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12:10 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Shellfish Harvesting Ban Lifted on Maryland Waterways

 

 

   

     

      BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Department of the Environment has lifted shellfish harvesting restrictions in portions of three waterways following a decline in bacteria levels.

     Officials said Monday that an area of the Wicomico River at the border of Wicomico and Somerset counties has been approved for harvesting.

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9:05 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Delaware Considering Relaxing Standards for Reporting School Crime to Police

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are continuing to reconsider Delaware's school crime reporting requirements.

     House lawmakers on Tuesday were expected to take up a bill that revises the current mandatory school crime reporting requirements.

     The goal of the legislation is to ensure that the most serious offenses are reported to police while allowing school officials to handle minor offenses without having to report them.

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9:01 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Delaware State Panel Recomendations on Child Sexual Abuse

 

            Sussex County needs two psychiatrists to meet the needs of child abuse victims.

            That’s the recommendation in an 8 page report by a state panel formed after pediatrician Earl Bradley was convicted in a case that potentially involved over a 100 children.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that the panel also recommends monitoring the demand for mental health services in Kent and Sussex counties in order to property respond in the event of another Bradley like case.

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8:56 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Delaware Sends Financial Team to Laurel School District

 

             The Laurel School District is expecting a special team of financial advisers…to help officials fill a projected spending gap of $106-thousand that threatens the district’s budget.

            Among the causes are slumping tax receipts and what the state’s Education Department staff  -- has called -- a pattern of inaction on the part of district leaders.

            The Delaware Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery invoked special powers to send a financial Recovery Team to Laurel.

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8:53 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Ocean Pines Looking for Firefighters

 

           The community of Ocean Pines is looking for fire fighters.

            It has more than 8-thousand residents but only has 15 firefighters in total department 62.

            Others include emergency medical technicians paramedics and cadets. 

            Fire Chief Tim Canham has kicked off the campaign telling the Salisbury Daily Times that too often the community has had to rely on other fire departments like Berlin or Showell.

            He said he would like to have 30 firefighters divided evenly between the north and south stations. 

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8:49 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Second Hand Smoke Law for Automobiles Considered in Maryland

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland residents would not be able to smoke in a vehicle with a passenger younger than 8, under a measure that has received preliminary approval in the state Senate.

     The Senate blocked two amendments Monday night that were offered by Sen. Edward Reilly, R-Anne Arundel.

     Reilly tried to change the bill so a violation of the law would be a secondary, rather than a primary, offense. As a primary offense, police officer would be able to pull someone over for the offense.

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8:46 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Recommended Hike for Dover City Pensioners

 

            A Dover Council committee is ready to consider a request for a hike in the cost-of-living adjustment for the city’s pensioners.

            That’s despite the fact that members say the city’s problematic financial situation would likely exclude any permanent raises.

            The city’s Civilian Pension Board voted last month to recommend a 4 percent increase in pension payments effective in January of next year and  a 2 percent annual increase in 2014.

            The 4 percent increase would cost the city around $98-thousand per year.

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8:44 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Revolt of Chincoteague Taxpayers

 

             The decision by the Accomack County Board of Supervisors to impose a fire and emergency medical services tax on Chincoteague is getting some fierce blowback.

            By late last week more than 100 people had indicated their disapproval of the measure…through a new Facebook page called Save the Chincoteague Taxpayer.

            And the Salisbury Daily Times reports that there is talk among Chincoteague residents to withhold payment of county real estate and personal property taxes in June…to protest the action.

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1:59 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Absentee Ballot Deadline for the 2012 Presidential Primary Election

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the 2012 Presidential Primary Election is fast-approaching.

The Wicomico County Board of Elections office must receive absentee ballot applications by Tuesday, March 27. Submissions by mail are due by 8 p.m. Fax and email submissions must be received to the office by 11:59 p.m.

After March 27, voters can still request an absentee ballot, but the request must be made in person at the Wicomico County Board of Elections office at 123 Bateman Street in Salisbury.

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1:58 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Salisbury Man Arrested for Vandalizing Ex-Employer

Thomas Franklin Ashton Jr., 39, of Salisbury, has been arrested for vandalism following an investigation at his former place of employment.

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8:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Sussex County Airport to Expand

 

 

     GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A project to lengthen the runway at Sussex County Airport has been awarded $3.7 million by the state of Delaware.

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1:09 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Milford Veterans Home May Expand

 

 

     MILFORD, Del. (AP) — State officials are considering whether to allow the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford to expand by 30 beds.

     The home was opened in June 2007 following passage of legislation appropriating funding for a 150-bed facility. It currently houses a 30-bed dementia unit and 90 beds reserved for skilled or intermediate care.

     Officials are now proposing a 30-bed expansion.

     The Delaware Health Resources Board Review Committee was to meet at the veterans' facility on Friday to consider the proposal.

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12:16 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Hearing on Medical Marijuana in Annapolis

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Several measures relating to medical marijuana in Maryland are getting a hearing before lawmakers in Annapolis.

     The measures will be heard Friday at a joint hearing with the House Health and Government Operations Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

     One of the bills, which is being sponsored by Delegate Dan Morhaim, would establish the Medical Marijuana Commission to develop requests for applications for academic medical centers to operate programs in the state.

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12:14 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Memorial Services Held Today for Civil Rights Leader Rev. Maurice Moyer

 

      Services for long time civil rights leader and community activist the Rev. Maurice J. Moyer are being held today at the Saint Paul UAME Church in Wilmington.

      Moyer was pastor and founder of the Community Presbyterian Church near New Castle.

      He also was the former head of the Wilmington branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

      He died at Christiana Hospital at the age of 93.

      Moyer lived in New Castle with his wife of more than 65 years, Vivian Cleopatra.

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DPR Programming Notes
12:00 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Don't forget to "Spring ahead"!

Daylight Saving Time (United States) begins Sunday, March 11, 2012, 2:00am, and ends Sunday, November 4, 2012, 2:00am..
Move your clocks ahead 1 hour in spring and back 1 hour in fall ("Spring forward, fall back").

News
11:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

77-year-old Victim of Vehicle Crash Dies

 

     A 77-year-old victim of a Wednesday night vehicle crash in Farmington, DE, has died as a result of serious injuries sustained from the incident.

     Harrington residents, 79-year old C. Leslie Wix and his wife and passenger, 77-year-old Elizabeth B. Wix, were traveling in the right hand lane of South Dupont Highway shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Delmarva Today
9:47 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Delmarva Today 03-09-2012

The nation's unemployment rate just hit 8.3%.

And the President unveiled this week a series of new initiatives on the foreclosure front aimed at helping federal borrowers and homeowners.

We sort out what this means for the Eastern Shore.

Guests:

Memo Diriker, head of BEACON (Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network)

Dick Van Gelder, Vice President of Hebron Savings Bank

News
8:37 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Compromise On Teacher Pension Shift to Local governments

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate panel is phasing in a proposed split of teacher pension costs over four years.

     The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee approved the change on Thursday to Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget proposal, which would have split the pension cost in the next fiscal year to save about $239 million.

     The committee also has included a wide-range of budget cuts totaling about $262 million to take the place of the teacher pension shift, if it fails to find enough support in the full Senate.

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8:34 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Mukulksi To Be Awarded Harriet Tubman Award

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland African American Tourism Council plans to honor U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski with the 2012 Harriet Ross Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award.

     Mikulski, the first non-African American award winner, will be honored at a Friday morning ceremony in Annapolis.

     The senator supported legislation to establish the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Historical Park in Dorchester County.

     Mikulski, a Democrat, is recognized for securing nearly $1 million in federal funds to create the park.

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8:32 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Maryland Attoney General Asks for Stay of Ruling Overturning State Gun Law

 

            Maryland Attorney General Doug Ganlser is asking a federal judge to keep the state’s gun law in effect while his office appeals the court’s decision that found the measure unconstitutional.

            This week Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled that under the Second Amendment Maryland’s law requiring state residents to show a good and substantial reason to carry a handgun is unconstitutional.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the judge said that the right to bear arms extends outside of the home.

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8:27 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Millville Considers Conduct Manual for Civic Volunteer Group

 

            Town officials are looking at drawing up a set of policies for the Millville Volunteer Group.

            Town Manager Debbie Botchie told the Wilmington News Journal that a manual would explain the dos and don’ts…when representing the city as a volunteer.

            Council member Robert Gordon, who is the municipality’s liaison to the group, noted there haven’t been any problems yet but there were concerns about what they should be doing.

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News
5:58 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

VA: Senate Shelves Teacher Contract, Will Revisit in '13

 

     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation to make it easier to fire Virginia public school teachers is dead for this year.

       The Senate voted 23-17 Thursday to send the bill back to committee and carry it over until the 2013 legislative session.

     The bill was a major component of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's education agenda. It would have ended continuing contracts, which are akin to tenure, for new teachers and principals. Instead, they would be given three-year contracts that their bosses could decline to renew for any reason.

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5:52 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Top Maryland School Official on Kent Island Friday

       

     A top Maryland school official will be making a stop on the Eastern Shore tomorrow, not to discuss the controversial proposed teacher pension shift, but instead to visit local elementary school students.

     Bernard J. Sadusky, the Interim State Superintendent of Schools, will visit Kent Island Elementary tomorrow afternoon, to read to the students.

     The event is part of the National Education Associations’ Read Across America Program, which encourages children to read outside of the classroom .

News
5:47 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Harrington, DE Woman Injured by Road Debris

 

     FARMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware state police are investigating an incident in which a woman was seriously injured by road debris that struck the car in which she was riding.

     Investigators say the incident occurred Wednesday evening on Route 13 northbound near Farmington.

     Police say a pickup truck driver ran over an 8-inch by 15-inch metal plate that was in the road, sending it flying through the windshield of a car traveling behind the truck.

News
5:45 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

MD: Senate Rejects Speed Camera Amendment

 

     The Maryland Senate has narrowly rejected an amendment that would have altered when speed cameras can be used to ticket drivers in work zones.

     The body rejected the amendment, which would have change a bill designed to allow people other than police officers to sign tickets recorded by cameras, by a 23 to 22 vote Thursday.

     Sponsored by Howard County Republican state Sen. Allan Kittleman, the amendment would have mandated that speed cameras need not be used in construction zones when no one is working.

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5:41 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

MD: Senate Phases In Teacher Pension Split

 

     A Senate panel is phasing in a proposed split of teacher pension costs over four years.

     The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee approved the change on Thursday to Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget proposal, which would have split the pension cost in the next fiscal year to save about $239 million.

     The committee also has included a wide-range of budget cuts totaling about $262 million to take the place of the teacher pension shift, if it fails to find enough support in the full Senate.

Weekend Wind-Up
1:23 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Weekend Wind-Up for March 9th-11th

Here is your DelmarvaWeekend Wind-Up

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12:14 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

MD: Senate Committee to Decide on Budget Adjustments

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Senate committee will begin making decisions about adjustments to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed budget legislation.

     The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will meet Thursday afternoon to consider recommendations by the panel's subcommittees.

     One subcommittee decided to shave off $4.4 million more from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. O'Malley already had diverted nearly half of the $48 million initially in the fund.

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12:12 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Pipe Bomb Detonated at Bear Residence

 

     BEAR, Del. (AP) — Authorities in Bear have detonated a pipe bomb that was found in a home and removed several other bombs from the residence.

     The News Journal of Wilmington (http://delonline.us/xbAbCD) reports that James Hamby told officials he found a package containing the device in his basement Wednesday morning. After his stepdaughter opened it, he saw what it contained and called police.

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