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8:59 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Salisbury University remains closed Friday, March 6

Salisbury University remains closed Friday, March 6, due to inclement weather. Essential personnel not on approved leave should report to work.

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10:29 am
Thu March 5, 2015

SU and UMES to Close This Afternoon

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Salisbury University will be closing at 12:30 p.m. and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will close at 12:00 p.m. due to the weather.

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9:26 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Up to 10 Inches of Snow Expected

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Governor Larry Hogan is urging Maryland residents to stay off the roads today.

10 inches of snow expected in the northern, central and western parts of the state and up to 3 inches of snow are expected to blanket southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Meanwhile, Governor Jack Markell warns that roads may have been clear during the morning rush hour but that heavy midday snowfall could mean a tough afternoon drive.

Markell is suggesting that drivers stay off the roads to allow the crews to clear the snow.

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9:06 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Van Hollen Jumps Into Race for Mikulski Seat, Other Democrats Ponder Run

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With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s retirement the political scramble is on and Representative Chris Van Hollen says he will be running for her seat in 2016.

Van Hollen, who has been a key leader in the House Democratic leadership has nearly $1.7 million in campaign funds on hand.

The Maryland Democrat announced his plans in an email to supporters Wednesday. His email was sent two days after Mikulski announced she would not run for re-election in 2016.

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8:56 am
Thu March 5, 2015

3 Die in Norfolk Plane Crash (Update)

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A small airplane approaching a runway in heavy fog crashed into an adjacent botanical garden, killing three people inside the plane early Wednesday.

Lt. Curtis Hardison of the Virginia State Police says the plane lost communication with Norfolk International Airport about 4:30 a.m. The wreckage was discovered about three hours later inside a wooded section of Norfolk Botanical Gardens called the Enchanted Forest.

Overhead video of the wreckage from WAVY-TV showed that the plane was largely intact but upside-down.

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8:44 am
Thu March 5, 2015

MD Cities Hope to Get Tax Relief from Counties

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The Maryland Mayors Association will be lobbying in Annapolis for a bill that would give them some tax relief from the counties.

And Mayor Jim Ireton hopes that the legislation will allow him to get as much as $2.2 million in tax relief for a number of country residents.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a study found the residents of Salisbury is paying for just over $1 million in taxes for service they did not get.

For Fruitland it was just over $98-thousand while for Delmar was $55-thousand.

The legislation would require counties to examine the issue.

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8:40 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Hogan Pushes Tax Credits for Business Donations to Education

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says it's time to approve a tax credit for businesses that donate money to support education.

Hogan was joined Wednesday by the Rev. William Lori, archbishop of Baltimore. Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, director at Agudath Israel of Maryland, also attended the event promoting the Maryland Education Credit Initiative.

It would provide a qualifying Maryland business with a tax credit equal to 60 percent of its donation to public and private education.

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11:53 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Two Dead in Plane Crash in Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Two people are dead after a small airplane crashed in Norfolk Botanical Garden while approaching the airport for a landing.
 
Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya says in a news release that searchers found the plane around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday in the garden's Enchanted Forest Section.
 
Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn tells media outlets that the plane was one or two miles away from Norfolk International Airport when the tower lost contact around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
 

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11:43 am
Wed March 4, 2015

A Republican Ponders Run for Mikulksi Seat

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Dan Bongino says he's considering running for political office in 2016, but he says it's premature to say which one.
 
Bongino announced Wednesday he is launching a new political action committee called Battle Ground Resistance.
 
Bongino says in a telephone interview that it's too soon to say whether he will run for Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski's seat. She announced this week she would not seek re-election in 2016.
 

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10:22 am
Wed March 4, 2015

MD Board of Public Works Takes Up Funding Requests Again

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The Maryland Board of Public Works will once again take up additional funding requests. 

And, among them, is money for the new Salisbury University Commons and a new facility at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 

But, this year, it is a very different kind of Board with the arrival of the new Republican Governor Larry Hogan. 

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Capital News Service reporter Brian Marron about the chances that some of the delayed requests get funded and how the panel has changed this year.

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9:59 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Snow on the Way

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Delaware, get ready for some more snow.

A new forecast says that there could be up 9 inches in some parts.

School district began cancelling their after-school activities and events yesterday afternoon.

Delaware crews are preparing snow plows and readying themselves to spread salt on the roads for tomorrow when the storm hits.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says the salt supply is in good supply but warns motorists to be cautious.

They should especially look out for slick areas.

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9:56 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Wicomico County Gets New Finance Director

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Wicomico County has a new Director of Finance Leslie Lewis.

The appointment was approved yesterday by the Wicomico County Council but did not make a decision on a new director of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

County Executive Bob Culver fired the last finance director Gary Mackes after coming into office along with the Public Works director Lee Beauchamp.

The county executive’s decision to dismiss Mackes came as a surprise to some including the council vice president Matt Holloway.

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9:32 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Supporters Show Up for Death With Dignity Bill in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of a bill that would allow Maryland residents the right to death with dignity are rallying in Annapolis.

Relatives of people who took their own lives in the face of terminal illness will join Maryland lawmakers on Wednesday to urge support of the bill.

The bill is called the Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer Death With Dignity Act, and it would allow people given no more than six months to live the option of filling a prescription for drugs to hasten their death.

The patient can decide whether to fill and use the prescription.

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9:26 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Fednel Rhinvil Killed in Wicomico County Sheriff Shooting

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a Wicomico County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man during a struggle in Salisbury.

Maryland State Police said in a news release that 25-year-old Fednel Rhinvil of Salisbury was pronounced dead about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday after pulling a handgun from his pocket during a struggle with the deputy.

Troopers say Dfc. Benjamin Jones was treated and released at a hospital for a hand injury.

State Police say Jones saw two men walking on Dennis Street and tried to conduct a street interview with them.

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9:13 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Millsboro Police to Get New Body Cameras

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The Millsboro Police Department will get getting three new body cameras for a cost of nearly $27-hundred.

The Town Council approved the acquisition this week after the department said that two older types had problems with durability and storage.

Captain Brian Calloway noted that the events in Ferguson, Missouri where an African American teenager was killed by a police officer in a controversial shooting made the devices more important than ever to capture what happens during an incident.

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9:08 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Hearing Draws Fracking Opponents in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fracking opponents came out in force Tuesday to speak their minds at a Senate hearing on legislation that would limit natural gas drilling in Maryland.

After more than five hours of testimony on unrelated legislation, by 6:30 p.m. the Senate committee had only just begun hearing testimony on the two drilling bills one that would place an eight-year moratorium on fracking and another to prohibit the practice.

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9:01 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Fired Delaware Chief Medical Examiner Raked in $75,000 in Benefits

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The former Delaware Chief Medical Examiner may have been fired and  subject to a criminal investigation but Richard Callery has been paid nearly $75-thousand in for unused vacation and sick time.

That, reports the Wilmington News Journal, is according to Delaware payroll documents.

Since his suspension in February, the paper says, he has garnered nearly $185-thousand.

State officials say that Callery did not properly supervise the state drug lab where evidence disappeared.

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8:45 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Ethics Reform in Virginia Does Not Go Far Enough

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Critics say new ethics legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly won't accomplish its main goal: preventing another scandal like the one that engulfed former Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Lawmakers passed ethics reform bills in the final minutes of the 2015 legislative assembly last week.

Proponents said the bill, with new limits on gifts and travel, will help restore the public trust following McDonnell's conviction on corruption charges last year.

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8:41 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Middletown Mayor Elected to 14th Term

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Middletown Mayor Kenneth L. Branner has been elected to his 14th term.

The 68-year-old Branner received 940 votes in Monday's election, more than four times those of his two opponents.

Town Councilmen Andrew Chas and Jason Faulkner were re-elected to two year terms. Newcomer Howard Young was also elected to a two-year term.

Robert Stout was elected to a one-year term to succeed Councilwoman Robin Burgess, who died in December.

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8:35 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Moving Maryland's Presidential Primary

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland measure would move the state's primary in presidential election years to the last Tuesday in April.

The Senate advanced the bill on Tuesday.

Under current law, the election would be on the first Tuesday in April of 2016. That means an early voting day would have been on Easter Sunday.

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11:10 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Suspect Dead in Deputy Involved Shooting in Salisbury

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says a man has been killed in a shooting in Salisbury.

The shooting of the suspect took place overnight on Dennis Street between East Road and West Road.

WBOC reports that the deputy suffered a broken bone during the shooting and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

He has been released.

The television station reports that Lewis told them that his deputy would have been executed if he had not fired on the suspect.

The man has not been identified.

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10:31 am
Tue March 3, 2015

O'Malley Will Not Seek Mikulski Senate Seat

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will not seek the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. He is keeping open his option of running for president in a Democratic primary likely to include Hillary Rodham Clinton.
 
In a statement Tuesday, O'Malley praised Mikulski's service and says he expects that "very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates," and adds: "I will not be one of them."
 

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9:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Mikulski Retirement Brings Race for Successor

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She has become a legend on Capitol Hill as the longest serving woman in congress.

But yesterday Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not seek a sixth term next year.

The Maryland Democrat told reporters that the decision was a hard one but noted that she would still have nearly two more years before giving up the long held post.

During that time she said she wanted to give her constituents 120 percent of her time.

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9:08 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Carper to Boycott Netanyahu Address to Congress

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Senator Tom Carper will not be attending today’s address to congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He will be joining 40 other Democrats in boycotting the controversial address.

The Delaware Democrat described the Prime Minister’s speech as wholly inappropriate with the Israeli election just two weeks away.

Carper and other Democrats took sharp aim at how the address came about with House Speaker John Boehner inviting the Israeli leader without consultation with the White House.

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8:53 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Patrick Harker Leaves UD for the Fed

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In a surprise move Patrick Harker is leaving his job as president of the University of Delaware.

He is moving on to a 10 year appoint with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank which helps formulate monetary policy for the country.

Harker wrote that he is leaving with mixed-emotions and said it had been an honor serving the University system over the last eight years.

And Gilchrist Sparks III, chairman of the UD Board of Trustees, said that Harker had left the University in a stronger position.

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8:47 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Delaware AG Asked to Probe Voter Fraud Report in School Referendum

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The possibility of voter fraud in this week’s referendum that would increase property taxes for the Red Clay School District has been raised by state Senator Karen Peterson.

And the Stanton Democrat says she is asking the Delaware Attorney General to investigate.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Peterson says she received a report that a group of parents who had voted at one polling place saying they were going to vote at a second polling place.

The paper notes that referendums unlike general election are not given specific polling places.

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8:40 am
Tue March 3, 2015

MD Transportation Secretary Nomination Gets Out of Committee

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's pick for transportation secretary has been given unanimous approval by a Senate committee.

Pete Rahn survived a final round of questions on Monday as he defended his work and explained what his team was doing to make progress on both the Purple and Red line projects.

Rahn said work on cutting costs for the Red Line would not begin until the planning stages of the Purple Line were complete.

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8:23 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Delaware's New Plan to Deal with Climate Change

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - A state panel is seeking public input on a report outlining how to prepare for and respond to potential climate change impacts in Delaware.

The Governor's Committee on Climate and Resiliency, which was charged by an executive order from Gov. Jack Markell, issued its report Monday and will accept public comment through May for possible revisions.

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8:19 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Oppoents of Fracking Rally In Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Opponents of the natural gas drilling method known as fracking are rallying in Annapolis ahead of a hearing on prohibiting the practice in Maryland.

A rally planned for Tuesday is being led by Don't Frack Maryland, a campaign of environmental activists and businesses in western Maryland, where fracking is being considered.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process by which highly pressurized water, chemicals and sand are pumped into the ground, shaking loose rocks and releasing gas.

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8:15 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Former Virginia Governor Files Appeal of Public Corruption Conviction

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is appealing his public-corruption convictions.
 
McDonnell filed a "notice of appeal" Monday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. The court has scheduled arguments in the case for the week of May 12.
 

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