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8:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Improving Low Performance Schools in Red Clay District

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The Red Clay School Board has given the green light to move ahead with trying to turn around its three Priority Schools.

These have been found to have scored the lowest on state tests.

However, in the 6 to 1 vote the board rejected some of the requirements laid down by the state including requiring each teacher to re-apply for their job.

They also turned back a requirement that would have paid the leaders of the schools $160-thousand a year.

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7:59 am
Thu December 18, 2014

No Big Gifts for Virginia Governor

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he has not received any big-ticket gifts since taking office this year, a notable departure from what was commonplace under past administrations.

A list of gifts received by McAuliffe was included in the governor's recently filed statement of economic interest. The list shows the governor accepted mostly trinkets related to trade missions. The statement says he didn't receive access to vacation homes or tickets to sporting events that were frequently given to previous Virginia governors.

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7:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

VA Governor Makes Budgetary Increase Request

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

The governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state's biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers.

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7:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Hogan Names Four Cabinet Secretaries

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Governor-elect Larry Hogan has named four Cabinet secretaries for his administration.

One of them, Secretary of Juvenile Services Sam Abed, will continue in the post he was appointed to by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley.

On Wednesday, Hogan named Delegate Kelly Schulz to be secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

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5:15 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Essay: Bridging the Racial Divide

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The deaths of two African Americans at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York have sparked protests across the nation. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders how we as a nation may bridge that divide.

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11:12 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Kristen Loetz to Give Commencement at Salisbury University

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Kristen Loetz, who was the victim of a shooting at an off campus apartment by a former boyfriend, will be the Commencement speaker at Salisbury University this year.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times she felt the experience showed people that “…no matter what you are faced with there is a way to overcome it.”

The 22-year old from Stevensville was critically wounded in the shooting shortly after 6:30 p.m. on September 3rd of last year by 21 year old Ryan Shallue.

She also pays a personal tribute to her friend C.J Abbott who was killed trying to stop the shooting.

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9:36 am
Fri December 12, 2014

New App to Prevent Drunk Driving

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has launched a new phone app to fight drunk driving.

The ENDUI app allows users to estimate their blood-alcohol level, test motor skills with games and call designated drivers. The app encourages users to report drunk drivers and warns that "driving with any amount of alcohol in your system may impair you and be illegal."

The free app is available for Android and iPhone users. It was announced Thursday by state government and police officials at an annual memorial service for those who've been killed because of drunk driving.

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9:34 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Racial Slur Sparks Court Fight Over Police Personnel Records

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's highest court has agreed to hear a case involving the state's public records law and whether it requires Maryland State Police to turn over records involving a trooper who used a racial slur.

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9:30 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Hogan: Strong Medicine for MD Budget Deficit

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says strong medicine is needed to get Maryland's long-running budget problems in order.

Hogan gave a general outline of problems the state is facing on Thursday in Annapolis. While he avoided specifics, Hogan says state government needs to have the courage to avoid increased spending.

Maryland is facing a shortfall of about $300 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The state also has a projected $593 million budget hole in the next fiscal year.

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9:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

White-Tailed Deer Hunt at Brandywine Creek State Park

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wildlife officials will conduct a controlled deer hunt at Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said Thursday that the park will be closed to the general public during the hunt on Tuesday and Wednesday. The hunt will be conducted from deer stands.

The controlled hunt has been conducted every year since 1994 to reduce the number of white-tailed deer in the 1,000-acre park. Hunting is not otherwise permitted in the park.

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9:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

$20 Million for Wallops Repair in House Spending Bill

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The last minute spending bill approved by the House of Representatives last night included $20 million in funding to help in the repair of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility that was damaged during the explosion of an Antares rocket just after liftoff this year.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kane announced that the money is contained in the bill that will now be considered by the Senate.

The two Virginia Democrats calls the Wallops Facility a key asset to the state that they expect will continue to play a role in NASA and space exploration.

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9:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

I-495 Bridge Repair to be Completed Next Month

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Repairs on the damaged I-495 bridge over the Christina River will continue through January after the pilings were found to have been damaged last June.

Around 90 percent of the work has been completed and state officials had been hoping to get the work finished by the end of the calendar year.

The bridge was closed on June 2 after it was found to be tipping dangerously between the river and Christiana Avenue.

The southbound lanes were reopened on July 31st and the northbound lanes were reopened on August 24th.

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9:16 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Data Vulnerable at University of Maryland College Park

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - State auditors say sensitive data in computers at the University of Maryland-College Park remains vulnerable to hackers five years after administrators were told about security flaws.

The university said Thursday that the shortcomings identified in a 2009 audit weren't related to a data breach in February involving the records of about 288,000 students, faculty and staff members.

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9:09 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Markell Marks Opening of Constroversial Rehab Center

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is celebrating the grand opening of a HealthSouth rehabilitation hospital in Middletown after steering its controversial approval through state government.

Markell planned to join Healthsouth executives and other elected officials for Friday's grand opening.

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9:06 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Judge Says Gun Give-Back Can Go Ahead in Fredericksburg

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FREDERICKSUBRG, Va. (AP) - A Fredericksburg judge has refused to block a gun give-back event sponsored by the city's police department.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League and gun dealer and collector Patricia Webb sought an injunction to stop Saturday's event, claiming an ordinance was required. They also said the event could deny business opportunities to dealers and collectors of one-of-a-kind weapons.

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9:03 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Delmarva Today 12/12/2014

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The deaths of two African American men at the hands of police have set off a series of protests across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore there have been small protests, including those on the campuses of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University.

Guests: Dr. James King, Associate Professor of English, Salisbury University and faculty advisor of SU's chapter of the NAACP

Juliez Benjamin, student President of SU's chapter of the NAACP

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10:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Michael Steele To Deliver Commencement at UMES

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Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is returning to the state he once presided over as Lt. Governor.

He will be delivering the Commencement Speech tomorrow at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Steele was the first African American to be elected statewide in Maryland and subsequently made a failed senate bid.

During his time in the administration of Governor Bob Ehrlich he worked to reform the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program and championed charter schools in the state.

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10:24 am
Thu December 11, 2014

"I Can't Breathe" -- Georgetown Basketball Team

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Georgetown basketball team is the latest to stage an "I Can't Breathe" protest.

The entire roster emerged for the final warmups wearing black short-sleeve T-shirts with the words "I CAN'T BREATHE" in white before Wednesday night's game against No. 10 Kansas.

Players wore the T-shirts during the national anthem and pregame handshakes, then took them off for the announcement of the starting lineups.

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10:16 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Congressman Harris Attacks D.C Pot Initiative Through Funding

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A measure by Congressman Andy Harris that challenges Washington D.C.’s legalization of marijuana has made it into a must pass spending bill to keep the federal government open.

The provision would stop the District from spending money to enact laws or rules that legalize or reduce penalties for marijuana possession for recreational purposes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Harris’ staff believes the legislation would keep the ballot measure approved last month from going into effect.

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10:11 am
Thu December 11, 2014

4 Maryland Private Colleges Get Grants from Hodson Trust

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Four Maryland private colleges are announcing gifts totaling $10.5 million from the Delaware-based Hodson Trust.

St. John's College said on Wednesday it received $2.75 million from the trust. Washington College announced a $2.75 million gift earlier in the week. Johns Hopkins University and Hood College say they each received $2.5 million.

The schools said they will use the funds for undergraduate scholarships, internships, research programs and other purposes. 

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10:03 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Federal Grant to Improve Early Childhood Education in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are touting a $5.5 million grant from the federal grant in their effort to improve early childhood education programs.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to visit La Fiesta Child Care Center in Wilmington on Thursday to discuss the grant announced this week.

The child care center is part of the Latin American Community Center and a partner site that will benefit from federal health and human services grant.

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9:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Hogan Makes Appointments, Gets Budget Briefing

Governor-Elect Larry Hogan (R)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has scheduled a briefing on Maryland's budget.

The briefing with adviser Robert Neall is set for Thursday in Annapolis.

Hogan says his incoming administration has been examining upcoming budget problems. He focused his campaign for governor on fiscal concerns.

Hogan announced Wednesday that Neall will be a special adviser on fiscal matters in his administration. Neall has been reviewing the budget as part of Hogan's transition team.

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9:51 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Virginia County Votes No on Natural Gas Pipeline

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Another Virginia county is opposing a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline.

Media outlets report that the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution opposing the Mountain Valley Pipeline on Tuesday.

Supervisors say they're concerned about the pipeline's route, which would take it near the Spring Hollow Reservoir. They also say they haven't had adequate input on the project.

Montgomery County supervisors approved a resolution opposing the pipeline's route in November.

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9:43 am
Thu December 11, 2014

$370,000 Raised On Line for Family in Gaithersberg Jet Crash

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - An online fundraiser has collected nearly $370,000 for the surviving family members of a Maryland mother and her two young sons killed when a jet crashed into their home.

The gofundme.com account had raised about $370,000 by late Wednesday, less than 48 hours after a business jet crashed into a neighborhood near an airport in suburban Washington.

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10:28 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Cancellation of Road Closures in Delaware

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With temperatures dropping the Delaware Department of Transportation has canceled planned road closures at I-95 and U.S. 202.

That includes the full closure of northbound I-95 this weekend.

State officials say that the contractor Mumford & Miller Concrete Incorporated decided yesterday to delay the work until after the winter months.  

It’s part of a three year major repaving project at the interchange .

The work was delayed earlier this year when the I-495 Bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington was shut down because of damage to its pilings.

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10:16 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ireton Found Guilty of Verbal Abuse, No Damages Awarded

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A jury has found Mayor Jim Ireton guilty of verbally assaulting the woman who was his second in command.

But the court also found that it was done without actual malice thus denying her monetary damages in the civil case.

It was a mixed ruling for the Salisbury official from a jury of four women and two men.

It allowed the city to escape having to pay former assistant city administrator Lore’ Chambers thousands of dollars in damages.

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9:51 am
Wed December 10, 2014

New Phosphorus Regs Don't Go Far Enough, Says Environmental Group

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The battle over reports on the new Maryland phosphorus regulations is not over.

The Environmental Integrity Project says they do not go far enough.

The group studied 62 Eastern Shore chicken farms that used poultry manure on their crops from Caroline,  Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

And it says the study found that farmers had spread three times more phosphorus in chicken manure on their fields than their crops needed in 2012.

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9:45 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Concerns Raised Over Body Cameras by Delaware Police

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware authorities are eyeing the use of body cameras by police but say questions about privacy, data storage standards, cost and other issues have to be addressed.

Body cameras were a side topic of discussion Tuesday following a meeting of the State Aid to Local Law Enforcement Committee in Dover. The committee doles out money from the state grant-in-aid budget in response to requests from local police agencies.

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9:42 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Marylanders Love Their State Parks

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new survey shows that Marylanders love their state parks.

Goucher College is presenting results of its annual Maryland State Parks Poll Wednesday in Annapolis.

The random sample of 708 residents found that 71 percent had visited a state park in the past year.

Seventy-six percent of park visitors gave their experience high marks. They rated their overall experience either a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5.

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9:37 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Gas Prices Plummet in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic says Virginia gas prices have fallen more than $1 since the April 2014 spring peak of $3.52 per gallon.

And the auto group says that some areas of the state could see prices fall to less than $2 per gallon around the end of the year.

Gas prices historically declines from fall into winter due to a number of factors including decreased demand.

Prices in Virginia have dropped about 20 cents per month on average, bringing them to the lowest levels in four years.

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