Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Nov. 30th, 2015

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic says Virginia motorists will pay the lowest Thanksgiving week gasoline prices since 2008.
The auto club says the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Virginia on Sunday was $1.92. That's down seven cents from last week and significantly below the $2.66 that state drivers were paying a year ago.
The Richmond and Norfolk areas are tied for the lowest average price at $1.88, while the Charlottesville area is the highest at $1.95.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Collection sites in Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg are taking in empty oyster shells to help rebuild oyster habitat in the Chesapeake Bay.
The oyster shell collection bins are for use by restaurateurs and residents alike.
The bay's oyster population has declined for decades because of pollution and disease, among other reasons. To bring back a signature bay catch, public and private efforts have accelerated in recent years to recreate the reefs oysters need to thrive.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - In his first national television interview Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discussed cancer, treatment and recovery on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace.

The interview, which was taped a week before it aired, focused on Hogan's illness. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in June, five months after he was sworn in as governor. Hogan said when he received his diagnosis he worried how to tell his family; three days later he announced it to the public.

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The body of Jacob Marberger was found by Pennsylvania police after the Washington College student went missing.

WBOC reports that his death has been ruled a suicide.

His family became concerned after he came home from school and left with a gun.

With his disappearance Washington College closed its campus through the Thanksgiving holiday as a precaution.

Police said that Marberger’s death appeared to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Washington College issued a statement on their Facebook said his death was a “terrible blow to our community.”

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The town of Berlin is kicking off the holiday season with its Holiday Arts Night this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

It will feature artists around the town and at local businesses.

In addition, The Salisbury Daily Times reports there will be live jazz music at the Visitors Center as well as a Santa and Mrs. Claus to greet the children.

Later in December there will be three Saturday afternoons with Christmas characters and free carriage rides, the paper reports, with a story time from Mrs. Claus.

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Police found the body of a woman along the Pocomoke River on Saturday morning.

Authorities say police and other emergency personnel arrived on the scene at round 10:30 a.m.

It was at the end of Winter Quarters Drive off northbound Route 13 near the city golf course.

She has been identified as a 66-year old woman from Pocomoke City.

WBOC reports that her car was discovered later at Cypress Park.

The authorities say she had a history of mental illness and that there were no apparent signs of foul play.

There was an emergency landing at the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico County Airport yesterday afternoon.

It occurred just before 3:30 p.m. when a private plane called in for an emergency landing.

WBOC reports that police say the pilot said that his aircraft was having problems with its brakes.

Fire crews were on hand as the plane landed safety.

There were no reports of injuries.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Delaware education officials to announce the state's second round of Pathways to Prosperity grants.

Monday's announcement involves grants to high schools to offer students the opportunity to gain workplace experience and earn college credit in high-demand fields.

Those fields include finance, health care and information technology.

Markell proposed the initiative in his State of the State address earlier this year as a way to help prepare Delaware's future workforce.

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SWANTON, Md. (AP) - State wildlife managers are bringing lethal force to bear on pesky Canada geese at Deep Creek Lake.

The first goose hunting season in the western Maryland resort area opens Monday. It runs through Wednesday.

The Department of Natural Resources says in a statement that it developed the hunt to address residents' concerns about abundant goose droppings.

The hunt is by reservation only at three locations.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates says he'll ask the General Assembly in January to create a commission to study the state's retirement system.

Speaker William J. Howell says he wants a fresh look at the Virginia Retirement System, already the focus of reforms twice in the past five years. Howell told the Richmond Times-Dispatch those previous adjustments were "good first steps."

This week we will meet watercolorist Keith Whitelock. Marilyn Buerkle will tell us about colonial food traditions. Keyanna Bowen will help us get ready for the holidays with Eastern Shore style and Jim Rapp will tell us all about Delmarva's wild turkeys.

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With the terrorist attack on Paris there has been  backlash over Syrian refugees coming to this country with a majority of governors say they oppose them coming to their states.  Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders this sentiment in light of the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty.


Meanwhile, Governor Larry Hogan has said he opposes the refugees coming to Maryland, while Governor Jack Markell has said they would be welcomed in Delaware. 

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia mayor who's facing backlash for invoking the mass detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II in order to keep Syrian refugees out of the region says he didn't intend to offend anyone.

In a new statement Thursday, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says his comments were "intended to be respectful, measured and moderate in tone and substance." According to the Roanoke Times, he says he was trying to express concerns about the safety of Americans.


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A man who was shocked with a stun gun by a Fredericksburg police officer two years ago is seeking $5 million in a federal lawsuit against the department.

The Free Lance-Star reports that the Lantz Day says in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court that the incident caused him "mental and physical anguish."

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is lifting highway lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

VDOT will end the closures on most interstates and other roads starting from noon next Wednesday through noon Nov. 30. The idea is to keep the highways congestion free during the busy holiday travel period.

VDOT also advises that based on past traffic data, the heaviest periods of congestion on most roads occur after noon the day before Thanksgiving and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 29.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A man who says a Baltimore police officer beat him with a baton and arrested him for no reason during the civil unrest in April following the death of Freddie Gray has sued the department.

Branden Owens, who filed the suit Wednesday, says he was walking with his fiancee and her son to buy groceries near Mondawmin Mall on April 27 when he was surrounded by police. Owens says one officer struck him in the chest with a baton and when he asked for the officer's badge number he replied, "It's 666. I'm the devil." Owens was arrested and later released without charges.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Diversity advocacy groups have asked the state of Virginia to make it easier for a transgender person born in the state to get one's gender changed on birth certificates.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the state requires a person to submit proof of a sex reassignment surgery and get a court order that specifies the gender and name in order to amend a birth certificate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Farm Bureau says the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is down this year compared to 2014.

The bureau said Thursday a traditional meal for 10 adults with turkey and all the trimmings should cost $44.52, compared to $42.59 last year.

The price also includes dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a tray of carrots and celery, milk, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Prices vary depending on the location.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A commission appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has decided not to recommend re-establishing parole to the state's criminal justice system any time soon.

According to the Daily Press of Newport News, the group decided Wednesday that there are shortcomings in the sweeping reforms that largely abolished parole there 20 years ago, but more study is needed before such a major step is feasible. The group also noted a significant lack of legislative support for the move.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is asking a judge to throw out a $3 million civil lawsuit against it over the arrest of a University of Virginia student that sparked outrage when video of it surfaced.

The Daily Progress reports the defendants filed the motion Monday, asking the court to throw out the lawsuit filed by Martese Johnson, a University of Virginia student who was arrested on St. Patrick's Day.

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New Castle County officials are looking at using $3 million that are supposed to go toward parks to help with the start-up costs of a private stock exchange.

The money would come from the Garstin Trust Fund and would be put into the Delaware Board of Trade Holdings to establish the Wilmington exchange for small and medium sized stocks.

The County Council is expected to consider the proposal at its meeting next week.

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Administration officials in Maryland say their top priority is to cut government.

That’s the word from a meeting put on by the Maryland Economic Development Association.     

A press release by the Association says that the aim of the two day conference is to emphasize the importance of investing in economic development in Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill said he had a meeting with Governor Larry Hogan last week in which the governor emphasized tourism and the rural areas of the state.

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The South Bethany Beach town council has approved moving ahead with exploring an appeal of the new flood maps drawn up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The environmental engineering firm Woods Hole Group was authorized to come up with a strategy at a workshop in late October.

During yesterday’s meeting the company said that the best approach would be to emphasize the protection afforded to home by the dunes on the beach.

The firm said that was not factored into the assessment by FEMA.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are extending the public comment period for proposed amendments to regulations governing the protection and use of Delaware's beaches.

The public comment period was to have ended Sunday but has been extended through Dec. 7.

Officials with the Division of Watershed Stewardship's Shoreline & Waterway Management Section say the decision to extend the comment period was made in response to requests from the public.

Officials say comments may be emailed or submitted through regular mail to hearing officer Lisa Vest.

We explore three challenging issues on today's program. First, we get local reaction and commentary on the House of Representative's  vote to suspend allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the country. Next, we talk to some Salisbury University students to get their perspective on the events at America's college campuses. Finally, we look at how Delmarva's homeless population deals with the coming holiday season.


Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control stores will again offer discounts on Black Friday this year.
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says that on Nov. 27, all of its stores will offer 10 percent off any in-store purchases totaling $50 or more before taxes, and 15 percent off for purchases of at least $75. Lottery and gift cards are excluded from consideration.
On Nov. 30, the same discounts will apply for customers who order products online for pickup at an ABC store. About 220 products will be available online.

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Senator Chris Coons called for a bipartisan discussion about taking in Syrian refugees.

During an interview with MSNBC the Delaware Democrat said that the discussion should include the refugee screening policy, an exploration of its weakness and the terrorist threats.

In addition, he said, there must be adequate funding and support for vetting them.

Fellow Democrat Congressman John Carney says he wants to suspend taking in Syrian refugees who are of military age.

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many will be doing some last minute shopping for that big dinner next week. But, they may pass by those who are not so fortunate: the homeless. Delmarva Public Radio's Stephanie Chisley looks at what is being done for them in Salisbury.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Washington College in Maryland says it will be closed through the Thanksgiving holiday while authorities continue looking for a troubled missing student who could be armed.

Sheila Bair, the college president, made the announcement Wednesday. Local and federal authorities are still searching for 19-year-old Jacob Marberger.

The school on Maryland's Eastern Shore first canceled classes Monday, after Marberger's parents called the college to say he had returned home to Pennsylvania. They believe he may have taken a firearm.