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Have you ever wondered if you could apply for a Fulbright Scholarship?  Kara Dahl Russell interviews Fulbright Ambassador, Dr. Brian Polkinghorn and Dr. Kristen Watson, Director of SU’s Nationally Competitive Fellowships Office.   They discuss the history and purpose of Fullbright Scholarships, and how to find out more about various ways you can become a Fullbright Scholar.   

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland authorities say the body of a missing Silver Spring boater has been found.

Authorities say the body of 32-year-old Javier A. Sotelo was found Wednesday.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says they've been searching for Sotelo since he disappeared in the water Sunday when the boat he was operating capsized, near Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Widener University School of Law has announced that, under a re-branding effort, it will now be called the Delaware Law School.

WDEL-FM reports the university in Wilmington announced the change Wednesday. The school also has a new dean.

Dean Rod Smolla says he's ready to being a new chapter at the Delaware Law School. He previously served as the president of Furman University in South Carolina.

Widener also has a law school in Pennsylvania.

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This July 4th tens of thousands of tourists are expected to pack the boardwalk of Ocean City. And, as Delmarva Public Radio's Rachel Taylor reports the resort feels like it is bouncing back from the Great Recession.

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More motorists are expected to hit the roads this July 4th holiday.

Triple AAA Mid-Atlantic says in Delaware 97-thousand are expected to be on the highways out of 112-thousand expected to be traveling this year.

That’s up .9 percent over last year.

Meanwhile, in Maryland 870-thousand residents are expected to be traveling with 754-thousand hitting the roadways.

That’s an increase of 2.3 percent over last year.

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The lawsuit that sent Punkin Chunkin into a tailspin has quietly disappeared.

The legal action by Daniel Fair that began in 2013 claimed he suffered a painful spinal injury after flipping over in an ATV.

He was volunteering as a spotter to measure the distances reached by the pumpkins.

Wheatley Farms Inc. and the Punkin Chunkin Association were both defendants in the suit.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there was a small notice on the court docket that indicated the case had been dismissed with prejudice.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The ACLU is suing the state prisons commissioner to get information about the death of an inmate hours after he arrived at a facility in Smyrna.

The group filed the suit this week in Chancery Court on behalf of Natalie Way, the inmate's mother.

Corrections officials say 26-year-old Jason Cunningham died April 16, 2014, at a hospital after he was in custody at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Cunningham was being held in default of bail on charges that included theft and menacing.

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The Delaware General Assembly has slated $5 million for a project that will allow the Delaware Coastal Airport near Georgetown to expand its runway to 6-thousand feet.

The 500 additional feet would be provided by realigning Park Avenue over a five year period.

Airport Manager Jim Hicken told WBOC that this would allow for large and heavier aircraft to use the Sussex County airport.

Meanwhile, Republican state Senator Brian Pettyjohn who was one of the main backers of the funding emphasized the economic impact of the expansion on the region.

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Sea level rise could endanger the $135 million in assets of the Assateague Island National Seashore.

That’s according to a recent report from the Department of Interior.

Some estimates put the rise as high as one meter over the next 150 years.

That, the report says, would overwhelm 95 percent of the park including roads, fences and the watering station.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that as a result park officials in Virginia have made buildings on the island moveable.

This would allow them to bring the structure further inland.

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There was disappointment by Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn after lawmakers decided to use some of the $61 million from a financial settlement to fill the state’s budget shortfall.

Denn wanted the money to go for such things as police foot patrols in Wilmington and helping families who are facing foreclosure.

The Wilmington New Journal reports that Denn also wanted the money to go toward subsidizing low-income schools and housing programs.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is on his fifth day of chemotherapy, but he says he's "doing great" and getting things done from the hospital.

Hogan said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that he was starting the last day of his first round of 24-hour therapy. The governor posted a photo of himself with his wife and daughter in the hospital. He was expected to leave the hospital Wednesday night.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is staking out a transitional energy generation plan, citing the uncertainty of new U.S. environmental rules.

Virginia's largest utility says its short-term energy plan entails a status quo formula of natural gas and some renewables.

For the first time Dominion did not file a long-term, or preferred, plan. Instead, it listed plausible long-term options that include utility-scale solar and nuclear, among others.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland tolls are going down, but the gas tax is going up.

Drivers will be paying less to use bridges, tunnels and roads on Wednesday. The $6 cash toll to cross the Bay Bridge will drop to $4.

Many of the other discounts taking effect will require an E-Z Pass. For example, the discount of using the pass will go from 10 percent to 25 percent for the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels. That discount also will apply to the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed legislation allowing certain people living in the U.S. without docuements to gain driving privileges in Delaware.

Markell signed the bill shortly after it passed the House on a 22-15 vote Tuesday. The legislation, which cleared the Senate last week, takes effect in six months.

Many were on hand in Legislative Hall when the vote came down.  Among them were 18 year old Miguel Tapia who was born in Mexico, 17 year old Henry Gonzalez from Georgetown and Reverend Alvin Figueroa:

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - In the waning hours of this year's legislative session, the General Assembly's budget-writing committee has reversed a decision to cut grant funding for nonprofit groups and community agencies.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously Tuesday evening to reverse a decision they made last week to impose across-the-board cuts of 5 percent for local groups that receive money from the state's grant-in-aid package.

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The Delaware legislature slipped $7.5 million into the state’s capital budget to provide a grant for a data center that has drawn some opposition from the residents of Middletown.

Representative Quinn Johnson, who represents the Middletown area, supports the data center and the power plant that goes along with it.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that Pete Sullivan, a member of Residents Concerned About the Middletown Power Plant, said residents urged Johnson to oppose the measure in the budget.

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Someone bought the Multi-Match ticket in the Maryland Lottery worth $625-thousand.

The ticket was sold at Snow’s Turn Goose Creek on Race Street and the winner has 182 days to come forward personally at the Lottery headquarters in Baltimore.

The winner will have the option of either an annuity or taking an estimated $312-thousand in one lump sum.

The retailer will also get a $1-thousand bonus.

The winning ticket numbers were 1, 5, 11, 15, 17, and 26.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Severe storms brought down trees and power lines throughout the mid-Atlantic region, affecting some roads and rail service.

Transportation agencies around the region reported some roads closed Wednesday morning by downed trees and wires and flooding. Amtrak is warning that service between Washington and Philadelphia is delayed. Maryland's MARC rail services is reporting delays too.

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A swimmer was rescued from an unguarded area near Rehoboth and Dewey Beach.

The Delaware’s Natural Resources Police with the help of a Delaware state police helicopter located the swimmer and took him to safety.

The swimmer had drifted a half mile from the shore line to the southern Dewey Beach.

The state police told WBOC that the outgoing tide along with a strong south wind pushed the swimmer from the shoreline.

State officials said that the waters along the coast line are strong with tidal or rip currents that can pull a swimmer out to sea. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's "still feeling really strong" as he nears the end of his first round of cancer chemotherapy.
 
Hogan said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning that he was starting his fourth day of 24-hour treatments. He says he expects to leave the hospital Wednesday night.
 
Hogan is being treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He said when he announced the diagnosis June 22 that the disease was at an advanced stage but his prognosis was good.
 

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a West Virginia teen is in stable condition after he fell from a fifth story window while attempting to flee the scene of an assault in downtown Ocean City.
 

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Governor Larry Hogan had been scheduled to speak at the Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City today.

But while he won’t be there because of the chemotherapy he is undergoing for cancer the Maryland Republican was not forgotten.

At the convention hundreds of local and state officials signed a huge get well card set up by the entrance into the convention center.

In addition, WBOC reports that green wrist bands were handed out imprinted with words such as survivor, faith and hope.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee have caved to pressure from local governments and will reverse a decision to give the state a larger share of real estate transfer taxes.

Currently, the 3 percent tax is split evenly between state and county governments, each getting 1.5 percent.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee agreed last week that the state should start taking 2 percent of the tax starting July 1, 2016, to help close an expected revenue gap of more than $160 million in fiscal 2017.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit is challenging Virginia rules governing large farm operations, arguing that waters feeding the Chesapeake Bay are being fouled by livestock.

The lawsuit was filed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Richmond Circuit Court. It argues that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the State Water Control Board erred when they approved a new 10-year pollution abatement permit governing large dairy, cattle, pig and poultry farms.

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Rehoboth voters gave the thumbs up to $70 million for building a new city hall and a new wastewater outfall.

$52 million will go to the outfall and $18 million for the new city hall.

Mayor Sam Cooper told the television station that he was relieved after approval by voters over the weekend.

The city hall project got the green light by more than 150 votes out of 12-hundred ballots cast.

Meanwhile, the outfall has gotten opposition from environmental groups who fear the pollution from nutrients flowing into the water. 

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The Matuziewicz cyberstalking trial took another turn yesterday with two family members saying that there was concern that Christine Belford had sexually abused her daughters.

A year later her husband David Matusiewicz and his mother Lenore kidnapped the children and took them to Central America.

David, his mother and his sister Amy Gonzalez are charged with cyberstalking with the intent to kill her.

David’s father Thomas eventually shot and killed Belford along with a friend in a Delaware courthouse before exchanging gun fire with security and then killing himself.

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A Delaware Superior Court has overturned the death sentence for Luis Cabrera in the execution-style shooting of two men twenty years ago.

Judge Andrea Rocanelli said that he had been provided ineffective counsel during the sentencing phase.

However, the judge let stand Cabrera’s murder conviction.

Since 2001 Cabrera and his accomplice Luis Reyes have been death row inmates after being convicted of the 1996 killings.

The Delaware Attorney General’s office has not yet said whether it will appeal the decision.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The controversial execution drug approved by the U.S. Supreme Court is used in Virginia, but no executions are scheduled and the state's supply expires at the end of September.

Midazolam is one of three drugs Virginia can use in step one of its three-drug execution protocol. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Kinney says the state doesn't have either of the other two step-one drugs and is unable to obtain them. Also, it's uncertain whether additional midazolam will be available after the current batch expires.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say that the Gordons Pond Trail in Sussex County will be closed briefly because of mosquito control efforts.
 
Weather permitting, the state's Mosquito Control Section plans to spray insecticide for mosquito larvae Tuesday morning in Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park.
 
Officials say the helicopter spraying will require the closure of the Gordons Pond Trail adjacent to the state parks from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
 

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