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11:14 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Making Up the Snow Days

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - School districts on Maryland's Eastern Shore are facing some tough decisions about how to make up snow days after two weeks of winter weather have thrown off the academic calendar.
 
The Salisbury Daily Times reports Wicomico schools may have the hardest decision because its schedule does not include extra days for school being canceled due to the weather.
 

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Delmarva Today
9:30 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Delmarva Today: Writer's Edition #21

"Smith Island, Maryland (6632617567)" by Lee Cannon from Bayville aka West Fenwick, DE, USA - Smith Island,

This week, author Harold O. Wilson sits down with authors Bonnie Feldstein and Janice Marshall. Janice Marshall was born on Smith Island and is the wife of a waterman. She currently lives in Crisfield, Maryland and is a curator and preserver of the waterman culture. She has worked with the Board of the Chesapeake Foundation and currently teaches in the Roads Scholar Program of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation.

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Local News
9:14 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Slick Streets from Snow Fall

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The roads are slick and the weather is cold as Delmarvans begin to venture out this morning.

There’s only a slight chance of snow this afternoon.

Low temperatures have left some icy roads so motorists should be cautious.

But the Delaware Department of Transportation has had work crews out putting down salt to fight the freezing conditions.

At a Royal Farms in Salisbury motorists said the roads weren’t too bad as the snow came down yesterday:

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8:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Delaware Flu Deaths Reach 26

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say the number of flu-related fatalities this season has risen to 26.

Officials say the rate of new cases has declined, but are warning Delaware residents that this year's flu strain is particularly deadly.

Officials say this season's flu strain is nearly four times as deadly as the flu that circulated in late 2009. Officials also say the flu is particularly dangerous for seniors.

Officials say all but three of those who died of the flu this season were over the age of 65, and all had other medical conditions.

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Local News
8:38 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Christina School Budget Cuts Begin After Voters Turn Down Tax Hike

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Christina School District has begun cutting costs to address a budget deficit after voters nixed a plan to raise property taxes to cover growing school costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the district is freezing hiring, cancelling travel for personnel and cutting school budgets. Principals are being asked to cut overtime, reduce contracted services and eliminate unfilled positions in which teachers get extra pay to serve as coaches or advisers.

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Local News
8:34 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Man Accused of Supporting ISIS Worked at Dover Mall

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A man who is accused of working to help ISIS once worked at a kiosk in the Delaware Mall.

Dover Police Department spokesman Cpl. Mack Hoffman told WBOC that 30 year old Abror Habibov who was a arrested with two other men operated a cell phone repair kiosk.

Hoffman told the television station that the FBI told them early in the investigation that the Dover Mall was involved.

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Local News
8:16 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Questions on Industry Support for Climate Change Skeptics Comes to Delaware

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A University of Delaware professor who has testified on Capitol Hill as a climate change skeptic is now under scrutiny by an Arizona congressman.

Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva has asked for details on grants and support provided to those who have testified in Congress on the issue.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the University confirmed that David Legates is a tenured faculty member and provided the paper with policies for research but declined further comment.

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8:11 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Exempting Service Members from Alcohol Age Restriction

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Eighteen-year-old active duty service members can vote, smoke and fight for their country, but they can't have a drink - a Maryland Senator is looking to change that.

A bill proposed by Sen. Ron Young, D-Frederick, would allow active duty service members who are at least 18-years-old to be served beer and wine.

The service member would be required to show their armed forced identification at the bar or restaurant where they are being served.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing Friday.

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Local News
8:04 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Compensation Voted in Virginia for Sterilization Victims

Virginia State Capital
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers have agreed to compensate victims who were involuntarily sterilized by state officials decades ago under a widely accepted program.

The Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate victims at the rate of $25,000 each.

More than 7,000 Virginians were sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act. There are only 11 known surviving victims.

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Local News
7:54 am
Fri February 27, 2015

UD President Criticized by Professors Union

University of Delaware President Patrick Harker
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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A union representing professors is criticizing the University of Delaware president after he wrote an opinion piece saying smart students are looking for alternatives online and that faculty should lose some autonomy in course design.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the union is calling University President Patrick Harker's statements an affront to the university's educational mission and values.

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Local News
7:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Delaware Seeks Volunteers for Tracking Osprey Population

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are seeking volunteers for an osprey monitoring project in Delaware.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is holding orientation sessions next week for people interested in helping keep tabs on the osprey population.

Officials say osprey populations throughout the country declined sharply in the 1950s and 60s because of DDT, PCBs and other chemical contaminants. But the raptor population began to rebound after DDT and most PCB uses were banned in the 1970s.

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Local News
7:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Jack Markell Joins Conference on Jobs for Young People

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is representing Delaware at a national conference focused on creating more job and career opportunities for young people.

Markell is among the scheduled speakers for Thursday at the 2015 National Opportunity Summit in Washington where Vice President Joe Biden also is scheduled to speak.

The event is hosted by Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan, national coalition of more than 300 businesses, nonprofits groups, educational institutions and community leaders working to expand economic opportunity.

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Local News
8:44 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Salisbury University reopens Friday, February 27, at 10 a.m.

Salisbury University reopens Friday, February 27, at 10 a.m.  Liberal leave policy is in effect for non-essential personnel.  Personnel must notify their supervisors prior to the beginning of their regularly scheduled shift if they intend to use leave.
 
Despite the best efforts to clear roads, parking lots and sidewalks, freezing weather can result in ice reforming. Please continue to use caution while driving and walking.

Local News
12:35 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Governor Signs Virginia's First Medical Marijuana Law

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed into law a measure that allows the use of derivatives of the marijuana plant for treating severe epilepsy.
 
The governor signed the bill Thursday at a Capitol ceremony featuring families with epileptic children who have suffered debilitating side effects from taking legal drugs.
 
It's the first effective medical marijuana legislation to win approval in Virginia, according to its House sponsor, Del. Dave Albo.
 

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Local News
12:32 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

OC Bridge Repairs Begin Next Month

Route 50 Bridge
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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The State Highway Administration will begin repairs next month on the U.S. 50 bridge in Ocean City.

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Local News
9:08 am
Thu February 26, 2015

American Sports Industry Struggles with Domestic Violence

NASCAR Driver Kurt Busch and Ravens Football Player Ray Rice
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The Daytona 500 did not feature Kurt Busch this year. The NASCAR driver is the first to be suspended by the organization for domestic violence. The incident follows on the heels of the suspension of Ravens football player Ray Rice. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with East Coast sports writer Mike Lurie about why there appeared to be less outcry over Busch than Rice.

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Local News
8:42 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Snowfall on Delmarva Again (Update)

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The snow is coming down.And forecasters say we should expect 4 to 6 inches of accumulation with the heaviest in Accomack County.

The Maryland Lower Shore is expected to get up to 3 to 4 inches while Sussex County could see up to 3 inches.

There’s also a winter storm warning in effect until around 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Temperatures should remain in the upper 20’s with some north winds of 20 mph.

The Maryland State Highway Administration is warning travelers to be cautious especially with freezing condictions on bridges, overpasses and at intersections.  

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Local News
8:33 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Paul McCartney to Headline Firefly Music Festival

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Organizers of the Delaware's Firefly Music Festival say former Beatle Paul McCartney will headline this year's event.

Wednesday's announcement comes a week after festival organizers announced a partial lineup led by the Kings of Leon and The Killers.

But last week's lineup did not include McCartney, despite weeks of rumors that he would be the top draw. Organizers said at the time that they were still waiting on final approval for the third headline act.

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Local News
8:23 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Hogan Pushes Expansion of Charter Schools

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is holding a news conference with education leaders to talk about his charter school bill.

The governor also plans to discuss a bill to create tax credits for people who make voluntary contributions to private or parochial schools at the event on Thursday.

The news conference is being held as the governor's charter school measure is scheduled for a hearing Thursday afternoon before lawmakers. The bill is designed to make it easier to operate charter schools in Maryland.

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Local News
8:21 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Police Oversight Measure Considered in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for police reform are urging the approval of a legislative package that would broaden the scope of law enforcement accountability.

The Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality is hosting a news conference Thursday morning in Annapolis for support of three bills that address investigations into police misconduct and propose guidelines for the use of officer body cameras.

One measure would authorize the state prosecutor to investigate the deaths of anyone who died either through the actions or omissions of a police officer.

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8:16 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Paul Tatem Found Not Guilty of Murder

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35-year old Paul Tatem has been found not guilty of murdering an elderly man in his home last April.

The jury took three hours to deliberate yesterday morning before returning the verdict.

The charges included not only murder but armed robbery counts as well.

The jury did find Tatem guilty of one charge of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

72 year old Donald Mariner who was found dead in his home on Pemberton Drive in Salisbury last April.  

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Local News
8:13 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Michael Trotta Coming Back to Delaware After Amber Alert

Elinor Trotta
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EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Delaware man who allegedly kidnapped his 3-year-old daughter and brought her to Massachusetts has been held on $25,000 bail at his arraignment on a fugitive from justice charge.

Michael Trotta clutched a picture of his daughter and cried during the arraignment Wednesday.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that he later signed papers authorizing his return to Delaware where he faces more serious charges.

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Local News
8:01 am
Thu February 26, 2015

911 Dispatcher Let Go After "Stop Whiing" Incident

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A 911 dispatcher who told a 13-year-old girl to "stop whining" as her father lay dying in a hit-and-run crash on a Maryland highway no longer works for the fire department in Anne Arundel County.

Fire department spokesman Capt. Russ Davies says the dispatcher no longer works for the department. The dispatcher's name was not released.

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Local News
7:57 am
Thu February 26, 2015

No Private-School Voucher for Disabled Students in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate has narrowly defeated a proposed private-school voucher program for disabled students.

The measure would have allowed parents of a disabled child to apply for the child's share of state funds that would otherwise go to his or her local public school system. The money could be used for tuition, fees and books at a private school.

The bill, sponsored by Del. Dave LaRock, a Loudoun County Republican, was passed by the House of Delegates 57-42 earlier this month.

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Local News
7:28 am
Thu February 26, 2015

The Snow is Falling

Snow in Chance
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The snow is coming down.

And forecasters say we should expect 4 to 6 inches of accumulation with the heaviest in Accomack County.

The Maryland Lower Shore is expected to get up to 3 to 4 inches while Sussex County could see up to 3 inches.

There’s also a winter storm warning in effect until around 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Temperatures should remain in the upper 20’s with some north winds of 20 mph.

The Maryland State Highway Administration is warning travelers to be cautious, especially on bridges, overpasses and at intersections.  

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Local News
5:51 am
Thu February 26, 2015

-Salisbury University closed Thursday, February 26

Salisbury University is now closed and classes are canceled on Thursday, February 26. Only those employees designated as essential personnel should report to work. Non-essential personnel with questions about their schedule should contact their supervisors. 

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Local News
11:33 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Scraps Morning Trips Due to Ice

Cape May-Lewes Ferry
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CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - Ice has forced officials to cancel two departures for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
 
Wednesday's 7:30 a.m. departure from Cape May and the 9:15 a.m. trip from Lewes, Delaware, were scrapped because ice has accumulated in the boats' bow thrusters.
 
Workers are trying to fix the problem and officials will attempt to follow the rest of the day's schedule.
 
Travelers are urged to check with guest services at 800-643-3779 or visit the ferry's website at www.cmlf.com for more information.
 

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DPR Programming Notes
9:57 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Spring Solar Outage Season

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Every year, in the Spring and again in the Fall,  the public radio satellite system experiences what is known as a solar outage.  During a solar outage, the signal we receive can be temporarily blocked for anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. If we are carrying a live program (such as Here & Now), you may hear a temporary bit of silence or a short recorded message we play announcing the outage.

The next outage season should run March 3rd-6th for Maryland.

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Local News
9:46 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Delmarva Braces for More White Stuff

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More snow is on the way.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning beginning at 10 p.m. tonight and ending 1 p.m. Thrusday.

Accomack County is expected to get 2-to-5 inches while the Maryland Lower Shore could see 2-to-3 inches.

In Sussex County there is an expectation of 1-to-3 inches.

And, expect more school delays and closings as Delmarva braces for another blanket of snow.

Law enforcement officials are warning to be careful with county roads expected to be slick.

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Local News
9:43 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rival Phosphorus Regs Considered in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are targeting phosphorous pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.

A Senate subcommittee heard testimony Tuesday for a bill sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky, D-Prince George's County, that addresses pollution caused by excess fertilizer on Eastern Shore poultry farms.

The bill contains recommendations similar to those proposed by former Gov. Martin O'Malley, which aim to address high levels of phosphorous by requiring farmers to test and monitor their soil nutrient levels and manage excess fertilizer.

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