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The Accomack County school board tonight will take up two books that they have pulled from their classrooms because of a complaint about the use of racial slurs. The novels in question are “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Marie Rothstein-Willliams, who is white and complained about the books, told the Salisbury Daily Times that she understood these were classic literature but said she there was too much offensive wording. The...

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The dispute over the White Marlin Open prize money will go to court on May 22 of next year. Phil Heasley brought back a 76.5 pound white marlin that would have made him eligible to win $2.8 million. But the tournament officials said that Heasley and his crew did not pass a lie detector test about abiding by the rules. This included they said changing their start time from 8:15 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. No one can begin fishing before 8:30 a.m. WBOC reports that if Heasely loses the case it means that...

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Board of Education has set guidelines for considering waivers to post-Labor Day school starts under Gov. Larry Hogan's recent executive order. The board announced the guidelines Monday. Local boards will have to demonstrate they've met at least one compelling justification outlined in the governor's order. They also will have to have conducted at least one public meeting where the waiver application was considered and approved. Justifications include the...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for the Indian River School District say a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a Sussex County citizens group should be dismissed. The Coalition for Education Reform claims that the district is using the George Washington Carver Academy, a special education school, as a "punitive dumping ground" for African-American students branded as "troublemakers." The group says black students are being removed from mainstream schools and sent to Carver in disproportionate...

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The number of marijuana arrests in Virginia has fallen significantly in the last few years. The Daily Press reports that charges for marijuana offenses dropped by 14 percent statewide over two years. It's the largest two-year drop in at least 15 years. According to figures from the Virginia state police, filings for cannabis-related offenses are on pace to fall again in 2016. Several reasons are behind the decline. For instance, prosecutors in cities such as Hampton...

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A court battle is brewing over the city of Frederick's plan to rid City Hall of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery. Three people have filed a petition for judicial review of the local historic commission's Oct. 13 decision approving the removal from a City Hall courtyard of the bust of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (TAW-nee), and a nearby bust of Maryland's first governor, Thomas Johnson, who owned slaves. City...

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - University students in Virginia have been using drones to help solve community problems. The Virginian-Pilot reports that a course on drones is being offered jointly by James Madison, George Mason and Old Dominion universities. Students have helped firefighters find blazes in remote areas and aided law enforcement officials with water rescues. Projects have also focused on helping communities in other countries. They've included detonating land mines and restoring...

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say a Cessna pilot escaped injury when his plane crashed on the runway in Martinsville. The agency said in a news release that the single engine aircraft crashed about 4:10 p.m. Monday at the Martinsville/Henry County Memorial Hospital Airport. Troopers say the pilot was landing the plane when it pulled to the left. Officers say the pilot applied the brake, and the plane's landing gear failed. The pilot was not hurt and troopers were not told...

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Protesters marched Sunday night the same route that was taken during the lynching in downtown Salisbury of an African American in 1931. Showing Up for Racial Justice Delmarva organized the event to shine a light on one of the darkest chapters of in the city's history. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with James Yamakawa with the local chapter about the meaning of Matthew Williams' death 85 years later.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's lieutenant governor is coming under fire for a comment about recent acts of racism and hatred in the state. Local news media outlets report that Republican Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford has been criticized for saying in a tweet that hate is not "new" and that he would rather people "show their real colors than hide." Rutherford's tweet was in response to state Democratic Sen. Cheryl Kagan. Kagan was criticizing Rutherford for not linking an uptick in race-based...

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin wants Secretary of State John Kerry to formally apologize to hundreds of federal workers who were fired decades ago because of their perceived sexual orientation. The Baltimore Sun reports that the Democratic senator said in a letter to Kerry on Tuesday that it's time for the country to apologize for the so-called "lavender scare." Cardin cited a book by historian David Johnson that said that at least 1,000 people were forced out of the state...

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - Dozens of people have gathered in a town on Virginia's eastern shore to protest the school district's decision to ban the use of classic novels "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" WAVY-TV and The Daily Times of Salisbury report students, parents and community members met at the Accomack County courthouse Friday night for the demonstration. The district has temporarily suspended the use of the books because a parent filed a complaint against...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state's economy is improving and he won't have to cut as much from the state budget as previously thought.

McAuliffe told reporters that he and other state officials are "cautiously optimistic" about the direction of the state's economy, in part because of an increase in state payroll tax revenues in recent months. The governor made the comments following a private meeting with state budget officials and business leaders...

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FELTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are releasing the name of a Harrington Police Department officer who fatally struck a Pennsylvania man who was standing in a traffic lane of a state highway. Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said in a statement Sunday that 47-year-old Carl Klotz was off-duty and driving a marked SUV when he hit 32-year-old Christopher Thompson of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, around 1:40 a.m. Saturday in an eastbound lane of Route 12 east of Felton. Hale says Thompson had pulled over...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says president elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of Secretary of Education, but he turned it down for personal reasons.
Fallwell told The Associated Press on Saturday that Trump offered him the job last week during a meeting in New York. He says Trump wanted a four- to six-year commitment, but Falwell says he couldn't leave Liberty for more than two years.

Falwell says he couldn't afford to work a...

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Republicans are preparing to choose new party leadership. The Baltimore Sun reports that state Republicans will gather Saturday to pick a replacement for Chairwoman Diana Waterman. Four candidates are vying for the top job, including Sajid Tarar, who was head of American Muslims for Trump. Also running are longtime party activist Dick Haire, former Amtrak official William Campbell and William T. Newton, who ran an unsuccessful campaign this year for the state's 7th...

The program focuses on the publication of Volume 9 of The Delmarva Review by the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association. My guests are the former executive editor of the Review, Wilson Wyatt, the new executive edition Emily Rich, and actor and poet James Keegan. Keegan is the featured poet in this edition of the Review. In the first half of the program we’ll discuss volume 9 of the Review, just out this month, and where it stands in the long history of The Delmarva Review. In the second segment...

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As the country adjusts to the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, those who supported his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton search or answers and solace. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill pondered this quest.

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It was 1931 when an African American was lynched in downtown Salisbury. This Sunday a group called Showing Up for Racial Justice Delmarva plans to hold a nighttime walk that will follow the same route as the white mob that hanged Matthew Williams. Amber Green, executive director of the Fenix Youth Project, told the Salisbury Daily Times that she hopes this will begin a set of frank discussions about race in Salisbury. She added that this was an opportunity for the community to learn its...

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There is a report that Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris is under consideration to head the National Institutes of Health. CQ Roll Call quoted a statement from one of the Republican’s aides. In a statement the Maryland congressman said he would be very willing to take a job in the Trump administration including a post at NIH or the Food and Drug Administration. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a spokesperson for his office would only confirm that he is being considered. The 59 year...

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - A former small-town police chief who claims he was ousted by local officials for refusing to fire two other black officers has been convicted of misconduct in office. Former Pocomoke City police chief Kelvin Sewell was convicted of misconduct following a trial Thursday and sentenced to probation. A jury acquitted him on a charge of conspiracy. Sewell and former Pocomoke Police Lt. Lynell Green were indicted in July on misconduct charges relating to a Nov. 21, 2014, crash...

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland task force on the state's juvenile justice system is struggling to resolve conflicting concerns over rehabilitating youths and staff safety on policies relating to strip searches and restraints. The task force spent nearly three hours Thursday discussing and voting on recommendations on strip searches. Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Sam Abed says he isn't pleased with the process so far. He says he's hoping the task force will give more...

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MOUNT AIRY, Md. (AP) - The Mount Airy Town Council is taking public comments on a hotly disputed proposal to allow home sales of firearms. The public hearing Monday night involves a proposed change to zoning regulations in the town about 30 miles west of Baltimore. The measure is supported by resident Mike Wonsala, who says he wants to open a home business involving the sale and repair of antique and historically significant guns. Some of his neighbors oppose the change. They say they're...

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission has issued a report and recommendations on regulatory reform. Gov. Larry Hogan, who formed the panel, announced Thursday his administration will move forward with all 187 recommendations. The commission's workgroups examined regulations based on four sets of criteria. They include whether regulations could be streamlined or clarified, modernized, stripped of obsolete references or made to conform to state or federal requirements. Agencies that took...

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet. The panel chaired by Anirban Basu is meeting in Annapolis on Friday. Officials are set to provide updates on Maryland Department of Commerce activities. The commission oversees the department's efforts to attract and retain businesses and jobs in the state. The panel draws on the expertise of the state's business leaders to inform economic development efforts and evaluate the state's business climate.

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - Two classic American novels have been temporarily pulled from bookshelves in Accomack County Public Schools. Media outlets report that earlier this month, a parent filed a complaint about "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" for their use of racial slurs. Superintendent Chris Holland says the use of both novels in classrooms and libraries has been suspended per guidelines in the Accomack County Public Schools policy manual. A committee...

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This week the Delaware Supreme Court will take up whether its decision that the state death penalty is unconstitutional should be applied retroactively for 12 men who are currently on death row. The high court is set to hear arguments in Dover on December 7 th . The Wilmington News Journal reports that prosecutors will argue that doing so would violate precedent after a criminal case has been finished. The case involves 29 year-old Derrick Powell who was sentenced to death for killing...

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An accident on Route 13 in Bridgeville left five people injured late yesterday afternoon. Delaware State Police say the three-vehicle crash occurred around 5:45 p.m. near the Heritage Shores development. WBOC reports that 65 year old James Wright’s Jeep Wrangler drove in the wrong direction going eastbound in the westbound lanes on Heritage Drive. His jeep struck a Volkswagen approaching the entrance to Heritage Drive when he pulled into the northbound lanes on Route 13. His vehicle then...

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DuPont Company will receive $7.5 million from New Castle County in new economic development funds. The Wilmington News Journal reports that the money comes from tax reserves and will be paid out in annual installments over the next five years. The paper adds that there is no plan for DuPont to repay the county. Dow and Dupont are in the middle of a $130 billion merger and they have also received $9.6 million from the state government coffers. County officials say the money is worth the...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's health care commission is getting an update on enrollment in the state's health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Thursday's briefing comes as federal officials report that 5,875 Delawareans have signed up for coverage during the current open enrollment period, which began Nov. 1. That number includes new signups and renewals. Delawareans are again facing steep price increases under the ACA this year, with an average rate increase of 32.5 percent...

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