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12:52 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Ever feel like you were...Stuck in the Psychedelic Era?

Stuck In the Psychedelic Era Saturday Night at 10 on WSDL, 90.7FM

...or just wish you were?

Tune in every Saturday night from 10 to midnight for Stuck In the Psychedelic Era! The best in groovy, swinging 60's music.

Stuck in the Psychedelic Era is a weekly two hour radio show featuring music from roughly the years 1964-70. The show is rooted in the music generated by self-contained American bands of the late 1960s (and their British inspirations), yet is constantly expanding beyond those roots to create an eclectic blend of music unlike anything else in modern radio.

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Local News
12:28 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Anne Arundel County to Declare Emergency in "Heroin Epidemic"

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County's executive says he's going to declare a public health emergency as soon as next week in response to the "heroin epidemic" in the region, citing a growing number of deaths related to the highly addictive opioid.

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Local News
12:07 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

More Snow on the Way for Delaware

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The snow is coming, again.

The National Weather Service is expected 2-to-3 inches of snow to blanket parts of Delaware through midnight on Saturday.

For the Wilmington area the snow is expected to begin tomorrow evening and continue overnight.

During the day on Saturday residents and travelers should expect the precipitation should shift to sleet and rain.

Further south in Sussex County there could be as much as an inch of snow accumulation.

 

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Governor Larry Hogan Unveils Maryland State Budget

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's $16.4 billion budget plan includes cuts to close a shortfall, but he says it fully funds school construction.

Hogan, a Republican, gave a basic outline of his budget proposal Thursday at a news conference. The actual budget plan won't be made public until Friday.

The plan addresses a gap of about $750 million for the next fiscal year.

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Local News
11:52 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Delaware State of the State, Perdue Still Coming

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Governor Jack Markell delivered his seventh State of the State address yesterday hailing the economic progress in the First State.

But he called on lawmakers to help him close a $780 million spending gap in meeting the state’s transportation needs.

In addition, he focused on issues ranging from ways to improve education and to end veteran homelessness to dealing with substance abuse.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the address was well received by lawmakers.

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Local News
11:44 am
Fri January 23, 2015

E-Cigarettes: Poisoning Reports Up

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Electronic cigarettes have become so popular that Ocean City has even considered restricting them on the resort's beaches and Boardwalk.

But, there is a danger to this smokeless habit.

Poison control centers have been reporting more than double the number of calls in 2014 about exposure tio e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids.

Maryland News Connection reporter Debra Smith prepared this report.

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Local News
11:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Delaware Panel Recommends $46 Million Casino Bailout

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A Delaware state has recommended providing a $46 million bailout for the First State’s gambling industry.

The plan to stabilize the Delaware’s three casinos came as a shock to some on the state’s Lottery, Gaming and Study Commission.

Where the money would come from as the budget battles heat up in Dover is still not clear.

House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst who is also a member of the panel…called the proposal “an annual tradition that is not sustainable.”

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Local News
11:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia Governor Released from Hospital

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for injuries he suffered on an African safari.

McAuliffe's office announced Thursday morning that the governor had been released from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond and has resumed a schedule of meetings and private events.

Several weeks ago McAuliffe was thrown from a horse during a family vacation in Tanzania and broke seven ribs. He entered VCU Medical Center on Monday after suffering shortness of breath.

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Local News
11:30 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Worcester County Sheriff Makes Major Sexual Predator Bust

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Worcester County Sheriff’s Office said they have swept up 18 people in a campaign against alleged sexual predators.

The effort was called Operation Worcester Safety Net and law enforcement officials said that many of them allegedly showed up in the county for the sole purpose of engaging in sexual relations with minors.

Authorities said that other suspects were found to have computer containing videos and images of child pornography or shared such material with others on-line.

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Local News
11:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia Legislature Wrestles with Sexual Assault on Campus

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are far from consensus on legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses.

That was apparent at the end of a two-hour hearing Thursday by a Senate subcommittee wrestling with the issue.

The panel considered 10 bills, but was unable to reach any conclusions.

The flurry of legislation was spurred by several recent high-profile cases of alleged sex crimes on Virginia campuses.

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Local News
11:16 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Two More Bodies Found in Mansion Fire

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fire officials say investigators found the bodies of two more people in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, bringing the number of dead to four.

Officials say crews found two bodies on Thursday, the second day of excavating the site. Investigators discovered two bodies on Wednesday.

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Local News
11:14 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Abortion Rights: Issue in Virginia Legislature

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Republican lawmaker is advocating for a bill that would make it illegal to perform an abortion on a woman who has been pregnant for 20 weeks or longer.

Del. Dave A. LaRock introduced legislation Thursday that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of medical emergencies.

The legislation is drawing the ire of abortion-rights groups. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made clear he will block efforts at limiting abortion rights.

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Local News
11:09 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Up in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia program that recycles plastic pesticide containers collected nearly 40 percent more pounds of the cast-offs in 2014 than the year before.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the program rinsed and granulated 128,226 pounds of empty containers. They were collected from 32 sites throughout the state.

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Delmarva Today
10:13 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Delmarva Today 01-23-2015

MD Governor Larry Hogan

Today, we get local reaction to both President Obama's 2015 Sate of the Union speech and the Inauguration of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

Mike Pretl, with the Wicomico County Democratic County

Dr. John Bartcovich

and Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin

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Local News
11:52 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Delmarva: Not Doing So Well Against Tobacco Use

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The grades are in from the American Lung Association for efforts to control tobacco use.

Virginia got hit with an F for tobacco prevention, smoke free-air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services.

Meanwhile, Maryland picked up a failing grade for tobacco prevention.

But the state did get an A for smoke-free air.

The Association said Maryland still needs to do more when it comes to tobacco taxes and programs to quit smoking. It got a D.

Delaware did the best.

It recieved an A for smoke-free air and a B for Tobacco prevention.

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Local News
11:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Hockey Could Be Coming to Town

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Hockey could be coming to Wicomico County officials are looking at possibly constructing a multi-purpose stadium-style arena that could provide a venue for a minor league hockey team as well as concerts and convention groups.

Bill Badger, director Economic Development, told the Salisbury Daily Times that it is too soon to say where or when it might be built.

He adds that more than likely this would be a public-private venture.

But such project would stir up some competition with the Ocean City Convention Center.

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Local News
10:05 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Snow Headed Our Way

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Get ready for the snow.

Northern Delaware is expected to see a wintry mix of rain and sleet beginning Friday night and into Saturday with an expected two to five inches.

There should be less in the Kent and Sussex counties.

The National Weather Service says that storm is expected to dump the heaviest snow of the season reaching from the Mid-Atlantic region into the Northeast.

The Southwest and Texas have already seen snow.

  

 

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Local News
10:01 am
Thu January 22, 2015

MD Governor Withdraws Phosphorus Regulations

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Governor Larry Hogan has pulled the controversial phosphorus regulations on farmers.

They will not appear in the next issue of the Maryland Register essentially freezing any attempt to impose the new standards that found strong opposition from the poultry and agricultural industries on the Eastern Shore.

Erin Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, said that Hogan has ordered all agencies to begin a comprehensive review of all pending regulations.

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Local News
9:57 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Republican Larry Hogan Sworn In as Governor

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Governor Larry Hogan took the oath of office to become Maryland's 62nd Chief Executive and vowed to make the state's economy more attractive to business.

While he faces state legislature dominated by a Democratic majority, the Republican emphasized bipartisan.

He said, "Today is not the beginning of an era of divided government. Today is the beginning of a new spirit of cooperation in Annapolis."

Among his goals, Hogan said, was fiscal responsibility as the state faces a $750 million budget deficit in the next fiscal year.

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Local News
8:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Delaware High Court Overturns Conviction and Death Sentence

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has overturned the conviction and death sentence of a Kent County man charged in a 2010 drug-related killing outside a Dover bowling alley.

The court ruled this week that 27-year-old Isaiah McCoy, who was convicted of killing 30-year-old James Mumford, is entitled to a new trial because of errors by the judge and prosecutor in his 2012 murder trial.

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Local News
8:40 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Delaware Hospital Considers $250 Million Expansion

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Christiana Care Health System is looking at spending $250 million to expand the hospital’s facilities.

The expansion ranges from adding 70 single-family rooms to its neonatal intensive care unit and an eight-story patient tower to a 10-bed nursery for babies born with a drug dependence condition.

The Delaware Health Resources Board, which is part of a state agency that oversees the number of beds in Delaware’s hospitals and nursing homes, is expected to take up the proposal at its meeting today.

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Local News
8:28 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Boosting Delaware's Gambling Industry

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel charged with helping find a path forward for Delaware's gambling industry is meeting again after missing last week's deadline to submit recommendations.

Members of the panel, which recommended a $10 million casino bailout approved by lawmakers last year, were to meet Thursday to get updates on the state's most recent revenue forecast and on Delaware's horse racing industry, which gets a cut of gambling revenue.

The panel also was scheduled to discuss recommendations regarding further relief for Delaware's three casinos.

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DPR Programming Notes
9:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

The Show About...Winter

Wednesday at 9 on WSDL, 90.7

It has been cold, damp, and icy lately around here...which set The Show About to thinking about songs about winter!  To whet your musical appetite...here is a little Gordon Lightfoot.

and...for a complete bit of stylistic whiplash...Aussie rockers Midnight Oil perform a song about global cooling.

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Local News
9:17 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Maryland Gets New Governor Today

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan is set to be sworn in as Maryland's 62nd governor.

The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who campaigned several times for his Republican colleague in Maryland, is scheduled to attend to congratulate Hogan for winning in a heavily Democratic state.

An inaugural gala is scheduled at the Baltimore Convention Center Wednesday night.

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Local News
9:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Salisbury Residents Get Look at Police Body Cameras

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Salisbury police officers could soon be wearing body cameras.

That was the message at last night's Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable which drew dozens of local residents.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan noted that the Police Department in Rialto, California saw a dramatic reduction in the number of complaints filed against officers wearing body camera in the year after they were instituted.

In addition, she said that they saw a 60 percent reduction in the use of force.

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Local News
8:59 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Vice President Not Worried About Gunshots Fired Near Delaware Home

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says he's not worried about gunshots being fired outside his Delaware home over the weekend.

Biden tells "CBS This Morning" Wednesday his house is way off the road, and that there was no evidence that someone shot at the house.

Law enforcement authorities boosted security at Biden's Wilmington home after several gunshots rang out from a vehicle speeding by the property Saturday night.

The vice president and his wife were not home at the time and there were no reports of injuries.

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Local News
8:56 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Company Seeks to Help Labinal Plant Employees After Closure

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With the decision to close Labinal Power System’s plant in Salisbury the parent company Safran is reaching out to provide jobs at its Texas facility in Denton to workers who will lose their jobs.

In addition, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Safran USA President and CEO Peter Lengyel said he was also working on seeking way to find employment for workers who remain in Salisbury.

Maryland state and local officials were stunned by this month’s announcement that the plant was being closed leaving some 650 employees without jobs.

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Local News
8:48 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Virginia Governor Spends Second Night in Hospital

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is spending a second night in a Richmond hospital as he recovers from complications stemming from a horse-riding accident in Africa.

Spokesman Brian Coy said Tuesday that doctors have drained approximately 1 liter of blood from his chest cavity since he checked into VCU Medical Center on Monday. He says doctors are continuing to drain his chest of fluids.

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8:42 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Overturned Propane Truck on Route 50 and Linkwood

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An overturned propane truck has block all lanes on Linkwood in Dorchester on Route 50.

WMDT-TV reports that Cambridge police say clean up could take up to six hours.

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