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8:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

In-State-Tuition for Immigrants Intact for Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An effort to deny in-state college tuition rates to some immigrants has been narrowly defeated in the Virginia Senate.

Introduced by Republican Sen. Richard Black of Loudoun County, it was rejected 20-19 Tuesday, largely along party lines in the Republican-controlled chamber. One Republican, Sen. John Watkins of Powhatan County, voted with minority Democrats against the bill. Another Republican, Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel of Winchester, did not vote.

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8:26 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Search for Missing Six After Mansion Fire

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Investigators are expected to begin the search for a man and a woman and their four grandchildren who have been missing since a fire tore through the Annapolis-area mansion relatives say they were in when it burned to the ground.

Fire officials and federal investigators were on the scene of the blaze on Tuesday, extinguishing residual hot spots from fire, which reduced the 16,000-square-foot mansion to rubble early Monday.

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8:21 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Virginia Autistic Inmate Gets Pardon and Treatment

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted a conditional pardon that will allow a Virginia inmate to get treatment for his autism.
 
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the governor signed the pardon Tuesday, clearing the way for Reginald Latson's transfer to a secure treatment center in Florida.
 

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8:14 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Sinkhole on Route 90 on St. Martin Bridge

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A sinkhole has developed on the eastbound lane of Route 90 at St. Martin River Bridge.

The Worcester County sheriff’s Office says that the hole was first reported at 12:50 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

The State Highway Administration has laid a steel plate over the hole until it can be permanently patched.

SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar told the Salisbury Daily Times that sinkholes near the water are not uncommon.

He said the constant rising tides produce a great deal of erosion over time.

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8:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

MD Charter School Study Incomplete

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland state analysts say a study on charter schools ordered by the Legislature is incomplete and lacking sufficient detail.

The Maryland Department of Legislative Services issued its findings in a letter Monday to the Legislature's presiding officers.

Lawmakers required the Maryland State Department of Education to conduct the study. It contracted with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore to carry it out.

The study concludes that the current system "shows enough promise to be expanded."

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7:57 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Inmate Apparent Suicide at Delaware Correctional Facility

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State corrections officials say an inmate at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution has died.

The Department of Correction says 24-year-old Felecia Morris of Dover died Tuesday at Christiana Hospital, where she was taken Saturday.

Officials say her death was an apparent suicide; foul play is not suspected.

Officials say Morris was arrested Thursday on charges that included shoplifting and disorderly conduct. She was being held on $3,000 secured bail.

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11:15 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Tuition Inches Up at Some Maryland Universities

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BALTIMORE (AP) - New and returning students at several Maryland public universities will have to dig a little deeper for tuition.
 
The University of Maryland at College Park, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University and Towson University are all implementing tuition increases of 2 percent for the spring semester starting Jan. 26.
 
The university system's Board of Regents voted Friday to allow the increases.
 

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11:07 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Oral Arguments in Federal Court Over Maryland Gun Law

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal appeals court has set oral arguments over the constitutionality of a Maryland law banning 45 assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines.
 
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled arguments in the matter for March 24.
 
In a filing Friday, gun-rights advocates say the law violates the Second Amendment and that a federal judge in Baltimore erred when she upheld the law last summer.
 

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10:25 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Temporary Saturday Lane Closures on Route 50 Bypass Intersection East of Salisbury

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The intersection of U.S. Route 50 at Hobbs Road just east of the Salisbury Bypass will be temporarily closed to traffic for multiple 15 minute intervals on Saturday night (January 24th) beginning at midnight. 

This will enable work crews from Delamrva Power to install new power lines on a nearby overhead structure.

There will be no detours during the temporary lane closures.

For inclement weather, the rain date would be Sunday morning January 25th.

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9:09 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Essay: Companionship, A Human Need

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Even the smallest of creatures can become our companions. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes he found such company while driving the highways of the Eastern Shore.

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8:45 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Police Body Cameras on Display at Salisbury Monthly Meeting

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There will be a presentation for body cameras that will be worn by the Salisbury police.

Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan announced plans for the presentation that will take place at the monthly Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable tonight at 6 p.m. at the Government Office Building.

The presentation will range from the history of body cameras and sample videos to concerns about them, police considerations and their limitations.

The city is planning to spend around a $140-thousand on the initiative.

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8:41 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Delaware Man Claims Police Abuse, After Arrest Following Gunshots on Biden Home

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A Hockessin man who was arrested after gunshots were fired at Vice President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware says he was accosted by police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 57-year old Rock Peters has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

He does face reckless endangering and resisting arrest after fleeing a police officer.

But Peters told the newspaper that the police were not telling the truth.

He says he was beaten by police and left with a swollen nose, rib injuries, multiple face abrasions and a black eye.

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8:26 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Six Family Members Unaccounted for in Mansion Fire

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Six members of a family are unaccounted for after a fierce fire reduced a multimillion-dollar waterfront mansion near Maryland's capital to a scorched stone framework. Teddy bears and flowers now rest near the front gate and teary-eyed neighbors have stopped by.

On Tuesday, federal fire investigators are expected to arrive after first light, seeking a cause for the flames that gutted the 16,000-square foot home with seven bedrooms and 7  1/2 baths. The flames took hours to put out Monday after the fire began before dawn on the outskirts of Annapolis.

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8:22 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Vice President and Delaware Chief Justice on MLK Day

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says minority communities around the country need to work to bridge the separation between police and the residents they serve.

Speaking Monday at a breakfast honoring slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., Biden said communities and police departments need to build relationships of trust.

"There's no reason on earth we cannot repair the breach that we've recently seen between law enforcement and minority communities," he said.

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8:14 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Virginia Governor Recovering from Medical Procedure

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A spokesman for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he is underwent a medical procedure after being thrown from a horse during a family trip and breaking seven ribs.

Spokesman Brian Coy says the governor was with his family in Tanzania over the Christmas holidays when the riding accident occurred.

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8:01 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Fewer Gifts To VA Lawmakers After McDonnell Corruption Verdict

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are receiving fewer gifts in the wake of former Gov. Bob McDonnell's prosecution on corruption charges.

The Virginia Public Access Project released an analysis of financial disclosure forms Monday showing that the number of gifts to lawmakers dropped by 27 percent from 2013 to 2014.

The decline was more pronounced among Republican lawmakers than Democrats.

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7:58 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Gun Control Draws Rallies in Virginia Capital

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates and opponents of gun control held dueling demonstrations at the Virginia Capitol as the perennial debate over the hot-button topic began anew.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pushing a package of gun control measures ahead of this fall's state legislative elections even though they stand little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Pro-gun forces held a rally Monday morning. Many attendees wore orange "Guns Save Lives" stickers and a speaker assailed McAuliffe and other gun-control advocates as "gun grabbers."

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7:55 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Gas Prices Dip Below $2 A Gallon in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The auto club says the average price of a gallon of gas has dipped below the $2 mark.

The AAA Mid-Atlantic reported Monday the $1.99 price of a gallon of unleaded gas is the lowest pump price in the state since May 2009. The Triple A says 24 other states are reporting sub-$2 fuel prices, with more expected to join.

The auto club says average fuel prices around the state range from $1.91 in the Richmond area to $2.01 in Norfolk. Nationally, motorists are paying $2.06 cents for a gallon of unleaded.

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7:48 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Minimum Wage Hike Dies in Virginia Legislature

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Senate panel has killed a proposal to raise Virginia's minimum wage.

The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor voted 11-to-3 Monday to table a proposal aimed at incrementally raising the state's minimum wage above the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

Proponents included liberal activists and labor officials. They said raising the state's current minimum wage would help low-income workers escape poverty.

While corporations have enjoyed growing profits rise, they argued that workers' wages have stagnated.

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11:01 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Maryland Man Freed from Cuba to Attend State of Union

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Maryland man who recently returned home after spending five years in a Cuban prison will be in the audience for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Alan Gross and his wife, Judy, are among 22 people the White House invited to attend Tuesday night's speech.

It's become tradition for presidents to invite special guests whose stories highlight an issue or public policy. They sit with the first lady.

This year's group also includes astronaut Scott Kelly, the president and CEO of CVS Health and eight people who wrote letters to Obama.

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10:34 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Gunshots Outside VP Biden's Delaware Home

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Law enforcement officials have boosted security at the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden after several gunshots rang out from a vehicle speeding by the property over the weekend.

Authorities said Sunday that the vice president and his wife weren't at their Wilmington home Saturday night when the shots were fired and there were no reports of injuries.

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3:42 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Jan. 26th 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Jan. 26th 2015

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3:43 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Wicomico Sheriff's Deputy Dies of Heart Attack

Wicomico County Sheriff's Office Deputy John Brune
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Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy John Brune died yesterday of a heart attack at his home.

Captain Babe Wilson said that Brune had recently undergone a medical procedure.

Brune arrived at the Sheriff’s office after retiring from the Baltimore Police Department.

Deputy 1st Class Sam Workman told the Salisbury Daily Times that Brune lived and breathed law enforcement.

He was 54 years old.

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3:25 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Bishop Out On Bail After DUI Charge

Bishop Heather Cook
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BALTIMORE (AP) - An Episcopal bishop facing manslaughter charges after authorities say she struck a cyclist while driving drunk in Baltimore has been released from jail.

Documents show Heather Cook posted a $2.5 million bond on Thursday. Cook was charged with manslaughter, drunken driving and other related charges after striking and killing Tom Palermo while he was riding his bicycle. Cook registered 0.22 blood-alcohol content during a breath test shortly after the wreck. The legal limit in Maryland is 0.08.

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3:08 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Pat Downs Instituted at Crisfield Police Building

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If you enter the Crisfield Police Department building, there is a sign which warns visitors they will be subject to a search.

Chief Michael Tabor announced the new regulation after two NYPD officers in New York were shot to death.

That shooter then killed himself.

Tabor told WBOC that that those two officers were doing nothing but sitting in their police car before being executed.

The new rule will not apply to everyone.

Rather officers will be on the lookout for people with what Tabor described as disheveled clothing or bulges in certain areas.

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2:21 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Flu Death Toll Climbs to 14 in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Delaware has climbed to 14.

Officials on Thursday reported two new deaths this week and 1,526 confirmed flu cases so far this flu season.

All but one of the deaths involved people over the age of 65, with the other victim being 53.  All 14 had underlying conditions, and five were in long-term care facilities.

The number of deaths exceeds the total for the previous three flu seasons combined, and is more than double the six deaths reported last season.

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2:16 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Mikulski Asks Labinal Power Not to Close

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Maryland’s Senior Senator Barbara Mikulski has sent a letter asking that Labinal Power Systems change its mind about shutting down its plant in Salisbury.

The company suddenly announced this week that it was moving the operation to Denton, Texas to be more competitive in the aerospace industry.

The letter was address to the president of Safran North America, which owns Labinal.

Mikulski had secured millions of dollars in funding for the Chinook helicopter with the anticipation that it would support hundreds of workers at the facility in Salisbury.

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2:02 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Several Car Crashes on Route 13

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There were several car crashes on Route 13 bypass this morning near Stockyard Road just south of Fruitland.

Police say the northbound lanes saw four single-vehicle accidents.

One involved an Eastern Correctional Institution van with two inmates and two correctional officers inside.

The three other accidents involved cars crashing into a ditch.

There were only minor injuries.

Normal traffic flow resumed around 10 a.m.  

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1:29 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Sen. Mathias to Push for Md. Schools to Start After Labor Day

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker says he will introduce a bill to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

Sen. James Mathias, a Worcester Democrat, made the announcement at a Thursday news conference with Comptroller Peter Franchot and Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, who both support the idea. Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan also appeared at the Annapolis news conference to support the later start date.

Supporters say prolonging summer vacation by between five and 10 days would create more family time and help Maryland businesses.

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12:34 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Hogan Names David Brinkley Budget Secretary

Senator David Brinkley

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has picked former state Sen. David Brinkley to be his budget secretary.

Hogan, a Republican, made the announcement at a news conference in Annapolis on Thursday.

Hogan also named Sam Maholtra to be secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

The selections were two of more than a dozen administration jobs Hogan announced.

Hogan also named Clay Stamp to be director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

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