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7:41 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Delaware Considers Eliminating Voting Waiting Period For Felons

 

       DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment aimed at making it easier for convicted felons to vote.

     A bill to be considered by the House on Thursday would amend the state constitution to eliminate the five-year waiting period before eligible felons who have fully completed their sentences could have their voting rights restored.

     The proposed amendment would have to pass two consecutive general assemblies before it could become law.

 

 

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7:36 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Row Between Democrats Over Proposed Shutdown of Easton Mail Processing Center

 

             Maryland’s Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are now expressing their outrage at the decision to shut down the mail processing center in Easton and moving the operation to Hares Corner near New Castle in Delaware.

            The Democratic Senators said it was their understanding that the Easton operation would move to the Baltimore plant.

            Meanwhile, fellow Democrat Senator Tom Carper from the First State, who oversees the postal service, proposed the alternative plan in a bid to preserve the Hare’s Corner facility.

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5:26 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

"Decorating Delmarva" to Donate Money to Local Organizations

 

     Some financial help for local schools could be on its way, in the form of ticket sales. Organizers for the Decorating Delmarva "Holiday Festival of Lights" have announced plans for the first year of the event, which runs from November 2012 to January of 2013.

     120 acres on the U.S. 13 Dragway and Delaware International Speedway will be decorated with holiday displays and lights.

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5:13 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Salisbury Man Convicted in 2011 Murder

 

    A Salisbury man, who was a suspect in a July 2011 murder, was convicted Wednesday in a Wicomico County Court. 

     29-year-old Anthony Waters Jr. was found guilty of the first degree murder of Veshawn Bratten.

     An investigation conducted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit revealed Waters shot Bratten several times on July 31, 2011 on Patrick Avenue.

      The Jury also found Waters guilty of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and several other crimes.

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9:25 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Maryland Educators Consider Change in Student Suspension Policy

 

 

 

      The Maryland State Board of Education is looking at whether the current student suspension policies may be doing more harm than good. 

       Delmarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared this report with editorial work by Kristina Jackereas. 

 

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9:16 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Wallops NASA Rocket Launch Delayed Again

 

      ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Bad weather has prompted NASA to reschedule the launch of five rockets from its Wallops Facility in Virginia.

     The rockers are part of a study of the upper-level jet stream.  The launch had been set for Wednesday morning but has now been pushed back to early Thursday. Bad weather has postponed the launch several days.

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

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9:14 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Pink Haired Student Allowed To Go Back to School

 

      DOVER, Del. (AP) - A sixth-grader who faced possible disciplinary action for coming to school with pink hair is back in class, with her pink hair intact.

     Officials at Shue-Medill Middle School in Newark told 12-year-old Brianna Moore last week that her dyed hair violated the school's uniform policy. She was told she could return to her regular classes if she agreed on a plan to change back to her natural hair color, but that she faced in-school suspension if she kept her pink hair.

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9:12 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Study Recommends Dumping Rehoboth's Treated Wastewater into Ocean

 

             Dumping treated-wastewater from Rehoboth Beach into the ocean is the safest way to dispose of it.

            That’s the conclusion of a draft environmental study by GHD Inc that will be used by Delaware’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to build the proposed outfall.

            A public hearing has been set for April 10th at Rehoboth’s Convention Hall.

            Chris Bason, executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays, told the Wilmington News Journal…that he has not had a chance to read the report.

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9:08 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Ocean City Okays First Wind Turbine for a Single-Family Residence

 

           An Ocean City family has been given the green light to install a set of  wind mills on the roof of their Boardwalk home.

            The three turbines will be the first in the resort on the roof of a single-family residence.

            The Villa Santa family has been trying to get permission to construct them on top of their 14th Street house over the last year.

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9:06 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Worcester County Could See Hike in Property Tax Rates

 

           Worcester County residents could be facing a hike of as much as 7.25 cents in their property tax rate to close a $17 million budget shortfall.

            Worcester Commissioners say they do not want to raise the property tax.

            But the Salisbury Daily Times reports this could be changing.

            Commission President Bud Church told the paper that he felt a tax increase is inevitable.

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5:38 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Salisbury: City to Demolish Spring Avenue Home, 33 Code Violations

 

           In Salisbury, the demolition of blighted properties continues. The Department of Neighborhood Services and Code Compliance has announced plans to raze another condemned property, this time a home at 1018 Spring Avenue.

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3:09 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Delaware AG Sponsors Workshops Between Mortgage Lenders and Homeowners

 

     In an effort to keep more Delaware residents in their homes, Attorney General Beau Biden announced his office is sponsoring free housing workshops to help those who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure.

     The workshops will give homeowners the opportunity to sit down with representatives for their mortgage lenders and meet with housing counselors to discuss loan modifications and repayment options. Participants will also receive information on how to prevent foreclosure fraud.

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2:43 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Harbeson, DE Woman Arrested for Selling Cocaine From Residence

 

 

             An investigation into illegal drug sales in Harbeson, DE, spanning several months, has ended as a 59-year-old woman was arrested on Monday for selling cocaine.

            Gladys Sampson of Harbeson, was arrested shortly after 6:00 a.m. on Monday. The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit took Sampson into custody and executed a search warrant on her Woodcrest Drive home.

            During the search, detectives found 7 grams of cocaine, more than $7,000 in suspected drug proceeds and digital scales.

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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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