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8:44 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill Inches Forward in VA

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Senate committee voted Monday to prohibit discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
 
The measure proposed by Sen. Donald McEachin, a Henrico County Democrat, was approved by the Republican-controlled General Laws and Technology Committee on an 8-7 vote. Republican Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel of Fauquier County joined minority Democrats in support of the bill.
 

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8:38 am
Tue January 27, 2015

McDonnell Stays Out on Bail During Appeal

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has approved former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions.
 
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said McDonnell's appeal raises a substantial question of law or fact that could warrant reversal or a new trial.
 
The court also ordered that briefs in the case be filed by March 2 and set a May 12 hearing.
 

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8:36 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Tightening Reporting Requirements for Campus Sexual Assault

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation to mandate reporting of alleged campus sexual assaults to police is advancing in the General Assembly.
 
A state Senate subcommittee approved a bill Monday submitted by Republican Sen. Richard Black of Loudoun County that would require any employee of a state college or university who learns of such an allegation to report it to a local law enforcement agency within 24 hours. Failure to do so would be a misdemeanor.
 

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8:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Gun Control Measures Fail in Virginia Senate

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A series of gun control measures has been defeated by a Republican-controlled Virginia Senate committee.
 
The Senate Courts of Justice panel voted Monday against bills aimed at beefing up Virginia's gun control laws. The proposals include limiting handgun purchases to one a month and closing the so-called "gun show loophole" that allows sales by private sellers without a criminal background check.
 

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1:14 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Feb 2nd, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Feb. 2nd,  2015

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Local News
9:20 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Big Snow Expected (Update)

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On Delmarva winter appears to have finally arrived.

The region should expect snow to begin falling sometime tonight and could run through Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory beginning at 10 p.m. tonight on the Maryland Lower Shore.

It's expected to see 2 to 4 inches of snow

The Maryland State Highway Administration will not be able to pre-treat roads until the rain turns to snow this evening.

More that 60 crews are standing by for the Lower Shore.

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9:17 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Hogan Visits Eastern Shore, Budget Under Scrutiny in Annapolis

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Governor Larry Hogan made a trip to the Eastern Shore this weekend for what was bill as the “People’s Celebration” in Cambridge.

And he promised that the Eastern Shore would have a seat at the table.

Soon after taking office the Maryland Republican pulled the new phosphorus regulations about to be imposed by his predecessor Martin O’Malley.

And his Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford boasted that Hogan new budget wipes out $700 million in wasteful spending.

The Republican governor is facing a $750 million budget shortfall this coming fiscal year.

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Local News
9:12 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Jack Markell: Drug Abuse Treatment Program

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Jack Markell is fleshing out a proposal in his State of the State speech to improve substance abuse treatment and prevention programs in Delaware.

Markell plans to join Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf, Department of Correction Commissioner Robert Coupe, Democratic Attorney General Matt Denn and other officials on Monday to talk about his plan.

He's also scheduled to tour an Oxford House program in Newark for people in recovery.

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Local News
9:09 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Beau Biden: Will He Run For Governor?

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Former Attorney General Beau Biden’s retreat from public appearances has raised speculation about whether he will actually take a shot at Delaware’s governorship.

Aides to Biden told the Wilmington News Journal that he still intends on running for government next year.

But Delaware Democrat declined to comment on his own.

In addition, Biden also declined requests from the paper to discuss his new job at a Wilmington law firm managed by top Democratic donor Stuart Grant.

His health has also been part of the speculation.

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Local News
9:04 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Two Arrests at Centre at Salisbury

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There were two arrests at the Centre at Salisbury this week.

Salisbury police took two youths into custody and charged them with disorderly conduct.

Authorities have not released the names of the two. 

The incident occurred at around 8:40 p.m.

The police tweeted out a report saying that officers were on scene Saturday at the mall and that security was escorting a group out of the facility.

Within ten minutes another police tweet said that the situation was back to normal.

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8:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Climate Change: Back on Virginia's Agenda

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The impact of climate change in Virginia will be the focus of a panel discussion sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Network.

The forum Monday in Richmond will feature a coal miner's daughter and activist from Wise County, a Norfolk resident and a staff attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Virginia's coast is among the most threatened in the U.S. by climate change and rising seas. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has revived a commission to blunt the impact of climate change along the coast and elsewhere.

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8:46 am
Mon January 26, 2015

One Last Victim Not Yet Found From Mansion Fire

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - After a full week of searching, investigators say they still haven't found the body of the sixth person who's believed to have died in a fire in an Annapolis-area mansion.

The Anne Arundel County fire department said Sunday afternoon that search efforts have concluded for the day and crews have yet to find the missing victim.

The 16,000-square-foot mansion caught fire early on the morning of Jan. 19. It was owned by Don and Sandra Pyle. Relatives have said they believe the Pyles and their four young grandchildren died in the blaze.

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12:52 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

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Local News
12:28 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Anne Arundel County to Declare Emergency in "Heroin Epidemic"

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County's executive says he's going to declare a public health emergency as soon as next week in response to the "heroin epidemic" in the region, citing a growing number of deaths related to the highly addictive opioid.

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12:07 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

More Snow on the Way for Delaware

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The snow is coming, again.

The National Weather Service is expected 2-to-3 inches of snow to blanket parts of Delaware through midnight on Saturday.

For the Wilmington area the snow is expected to begin tomorrow evening and continue overnight.

During the day on Saturday residents and travelers should expect the precipitation should shift to sleet and rain.

Further south in Sussex County there could be as much as an inch of snow accumulation.

 

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Governor Larry Hogan Unveils Maryland State Budget

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's $16.4 billion budget plan includes cuts to close a shortfall, but he says it fully funds school construction.

Hogan, a Republican, gave a basic outline of his budget proposal Thursday at a news conference. The actual budget plan won't be made public until Friday.

The plan addresses a gap of about $750 million for the next fiscal year.

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Local News
11:52 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Delaware State of the State, Perdue Still Coming

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Governor Jack Markell delivered his seventh State of the State address yesterday hailing the economic progress in the First State.

But he called on lawmakers to help him close a $780 million spending gap in meeting the state’s transportation needs.

In addition, he focused on issues ranging from ways to improve education and to end veteran homelessness to dealing with substance abuse.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the address was well received by lawmakers.

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11:44 am
Fri January 23, 2015

E-Cigarettes: Poisoning Reports Up

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Electronic cigarettes have become so popular that Ocean City has even considered restricting them on the resort's beaches and Boardwalk.

But, there is a danger to this smokeless habit.

Poison control centers have been reporting more than double the number of calls in 2014 about exposure tio e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids.

Maryland News Connection reporter Debra Smith prepared this report.

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Local News
11:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Delaware Panel Recommends $46 Million Casino Bailout

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A Delaware state has recommended providing a $46 million bailout for the First State’s gambling industry.

The plan to stabilize the Delaware’s three casinos came as a shock to some on the state’s Lottery, Gaming and Study Commission.

Where the money would come from as the budget battles heat up in Dover is still not clear.

House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst who is also a member of the panel…called the proposal “an annual tradition that is not sustainable.”

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Local News
11:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia Governor Released from Hospital

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for injuries he suffered on an African safari.

McAuliffe's office announced Thursday morning that the governor had been released from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond and has resumed a schedule of meetings and private events.

Several weeks ago McAuliffe was thrown from a horse during a family vacation in Tanzania and broke seven ribs. He entered VCU Medical Center on Monday after suffering shortness of breath.

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Local News
11:30 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Worcester County Sheriff Makes Major Sexual Predator Bust

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Worcester County Sheriff’s Office said they have swept up 18 people in a campaign against alleged sexual predators.

The effort was called Operation Worcester Safety Net and law enforcement officials said that many of them allegedly showed up in the county for the sole purpose of engaging in sexual relations with minors.

Authorities said that other suspects were found to have computer containing videos and images of child pornography or shared such material with others on-line.

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11:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia Legislature Wrestles with Sexual Assault on Campus

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are far from consensus on legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses.

That was apparent at the end of a two-hour hearing Thursday by a Senate subcommittee wrestling with the issue.

The panel considered 10 bills, but was unable to reach any conclusions.

The flurry of legislation was spurred by several recent high-profile cases of alleged sex crimes on Virginia campuses.

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Local News
11:16 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Two More Bodies Found in Mansion Fire

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fire officials say investigators found the bodies of two more people in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, bringing the number of dead to four.

Officials say crews found two bodies on Thursday, the second day of excavating the site. Investigators discovered two bodies on Wednesday.

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11:14 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Abortion Rights: Issue in Virginia Legislature

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Republican lawmaker is advocating for a bill that would make it illegal to perform an abortion on a woman who has been pregnant for 20 weeks or longer.

Del. Dave A. LaRock introduced legislation Thursday that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of medical emergencies.

The legislation is drawing the ire of abortion-rights groups. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made clear he will block efforts at limiting abortion rights.

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11:09 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Up in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia program that recycles plastic pesticide containers collected nearly 40 percent more pounds of the cast-offs in 2014 than the year before.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the program rinsed and granulated 128,226 pounds of empty containers. They were collected from 32 sites throughout the state.

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Delmarva Today
10:13 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Delmarva Today 01-23-2015

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Today, we get local reaction to both President Obama's 2015 Sate of the Union speech and the Inauguration of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

Mike Pretl, with the Wicomico County Democratic County

Dr. John Bartcovich

and Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin

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Local News
11:52 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Delmarva: Not Doing So Well Against Tobacco Use

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The grades are in from the American Lung Association for efforts to control tobacco use.

Virginia got hit with an F for tobacco prevention, smoke free-air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services.

Meanwhile, Maryland picked up a failing grade for tobacco prevention.

But the state did get an A for smoke-free air.

The Association said Maryland still needs to do more when it comes to tobacco taxes and programs to quit smoking. It got a D.

Delaware did the best.

It recieved an A for smoke-free air and a B for Tobacco prevention.

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Local News
11:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Hockey Could Be Coming to Town

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Hockey could be coming to Worcester County officials are looking at possibly constructing a multi-purpose stadium-style arena that could provide a venue for a minor league hockey team as well as concerts and convention groups.

Bill Badger, director Economic Development, told the Salisbury Daily Times that it is too soon to say where or when it might be built.

He adds that more than likely this would be a public-private venture.

But such project would stir up some competition with the Ocean City Convention Center.

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Local News
10:05 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Snow Headed Our Way

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Get ready for the snow.

Northern Delaware is expected to see a wintry mix of rain and sleet beginning Friday night and into Saturday with an expected two to five inches.

There should be less in the Kent and Sussex counties.

The National Weather Service says that storm is expected to dump the heaviest snow of the season reaching from the Mid-Atlantic region into the Northeast.

The Southwest and Texas have already seen snow.

  

 

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Local News
10:01 am
Thu January 22, 2015

MD Governor Withdraws Phosphorus Regulations

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Governor Larry Hogan has pulled the controversial phosphorus regulations on farmers.

They will not appear in the next issue of the Maryland Register essentially freezing any attempt to impose the new standards that found strong opposition from the poultry and agricultural industries on the Eastern Shore.

Erin Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, said that Hogan has ordered all agencies to begin a comprehensive review of all pending regulations.

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