baltimore puts the cost at $9 million.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office said Tuesday the preliminary estimate comes from a Small Business Administration survey of 284 businesses and two homes damaged during riots following the death of Freddie Gray.

Mikulski's office says the agency found that 30 businesses and one home sustained major damage. Another 254 businesses and one home sustained minor damage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee is set to hold a pivotal hearing on legislation to abolish Delaware's death penalty.

The bill narrowly cleared the Senate last month. The chief House sponsor of the bill, however, concedes that he probably doesn't have enough votes in the judiciary committee to send the bill to the House floor.

Democratic Rep. Sean Lynn of Dover says he plans to take the politically risky option of trying to suspend rules and bring the bill straight to the floor.

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The Wallops Flight facility is looking at the possibility of landing reusable booster rockets and manned spacecraft.

An environmental study is now underway that could lead to manned space flights coming to Accomack County.

Bruce Underwood, Wallops’ deputy director, told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are no plans at present to land spacecraft at the facility.

But he adds there have been several government agencies and private space companies that have expressed interest.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has unanimously approved a bill that would make it easier for those with juvenile criminal convictions to have their records expunged.

The bill cleared the House on Tuesday and now goes to the Senate.

The legislation modifies discretionary provisions to allow more people, including those with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, to be eligible to have their records cleared. The person could not have adult convictions, other than for traffic offenses, or pending criminal charges.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a measure prohibiting publicly traded corporations from enacting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they challenge the company in court and lose.

The measure passed on a 16-to-5 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House. The bill pits shareholder rights advocates against business groups who argue fee-hungry lawyers are filing frivolous lawsuits challenging almost every major corporate merger and acquisition.

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