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1:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Tainted Artesian Water Company Well Near New Castle

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's largest residential water supplier says it has shut down a well near New Castle after high levels of a toxic chemical were detected.

The Wilmington News Journal reported Tuesday that state public health regulators posted a notice in mid-June of an elevated level of perfluorooctane sulfonate in the Wilmington Manor supply well owned by Artesian Water.

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9:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Five District Plan Headed For Salisbury City Council Session

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Salisbury is moving toward drawing up five separate districts for its city council from the two districts it now has.

Council President Jake Day along with council Vice President Laura Mitchell and council member Shanie Shields voted to put the plan on the August 11th meeting agenda.

Supporters of the plan say they want the system in place for the September 9th primary next year.

But objections came from to other council members.

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9:07 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Oyster Harvest in Virginia, Up Dramatically

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is marking its largest oyster harvest in more than 25 years.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday that the state's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year to the highest seen since 1987.

Over the past 12 years, Virginia's oyster harvest has increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to about 504,000 bushels last year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those grown in aquaculture farms.

The dockside value of the oyster harvest increased to $22.2 million last year, up from $16.2 million in 2012.

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8:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

O'Malley Meets with Faith Leaders on Immigrant Children

Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is meeting with Maryland faith leaders to discuss how to help unaccompanied immigrant children who have been coming across the border from Central America.

O'Malley held a meeting on Monday in Annapolis with dozens of representatives from religious groups.

Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says they are discussing possible partnerships the state could form with them to help the children.

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8:37 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Overhauling Mental Health System in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are promising a top-to-bottom review of the state's mental health system with the goal of making it a model for the rest of the country.

A new mental health reform panel met for the first time Monday in Richmond.

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8:28 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Worry in Delaware About Companies Relocating Abroad

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Senator Tom Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee says he’s concerned about the increasing number of companies who are reincorporating overseas.

The Delaware Democrat blames the outflow on “outdated “tax laws that encourage companies to relocate jobs and their money abroad.

Delaware’s lone congressional member John Carney, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, also called for overhauling the nation’s “outdated, complicated and anti-competitive” tax code.

Around two thirds of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in the First State.

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8:13 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Worcester Bar Owners Free to Buy Liquor on Open Market

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Bar owners in Worcester County can now buy their liquor from outside wholesalers.

The exclusive right of the county’s Department of Liquor Control on spirits to liquor licensees ended this month.

The county dispensary charges them more than wholesale and uses the money as a form of revenue.

That money is divided between the county and four major towns at the end of the fiscal year.

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7:53 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Johns Hopkins' Big Pay Out in Gynecologist Scandal Settlement

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.

Dr. Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore in February 2013 after a female co-worker spotted the pen-like camera he wore around his neck and alerted authorities.

Levy committed suicide days later, as a federal investigation led to roughly 1,200 videos and 140 images stored on computers in his home.

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12:51 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Gun Deaths Fall in MD, Court Hears Challenge to Gun Law

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BALTIMORE (AP) - With a federal court hearing looming, a supporter of Maryland's 2013 gun-control law says there are early indications it's helping to reduce fatal shootings.

The Daily Record reported in its Monday edition that overall gun deaths in Maryland fell 24 percent in the first five months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013. The statistics come from Maryland State Police and the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

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12:34 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Local Officials Approve Site for MGM Casino at National Harbor

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A building plan for a $925 million MGM casino and hotel near the nation's capital has been approved by local officials in Maryland.

A Prince George's County panel meeting in Upper Marlboro voted 8-1 for the plan at National Harbor Monday.

The vote paves the way for construction of the resort, which could open in July 2016.

The casino is slated to have 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games. Plans also call for a 300-room hotel.

MGM officials now will seek a building permit, which could be obtained next month.

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12:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Two Big Chicken Farms Coming to Southern Delaware

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FARMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Plans for two enormous chicken farms in southern Delaware are testing the region's long-held faith in the poultry industry.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at peak production, the two farms would produce almost 1.5 million chickens a year. That's more than there are people in Delaware.

The separately owned operations would be jammed into just over one square mile of southern Kent County, near Farmington.

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9:13 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Helping Military Members to Get Occupational Licenses

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign legislation aimed at helping members of the military obtain occupational permits and licenses.

The bill to be signed Monday allows professional licensing boards to recognize military education, training and experience when reviewing credentials and issuing occupational licenses.

The bill also is designed to help service personnel and their spouses in obtaining or renewing professional licenses when transitioning from active duty.

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8:53 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Curbing Panhandling by Homeless in Salisbury

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Signs have gone up around Salisbury, reading: “Don’t Contribute to Solicitors.”

They are appearing near stores in the city to address panhandling by the homeless population.

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan told the Salisbury Daily Times that her department made a request to Public Works in April to put up the signs.

The concern is two-fold: driving customers away local businesses and safety.

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8:34 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Delaware Fire Crews on their Way to West Coast

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Delaware crews are being sent to the west coast to assist in fighting raging wild fires.

A 20 member crew left Saturday morning for a two-week rotation through the National Interagency Fire Center.

WMDT says that the group will likely go to the Pacific Northwest – an area that has seen an uptick in blazes.

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8:24 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Last Hurdle for MGM Casino at National Harbor

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County officials are scheduled to vote on the building plan for a $925 million casino near the nation's capital.

The county's district council is meeting in Upper Marlboro to consider the site plan from MGM, which wants to build the casino and resort at National Harbor.

The vote by the nine-member panel is considered the last main hurdle to clear before construction can begin.

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8:12 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Sussex County Contemplates First County Run Park

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Sussex County has approved blueprints for its first county-run park.

The Wilmington News Journal reports officials have approved plans to convert 20 acres of land formerly operated as a privately owned golf course into a county park. A design for the Woodland Park includes 5,000 feet of gravel trails, an improved parking lot, an information kiosk, forest and small lake. The plan has an estimated cost of $142,000.

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7:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Enticing Home Buyers to Western Maryland

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A state mortgage program is lowering its rates for two months in Western Maryland to entice homebuyers.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports the Maryland Mortgage Program will lower rates by a quarter percent for homes in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. Any program loans that are reserved before Sept. 10 will be eligible.

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7:34 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Boater Dies On Broad Creek in Talbot County

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - Officials are searching for a 76-year-old man who went out rowing on the Eastern Shore and didn't come back.

Maryland Natural Resources Police have been searching Broad Creek in Talbot County for the man, who went rowing on Saturday morning and did not return. Television station WJZ-TV reports the man's boat has been recovered and that he was not wearing a life jacket.

Officials have been using patrol boats, K-9s, divers and sonar equipment to assist in the search. Officials did not release the man's name.

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Local News
12:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Essay: The Act of Being There

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In helping others by one's mere presence may be enough. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes it takes just the simple act of being.

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11:53 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Are We Being Overly Optimistic About Clean Up Effort for the Bay?

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The public interest group Environmental Integrity Project issued two new reports questioning how much progress has actually been made in the cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and whether "best management practices" efforts are working as well as intended. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Abel Russ, an attorney with EIP.

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11:26 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Delaware State Fair Opens to Good Weather

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The Delaware State Fair got underway yesterday to some good weather in Harrington.

Last year's attendance came in at 239-thousand people. 

That's down from 260-thousand in 2012.

WBOC reports that organizers believe that the numbers should be better this year because of a stronger entertainment lineup that includes country stars like Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum.

In addition, last year Delmarva was in the midst of a heat wave.

Also expect some Delaware brewers to show up like Dogfish Head and Fordham Brewing companies as well as local wineries.

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11:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Another Promise to Eliminate MD Income Tax on Military Pensions

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he would exempt military retirement income from state income taxes for the majority of veterans.

Brown, Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor and a 30-year Army veteran, spoke at an American Legion Convention in Ocean City on Thursday.

Brown has proposed what he calls a Compact with Maryland Veterans.

It includes creating a program to help veterans find jobs and creating a treatment court for veterans with mental health and addiction-related problems.

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10:58 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Phillips Seafood Celebrates 100th Anniversay

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Phillips Seafood held a party yesterday for its 100th birthday at its 20th street restaurant in Ocean City to honor the establishment of the A. E. Phillips seafood packing plant in 1914.

CEO Steve Phillips recalled his maternal grandfather was a waterman on Hooper's Island, who would take him crabbing and oystering when he was a boy.

The 67-year-old Phillips told the celebration that the Phillips family owes its success to Maryland watermen and the Chesapeake Bay.

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Delmarva Today
10:46 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Delmarva Today 07/18/2014

Guest Host Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University, speaks with Neda Biggs, Victim Immigration Attorney  about  the growing refugee and immigration issue.

In the second half,  Mike Pretl and Dave Parker discuss how immigration may impact the upcoming midterm elections.

La Esperanza

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8:57 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Possible Flood Gates for Chesapeake Bay

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Scientists are studying what would happen if a series of floodgates are built across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Virginian-Pilot reports a team led by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are trying to find out the consequences of a potential 24-mile-long network of barriers between Virginia Beach and the southern tip of the Eastern Shore.

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8:38 am
Fri July 18, 2014

President Unveils Plan for Private Investment in Nation's Infrastructure

President Barak Obama
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President Barack Obama traveled to Wilmington on Thursday and announced a new program to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads, bridges and highways around the nation.

The new program is designed to encourage collaboration between state and local governments and private-sector investors, expand the market for public-private partnerships and make greater use of federal credit programs.

Obama argued that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge to other countries that spend freely on infrastructure upgrades.

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8:12 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Less Costly Way to Modernize Cargo Planes at Dover Air Base

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Delaware Congressman John Carney has introduced a bill that would make it less expensive to modernize the fleet of C-130H cargo planes at Dover Air Force Base.

Carney, a Democrat, notes that the Delaware Air National Guard's flying mission could end in 2020 unless the planes are upgraded and modernized. That's when the current fleet will be inoperable because of federal and international safety regulations.

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7:44 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Delaware Student Assessment Test Results Largely Unchanged

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Scores on Delaware's state-issued standardized tests are largely unchanged from a year ago in the final year before the state moves to a tougher exam.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that in grades 3 through 10, 72 percent of students were rated as proficient in reading and 69 percent were proficient in math. Last year's numbers were essentially the same. No single grade saw a change of more than 2 percent in math or reading.

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10:38 am
Thu July 17, 2014

President Obama Comes to Delaware

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President Obama will be making a stop in Delaware at the I-495 bridge that has been closed for repairs after its support columns were found to be tilting.

The president’s trip is to highlight his effort to get more private sector investment in the country’s infrastructure.

Governor Jack Markell will also appear with the president.

The federal government is paying for part of the repairs on the bridge which state official ordered closed on an emergency basis.

Inspectors found no major problems with the bridge itself.

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10:25 am
Thu July 17, 2014

O'Malley/White House Immigration Spat, Carper Immigration Plan Criticized

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is working to find temporary shelter in Maryland to help immigrant children who have been crossing the border from Central America without due process.

The Maryland Department of Human Services issued a statement of need on Monday to locate licensed providers who could care for unaccompanied children. It will be published on July 25 in the Maryland Register. That's an official state government publication that is issued every two weeks to temporarily supplement the state's code of regulations.

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