R. Hardy Rudasill has been appointed to serve out the rest of the term on the Salisbury City Council that had been left vacant by the departure of Laura Mitchell at the end of last month.

The vote was 4 to 0 yesterday.

The 38 year-old attorney and compliance officer for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore said he applied because his friends and neighbors believed he would be a good fit.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he is a native of Prince George’s County and graduated from UMES in 2006.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will be getting a briefing on the state budget.

Analysts with the Department of Legislative Services will give an overview on Tuesday in Annapolis. They'll be speaking to lawmakers who are on legislative committees that focus on financial issues.

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The Wicomico County School system is mourning the loss of assistant principal David Allen Miles.

The 45 year old educator had been an administrator for several schools including James M. Bennett High School.

He was also a staff member with the Baltimore City Public Schools and was named Assistant Principal for Wicomico High in 2014 and Assistant Principal for James M. Bennett High School in 2016.

He was also a graduate of Bennett High in 1989.

WBOC reports that the school board and district expressed their deep sadness at his untimely passing.

46 year-old Michael Funk has become the victim of flesh eating bacteria.

The Ocean City resident appeared to have gotten the disease while in the Assawoman Bay where he had been four days earlier.

His wife Marcia told the Salisbury Daily Times that his death highlighted the lack of information about the presence of the disease.

The disease can be contacted from eating under-cooked seafood and is found most commonly in warm brackish water with low salinity.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Board of Health has voted to scale back strict building codes and other rules governing the state's abortion clinics.

Monday's vote reversed regulations enacted under former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. They required facilities to follow hospital-like outpatient standards and other rules. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar regulations in Texas in June.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Crews worked to remove a truck carrying cattle after it overturned on a roadway near New Castle.

The Wilmington News Journal that the truck crashed around 10 p.m. Monday on a ramp to Interstate 295, closing that section of the road during the night.

The animals' conditions weren't immediately available.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A company that was awarded a contract two years ago to open Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary near Wilmington has won the bidding to open a similar facility in Sussex County.

Department of Health and Social Services officials confirmed Monday that First State Compassion Center, which opened the New Castle County facility last year, has been awarded the Sussex County contract.

First State Compassion Center is led by Mark Lally, a former state trooper who once served as U.S. Sen. Tom Carper's Sussex County director.

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Allen Harim will be building a new 70-thousand square foot hatchery in Dagsboro which will then replace two other facilities.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company says this will allow it to move away from the use of antibiotics.

Joe Moran, president and CEO of the company, said that this would make the facility the most technologically advanced on the peninsula.

It will be located on nearly 20-acres along Nine Foot Road.

One facility in Seaford and another in Dagsboro will then be closed.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia's Miller Center will host Charlottesville resident Khizr Khan for a public conversation.

Media outlets report the event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Old Cabell Hall.

Khan, whose son U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in 2004 while in the line of duty in Iraq, is best known for remarks he made at the Democratic National Convention.

The Khans moved to Charlottesville after the death of their son and have been very involved with the ROTC program at UVa.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a man was found dead in a house fire in Salisbury.

The State Fire Marshal's Office said in a news release that the fire was reported shortly before 7 a.m. Monday at the single-family dwelling. Firefighters with the Salisbury Fire Department found the man's body upon entering the home.

About 25 firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 45 minutes. Damage was estimated at $30,000.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Authorities have dropped child sex abuse charges against an Indian River School District employee and have charged her accuser with making false statements to police.

Georgetown police arrested 20-year-old Natanael Perez-Gonzalez on Monday on charges of falsely reporting an incident, providing a false statement to police, and forgery.

Officials say charges against 23-year-old Nicole Degirolano of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, authority or supervision were dropped Sept. 29.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor says low-income residents in two cities will soon enjoy the first toll-relief program of its kind in the country. 

According to the Daily Press Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Portsmouth and Norfolk residents who earn less than $30,000 a year can qualify for discounts when taking the Midtown and Downtown tunnels in Virginia's Tidewater region. 

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Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of October 31st , 2016

The Salisbury Bypass will look a little different for a while.

Starting today there will be four change in the traffic pattern.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that northbound motorists will be redirected to use the southbound lanes just before the Route 50 interchange.

The paper reports that this will continue beyond the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpass after which traffic will return to their normal lanes.

The rerouting will allow work crews to proceed with the northbound bridges over Route 50, Old Ocean City Road and the railroad.

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Delawareans found that protections for property owners along the Delaware coast are not equal.

It came to light during a public meeting by the state Division of Watershed Stewardship in Bethany Beach last week.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Steve Plotkin has this report.

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A Delaware state panel is calling for renewed efforts to deal with violence in the state’s schools.

The recommendations by the Special Committee on School Safety were put together after the deaths of two students at Howard High School of Technology.

The involved 16 year-old Amy Joyner-Francis who died in April from an assault and 15 year-old Brandon Wingo who was shot and killed just blocks from the high school.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Number 1 surf fishing tag in Delaware has sold for $26,000.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Jim Weller, a Lincoln businessman, secured the tag in the final bid of an auction during a barbeque competition at Delaware Seashore State Park near Bethany Beach.

Weller said he purchased the tag in order to resell it-he doesn't fish, he said.

The tags are used by fishermen and surfers to access certain beaches.

Weller also purchased license number 11 for $2,700.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying a penny less at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.25, down from $2.26 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 2 cents more than the national average.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.23 in Baltimore, $2.34 in Cumberland, $2.32 in Hagerstown and $2.11 in Salisbury.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for the Federal Election Commission say former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and her campaign committee have withdrawn a settlement offer under which they would pay a $10,000 penalty for violating campaign finance laws.

In a court filing last week, the FEC said O'Donnell's attorneys have instead submitted a new, final offer, and that the previously proposed terms are no longer on the table.

O'Donnell's attorneys also are requesting a jury trial to determine a remedy if there is no settlement.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Elections says nearly 28,000 people registered to vote during a brief extension of the state's voter-registration deadline.

A federal judge granted the deadline's extension Thursday after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online. U.S. Senior Judge Claude Hilton had ordered officials to reopen voter registration in the commonwealth and keep it open until 11:59 p.m. Friday.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A city in Virginia may consider whether to display the words "In God We Trust" inside city hall.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Chesapeake Councilwoman Suzy Kelly has asked the council to consider the idea at its meeting next week.

Kelly said the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation has been asking local and state governments to adopt the national motto.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Toys for Tots in Washington County has raised roughly $23,000 and collected 17,000 toys for needy children.

The local arm of the national charity collects toys at drop-off boxes at 33 businesses across the county, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports.

The charity aims to collect 40,000 toys and $30,000 by Christmastime.

Roughly 1,000 children have already requested toys. The last day to request a toy is Nov. 30. Toys will be distributed Dec. 10 and 11.

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Republican congressional candidates in Virginia are trying to mollify the pro-Trump and anti-Trump wings in their party as political pundits say Democrats' chances of picking up multiple seats in the commonwealth are increasing.

The GOP currently controls eight of Virginia's 11 House seats. Handicappers say Democrats' prospects are increasing as Hillary Clinton has built a wide lead over Donald Trump in Virginia.

This week we have all new stories. We will meet Milford painter C Mercedes Walls. We will hear a story about slavery on Delmarva. And, naturalist Dave Wilson will bring us a conversation about box turtles.

Essay: Brief Thoughts

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We live in an abbreviated age with abbreviated thoughts as symbolized by 140 characters. But, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders another abbreviated thought: The Aphorism.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate said she will respect the decision of the state's voters on Election Day.

Del. Kathy Szeliga was asked Thursday about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments during the third presidential debate that he might not accept election results. Trump had said in the days leading up to Wednesday night's debate that the election would be "rigged."

Szeliga says voter fraud exists, but she said "preemptively assuming the election is fixed only further erodes people's trust in our democracy."

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Milltown-area high school was evacuated after authorities say a bomb threat was found written inside a restroom.

The Wilmington News Journal Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale says the written threated was discovered on a wall of a second-floor bathroom at St. Mark's High School on Thursday morning.

Hale says the threat advised there were several bombs inside the building.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Executive Thomas Gordon is asking Delaware election officials to disqualify Matt Meyer, the Democratic nominee for county executive, from the general election ballot.

Meyer beat Gordon in September's primary, but Gordon claims Meyer hasn't lived in the county long enough to qualify.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County officials are hosting a free, public training session in the use of a nasal spray that can reverse overdoses of heroin and other opioid drugs.

Officials say no advance registration is required for the Narcan training, which will be held next Thursday evening following a Heroin Alert program at the Paul Sweeney Public Safety Building on DuPont Highway.