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The New Castle County Council yesterday okayed $15 million in bonds to help establish a stock exchange in Wilmington.

Nick Niehoff, president and chief executive of Delaware Board of Trade Holdings Incorporated, said that there is no competitor to what the company was offering to establish.

The exchange would provide place for small and medium sized companies that do not qualify for Nasdaq.

In addition, there would be another trading system for U.S. and foreign securities to be done electronically.

The Torches Event will not be part of the annual Salisbury Festival.

That’s the word from the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

WBOC reports that Chamber President Ernie Colburn sited potential copyright infringement and not meeting the standards of the Chamber.

The event was a way to show appreciation for the arts community in downtown Salisbury.  

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has been named chairman of the economic development and commerce committee of the National Governors Association.

The Washington Post reports that the governor's spokesman Matt Clark said Monday that Hogan will be able to meet committee work demands as he continues to serve as governor.

In June, Hogan was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Clark says the work will not interfere with Hogan's recovery.

Clark says the association plans to meet with Hogan and his team soon to map out a direction for the committee.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A health official says flesh-eating bacteria contributed to the death of a Virginia man.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 75-year-old Charles Horner of Mechanicville died last week after a leg cut he sustained from a catfish spine in the Rappahannock River became infected.

Chickahominy Health District director Thomas Franck says Horner is the first death reported in Virginia this year from vibrio vulnificus.

The bacteria occur naturally in warm coastal waters, especially in the summer months.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Archaeologists have discovered the human remains of four of the earliest leaders of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America.

Four burial sites were uncovered after more than 400 years. They were discovered in what's left of the floor of Jamestown's historic church. The site is the same church where Pocahontas famously married Englishman John Rolfe.


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Court documents show that the Department of Justice has launched an investigation of how the Arlington County jail cares for deaf inmates.

The investigation follows a federal lawsuit by an inmate who says his requests for a sign-language interpreter were ignored during a six-week stay.

The inmate, Abreham Zemedagegehu (zeh-MAY'-deh-geh-GAY'-hoo), alleged that medical procedures were performed without his consent and that his jailers failed to communicate basic details to him.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking state lawmakers to meet in Richmond next week to hammer out a consensus on new congressional districts.

The Democratic governor sent a letter to legislative leaders Tuesday asking them to work together in a nonpartisan and transparent way to redraw Virginia's congressional maps ahead of a court-ordered special session on redistricting set for Aug. 17.

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They’re gathering in Chincoteague for the 90th Annual Pony Swim.

Saltwater Cowboys are expected to drive around 150 ponies across the channel from Assateague Island sometime between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

After the swim and a 45 minute pause for the ponies they will be herded to Main Street for a parade.

On Thursday they will be up for auction with proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

The event was made famous in the 1947 novel “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry.

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MARDELA SPRINGS, Md. (AP) - A Wicomico County man has been charged in the killing of his uncle in a farm field.
Maryland State Police say 31-year-old William B. Harcum III was charged Monday with first- and second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault in connection with the death of 62-year-old Lee P. Harcum, who earlier that day was found dead in a Mardela Springs watermelon field with obvious head trauma.

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Governor Jack Markell gave high praise to his former political rival congressman John Carney adding that the Delaware Democrat would make a terrific gubernatorial candidate next year.

The semi-endorsement came through a spokesman for the governor this past weekend.

Carney has not indicated if he will make a run for the governorship.

Markell beat Carney in the 2008 gubernatorial primary.

Meanwhile, Carper worked for then Governor Tom Carper during the mid-1990’s.

Markell will leave office next year after his two term limit is up. 

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Member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Rehoboth Beach got an unwelcome flyer on their windshields this past Sunday.

The literature blasted the church for accepting gays and lesbians into their congregation as well as allowing women to hold church leadership positions.

Rector Max Wolf told WBOC that the flyers were not only disturbing to the church’s gay and lesbian members but to their families and friends as well.

The literature called homosexuality a “shameless act” and called women “emotional basket cases”.

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Street performers were out in front of Ocean City’s Town Hall protesting the resort’s new ordinance which requires them to sign up for one of 32 designate spots along the Boardwalk.

Around 10 to 20 chanted, cheered and urged passersby to sign a petition against the ordinance.

Inside City Hall the town’s clerk Diana Chavis noted that even during the second week of signups there were still some spots that had not been taken.

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Congressman John Carney says the Veterans Administration should consider getting rid of community-based outpatient clinics.

The Delaware Democrat says the clinics cannot be adequately staffed.

In addition, he said that rules should be loosened for veterans who are having troubles with non-VA treatment programs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Georgetown VA Clinic has been paving serious staffing shortages.

Vets told the News Journal that the clinic only has one full-time doctor.

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The Delaware Council on Development Finance yesterday gave the okay for nearly $436-thousand to entice two employers to the state.

Techmer PM is a Tennessee-based company that makes thermoplastic resins.

And, it plans on moving it Pennsylvania plant to New Castle.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington News Journal reports that a new manufacturing plant will be built by the Delaware based company behind the Mishimoto Automotive brand of aftermarket performance cooling products.

Both these developments could mean as many as a 100 new positions.

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If you are one of the 15-hundred who work for the New Castle County government you could get a onetime bonus of $750.

County Executive Tom Gordon wants the County Council to approve the payment to reward employees for their efforts during a time of austerity.

The county budget had a surplus of $1.5 million at the end of the last fiscal year.

The cost of the bonus would eat up most of that coming in at just over a million dollars.

It would still leave $300-thousand in the till.

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A fire hit the Pomeroy’s Package Store on Route 113 this morning.

Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company crews found the restaurant was ablaze inside as they showed up on the scene around 5 a.m. this morning.

The fire closed down traffic on Route 113 for several hours.

WBOC reports there were no injuries.

The television station also says it is not known what caused the fire or what was the cost of the damage by the blaze

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A stock exchange could be coming to Wilmington.

Trade Holdings Incorporated will be coming to the New Castle County Council to ask for a $15 million when it meets tomorrow

The firm wants to create two alternative trading systems that would include one for small and medium businesses that do not qualify for the Nasdaq of the New York Stock Exchange.

The other would take care of U.S. and foreign securities.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the bond would raise money for the technology to set up the exchange.

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There’s an effort underway to get some attention for a baseball team that once played on a field near Princess Anne.

They were the African American team called the Eagles.

It’s being led by Kirkland Hall, the team historian and longtime player.

He has spent years restoring the team’s home field in Oaksville.

And, he told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is considering putting out a booklet on the history of local black teams and to creating a nonprofit to put together a hall of fame.

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The proposed chicken processing plant in Millsboro has run into a critical environmental report.

It says the Allen Harim Foods poultry plant would be bad for the local community’s health and would pollute  the nearby air and soil.

The study by the University of Maryland said Allen Harim should move to a more remote location with fewer existing sources of pollution.

The Wilmington News reports that “The Rapid Health Impact Assessment” also noted the plant was part of a brownfield site with such contaminants as arsenic and hydrogen sulfide.

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DUNDALK, Md.  (AP) - Police have identified two women who died after a 37-foot boat collided with a concrete abutment that protects the Francis Scott Key Bridge near Baltimore.

Maryland natural Resources Police say forty-one year-old Wendy Lawson and 45 year old Kimberly Ervin were killed in the crash early Sunday. 

They were both from Baltimore. Their bodies were found several hours after the crash, which occurred shortly after 3 a.m.

The body 50 year old Kenneth Vickers has been picked up from the Wicomico River.

He had been out in his boat when it struck a dredge pontoon and was thrown out of the vessel.

His wife, Flora, was also on the boat and suffered non-serious injuries.

She was taken to the hospital.

The U.S. Coast Guard had been searching for Vickers since Saturday along with help from Wicomico County Salisbury and state agencies.

Officials told WBOC that this is the 12 boating death of the year matching 2014.

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JESSUP, Md. (AP) - Maryland correctional officials say an inmate was stabbed and burned with a "bleach-type liquid" at a medium-security state prison.

The Washington Post reports that the attack occurred at midday on Thursday at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup.

Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, says the inmate's injuries were not life-threatening.

Fire officials say the 46-year-old inmate was taken to a burn center in Baltimore.

The name of the alleged assailant has not been released.

This week on the Delmarva Almanac naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about safe summer water fun. We’ll celebrate the might summer tomato. And we’ll update a couple of stories we’ve covered previously like the story of a couple of counterfeiters from Snow Hill and we will catch up with Kyler Taustin, the creative director of The Brown Box Theater Company.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been hit with a discrimination lawsuit by Ronald Nykiel.

He charges that as a former member of the UMES administrative cabinet under President Juliette Bell was treated differently because he was white.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that UMES officials confirmed there was a lawsuit and said that there were working on it with the university attorneys.

The suit was filed in Baltimore last week.

The paper said also attempts to contact Nykiel were unsuccessful.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking that the entire 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider his corruption convictions.
McDonnell's legal team filed a petition Friday for a rehearing of his appeal after a three-judge panel unanimously upheld the convictions earlier this month.
A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced a new homeland security director and a new head of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
Hogan said Friday that Walter Landon will be the new director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. Landon is a retired Maryland State Police lieutenant colonel. He will replace Thomas Hutchins.

A chat with Susan McCarty,  Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University  and author of the short story collection, Anatomies.

In the second half, we rebroadcast a look at the growing Heroin problem on the Eastern Shore.

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Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder says he expects the Avian flu to hit the state sometime in the fall.

So far, there have been no cases of the disease on Delmarva.

But with the migration of waterfowl from Canada agriculture officials say it’s only a matter of time.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that agriculture secretary said the state was doing everything it could to protect a $1 billion industry.

This includes a ban to take effect August 25th on displaying poultry at all fairs and shows.

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There was a packed crowd last night at the Holy Family Church in the Newark area.

Residents were out expressing their strong opposition to a proposed 282-unit housing development across from the south side of Todd Estates II.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that most of the concerns centered on traffic congestion as well as development’s low-income housing.

The 182-acre development was once the site of Our Lady of Grace Home for Children.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officers from around Delaware have escorted the bodies of two Marines killed in Tennessee last week from Dover Air Force Base.

In a Facebook posting, Delaware State Police say motor officers participated in the escort to Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday morning. From the airport, police say the Marines were set to continue to their final resting places. Police say two other Marines and a sailor killed last week will be escorted at a later date.