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9:39 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Hogan Details Plan to Fight Heroin Overdose Deaths

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Governor Larry Hogan outlined his plan to fight the increasing number of heroin overdose deaths.

Hogan’s concern is also personal with the death of his own cousin to a heroin overdose a few years ago.

The Republican governor will be setting up a council and a separate special taskforce to deal with the problem.

They are to meet regularly and get advice from educators, families and others in the community.

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9:35 am
Wed February 25, 2015

OC Police Labor Talks Stall

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The talks between the Ocean City police and the resort’s officials have stalled over the latest labor contract.

At issue is a cost of living adjustment which may have to go to arbitration.

Previous agreements have included an automatic annual 3 percent cost of living adjustment.

Union President Sgt. Shawn Jones told the Salisbury Daily Times that he wants to get his officers pay on par with other law enforcement agencies in the region.

The bargaining unit includes 90 officers from the rank 0f sergeant on down.

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9:27 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Property Tax Hike: No in Christina, Yes in Red Clay

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There will be no property tax hike for those living in the Christina school district.

Voters turned down two proposals by as much as 4-thousand votes out of over 6-thousand cast.

The first plan would have raised taxes by 65 cent per $100 of assessed property value .which would have covered the district’s growing costs and staved off budget cuts.

The second would have raised taxes by $1.05 for $100 of assessed property value which would have paid for a boost to gifted and talented programs as well as summer school and extended days.

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9:21 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Delaware Lawmakers Delve into Medicaid Fraud

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers are continuing their review of budget requests for one of Delaware's biggest government agencies, the Department of Health and Social Services.

Wednesday's agenda includes a discussion of the Medicaid and medical assistance programs, which account for more than half of the entire department's budget.

One concern for lawmakers is how to cut down on fraud and waste in the Medicaid program, which costs state taxpayers about $700 million a year.

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9:19 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Maryland General Assembly to Choose State Treasurer

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly will be electing the state's treasurer.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate will gather in a joint session to vote Wednesday.

Treasurer Nancy Kopp, a Democrat, is running for her fourth term.  A special joint legislative committee has recommended Kopp's re-election.

William Campbell, a Republican, also is in the ballot.

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9:15 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Protecting Government Against False Claims by Private Contractors

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is calling for support of legislation that discourages false claims against the government by private contractors.

Frosh, a Democrat from Montgomery County, is scheduled to speak at a Wednesday news conference about the Maryland False Claims Act of 2015, ahead of hearings on the legislation later in the afternoon.

The current Maryland False Claims Act focuses on healthcare. The proposed legislation would add fraud committed against the government by private contractors.

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9:07 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Virginia Power Companies Get A Break from Regulators

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that allows Virginia's two largest electric utilities to bypass regular base rate reviews for several years.

The governor signed the bill Tuesday saying it would be a "net positive" for Virginia. McAuliffe also signed an executive order directing various state agencies to ensure the implementation of parts of the new law aimed at increasing solar energy production and providing aid to low-income electric users.

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9:51 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Car Buyers Hedge Against Gas Price Uptick

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After gas prices drop to around 2 dollars a gallon they now appear to be going back up.

Maryland News Connection reporter Debra Smith says consumers appear to be aware of what comes down must go back up.

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9:24 am
Tue February 24, 2015

New Phosphorus Rules from Governor

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Governor Larry Hogan has laid out a new phosphorus initiative.

Billed as an enhanced phosphorus management tool the Maryland Governor would give more time for farmers to cut their use of phosphorus and would immediately stop the state’s greatest offenders.

Most farmers would have until 2022 to fully comply with the new regulations.

Hogan’s spokeswoman Erin Montgomery said that 21 percent of farmers on the Lower Shore would feel the immediate impact of the change.

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9:19 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Amber Alert for 3 Year Old Elinor Trotta

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware have issued an Amber Alert for a 3-year-old girl who they say was kidnapped by her father after he assaulted her mother.

Police are looking for 43-year-old Michael Trotta and 3-year-old Elinor Trotta, saying they believe the girl "is in imminent danger."

New Castle County Police say the girl's mother called police Monday night to report that her ex-boyfriend had just come to her home, assaulted her, and took Elinor. Police believe Trotta may have fled with the girl to New Jersey or New York City.

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9:15 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Two More Flu Cases in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state of Delaware reports two more people have died of the flu, bringing the season's total so far to 23 fatalities.

The Division of Public Health says Delaware is close to exceeding its highest number of lab-confirmed flu cases in 10 years. The state has had 2,172 lab-confirmed cases to date this winter.

Health Secretary Rita Landgraf says the number of new lab-confirmed cases is slowing, although that doesn't mean flu season is over. She says sudden increases in new flu cases are not uncommon, even after a season seems to be slowing down.

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9:12 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Defense Rocket Launch (Update)

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ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Three suborbital rockets were launched from NASA's facility on Wallops Island as part of a ballistic missile defense test.
 
The Missile Defense Agency says Tuesday's successful flight test was the first to assess the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system's ability to simulate engagements of raids consisting of three short-range, separating ballistic missile targets.
 

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9:09 am
Tue February 24, 2015

F-22 Comes to OC Air Show

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When thousands come to Ocean City for the annual air show they will get a chance to see a demonstration by the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team.

The June event will display the superfighter which the only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft in the world.

In addition, this will be the inaugural performance of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in Ocean City along with the Breitling Jet Team.

Bryan Lilley, president of the OC Air Show, said that with the addition of the F-22 team the resort will have three of the biggest acts in the air show industry. 

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9:04 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Restaurant Week in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's Restaurant Week in the city of Annapolis.

Annapolis Restaurant Week began Monday and runs through Sunday. More than 40 restaurants are participating in the week of meal deals.

The Annapolis Business Association, which is behind the event, says that this year's meal deal prices are $12.95 for breakfast, $15.95 for lunch and $32.95 for dinner.

The breakfast and lunch meal deals are two-course meals while dinner is a three-course meal.

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8:59 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Marylanders Not Saving Enough for Retirement

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland task force says 1 million Maryland residents have no work-based retirement savings plan.

The task force is releasing a report Tuesday. It says 1 million state residents have virtually no retirement savings at all.

The task force is chaired by former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. It includes representatives of retirees, employers, financial firms, labor and government.

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8:50 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Shorebilly Trademark Legal Battle Ends

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The Shorebilly trademark is safe.

A U.S. federal judge found in favor of the defendant and owner of the former Shorebill Brewing Company in a lawsuit filed by a West Ocean City couple.

The judge rejected the Boardwalk couple’s claims that it was a trademark infringement ruling that the couple’s trademark had been obtained fraudulently.

The judge ordered the U.S. Patent Office to cancel the Teal Bay’s federal trademark registration.

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8:46 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Delaware Transportation Request Despite Tight Budget

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Delaware transportation officials say they would like to speed up several major road projects despite this year’s tight budget.

These include $5.6 million for an auxiliary lane along Delaware Route 1 easing the merging of traffic from northbound US Route 40 to Delaware Route 273.

The new Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan laid out their plans for state legislators yesterday afternoon.

Due to a lack of funds amounting to $600-million Cohan said that the department had to cut back on needed projects.

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8:40 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Sunday Hunting in Baltimore County Gets Hearing in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A bill that would allow Sunday hunting in Baltimore County is getting a hearing before a Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs is scheduled to hear testimony Tuesday regarding legislation that would allow hunters in Baltimore County to hunt on Sunday. The bill is proposed by Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, R-Baltimore County.

It is illegal to hunt on Sundays but some Maryland counties have exemptions to the rule.

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8:39 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Collins Seitz Nominated to the Delaware Bench

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated a longtime Wilmington attorney to fill a vacancy on Delaware's Supreme Court.

Markell's office announced the nomination of Collins Seitz Jr. on Monday. The 57-year-old Seitz is the founding partner of Seitz, Ross, Aronstam & Moritz, specializing in corporate, commercial, and intellectual property cases. He previously was a managing partner of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz, where he worked for more than three decades.

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2:08 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of March 2nd, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of March 2nd,  2015

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1:51 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Smyrna Opens Shelter As Temperatures Drop

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With the temperatures now expects to get much colder tonight the town of Smyrna will open its Code Purple shelter this evening.

Temperatures are expected to get down to 6 above.

And combined with wind chill factor it could be as much as 3 below.

The shelter will open from 5 p.m . until 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.

For the rest of the week the shelter will be open according to the Kent County Code Purple schedule

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9:16 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Breaking the Ice for Tangier Island

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There cutting through the ice as Delmarva begins to recover from the sharp cold snap.

The Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock worked to break the ice to make way for navigable waters from the Delaware River through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in the north to Tangier Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Each cutter is 65 feet long and is designed to break ice up to 18 inches thick.

For the residents of Tangier Island the efforts brought needed groceries and medical supplies.

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9:05 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Rocket Launch Set for Tomorrow at Wallops

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The launch of three Terrier-Oreole suborbital rockets that had been scheduled for today from NASA’s flight facility on Wallops Island has been postponed.

The new launch day is tomorrow February 24th between 12.30 and 4:30 a.m.

If that does not work out the next launch dates would be February 25th and February 27th.

There will be no real-time launch status available and not public viewing at the request of the Defense Department.

The Visitors’ Center will also be closed for the launch.

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8:57 am
Mon February 23, 2015

No Kurt Busch for NASCAR This Weekend

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There was no Sunday driving for Kurt Busch.

The NASCAR driver lost the appeal of his suspension on Saturday night ending his hopes in participating in the season-opening Daytona 500.

The suspension is indefinite.

Busch was suspended after a Delaware judge found that the 2004 champion almost certainly choked and beat his former girlfriend last fall at the Dover International Speedway.

The three judge panel denied his appeal on Saturday night and that was followed by a final denial by Gulfstream President Bryan Moss.

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8:48 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Delmarva Nursing Homes Get Mixed Reviews

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The nursing home scores have dropped in the revised federal five-star quality ratings on a third of facilities on Delmarva.

But the facilities did distinguish themselves when it came to the average quality-of-care care.

Three nursing homes got the lowest rating on Delmarva.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports they are Snow Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Acradia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Nelsonia.

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8:43 am
Mon February 23, 2015

MD Schools Gear Up for New Testing

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland public schools are preparing for new standardized testing.

Elementary, middle and high school students are to start testing in March through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The exam is connected to the Common Core State Standards for reading and math proficiency.

School districts statewide provided students with a recent demonstration, allowing schools to test technological infrastructure for the computer-based exams.

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8:38 am
Mon February 23, 2015

New Animal Shelter Regulations in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are accepting public comment on proposed new rules governing animal shelters in Delaware.

The regulations proposed by the Office of Animal Welfare will be the subject of a public hearing Monday at DelDOT headquarters in Dover.

Officials say the regulations are intended to ensure the protection and care of companion animals being held in shelters and to increase opportunities for their adoption.

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8:26 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Proposal for Federal Progressive Consumption Tax

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to talk about his progressive consumption tax proposal.

The Maryland Democrat is discussing the proposal Monday with Maryland business leaders in Annapolis at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Cardin's proposal would eliminate federal income taxes for most people in the country. It also would reduce the corporate income tax rate. Instead, Cardin is proposing taxing the purchase of goods and services.

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8:22 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Scandalized VA Lawmaker Asks Return of Materials Seized at Law Office

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery and perjury wants authorities to return materials seized from his law office.

Del. Joe Morrissey's motion to have the items returned will be heard Monday in Henrico County Circuit Court. Morrissey says authorities executing a search warrant last month took case files and computers, bringing his law practice to a virtual standstill.

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8:17 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmakers Emphasize STEM Education

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are touting the importance of STEM education in Baltimore.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are set to speak at a forum on Monday to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is also set to speak at the Baltimore forum, which is billed as a two-hour interactive talk with a focus how to help gear students toward modern-day jobs.

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