TedX Salisbury 4/21

Apr 21, 2016

Join us today from 1-3PM as we air the audio highlights  from the Tedx Salisbury Event, recorded January 30th at Headquarters Live in Salisbury, Maryland.

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PENNSVILLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Another lane has reopened during emergency repairs on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, easing traffic congestion.

However, two left lanes remain closed on the southbound span and the speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph. All truck traffic is restricted to the right lane.

Motorists heading south on the New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 295 faced significant delays Wednesday when construction crews closed four lanes as they started replacing three suspension ropes on the Delaware-bound span that links New Jersey with Delaware.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Worcester County last night with a packed crowd in the Stephen Decatur High School gym. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush filed this report.

Philosophy in prison. It's a program that has been going on for the last 15 years at Salisbury University in which inmates meet with faculty and students to discuss the subject at the Eastern Correctional Institution. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with associate professor Tim Stock about the success of the program which will be honored at a symposium this Saturday at the TETC building on the campus of Salisbury University.


Harriet Tubman would never have imagined it.

But the picture of the abolitionist is set to grace the $20 dollar bill.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew made the announcement yesterday for one of the most circulated denominations in the US.

Born in Dorchester County she escaped slavery in 1849 only to return a year later to rescue her niece who was about to be sold in Cambridge.

Tubman’s rescues as part of the Underground Railroad that led slaves to freedom became legendary.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's House of Delegates has approved a proposal that would allow the state to shield the identities of pharmacies that supply lethal injection drugs for executions.

The proposal backed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe initially fell several votes short of the support needed. But after Republicans pushed to reconsider the vote, it passed with a 59-40 vote. It heads to the Senate.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Six men arrested during the unrest prompted by Freddie Gray's death in police custody have sued the Baltimore Police Department over alleged abuse at the hands of officers.

The suit was filed Tuesday against roughly two dozen police officers, as well as the state of Maryland and former police chief Anthony Batts.

The suit alleges that the plaintiffs, who say they were wrongly arrested and manhandled, one man so severely his arm was broken, were acquitted, never charged or had their charges dropped.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation to create a state commission that will review drug overdose deaths in Delaware.

The Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission being established with Thursday's bill signing is similar to commissions the state already has in place to review child deaths and deaths of domestic violence victims.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Towson University is reviewing its policies for reporting on-campus incidents motivated by hate or bias.

University President Kim Schatzel wrote in an open letter Wednesday to the campus community that several students have criticized the school's hate and bias reporting process.

Schatzel says university officials have launched an investigation into an incident in which a student made racist comments and threw coins at an employee of a campus cafe.

Schatzel also says other incidents involving racist behavior have been reported since then.

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DOVER, Del. (AP)- A bill that extends the amount of time for federal officials to conduct background checks on potential gun buyers in Delaware is headed to the state House for a vote.
The House Administration Committee, consisting of the Democratic majority and Republican minority leadership, voted to release the bill after a hearing Wednesday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Agriculture says a horse stabled in Howard County has tested positive for the non-neuropathic form of equine herpes virus.

The department said in a news release Wednesday that the diagnosis was confirmed Monday at the Frederick Animal Health Laboratory. Officials say the horse was euthanized by a private veterinarian.

Agriculture officials say the farm, which was not identified, is under a 30-day investigational hold. Authorities say biosecurity measures are in place and inspectors are performing additional tests.

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The Maryland State Education Association is protest the rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Stephen Decatur High School Tonight.

Association president Betty Weller issued a statement saying, “Donald Trump and his divisive fear-mongering have no place in the halls of Maryland’s public schools.”

Meanwhile, the group Progressive Maryland also denounced his appearance and has put up an online petition.

Reportedly it has received more than 500 signatures.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be making a stop at the Harrington Fairground on Friday afternoon.

According to his website the event will kick off at 3 p.m. and will be located in the Quillen Arena.

The tickets are available on the campaign website.

This comes on the heels of tonight’s appearance at the Stephen Decatur High in Worcester County beginning a 7 p.m.

Doors open at 4 p.m.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is making stops on the Lower Eastern Shore this week.

He will make an appearance at the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s annual Booster Banquet at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center tonight.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that tomorrow he is expected to make some announcements about transportation projects at the Red Lobster in Salisbury.

He is also expected to huddle with Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and county council members.            

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PENNSVILLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Emergency construction on the Delaware Memorial Bridge is causing traffic delays.

Construction crews on Wednesday are replacing three suspension ropes and crews have closed three of the four lanes on the Delaware-bound span that links New Jersey with Delaware.

Officials say traffic has been shifted to the right lane to reduce the load in the work area to maintain required structural factors of safety during this process. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph. 

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Mayor Jake Day unveiled a $56.8 million spending plan for the city of Salisbury for the 2017 fiscal year.

There will be no property tax increase. The rate will stay at the 94.2 cents for $100 of assessed property value.

But the mayor’s budget did highlight programs for young people.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the mayor’s budget provided $6-thousand for athletic programs for young people and $300-thousand for a community center.

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SALEM, Va. (AP) - State forestry officials are battling wildfires that have scorched more than 4,000 remote acres.

The Virginia Department of Forestry says it is battling 15 to 25 fires in southwest Virginia, including the counties of Buchanan, Dickinson, Lee, Wise and Scott. Regional forester Ed Stoots said a fire in Buchanan County forced the closing of the high school Tuesday in Hurley.

While he says there have been no property damage, firefighters have been able to protect properties in the path of flames. One firefighter was also treated for heat exhaustion.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge will hear a motion by prosecutors to compel a second police officer to testify against his colleague on charges stemming from the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams will hold the hearing Wednesday afternoon. Prosecutors filed a request to force Officer Garrett Miller to testify against Officer Edward Nero, whose trial is scheduled to begin May 10. Defense attorneys have not yet responded to the motion.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill requiring students enrolling at Delaware colleges and universities that have campus housing to prove that they have been vaccinated against meningococcal disease.

The bill, which was approved Tuesday and sent to the House, requires that students be vaccinated within five years prior to the date of enrollment.

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There was no shortage of applications for the two medical marijuana dispensaries in Sussex and Kent counties.

Eleven applications were submitted with some seeking to serve both Delaware counties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that despite the number of applications it’s possible that there will be no winner.

The applicants paid a $5-thousand application fee and would have to put out another $40-thousand for the licensing fee.

The News Journal reports that some of the applicants may have to hold a public meeting to get local input.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general says he doesn't believe a proposal to allow the state to obtain lethal injection drugs from anonymous compounding pharmacies would violate federal law.

Republican Del. Jackson Miller had asked Attorney General Mark Herring for an opinion before lawmakers reconvene Wednesday to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposal.

In his opinion released late Tuesday, Herring rejected the argument that federal law allows pharmacies to compound drugs only with a valid prescription.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol to make changes to new economic development initiative, finalize a state budget, and discuss whether the Old Dominion should tweak its still young ethics laws.

Wednesday is the so-called veto session, where legislators return to Richmond for a day to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments to legislation passed earlier this year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The commonwealth of Virginia will now be able to timely detect any potential Zika virus outbreaks.

Vrginia's Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services announced Monday that it is now able to test blood samples for the Zika virus after being appropriately designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is coming to the Eastern Shore.

The Worcester County Public Schools confirmed to the Salisbury Daily Times that Trump will hold a rally on Wednesday night a 7 p.m. at Stephen Decatur high School.

The presidential candidate will use the Stephen Decatur High School Gym.

The doors at the rally will open at 4 p.m. with free tickets available at the Trump website.

The school system emphasized that it was not affiliated with the event or Trump.

BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards' campaign says Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will endorse Edwards in the Democratic primary for Senate.

The campaign said in a news release that Mosby, who is prosecuting six police officers in the death a year ago of Freddie Gray, will announce her endorsement Tuesday at the Edwards campaign's Baltimore office.

Edwards and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen are the front-runners for a rarely open Senate seat when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.

Maryland's primary is April 26.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Ted Cruz is campaigning in Maryland for the Republican presidential nomination.

Cruz's campaign says the candidate will hold a rally Monday afternoon in Towson at American Legion Post 22. The event is expected to run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Doors will open an hour in advance.

Also Monday, former candidate Carly Fiorina will campaign in the morning in Bethesda for Cruz.

The Maryland primary is April 26, but voters are casting ballots through Thursday in early voting.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland is going back to basics, with an ink pen and paper ballot, for the presidential primary elections.

State Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone says that despite advances in digital technology, nothing safeguards a secret ballot like marking a piece of paper. The ballots are tabulated by an optical scanning machine.

The system replaces touch-screen terminals that became popular after the hotly disputed 2000 presidential election. You might remember the "hanging chads" from Florida's punch-card ballots.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia shellfish farmers are leading the nation in hard clam sales.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that data from the College of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that shellfish farmers sold about $32.3 million worth of aquacultured clams in 2015.

Virginia also came out on top in oyster sales among East Coast states. The report shows that the state's shellfish farmers sold $16 million in oysters last year.

Patients and doctors are breathing a sigh of relief at news that the Chestertown Hospital will not be shut down for now.

With support from local residents lawmakers in Annapolis approved a measure that requires the facility to stay open until 2020.

WBOC reports that this will result in the inpatient facilities will remain until that time.

The hospital is operated by the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System.

The television station reports that there was concern by some at the Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad that they would lose that facility.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has an official state flower, a state tree, a state fish and a state bird. Now, it could soon have an official state canine.

The state House is set to vote on a bill naming the Golden Retriever as Delaware's official state dog.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday outlines a host of attributes for the Golden Retriever, such as its intelligence and friendliness, its love for hunting, and its ability to be trained for search and rescue work.