The first half-hour of the broadcast celebrates the new edition of The Delmarva Review (Vol. 8). Harold O. Wilson’s guests are Wilson Wyatt, executive editor of the Review, poet Wendy Mitman Clark, fiction writer Jamie Brown and nonfiction editor of the review George Merrill.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Human Relations Commission voted to urge Gov. Jack Markell and state lawmakers to issue a formal apology for slavery.
The Wilmington News Journal reports the 24-member commission voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday. The commission is a state panel charged with promoting positive relationships among racial and ethnic groups.

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SABILLASVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Frederick County Public Schools spokesman says a prayer said by a local Methodist minister at an elementary school assembly was a mistake.
Michael Doerrer told The Frederick News-Post Tuesday that the invocation conflicted with a policy that forbids school employees from encouraging religious activities. In his invocation, the Rev. Bob Kells asked God to re-energize the school community.

Don Rush

The Thanksgiving holiday is expected to see millions of drivers on the road.

In Maryland just under a million are expected out and about, while another 128 thousand from Delaware will be traveling – most of them by car.

This is a small increase from last year but holiday traveling has seen a continuous rise since the end of the Great Recession.

Farming the Oyster

Nov 25, 2015
Don Rush

With the depletion of the oyster in the Chesapeake Bay a new industry has grown up in the region. It's called aquaculture where oysters are raised to produce this iconic creature. WYPR's Joel McCord took a look at the growth of this industry in the region.

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Senator Barbara Mikulski received the nation’s highest civilian honor last night at the White House.

President Barak Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to the Maryland Democrat along with such notables as filmmaker Steven Spielberg and singer-songwriter
Barbara Streisand along with baseball greats Willie Mays and Yogi Berra.

There were seventeen in all.

Mikulski, who has decided not to run for re-election, is considered the Dean of Maryland’s congressional delegation and is the longest serving woman on Capitol Hill.

EASTON, Md. (AP) - The Talbot County Council has announced that the Talbot Boys monument will remain on the county courthouse lawn despite protest and debate.

The council made the announcement Tuesday night during a packed meeting.

The monument is the only Civil War memorial on the grounds. It lists the names of Confederate war dead and also bears a statue of a Confederate color bearer holding a Confederate flag.

The council says the federal government considers Confederate soldiers to be veterans of the United States and are entitled to the same benefits. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An Annapolis man is suing the city, accusing police officers of unlawfully stopping and searching his vehicle several times because he was a white man in a neighborhood with predominantly African-American and Latino residents.

Daniel Hodges filed the lawsuit Saturday in U.S. District Court, naming Mayor Mike Pantelides, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop and officers involved in the traffic stops.

Hodges' lawyer Nevin Young says he believes the officers presumed his client to be in the minority neighborhoods to buy illegal drugs.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A family is suing PETA for $9.7 million after they say workers from the organization euthanized their Chihuahua.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Wilber Zarate and his daughter each sued the group Tuesday in Norfolk Circuit Court for $2 million. They are also suing PETA workers Victoria Carey and Jennifer Wood for $350,000 each and are asking for $5 million in punitive damages.

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The New Castle County Council Executive Committee formally came out against using any county money for the private stock exchange in Wilmington.

It was a heated one-hour discussion.

And, Council member George Smiley who sponsored the resolution said he was bothered by any use of county funds.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in July the council approved a $15 million revenue bond for a startup company to construct a stock exchange in Wilmington.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dewey Beach businessman and former U.S. Senate candidate Alex Pires says attorneys are trying to negotiate a settlement of a federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed by the Cracker Barrel restaurant company.

Cracker Barrel filed the lawsuit last week, alleging that Highway I Limited Partnership, led by Pires, was using a design for the new Jimmy's Grille restaurant and gift shop in Rehoboth Beach that copies and misappropriates the distinctive look of Cracker Barrel restaurants.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia health officials say the flu season is off to a slow start, with no confirmed cases in the state so far.

The Daily Press reports that at this time last year, Virginia had reported sporadic activity for several weeks. Flu became widespread in December.

The season runs from October to May and typically peaks in the U.S. between December and February.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - One of the nation's largest installers of residential solar energy systems has failed to win a guarantee that it would not be regulated as a public utility or electric supplier if it does business in Delaware.

Vivint Solar Inc. had asked the Delaware Public Service Commission for a declaratory order clarifying that it would not be subject to commission oversight in offering solar power purchase agreements or solar leases to residential customers in Delaware.

Delmarva Public Radio has plenty of music and fun to go with your family's Thanksgiving Feast this year.

Thanksgiving Day on WSCL, 89.5

11AM- Two special half hour programs of choral music and thoughtful refection from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Music and the Spoken Word.

Virginia Law Enforcement

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a missing Bloxom man has been recovered from a car in the Rappahannock River.

Media outlets report that 80-year-old Howard Shrieves Jr.'s body was recovered Tuesday near the Fredericksburg City Dock. The Accomack County Sheriff's Office had reported Shrieves missing Thursday after he failed to arrive as expected in Pocomoke City, Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County Police say the death of a man four years after he was shot has been ruled a homicide.

Officers said in news release that in August 2011, 22-year-old Teyon Decarlos Jones was shot at a party in Glen Burnie.

Investigators say Jones died Saturday, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death was complications from the gunshot wound he sustained in 2011. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Public Service Commission has ordered BGE to cut in half its monthly fee to customers who opt out of having smart meters installed in their homes or small businesses.

The monthly opt out rate will be reduced to $5.50, from $11, beginning in January, the commission said Tuesday in a news release.

The PSC said it held a hearing earlier this month because about 4 percent of BGE's customers in central Maryland are choosing not to have smart meters installed. The commission said a 1 percent opt-out rate was expected when it set the fees in 2014.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Starting Wednesday, Virginia State Police will be out in force as highway traffic swells for the start of the long Thanksgiving holiday.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the increased patrols will continue through Sunday night.

Col. Steven Flaherty is superintendent of the state police. He says the aim of the beefed up patrols is to stress safe driving and to counter aggressive or impaired driving.

One year ago, eight people were killed in crashes over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware animal welfare officials have picked a Pennsylvania-based organization to handle statewide animal shelter services starting in January.

Officials say the Chester County SPCA will provide services at a permanent facility in New Castle County and satellite facilities in Kent and Sussex counties.

Officials say CCSPCA is the only open-admission shelter in Pennsylvania that does not euthanize healthy or treatable animals, and that it will bring the same approach to Delaware.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge will hear the final arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys before the first of six trials in the Freddie Gray case begins next week.

Officer William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died a week after suffering a spinal injury in the back of a police van, is scheduled to begin Monday. Porter faces manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office charges.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service is seeking applicants for the agricultural use of land in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

The agency said Monday it's offering long-term lease agreements on 25 properties in Allegany, Frederick, Montgomery and Washington counties. The leases will be for up to 10 years, starting in April.

The bid deadline is Jan. 4.

The park service says preference will be given to farmers who can demonstrate knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture and conservation practices.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Use of force reports and personnel evaluations suggest that Dover police knew that a white officer charged with assaulting a black suspect in 2013 by kicking him in the head had a predilection for using unwarranted physical force.

The attorney for Cpl. Thomas Webster IV says prosecutors should not be allowed to use the internal police records at Webster's trial next week.

Police dashcam video shows Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson while Dickerson was on his hands and knees, breaking his jaw.

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The proposed Wilmington stock exchange could be getting some startup money from the Wilmington Urban Development Action Grant Corporation.

There is a proposal for $2 million for the Delaware Board of Trade Holdings Inc. which would handle in small and medium sized businesses.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the money would come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that goes towards increasing economic activity in the downtown area.

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The Sankofa Cultural Arts Center has opened in Dover providing space for the City Cultural League.

The new building will include room for activities ranging from music and dance to the arts.

Ruben Salters who founded the league told WBOC that he had been working hard over the years to make the structure come to fruition.

A year and a half ago ground was broken.

It cost nearly a million dollars which mainly was provided through donations and fundraisers.  

The facility official opened its doors this past weekend.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia church known as the "Cathedral of the Confederacy" is shedding images reflecting its ties to the Confederacy.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond is removing plaques with versions of the Confederate flag and the church's coat of arms, among other remnants of the Confederacy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that church leaders say they also hope to erect a memorial to honor slaves in Richmond, including those who were members of St. Paul's.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Uber drivers will no longer be able to pick up passengers at the Norfolk International Airport.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the Norfolk Airport Authority has told Uber not to send its drivers to the airport until it pays for an operating permit.

Uber representatives said Monday their drivers will now only be able to drop off people at the airport. The ride-sharing company added that airport officials are imposing high fees that would make the cost of using the services expensive for riders.

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - An inmate faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of his cellmate at a state prison in western Maryland.

The Allegany County State's Attorney's office said in a statement Monday that a grand jury indicted 26-year-old Venell Harris in the death of 30-year-old Darrell Murray at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

Police say Murray was found unresponsive on his bunk with a bedsheet around his neck on July 29. An autopsy concluded he died from multiple injuries.

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State regulators have ordered Dominion Virginia Power to refund $19.7 million to customers.

The State Corporation Commission ruled Monday that Dominion customers paid too much in 2013 and 2014. The commission reached that conclusion during its regular biennial review of Dominion's earnings.

Dominion said in a statement that it disagrees with the SCC's finding but will credit customer bills as ordered.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Nov. 30th, 2015

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic says Virginia motorists will pay the lowest Thanksgiving week gasoline prices since 2008.
The auto club says the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Virginia on Sunday was $1.92. That's down seven cents from last week and significantly below the $2.66 that state drivers were paying a year ago.
The Richmond and Norfolk areas are tied for the lowest average price at $1.88, while the Charlottesville area is the highest at $1.95.