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7:45 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Recount in Sussex County Sheriff's Race

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Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher is almost out of office.

The Department of elections will hold a recount this morning since he lost to Robert Lee by only 21 votes in this week’s election.  

Kenneth McDowell, director of the Sussex county Election Department, told WBOC that results have never been overturned by a recount.

Only absentee ballots will be counted since the regular votes are cast by computer.

There are 479.

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7:42 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Clamate Change: An Economic Issue in Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is casting the work of his climate change commission as an economic development mission.

McAuliffe addressed the Climate Change and Resiliency Commission on Wednesday as the 30-plus members were sworn in.

McAuliffe made it clear he has no doubts about climate change and said how Virginia deals with rising seas will be critical to the state's economic future.

The state's coastal region is considered among the most vulnerable places to rising seas.

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7:40 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Harris Withdraws Names to Chair Conservative Committee

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Congressman Andy Harris has decided to withdraw his name to chair the Republican Study Committee in the wake of the sudden death of his wife.

The Eastern Shore Republican was considered a serious name for chair of the coalition of conservative House members.

But the National Journal reports that he took his name out of the running before the committee began to make its decision.

Harris’s wife of 30 years suddenly died on August 28 just a few days away from her 58th birthday.

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11:59 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Teen Charged for Alleged Fake Bomb Threat in Ocean Pines

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In Ocean Pines police have charged a 13 year old with making a bomb threat and trying to construct a device.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on September 7th police got tipped of about a suspected explosive device.

They said the threat appeared in text messages and on social media from teenagers including a picture of suspected bomb.

The suspect was identified and a search of his home uncovered a hoax device that would not be exploded.

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11:55 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Big Legal Expenses Follow Failed Newark Data Center Project

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The city of Newark has spent more than $577,000 on legal and consulting fees related to a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site that was ultimately rejected by the University of Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports city Finance Director Lou Vitola says the city paid $509,324 to the law firm Connolly Gallagher since October 2013. The city also paid $53,959 to the Dover firm of Prickett Jones & Elliott and $14,270 to Liberty Environmental Inc.

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9:20 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Delaware Primaries Set GOP Slate, While Sussex County Sees Shake Up

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The results from the Delaware primary are in with a couple of upsets in Sussex County.

Ken Simpler Wins GOP Treasurer Primary

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Financial executive Ken Simpler has won Delaware's Republican primary for state treasurer.

Simpler defeated Milford businesswoman Sher Valenzuela in Tuesday's primary.

He advances to take on Democrat Sean Barney in November.

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8:46 am
Wed September 10, 2014

NFL Did Not See Video of Ray Rice Striking Fiance'

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - As questions arose about how the NFL investigated domestic violence allegations against Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, video showing the ex-Ravens running back punching his then-fiancee on an elevator.

Goodell told CBS that "no one in the NFL, to my knowledge" had seen a new video of what happened on the elevator until it was posted online.

"We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity," Goodell said.

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8:13 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Baltimore Celebrates National Anthem

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BALTIMORE (AP) - As part of a weeklong celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner's 200th birthday, 30 naval vessels and tall ships will arrive in Baltimore's harbor.

Ships from around the world, including vessels from Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and Turkey, will dock at Locust Point, Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor. Many of the tall ships will be on public display between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., from Sept. 11 to 16.

The ships are part of the Star-Spangled Spectacular, an event to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of America's national anthem.

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7:59 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Student Disciplined Over Confederate Flag

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Howard County school officials have disciplined a student who displayed a Confederate flag at a high school football game.

Schools spokeswoman Rebecca Amani-Dove declined to specify how the Glenelg High School student was disciplined following the Friday incident.

She says displaying the Confederate flag isn't illegal, but school administrators can take action against "anything that causes disruption."

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7:55 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Virginia Climate Change Panel Holds First Meeting

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's climate change commission is gathering in Richmond for its inaugural meeting.

Created this summer, the Climate Change and Resiliency Commission will hear Wednesday afternoon from McAuliffe. The panel will also receive a report that outlines a number of recommendations aimed at sparing Virginia the full impact of rising seas.

The state's coastal region is especially vulnerable.

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7:48 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Virginia Gets Federal Help for Health Insurance Exchange

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More federal dollars are headed to Virginia to help consumers navigate the thicket of the federal health insurance marketplace.

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced $1.9 million in grants for Virginia. They are going to the Virginia Poverty Law Center and Advanced Patient Advocacy LLC, both located in the Richmond area.

The law center and Advanced Patient each operated navigation sites around the state last year during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

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11:34 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Polls Open for Delaware Primary Election

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Polls are open in Delaware.

Tuesday's primary elections include a GOP contest for the right to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, but the eyes of many political observers are on the state treasurer's race.

Ken Simpler and Sher Valenzuela are competing for the Republican nomination for treasurer. Plans for a Democratic primary were scratched last month when embattled incumbent Chip Flowers withdrew from the race, ceding the nomination to Sean Barney.

The Republican U.S. Senate primary pits Kevin Wade against Carl Smink.

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11:30 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Getting Ready for Another Space Mission at Wallops

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Preparations are underway at Wallops Island Flight facility to launch the next Orbital Sciences Corporation’s resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The mission will lift off no earlier than a few minutes after midnight on October 14th.

It is the third of eight cargo mission planned for the space station under the company’s contract with NASA.

The last mission took off in July without any problems as a summertime crowd gathered at the Flight Facility’s Visitor Center.

That mission took around 33-hundred pounds of cargo to the space station.

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9:57 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Salisbury City Council Votes for Five District Plan

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In 2015 the ballot voters see in Salisbury could look much different than in the past.

Aside from all five seats and the Mayor being up for election, under a new redistricting plan they would only be voting for one city council member.

That’s the result of a vote last night by the City Council to divide the city up into five separate districts with two minority-majority districts.

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9:36 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Salisbury Police Face Second Lawsuit

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A second lawsuit has been filed against the Salisbury Police and Officer Justin Alta within a week.

The suit was filed by Alexandra Francois and Nathalie Francois whose son 15-year old Renaldo Mesadieu was involved in an altercation with Alta.

The suit was filed on  Friday and dates back to an incident that occurred on August 11th.

Mayor Jim Ireton declined to comment on the case.

The incident involved the officer pulling over the son who was riding a bicycle and was told to move back the sidewalk.

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9:15 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Third Teen Arrested in Videotaped Beating

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A third teen has been arrested in the videotaped beatings of a 26-year old man who suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder.

The incident took place in the Newark area.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the first beating the man is slammed to the ground, punched in the face and stomped on.

In a second location one of the attackers bumps him then the video cuts to an attacker holding the victim in the air at the shoulder height and slamming him into the ground.

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9:05 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary Election Day in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Candidates for public office in Delaware made their final appeals to voters as Tuesday's primary elections loomed.

This year's primary contests feature two races for statewide office.

Republicans Ken Simpler and Sher Valenzuela are vying for the GOP nomination for state treasurer. The winner of that primary faces Democrat Sean Barney, a former policy director for Gov. Jack Markell.

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9:03 am
Tue September 9, 2014

MD Air Quality Panel Criticized for Delay in New Smog Rules

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland panel has given provisional approval to new protections against smog, but some environmental groups are not happy that a final vote has been delayed for a month.

The Air Quality Control Advisory Council on Monday gave preliminary approval to air quality protections submitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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8:52 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Ray Rice Contract With Ravens Terminated

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice.

The team made the move just hours after the release of a video that appears to show Rice striking his then-fiancee in February.

The NFL suspended Rice for two games in July for domestic violence. The league drew criticism that it wasn't tough enough. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Monday that, based on the new video evidence, Rice has been suspended indefinitely.

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8:46 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Racing to Raise Funds for the Special Olympics Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police in Annapolis are raising money for Special Olympics Maryland with a one-mile race through the city.

Police say the fifth annual race will take place Saturday. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Police are encouraging racers to wear costumes, and there will be prizes given for the best individual and group costumes as well as the fastest times.

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8:29 am
Tue September 9, 2014

New Prison Proposed Near Cumberland

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is proposing a third state prison near Cumberland.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Monday that Secretary Gregg Hershberger outlined the $15 million project in an email to local state legislators.

Hershberger says the 140-bed, minimum-security facility would be built between North Branch Correctional Institution and Western Correctional Institution in Crespatown, south of Cumberland. Each of those maximum-security prisons houses more than 1,300 inmates.

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8:26 am
Tue September 9, 2014

The Governor's Race of Complaints

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The race for governor in Maryland is turning into an exchange of complaints.

The most recent has been filed by Republican Larry Hogan whose campaign charges that his Democratic rival’s campaign has coordinated with a political action committee called “One State…One Future”.

These political action committees can raise money but are prohibited from coordinating fundraising activities and strategies.

Officials from “Friends of Anthony Brown” campaign issued a statement to WMDT charging that Hogan’s campaign was making false accusations.

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12:02 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

New Video Shows Punch Thrown by Ray Rice

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A new video has surfaced in the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.

TMZ has just posted a video of the punch that occurred just before the Raven’s football player was seen dragging his fiancé Janay Palmer out of an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City.

The video shows that Rice hit Palmer and she responded by striking back.

Then, Rice punches her knocking Palmer to the floor.  She hits her head on the hand rail rendering her unconscious.

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9:59 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Federal Conservation Assistance Deadline Looms

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Time is running out for some Maryland farmers who want to continue getting federal assistance to improve soil, water, air and habitat quality on their land. Maryland News Connection reporter Mona Shand has this report.

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8:57 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Two Boys Arrested in Beating of Mentally Disabled Man

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Police have arrested two Delaware teens in the beating of a mentally disabled man after a video of the assault was posted to social media.

New Castle County Police said Monday that they arrested the 13-year-old and 14-year-old boys, both of Newark, on Saturday.

The video shows the teens repeatedly punching the man in the head and stomping on him.

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8:48 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Gender Discrimination Suit Against Delaware State Police Over Weight

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former state trooper is suing the Delaware State Police, arguing that she was forced to retired from the force because of her weight.

46-year-old Deborah Jester filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit Wednesday.

Jester, who had been on the force 16 years, says in the lawsuit that she was forced to retire after becoming non-compliant with the department's weight control program.

Jester's lawyer argues that her dismissal was discriminatory because "men are treated differently than women" in the department.

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8:44 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Warehouse Bar Replaces Monkey Barrel in Salisbury

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The Monkey Barrel is out.

In its place, the Warehouse Bar is in -- just across the street from Salisbury University.

For Salisbury Police, they hope that they will not have the same problems as the former restaurant and bar which saw 32 fights over the last five years.

They were part of 348 service calls during that period.

The new bar will have a VIP room that can be rented out along with a personal bartender.

They will be open Wednesday through Sunday.      

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8:31 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Some VA Police Agencies Lack Written Interrogation Policies

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new study says some law enforcement agencies in Virginia don't have written interrogation policies.

A survey of more than 100 agencies found that nearly a third lack written policies. Recording of interrogations is required by only a handful of agencies.

The study's author, University of Virginia School of Law professor Brandon L. Garrett, tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that properly conducted and recorded police interrogations can help prevent false confessions.

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8:29 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Police: Highest Paid City Workers in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police officers were the highest-paid city workers in Wilmington last year.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the 14 highest-paid workers in 2013 were police officers, including two retired officers who left the force during the year for other jobs.

The 14 officers' earnings include overtime pay, which boosted their salaries to above $100,000 per year. Seventy-one percent of the city's total overtime was paid to police officers in 2013, totaling roughly $2.9 million.

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