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8:44 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Speedway Plans to Cut Seating for Sprint Cup Race

NASCAR drivers will be out on the Dover International Speedway for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race.

But even as the crowd shows up organizers expect to have some empty seats.

So, Speedway officials say they are planning on getting rid of some of the seats.

It has done so before cutting the seating from 135-thousand in 2001 down to 109-thousand by 2011.

Dover Motorsports President and CEO Denis McGlynn told WBOC that it’s not just the down economy that has affected attendance.

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8:28 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Wallops Island Set for Defense Rocket Launch

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A Department of Defense rocket is scheduled to be launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore next month.

The launch of the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket is scheduled for Oct. 1 between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility.

October 12 is the backup launch day.

NASA says the rocket may be visible to residents in the Chesapeake Bay region.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops won't be open for viewing the launch. Real-time launch status updates won't be will be available.

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8:26 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Helping Juvenile Delinquents With Educational Opportunities

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Alternative schools are among the issues being discussed by a panel charged with helping to ensure that juvenile delinquents in Delaware have adequate educational opportunities when returning to their communities.

The Youth Re-Entry Education Task Force will hold a roundtable discussion on district-run alternative schools at Friday's meeting in Wilmington. It was also scheduled to hear from the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings.

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8:22 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Ray Rice Video Sent to NFL, Says Law Enforcement Source

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A law enforcement official says he sent the video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April.

Miller unequivocally denied that he had ever watched or received the video, and the NFL has said no league employee saw it until TMZ Sports released the video earlier this month.

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12:14 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Chlorine Leak at Pittsville Water Plant Injures Two

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There was a chlorine leak at the Pittsville Water Treatment Plant where two technicians were injured.

It occurred at around 8:45 a.m. and the plant was evacuated while local residents were asked to stay indoors.

No nearby Pittsville residents have reported any symptoms of chlorine inhalation.

Pittsville Elementary and Middle Schools were ordered to shelter-in-place but that has now been lifted.

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11:58 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Power Outages on Delmarva After Storm

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of power outages have been reported in Delaware after heavy rain and wind brought down a number of trees and wires.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 370 Delmarva Power customers lost power in the Claymont area south of Interstate 95 just before 5 a.m. Thursday. Another 200 lost power across New Castle County, lower Delaware and nearby Maryland.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative says about 50 members are without service, mostly in Sussex County.

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10:01 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Suspect Caught in UVA Student Disappearance

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Police say they have captured the man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Wednesday that 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is in custody in Galveston, Texas. Matthew is charged with abduction with intent to defile in the case of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who has been missing since Sept. 13.

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9:51 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Maryland to Review Allegations Against Facebook and OKCupid

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says his office will review allegations that Facebook and OKCupid broke a state law by manipulating customer data as part of company research.

Gansler said Wednesday his office wants to meet with company representatives to determine whether or not the research was conducted appropriately and whether or not the companies intend to continue such research.

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9:43 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Number of DUI Arrests Drops in Delaware

The number of DUI arrests has taken a dramatic drop in the First State.

In Delaware it has declined by 983 between January and mid-September of this year over 2012.

Two years ago there were just over 4-thousand arrests while this year it’s down to around 31-hundred.

However, the number of accidents this summer has actually risen compared to this time last year.

The Office of Highway Safety said that one reason for the drop in DUI arrests is the decline in the number of DUI checkpoints this year than in the past.

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9:30 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Unusual Respiratory Illness Found in Maryland Children

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's health department says it has confirmed the presence of an unusual respiratory illness in children in the state.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a news release Wednesday that the enterovirus 68 was identified in a specimen collected from a hospitalized child in suburban Maryland. It was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.

The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties. Kids with asthma have been especially vulnerable.

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9:08 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Wallops' Island NASA Facility Generating Housing Boom

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There has been an uptick in the housing market.

On Delmarva, the continued growth at Wallops’ Island NASA facility has generated a housing boom, with the addition of over one-thousand new jobs.

Dale King, a realtor at Kennington Realty, told WMDT that the expansion at the flight facility has clearly been a boon to their business.

Nationally, the number of home sales has gone up with a 5-percent increase over last year and 9-percent over 2012.

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8:55 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Salisbury Looking Into a First Saturday

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Right now Salisbury celebrates Third Friday with a lively atmosphere in the downtown area.

Now, city officials are looking at a First Saturday as well.

This event would center on music.

Joey Gilkerson with a small group of downtown boosters told the Salisbury Daily Times it would be similar in format and location to Third Friday.

The idea got some support from the city’s downtown arts and entertainment committee.

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8:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Damaged Piers from I-495 Bridge Being Removed

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Transportation officials say the damaged piers beneath the reopened Interstate 495 bridge are being dismantled and removed.

The Department of Transportation says the four piers beneath the bridge over the Christina River no longer support the weight of the bridge. Spokesman Gregory Layton says the bridge is resting on a stronger subsurface foundation and temporary steels towers and header beams.

The removal process involves sawing the piers into sections of concrete, then lowering the sections to the ground. New piers will be erected.

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7:56 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Lewes Ponders Smoking Ban Expansion

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Lewes is looking at joining a number of coastal resorts in dramatically expanding its restrictions on smoking.

At a September session Council member Bonnie Osler proposed that a smoking ban should be expanded from the city parks to include restrooms and guard beaches.

She noted that Rehoboth had recently limited smoking to certain designated locations along the beach.

Action on the proposal is not expected until the council’s October 6th meeting.

In August the Ocean City Town Council voted to limit smoking to designated areas.

   

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7:54 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Public Hearing in Garrett County on Fracking

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - Garrett County residents are getting a chance to hear about the potential public health risks of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in their region.

The local health department is hosting a presentation Thursday night on a study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

The study was first presented last month to a state commission that will recommend rules for safe drilling in Maryland's portion of the Marcellus shale formation.

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7:46 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Delaware Art Museum Pays Off Debt

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Art Museum says its $19.8 million bond debt is set to be paid off.

The board of trustees said Wednesday that the debt, issued in 2003 to pay for the museum's expansion, will be paid on Tuesday.

The trustees voted in March to sell up to four works of art to pay the debt. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the sale of two works, plus funds from the museum's investment portfolio, helped make the debt payoff possible.

The museum has one of the most significant pre-Raphaelite collections outside of the United Kingdom.

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11:45 am
Wed September 24, 2014

MD Ranks High in Campaign Spending

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Democratic primary race between two well-funded candidates propelled Maryland to the sixth-highest amount of spending on political television ads in state-level races in the 2014 election cycle through Sept. 8.

That's according to a state-by-state survey by the Center for Public Integrity released Wednesday.

Maryland also was noteworthy in the survey because about $14.1 million spent on state races came from funds raised by candidates or public campaign financing, instead of out-of-state interest groups.

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11:37 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Delaware Man Chased and Arrested for 5th DUI

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man has been arrested on his fifth DUI after police say he nearly hit a trooper and slammed his car into a patrol vehicle.

Delaware State Police say 34-year-old Steven Williams of Lewes led them on a chase in Dover before backing into a private driveway and stopping. When troopers ordered him to turn off the car, they say he accelerated and nearly hit a trooper before hitting a marked police car and driving away.

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10:29 am
Wed September 24, 2014

A Look Back at the Life of Matt Haley

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Matt Haley was celebrated as a successful restaurateur and a humanitarian on Delmarva.

He was struck down by a motorcycle accident in India last month.

He was recently given the James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award in May and was on a humanitarian effort in South Asia when he was killed.

Scott Kammerer was his business partner. And Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with him to talk about the life of his friend.

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10:11 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Delmarva Power Upgrades in Worcester County

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Delmarva Power is embarking on a project this fall that would rebuild a 9 mile, 69-thousand volt transmission line in Worcester County.

The $43 million project also involves 6 new miles of electric distribution lines and is aimed at improving the reliability of service in the county.

Between October and May of next year the overhead portion will run from its substation in Berlin to the Culver substation west of Ocean City near Route 50.  

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9:43 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Driver Charged in Bus Crash that Killed Two

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have charged the driver of a tour bus that crashed in New Castle, killing two passengers and injuring dozens.

Troopers said Tuesday that 56-year-old Jinli Zhao of Flushing, New York, has been charged with two counts of the operation of a vehicle causing death of another person.

Fifty-four-year-old Hua'y Chen of New York City and 30-year-old Idil Bahsi of Istanbul, Turkey, were killed in Sunday's crash. Police say 49 passengers were on the bus when it drove onto a curve exit ramp and overturned.

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9:35 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Joseph Capano Sr. Indicted for Wetlands Violation

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A federal grand jury has indicted 73-year old Joseph Capano Sr. for illegally running electric and gas lines through wetlands at the troubled Riverbend residential community off Delaware Route 9.

The allegations include lying to the Army Corps of Engineers about the substance and time of the water line work and providing an affidavit that falsely claimed the water line went in before a federal cease and desist order in 2009.

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9:27 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Plan to Reduce Need for Remedial Math Courses in Delaware Colleges

For those entering colleges in Delaware over 50 percent of the state’s public school students have to take remedial courses.

The state education leaders have worked out a plan that would allow students who pass a new math class in their senior year to be automatically guaranteed to take a college course for credit.

The Foundations of College Math would replace the normal fourth year math class and would emphasize the skills they need for college such as algebra, geometry and statistics.

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9:14 am
Wed September 24, 2014

O'Malley to Travel to Nevada to Campaign for Lucy Flores

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is traveling to Nevada this weekend to campaign for Lucy Flores, who is running for lieutenant governor.

The Nevada Democratic Party said Tuesday that O’Malley will be in Las Vegas for a barbecue at her campaign office on Saturday.

It will be O’Malley’s second trip to Nevada this year.

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9:07 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Sean Barney Files Campaign Finance Report

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DOVER, De. (AP) – Democratic state treasurer candidate Sean Barney has filed a campaign finance report for the primary election cycle that ended earlier this month.

Barney on Tuesday reported raising about $10,700 in the here weeks ending Sept. 1, while spending about $13,500. Republican Ken simpler earlier reported raising about $14,600 while spending more than $122,000.

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8:57 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Legislation to Boost Coffers of Delaware's Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services Companies

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CHESWOLD, Del. (AP) - New legislation being signed by Gov. Jack Markell will boost the coffers of Delaware's volunteer ambulance and emergency medical services companies.

One bill to be signed Wednesday establishes a new $10 fee on all motor vehicle violations, with the money going from driver's wallets to volunteer ambulance companies statewide.

Another bill increases the share of the gross premium tax on health insurance companies that is distributed to volunteer fire companies from 0.15 percent to 0.21 percent.

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8:49 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Markell Names State Supreme Court Justice

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated the head judge of Delaware's Superior Court system to become the next state Supreme Court justice.

Markell on Tuesday the nomination of Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. to replace Justice Carolyn Berger, who retired Sept. 1.

Vaughn has been a Superior Court for 15 years and has served as President Judge since 2004.

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12:34 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Sudden Death of Rising Star in Delaware AG's Office

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A young, pregnant prosecutor described as a rising star at the Delaware Attorney General's Office has died unexpectedly.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that 33-year-old Deputy Attorney General Sarita Wright died Sunday.

The Cecil County Sheriff's Office says paramedics responded to Wright's Elkton, Maryland home after getting a call about someone having a heart attack. Paramedics weren't able to revive Wright.

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11:22 am
Tue September 23, 2014

$9 Million in Grants for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

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ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials are heading to Ashland to announce nearly $9 million in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.

The funding being announced Tuesday for Virginia, West Virginia and other states within the bay's estuary are intended to reduce polluted nutrient and sediment runoff into the bay. The District of Columbia is also within the bay's watershed.

The grants will be announced by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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10:09 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Before Crash that Killed 2, Safety Violation for Tour Bus Company

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The tour bus company which owned the tour bus that killed two and left dozens injured in a crash in Delaware was sited back in July for working a driver too many hours.

In addition, company records show that it was involved in another crash over the past two years in which no one was injured.

Police say neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the accident.

Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

An NTSB spokesman said that the agency had investigators on the scene.

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