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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

Woodland Park Project
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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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Local News
11:53 am
Fri July 18, 2014

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

Chesapeake 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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Local News
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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Local News
11:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Another Promise to Eliminate MD Income Tax on Military Pensions

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown
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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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
8:12 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Less Costly Way to Modernize Cargo Planes at Dover Air Base

C-130H
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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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Local News
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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Local News
9:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield Draws Politicians and Visitors

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The all-you-can-eat seafood festival in Crisfield drew a lot of people including some political candidates.

But the 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake yesterday afternoon did not see Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown who was in Baltimore with his running mate for a funeral.

His Republican opponent Larry Hogan did show up.

Many in the crowd said they looked forward to meeting with some of the local and state elected officials.

And there was Jimmy Sarbanes, who is running for Circuit Court judge in Wicomico County.

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Local News
9:23 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Delaware Drug Testing Lab Scandal Hits Homicide Cases

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A scandal surrounding evidence tampering at the state's drug-testing lab is also affecting homicide prosecutions.

At a court hearing Wednesday, defense attorneys in a negligent homicide case challenged the autopsy conducted by Delaware's then-Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Callery. He was fired earlier this month on allegations of misconduct in his role overseeing the office.

The problems at the drug-testing lab have endangered thousands of drug convictions.

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Local News
9:14 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Dethroned Miss Delaware Suing Pageant Officials

Amanda Longacre
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A woman stripped of her Miss Delaware title last month for being too old is suing state pageant officials and the Miss America organization.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Amanda Longacre is seeking to be reinstated as Miss Delaware and to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant. She also is seeking $500,000 in damages for herself and $2.5 million for other contestants who she claims were recruited to compete in pageants before being told they were too old.

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Local News
9:03 am
Thu July 17, 2014

No Party Endorsement in Delaware's Democratic Primary for Treasurer

State Treasurer Chip Flowers
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Democratic Party leaders have declined to make an endorsement in the Democratic primary for state treasurer.

Party officials said in a statement Tuesday that the executive committee failed to reach a consensus on whether to endorse incumbent Chip Flowers or challenger Sean Barney.

 Chip Flowers

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Local News
8:35 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Harris Measure to Overturn Pot Decriminalization in DC

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md)
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A measure to block the decriminalization of marijuana in Washington D.C. by Congressman Andy Harris has made it through the House of Representatives as part of legislation approved yesterday on Capitol Hill.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that House Democrats who oppose the measure made no attempt to block it since that effort would fail in the Republican led House.

The Eastern Shore Republican’s proposal was part of the spending bill for the District and some federal agencies.

That legislation was approved by a vote of 228-to-195.

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Local News
8:26 am
Thu July 17, 2014

OC Arcade Owners to Fight New MD State Rules

Ocean City Boardwalk
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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Arcade owners on the Ocean City boardwalk are fighting back against proposed state rules that would regulate and impose licensing fees on some of their games.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission - which also regulates the state's casinos  has proposed rules that would require a $50 licensing fee on any game where the potential prize has a wholesale value of more than $30.

The rules would not affect games like skee-ball where winners accumulate tickets that can be cashed in for prizes.

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DPR Programming Notes
1:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Lightning and Barix Boxes don't mix

The WSCL transmitter Barix box.

Here is a (hopefully) simple explanation of our audio troubles, with a little slideshow to illustrate.

Audio from our studios is delivered to our transmitters in Seaford, Delaware  (WSCL, 89.5) and Roxana, Delaware (WSDL, 90.7) via a gadget called a  "Barix Box".  A Barix unit basically sends the audio through the internet to another Barix unit.

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Local News
12:47 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Politicians Expected in Crisfield for Crab & Clam Bake

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - The 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is scheduled for Crisfield.

The all-you-can-eat seafood festival is set for Wednesday afternoon.

The event is known for having a strong political flavor. It's also an election year in Maryland, and that tends to draw even more people who are running for office.

This year is a little bit different, though. Usually, the feast falls before Maryland's primary. This year, the primary was moved from September to June, so those races already have been settled.

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11:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

GOP Candidate: Eliminate the Maryland Income Tax on Military Pensions

Republican Candidate for Governor Larry Hogan
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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan says he would push to eliminate Maryland's income tax on military pensions, if he is elected governor.

Hogan spoke Wednesday to the Maryland American Legion's annual convention in Ocean City.

He says veterans deserve much better than they have been getting from the state and federal government.

Hogan says veterans have earned the tax break. He also says the tax is bad economic policy.

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Local News
10:17 am
Wed July 16, 2014

No State Facilities for Undocumented Children in Delaware

Governor Jack Markell
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell says the state does not have any public facilities equipped to house any of the many unaccompanied children who have flooded across the U.S. border in recent months.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Obama administration has asked Delaware, among other states, for help in housing the kids.

But Markell said Monday he doesn't believe Delaware has any state facilities available that could help.

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9:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Tonya Bundick Convicted of Arson in Second Trial

Tonya Bundick
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A woman charged in an Eastern Shore arson spree has been found guilty in her second trial

A jury convicted Tonya Bundick on Tuesday of setting a fire March 3, 2013, in Accomack County. The jury recommended a sentence of 3.5 years and $10,000 fine. She will be sentenced in September.

In April a judge ruled Bundick can have separate trials on each of the 62 arson charges.

Bundick awaits sentencing after entering an Alford plea in January to arson and conspiracy stemming from an April 2013 fire in Melfa. 

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