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8:32 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Delaware River Shoreline Project Could Endanger Birds, Environmentalist Say

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Environmental groups want the state to hold a public hearing on a plan to restore and protect Delaware River shoreline at docks near Delaware City.

Delaware Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon said in a letter to state environmental regulators that PBF Energy's plan could attract birds near an area they say is at risk for oil spills.

PBF's plan for its docks at its Delaware City refinery includes refilling shoreline and replacing nearly 1,000 5-foot high wave dampeners. Pilings would be driven to anchor oil spill containment booms.

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8:15 am
Thu July 24, 2014

MD Governor Pushes Locally Grown Food

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging Maryland residents to buy locally produced food.

The governor and the first lady will host a buy local cookout at the governor's residence in Annapolis on Thursday.

It is the seventh annual cookout that is being hosted at the residence.

The cookout highlights healthy recipes made with locally grown foods. It also aims to help farmers to calling attention to food produced in Maryland.

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7:44 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Naval Academy Has New Superintendent

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice Adm. Walter Carter is the new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

The academy held a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday in Annapolis.

Carter was recently president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from the academy in 1981. Carter also is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun.

He has commanded the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group 12. He also was commander of the USS Carl Vinson, one of the Navy's largest nuclear-powered super carriers. He has flown 125 combat missions.

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11:54 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Plans for Two Big Chicken Farms Frustrate Residents

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Frustration marked yesterday’s public meeting on plans for two large chicken farms in southern Kent County.

Two separately owned sites near Farmington have neighbors worried about issues ranging from road safety and water quality to the smells from the chicken houses and the impact on property values.

The two farms could house up to a combined 30 chicken houses.

But residents were told that the chicken farms were perfectly legal and that the owners planned to go ahead with them.

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9:53 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Historic Church Damaged by Fire in Hebron

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HEBRON, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.

Oliver J. Alkire, senior deputy state fire marshal, said in a news release that the fire was reported at St. Paul's Episcopal Church just before midday Tuesday. Officials say nearly 100 firefighters from Maryland and Delaware fought the flames.

No injuries were reported.

The Rev. Ronald Knapp, St. Paul's pastor, tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that the wood-frame building that burned had been in place since 1773.

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9:41 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Pitch for Country Musical Festival on Farm near Harbeson

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Around a hundred people showed up yesterday at a hearing by the Sussex County Council on a proposed country music festival that would be located on a large 1-thousand acre farm owned by the Baker family in the Harbeson area.

Alex Pires, the organizer of the event, told the Council that he was seeking a conditional use permit to hold two three-day music festivals in August of next year as well as three one day events for charity.

He plans to spend more than $5 million on the festivals with around 20-thousand people expected to show up.

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9:19 am
Wed July 23, 2014

MD Senator Joins Unlikely Ally to Promote Voting Rights for Ex-Felons

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Senator Ben Cardin joined an unlikely ally, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, to call for federal legislation that would allow ex-felons to vote in federal elections.

Paul’s legislation would allow those convicted of non-violent crimes to regain the right to vote while Cardin’s measure is much broader.

Cardin called this prohibition on voting rights for ex-felons, the Jim Crow laws of our time hitting the African American community especially hard.

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8:52 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Red-Tailed Hawks Rescued from I-495 Bridge

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A wildlife rehabilitation group has released a pair of young red-tailed hawks rescued last month from a pier of the Interstate 495 bridge in Wilmington, Delaware back into the wild.

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8:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Wallops Facility Restores Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy

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The Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is restoring the shoreline lost to Hurricane Sandy which gouged out 1.2 million cubic yards of sand. 

Paul Bull, the deputy chief for facilities at Wallops Island, told WBOC that the beach keeps water away from the NASA launch site and protects $1.2 billion of state and federal assets.

The restoration is being aided by federal Sandy relief money to help NASA and its partners with the $11.4 million project.

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8:27 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Pier Permit Sought for LNG Project in Calvert County

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to consider a wetlands license for Dominion Resources, as it works toward building a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County.

The board is scheduled to take up the matter on Wednesday in Annapolis. The license is needed for Dominion Resources to build a pier on the Patuxent River.

Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion wants to build the $3.8 billion project at its existing Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.

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8:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

New Whistleblower Election Law

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If you’re a whistleblower you just got some more protection when it comes to reporting on violations of election laws in Delaware.

Eight bills signed into law by Governor Jack Markell last month includes one that provides protection to whistleblowers who report and refuse to participate in the violation of campaign finance laws.

It’s part of a major election reform that consolidates the three existing county Boards of Elections into a single board.

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7:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Public Meeting Tonight on Two Big Chicken Farms Planned Near Farmington

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Residents concerned about the two big chicken farms that are slated for Southern Delaware will get a hearing at a meeting hosted by Kent County Commissioner Eric Buckson at the Levy Court building Tuesday night.

Two large chicken operators have plans for facilities that could house as many as 30 chicken houses combined near Farmington.

While there are chicken farms in the area the size has taken many residents aback.

They are particularly concerned about the impact on property values because of the smell from the farms.

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1:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Tainted Artesian Water Company Well Near New Castle

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's largest residential water supplier says it has shut down a well near New Castle after high levels of a toxic chemical were detected.

The Wilmington News Journal reported Tuesday that state public health regulators posted a notice in mid-June of an elevated level of perfluorooctane sulfonate in the Wilmington Manor supply well owned by Artesian Water.

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9:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Five District Plan Headed For Salisbury City Council Session

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Salisbury is moving toward drawing up five separate districts for its city council from the two districts it now has.

Council President Jake Day along with council Vice President Laura Mitchell and council member Shanie Shields voted to put the plan on the August 11th meeting agenda.

Supporters of the plan say they want the system in place for the September 9th primary next year.

But objections came from to other council members.

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9:07 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Oyster Harvest in Virginia, Up Dramatically

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is marking its largest oyster harvest in more than 25 years.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday that the state's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year to the highest seen since 1987.

Over the past 12 years, Virginia's oyster harvest has increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to about 504,000 bushels last year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those grown in aquaculture farms.

The dockside value of the oyster harvest increased to $22.2 million last year, up from $16.2 million in 2012.

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8:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

O'Malley Meets with Faith Leaders on Immigrant Children

Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is meeting with Maryland faith leaders to discuss how to help unaccompanied immigrant children who have been coming across the border from Central America.

O'Malley held a meeting on Monday in Annapolis with dozens of representatives from religious groups.

Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says they are discussing possible partnerships the state could form with them to help the children.

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8:37 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Overhauling Mental Health System in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are promising a top-to-bottom review of the state's mental health system with the goal of making it a model for the rest of the country.

A new mental health reform panel met for the first time Monday in Richmond.

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8:28 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Worry in Delaware About Companies Relocating Abroad

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Senator Tom Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee says he’s concerned about the increasing number of companies who are reincorporating overseas.

The Delaware Democrat blames the outflow on “outdated “tax laws that encourage companies to relocate jobs and their money abroad.

Delaware’s lone congressional member John Carney, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, also called for overhauling the nation’s “outdated, complicated and anti-competitive” tax code.

Around two thirds of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in the First State.

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8:13 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Worcester Bar Owners Free to Buy Liquor on Open Market

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Bar owners in Worcester County can now buy their liquor from outside wholesalers.

The exclusive right of the county’s Department of Liquor Control on spirits to liquor licensees ended this month.

The county dispensary charges them more than wholesale and uses the money as a form of revenue.

That money is divided between the county and four major towns at the end of the fiscal year.

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7:53 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Johns Hopkins' Big Pay Out in Gynecologist Scandal Settlement

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.

Dr. Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore in February 2013 after a female co-worker spotted the pen-like camera he wore around his neck and alerted authorities.

Levy committed suicide days later, as a federal investigation led to roughly 1,200 videos and 140 images stored on computers in his home.

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12:51 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Gun Deaths Fall in MD, Court Hears Challenge to Gun Law

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BALTIMORE (AP) - With a federal court hearing looming, a supporter of Maryland's 2013 gun-control law says there are early indications it's helping to reduce fatal shootings.

The Daily Record reported in its Monday edition that overall gun deaths in Maryland fell 24 percent in the first five months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013. The statistics come from Maryland State Police and the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

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12:34 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Local Officials Approve Site for MGM Casino at National Harbor

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A building plan for a $925 million MGM casino and hotel near the nation's capital has been approved by local officials in Maryland.

A Prince George's County panel meeting in Upper Marlboro voted 8-1 for the plan at National Harbor Monday.

The vote paves the way for construction of the resort, which could open in July 2016.

The casino is slated to have 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games. Plans also call for a 300-room hotel.

MGM officials now will seek a building permit, which could be obtained next month.

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12:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Two Big Chicken Farms Coming to Southern Delaware

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FARMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Plans for two enormous chicken farms in southern Delaware are testing the region's long-held faith in the poultry industry.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at peak production, the two farms would produce almost 1.5 million chickens a year. That's more than there are people in Delaware.

The separately owned operations would be jammed into just over one square mile of southern Kent County, near Farmington.

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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

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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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