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11:51 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Worker Shortage for Processing Plants as Crab Season Sees Strong Start

 

      NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia's blue crab season is off to a strong start but some plants are struggling to find workers to process the meat.

     Normally, most crabs are still dormant during the commercial season's first few weeks. The season opened Monday with watermen returning to docks with bushels full of crabs.

     Poquoson waterman Jimmy Winder tells the Daily Press that crabs are stirring because of the warm weather.

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9:14 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Wednesday is Latest Launch Date for NASA Rocket at Wallops Flight Facility

 

            It won’t be until Wednesday morning before the launch of five NASA sounding rockets from Wallops flight facility.

            The countdown is set begin at 7 pm tonight.

            The launch was delayed in recent days because of possible bad weather.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the multiple launches will allow scientists to study winds at the edge of space around 60 miles above the Earth’s surface.

            The mission is called the Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment .

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9:11 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Pink Hair Called Too Disruptive at Shue-Midell Middle School

 

             It seemed like a good idea at the time.

            The parents of Briana Moore allowed her to dye her hair pink as a reward for getting good grades.

            But officials at the Shue-Medill Middle School in Newark told her not to come back until her hair was back to its natural color.

            They said it was too disruptive.

            Her father Kevin told the Wilmington News Journal that the school officials should not be able to tell him – as a parent – what color his daughter’s hair should be.

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9:08 am
Tue March 20, 2012

McDermott's Name Comes Up In Murder Conviction Reversal by Maryland High Court

 

          Maryland’s highest court has overturned a 2009 first-degree murder conviction saying that now Delegate Mike McDermott improperly interrogated the suspect when he was a detective with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

            The court said that McDermott continued to question Charles Phillips even when he said he wanted a lawyer.

            Phillips was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 stabbing death of 77-year-old William Nibblett.

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9:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Fewer Taxpayers Affected by Proposed Tax Hike in Maryland

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Far fewer taxpayers would be affected by an income tax increase under a House panel's plan then one approved by the state Senate.

     The House Ways and Means Committee on Monday voted to raise taxes on single filers who make more than $100,000. Their rate would go from 4.75 percent to 5 percent. Joint filers would have to earn more than $150,000 for their rate to go up that much.

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8:58 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Lower Revenue Estimates in Delaware

 

 

            The state of Delaware could be facing some budget cuts for the next fiscal year with yesterday’s revenue projections coming in at $22.7 million lower than the December estimates making total expected revenue projection $3.4 billion.

            In addition, the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council predicted there would be $6 million less in revenue this year.  

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8:57 am
Tue March 20, 2012

New Financial Penalties Proposed for Crimes Against Seniors in Delaware

 

       DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is eyeing a bill that would establish a new financial penalty for crimes against senior citizens in order to raise money to fund programs aimed at helping seniors.

     The bill passed the House in January and the Senate is expected to consider it on Tuesday.

     The legislation creates an additional penalty of $100 for crimes committed against people who are 62 years old or older.

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5:26 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

State Authorities on Recovery of Missing Canoeist

 

      The body of 23-year-old Nicholas R. Townsend was found on Saturday in the Assawoman Bay. DPR's Jamyla Krempel talks to authorities with the Delaware State Police and Maryland Department of Natural Resources about the search and the ongoing investigation.

 

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5:13 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Virginia to Sell Naming Rights for Roads and Bridges

 

     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Want to get your name on a Virginia road or bridge? You will be able to do it soon, for a price.

     Legislation approved recently by the General Assembly allows the state to sell naming rights for roads and bridges. Names that are vulgar, obscene or offensive are prohibited.

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5:11 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Mitt Romney Headed to Maryland

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is scheduled to campaign in Maryland this week.

     John Porter, a spokesman for the Maryland Republican Party, said Monday that former Gov. Robert Ehrlich and Maryland Team Romney will be sponsoring two events.

     The first is set for Wednesday in Ehrlich's hometown of Arbutus, where a town hall forum is scheduled with Romney. Ehrlich is the chairman of Romney's Maryland campaign.

     The second event is a rally in Frederick from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

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5:09 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Number of Virginia Students Enrolled in "Dropout Factories" Grows

 

     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new report says the number of Virginia high schools considered "dropout factories" remained constant between 2002 and 2010, but the number of students attending such schools grew during the period.

     The report released Monday by the children's advocacy group America's Promise Alliance said the average four-year graduation rate increased from 76.7 percent to 78.4 percent from 2002-2009. That's compared to the national graduation rate of 75 percent.

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5:07 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Cambridge Man, Wanted for Assault on Police Officer Charge

 

     Maryland State Police are continuing their search for a suspect who allegedly attempted to  mow down a Cambridge police officer with a car, on Sunday.

      Officials say a suspect, identified as 39-year-old Demetrice D. Demby, of Cambridge, fled from a traffic stop shortly after 12:30 a.m. Cambridge Police officers attempted to stop Demby on Leonards Lane for a traffic violation. Officers also said they suspected Demby had drugs in his vehicle.

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4:26 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

"March Madness" at the Gas Pump

      

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4:16 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

DNREC to Spray Nearly 10,000 acres for Delaware Mosquito Control

       

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4:15 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Berlin Man Stabbed Outside of Selbyville Club

 

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12:14 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Missing Canoeist Found in Assawoman Bay

 

 

            The body of a canoeist, reported missing for 15 days, was recovered Saturday in the Assawoman Bay.

            23-year-old Nicholas R. Townsend, of Ocean City, [pictured to the left] was last seen Friday at 4:00 a.m., as he and 20-year-old Matthew Bullen, of Fenwick Island, were canoeing in the Assawoman Bay.

            Their canoe tipped over, throwing both men in the water. Bullen swam to shore, but he alleged Townsend stayed with the canoe.

            The canoe, which was reportedly stolen from a Fenwick Island home, was recovered.

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9:48 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Rocket Launch at Wallops May Be Tuesday

 

     ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA has rescheduled the launch of five rockets from the Wallops Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper-level jet stream.

     The space agency says that it has pushed back its scheduled launch to no earlier than Tuesday night because of bad weather.

     The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.

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9:46 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Divisiveness In Presidential Nominations is Not Unique to the GOP

 

    The Republican presidential primary season has been a divisive one with Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul battling it out across the nation. 

     The Democrats and the President may be looking on with some smugness, but in past years their own party has also been hit with strife that cost it the White House.

     Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse has a look back. 

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9:39 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Oyster Restoration Planned for Harris Creek

 

     ST. MICHAELS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says state and federal officials are planning a major oyster restoration effort for Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore.

     DNR officials along with their counterparts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to discuss the effort Wednesday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.

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9:36 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Delaware Gets C Minus for Government Transparency

 

     Delaware ranks 22nd out of 50 states for transparency and accountability in government.

    That’s according to the State Integrity Investigation a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity and Public Radio International.

    The First State got a C-minus with a numerical score of 70.

    And the grade included problems like ineffective reform efforts cozy relationships between politicians and business elites as well as a lack of openness.

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9:33 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Campaign Launched to Get More Applications for Federal Health Insurance Program in Maryland

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown wants to increase the number of applications to a federally funded health insurance program run by the state.

     Brown will kick off the second anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act on Monday with a marketing campaign designed to enhance participation in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan.

     MHIP is a state and federally funded plan for people who cannot qualify for health insurance because they have a pre-existing condition.

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9:30 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Suspect Possibly Injured in Cambridge Police Shooting

 

            Police in Cambridge are searching for a suspect that may have been injured early Sunday morning in police shooting during a traffic stop.

            An officer is also recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

            The suspect is 39-year-old Demetrice Demby who could be seeking treatment.

            After being stopped for a traffic violation Demby’s 1995 Chevrolet truck was being examined by a K-9 unit when he suddenly drove away from the scene.

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5:44 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

NASA Reschedules Rocket Launch Again

 

     Due to the probability of bad weather, NASA has again re-scheduled its launch of five rockets from Wallops Island. The launch is now scheduled for no later than Sunday night, but NASA officials say a decision on the March 18 launch will be made Saturday evening.

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5:18 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Missing MD boy found in Reno, NV

 

      LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Prince George's County officials say a 9-year-old boy who was taken from a school by his mother had been found unharmed in Nevada.

      Authorities say Wilbert Caceres Garcia and his mother, Silvia Guadalupe Garcia, were located at an airport in Reno early Friday morning. The boy's mother, who does not have custodial rights, has been taken into custody.

      Authorities say Sylvia Garcia took Wilber out of Dodge Park Elementary in Landover on Thursday morning.

      An Amber Alert had been issued for the boy Thursday evening.

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5:10 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

SHA to Begin Six-Figure Resurfacing Project in Ocean City

 

            After St. Patricks Day, the State Highway Administration will start a road-improvement project, ending just before the peak of Ocean City’s tourist season.

            On Monday work will begin to resurface a one-mile section of Coastal Highway, from 9th Street to 26th Street, damaged from recent sewer line work.

            For eight weeks, SHA crews will patch, mill and resurface asphalt and re-strip the pavement, which should cause double-lane closures on weekdays from sunrise to sunset.

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5:08 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Discussions on Teacher Pension Proposal Pushed To Monday

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The House Appropriations Committee is working on Maryland budget legislation.

     To start a long day of budget labors on Friday, Delegate Norman Conway, D-Wicomico, announced that a proposal to split teacher pensions between the state and local governments won't be part of the discussions until Monday.

     The panel could work late into the evening on other parts of the budget package, which aims to balance the books for the next fiscal year and cut an ongoing $1.1 billion deficit in half.

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4:57 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Former Kent County Sheriff Arrested on Stalking Charges

            

            A former Kent County Sheriff has been arrested on charges of stalking, carrying a concealed weapon and driving under the influence of alcohol.

            Delaware State Police officials say 59-year-old James A. Higdon Jr., of Dover, was confronted in the parking lot of a Milford Walgreens.

            Higdon violated a March 8 court order by allegedly calling a former family member and threatening to do harm to them, and two other people.

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4:23 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Tunnell Cancer Center Receives Grant from Komen Foundation

 

 

      In an effort to provide breast cancer screenings and education to Sussex County’s uninsured and underserved populations, a local hospital has received a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

       For the second year, Beebe Medical Center’s Tunnell Cancer Center has received a grant from the Komen organizations’ Philadelphia Affiliate.

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4:22 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Foals Found on Assateague Island

 

 

     After informing the public that one foal was recently found on Assateague Island, the Assateague Island Alliance announced that a second foal was located today.

     The second foal was found in the Over Sand Vehicle area early this morning. Alliance officials say the less than one-week-old foal, which is being referred to as N9BFT-K, has a brown body with a black mane and tail. Officials have not identified the foal’s gender at this time.

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4:17 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Delaware Child Predator Task Force Arrests Bridgeville Man

 

 

       A Bridgeville man has been arrested on 25 counts of dealing in child pornography charges, following a two-part investigation.

 

       Delaware State Police officials and Attorney General Beau Biden made the announcement today.

 

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