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11:16 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Beau Biden Seeks Higher Office, MD Dem's Square Off, The Money Primary

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No third term for Attorney General Beau Biden.

Instead, the Vice President’s son will spend the next two years gearing up for a run at the Governor’s chair.

The announcement came in the form of a written statement.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Biden was not available for comment nor did he schedule a news conference on his decision.

Recently Biden has been battling health problems and was hospitalized in a Texas cancer center where he underwent surgery to remove a small lesion from his brain.

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10:52 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sulfur Dioxide Emissions at Delaware Refinery

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware environmental officials say nearly 200 pounds of sulfur dioxide has been released into the air at the Delaware City Refinery.

WDEL-AM reports that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said Thursday that the release was tied to a flaring incident caused by a mechanical malfunction.

The agency says 195 pounds of sulfur dioxide, a chemical compound the Environmental Protection Agency considers hazardous, was released into the air.

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10:41 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Oxford-Bellevue Ferry Up And Running

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OXFORD, Md. (AP) - The ferry between Oxford and Bellevue will begin operating again this year in time for the Easter weekend.

The Easton Star Democrat reports the nation's oldest privately operated ferry service will start its 2014 season on Friday. The ferry was founded in 1683 and will commemorate its 331st birthday in November. It crosses an inlet on the Chesapeake Bay near Easton.

Captains Tom and Judy Bixler of Oxford have owned the ferry for the past 13 years. The crew is mostly made up of students and retirees.

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10:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Kite Flying Festival Begins at Cape Henlopen State Park

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CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - The start of Easter weekend means it's time for the annual high-flying Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The 46th edition of the annual Good Friday event is free and open to the public, but normal park entrance fees apply. The competition includes various age categories and both homemade and manufactured kites. No advance registration is required, and entrants can buy kites on site if they haven't brought their own.

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10:22 am
Fri April 18, 2014

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Robin chats with the  students of Parkside High's Robotics Team 3389.

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10:18 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Four New Charter Schools Approved by Delaware Officials

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The Delaware Secretary Mark Murphy and the state Board of Education has given approval to four new charter schools while rejecting one application.

These included Freire Charter School, Delaware STEM Academy, Great Oaks Charter School and the Mapleton Charter School at Whitehall.

The four new schools are located in Wilmington, Southern New Castle County and Appoquinimink.

Three are expected to open in Fall 2015, while Whitehall is set to open in 2016.

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10:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Watch Out for Invasive Species

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is urging residents to help reduce the spread of invasive species that pose a threat to agricultural and natural resources.

The agency says April is Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month.

The department says invasive pests often arrive on cargo ships or with people returning from foreign travel. But once here, they can spread due to people's carelessness.

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11:50 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Berlin Mourns Death of Elderly Couple

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An elderly couple was found shot in Berlin, yesterday.

They were Lester and Midge Wright in the early 90’s.

Responding to a call from a family member Berlin police found Midge dead at the home in bed from two gunshot wounds in the chest.

Lester was found on the floor with three similar self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Maryland State Police said Lester died of his injuries at the hospital.

The paper reports that the couple was seen as close with six decades of marriage behind them.

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11:28 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Police Search for Suspect in Home Invasion Death in Salisbury

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In Salisbury, 72-year old Donald Mariner who lived on Pemberton Drive was found dead at his home yesterday while another man who police did not identify for safety reasons was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Police say the injured man told authorizes that he was hit with a blunt object but the Salisbury Daily Times reports that it is unclear what was used in to cause Mariner’s death.

In what appears to be a home invasion authorities say they are seeking a suspect described as a black male who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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11:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

MD Comptroller Backs Veto of Delay for Wind Farm in Somerset County

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Maryland state Comptroller Peter Franchot says Governor Martin O’Malley should veto legislation that would delay the construction of the wind turbine project in Somerset County by more than a year.

Franchot said the delay would have a profound impact on the local economy of one of the poorest counties in the state.

He pointed to more than 500 construction jobs, $44 million in tax revenues and $200 million in revenue from new investment.

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11:06 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Delaware A-G Sued by Employees In Overtime Dispute

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three men who worked as detectives in the Delaware attorney general's office have filed a lawsuit claiming that the justice agency and Attorney General Beau Biden have refused to pay them overtime.

Robert Durnan, Gerald Christian and Mark Forbes also allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that they were subjected to retaliatory reassignments or duty restrictions last year after their attorney sought payment for overtime accrued since November 2010. Payroll records show no overtime payments to the men in that period.

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10:44 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Charter Schools Top Agenda for Delaware Education Board

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Charter schools promise to be a major topic of discussion at this month's meeting of Delaware's state board of education.

Action items for Thursday's school board meeting in Dover include several new charter school applications, a request for modification of an existing charter and decisions on formal reviews of three existing schools.

The five new charter applications up for approval all involve proposed schools in New Castle County. A Department of Education committee is recommending approval of four of the five applications.

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2:44 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NAACP Proposal for Police Oversight Board for Wicomico County

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Wicomico County NAACP Branch President Mary Ashanti told the Wicomico County Council that she would like to see a police oversight board with subpoena power.

During the public comments segment of yesterday's meeting, she told the council members the problem is that police are investigating themselves.

This follows three police-involved shootings, two of which were fatal, in February and March in Wicomico County.

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2:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Property Tax Hikes Could Hit Salisbury & Wicomico County Residents

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There's a proposed property tax hike in the $129 million budget release by Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt yesterday.

Pollitt said that his budget is just trying to recover some of the ground that has been lost to the recession.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his budget would increase the property tax rate by 43 cent per $1,000 in assessed property value -- the maximum allows under the state revenue cap.

That would result in a rate of $9.51 or around $951 on a home assessed at $100,000.

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2:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Mizeur and Gansler Hit Campaign Issues

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Del. Heather Mizeur, who is running for Maryland governor, has proposed a state-run retirement savings program to help workers who don't have retirement plans from their employers.

Mizeur, a Democrat, announced plans Wednesday for promoting the health, safety and security of Maryland's elderly population. She also wants to seek more funds for Alzheimer's research and create a registry of long-term care workers found guilty of abuse.

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1:47 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Clean Water Initiative Failing to Get Legislative Support

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a panel that advises lawmakers and officials on drinking water and wastewater issues in Delaware are concerned that a clean-water initiative proposed by Gov. Jack Markell has failed to win much support in the legislature.

The chairman of Delaware's Water Infrastructure Advisory Council said Tuesday that he is disappointed with how Markell's plan has been received by state lawmakers. He encouraged members to contact legislators and urge them to support the plan.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegation Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegate Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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2:27 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Freeze Warning for Delmarva Peninsula

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The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for all of the counties on the Delmarva peninsuala from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

Sub-freezing temperatures are expected or highly likely and can kill crops and other temperature sensitive plants.

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2:12 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

School in Mourning After Principal and Daughter Killed In Accident

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The Milford Central Academy was in mourning after a deadly accident that took the life of Tricia Martin the principle of the school along with her 10 year old daughter.

The accident occurred mid-morning on Friday evening in Frederica.

Police say she was driving west when her car went off the road hitting a telephone box and embankment.

Police say that the daughter was able to get out of the car only to be hit by a car.

This week emotions were still raw.

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2:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Berlin Celebrates "Coolest Small Town in America" Title

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The weather was warm as hundreds showed up in Berlin this past weekend to celebrate the city being named the coolest small town in America by Budget Travel. Delmarva Public Radio's Erin  McKibben prepared this report:

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1:49 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Governor Signs Bill to Decriminalize Pot

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense, meaning a person could still be arrested for it.

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1:41 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Sandy Relief Funds For Somers Cove Public Housing Units

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The Somerset County Commissioners voted to take $700-thousand from the $8.6 million of Hurricane Sandy relief funds to pay for rehabilitation 16 public units which still have mold and other issues.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that The funds will go to the Crisfield Housing Authority which oversee the Somers cove apartments.

When the hurricane the complex like most the city was hit by severe flooding of up to 5 feet deep.

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1:31 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Salisbury City Council Still Divided Over Pay Hike Proposal

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The Salisbury city council remained split on whether to give pay raises to council members and the Mayor.

During last night's council meeting, Council member Tim Spies said he felt being on the council should be considered a public service and that he would vote against the raise. 

Council President Jake Day said felt similar qualms about taking such an increase in the stipend calling his felling "icky".

He said believes the council members do their jobs out of love and dedication to the city.

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1:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Judge Appointed to Maryand District Court

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A judge from Prince George's County will take over this spring as the top judge of Maryland District Court.

Judge John Morrissey, 49, has been an associate judge for the District Court since 2005. He will take over for retiring Chief Judge Ben Clyburn, who has been District Court Chief Judge since 2004.

Mary Ellen Barbera, the chief judge of Maryland's highest court, praised Clyburn's fiscal responsibility and his efforts to integrate technology into court processes.

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11:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

$35 Million For Fisker Automotive's Unsecured Creditors

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Fisker Automotive's unsecured creditors will get $35 million in cash and stock under a new bankruptcy settlement.

But the News Journal reports that Gov. Jack Markell's office warned Monday that despite last week's settlement, Delaware won't see much for the $21.5 million in economic development incentives it awarded Fisker in 2010.

Markell spokeswoman Kelly Bachman says in a statement that the state is not expecting a substantial recovery of its investment.

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11:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Dow Chemical Weighs In On STEM education

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are joining with the Dow chemical company and Junior Achievement to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math instruction in Delaware's middle schools.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's STEM Council on Tuesday to announce a partnership with businesses to give middle school students more exposure to learning in the four STEM fields.

The STEM Council was established as part of Delaware's Race to the Top education reform effort.

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12:20 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Essay: Spring, A Time for Renewal

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Spring is here and it is a time for renewal. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that sense of rebirth can be found in the very religious holidays that American observe.

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11:58 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Arson Trial for Tonya Bundick Will Be Moved to Virginia Beach

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Tonya Bundick will get a change of venue for her trial on 62 counts of arson for a series of blazes that struck Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.

If she goes to trial the judge said her case would be moved to Virginia Beach.

But the judge did not make a decision on Bundick’s request for separate trials on each of the 62 counts.

The judge said that he wanted to reread testimony by her fiance' Charles Smith, a co-defendant during her last trial.

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11:46 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Wicomico Residents Could See Property Taxes Go Up

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A property tax hike could be coming to Wicomico County in the 2015 fiscal year.

County Executive Rick Pollitt says that with the budget he is reviewing for the next fiscal year a three cent hike is needed just to break even.

The revenue cap would provide an extra penny.

WBOC reports that one of the key concerns is coming up with enough money for road maintenance since the state took away a great majority of their assistance.

In addition, Pollitt says he wants to put more money into education.

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