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9:41 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Doomsday Budget To Be Heard in Annapolis

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's going to be a "doomsday" kind of a morning for the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

     Analysts with the state's nonpartisan Department of Legislative Services plan to give the panel a briefing on the so-called "doomsday" budget plan Tuesday morning in Annapolis.

     The plan has been put together in case lawmakers can't agree on new revenues to balance this year's books and reduce an ongoing structural budget deficit of about $1.1 billion by half.

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9:39 am
Tue March 6, 2012

More Wine And Beer Festivals for Worcester County?

 

            Wine and craft beer enthusiasts could see more opportunities to taste their favorites on the Lower Shore.

            Legislation in Annapolis would allow three festivals each year in Worcester County and capitalize on the growing the popularity of micro-breweries and local wineries.

            Ocean City hosts the Wine Fest at the Beach each fall, while Wicomico County hosts the Autumn Wine Festival and good Beer Festival.

            The measure in the General Assembly would allow two more festivals in Worcester County.

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9:35 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Hudson Farm Pollution Case Survives

 

            A federal judge in the case of the Hudson Farm accused of violating the Clean Water Act will go on with no victories for either side.

            Judge William Nickerson said that he would allow testimony by expert witness Bruce Bell…upon whom the WaterKeeper Alliance is relying in their case against Alan and Kristin Hudson who own a farm in Berlin.

            Perdue Farms wanted the judge to ignore the testimony.

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9:31 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Incumbents Beat Back Challengers in Middletown City Elections

 

      MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Three incumbent town Council members have been re-elected in Middletown.

     Council members Robin Burgess, Robert McGhee and Jim Reynolds won two-year terms on Monday. They fended off challenges by David Fisher and Mary Harris.

     Residents could vote for three of the five candidates. The three who got the most votes won the at-large seats.

     Town officials announced the results minutes after the polls closed at 8 p.m. No irregularities or problems were reported.

     Winners will be sworn into office March 12.

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9:29 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Call for Cap on Comp Time for Newark City Superivosrs

 

            Thirty-four non-union managers in the City of Newark have racked up 40 weeks of comp time.

            In 2010 they totaled 39 weeks.

            These jobs include duties ranging from committee meetings that are held in the evening to recreation and special events that fall on weekends. 

            Acting City Manager Carol Houck who accrued 139 hours told the Wilmington News Journal that she practically lived at work during the reservoir project a few years ago.

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9:26 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Arrest of Delaware Professor During Protest Raises Academic Freedom Concerns

 

             The arrest of a Delaware State University professor during a student demonstration last week has drawn concerns about academic freedom and free speech issues.

            Professor Jahi Issa assistant professor of history and Africana studies was led away by two campus police officers and later charged with counts ranging from disorderly conduct to resisting arrest and inciting a riot.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that DSU officials say the professor was acting aggressively toward police.

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8:54 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Delaware Officials to Hear Testimony on Bloom Energy Project

 

        NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are preparing for a hearing to consider whether to grant a permit to Bloom Energy for construction of a highly touted fuel cell project.

     Bloom Energy, in the form of Diamond State Generation Partners LLC, is requesting a permit under Delaware's Coastal Zone Act to install and operate 235 fuel cells, also known as Bloom Boxes.

     A public hearing on the permit request is set for Tuesday evening at the DNREC offices in New Castle.

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8:47 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Election Results for Milton City Council

 

      MILTON, Del. (AP) - John Booros and Kristin Patterson have won seats on the Milton town council.

     They took the top two spots in a three-way race Saturday to succeed retiring council members Mary Hudson and Deanna Duby.

     Officials say 299 people cast ballots, with Booros winning 260 votes and Patterson taking 240. Officials say 45 votes were cast for Gwendolyn Jones.

     The three newcomers to politics in Milton all called for streamlining business regulations and preserving the town's historic charm.

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8:37 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Educational Aid for Children of Slain Law Enforcement Officers

 

         The children of police who fall in the line of duty could get educational aid under legislation now in the Maryland General Assembly.

          Delmarva Public Radio's Travis McKee prepared this report:

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8:31 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Worcester Public Schools Ask for More Money From County

 

           Worcester County Commissioners will get their first look at the local education budget during this week’s meeting.

            The school board is asking for A $1.9 million increase in the County’s contribution for a total allocation of $73.5 million.

            The Board of Education says that the 2.5 percent hike in funding was long overdue.

            County Commissioner Judy Boggs said that the school system’s county appropriation has stayed the same in recent years while other departments have taken major cuts.

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8:28 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Legislation to Boost Ranks of Natural Resources Police

 

            State Senator Rich Colburn wants to double the number of Natural Resources Police patrolling Maryland’s waterways.

            The Eastern Shore Republican told the Salisbury Daily Times…that there are not enough police officers to enforce the laws.

            While the state Department of Management and Budget calls the proposal well intended, it says, any such increase in staffing would impact other parts of the state budget.

            Colburn says that DNR would only get the additional personnel if the money was available.

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5:22 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Fugitive Arrested in Felton, Del.

 

     Delaware State Police arrested a fugitive last night in Felton, wanted in Pennsylvania for a homicide.
     Police say 25-year-old Daniel C. Harris, of Milford, was arrested Thursday night, while the suspect was walkingaround Woodland Manor, south of Felton.
     Delaware State Police received information from the Department of Corrections that Harris was wanted by Harrisburg, Pa. police for Criminal Homicide.
     When police came in contact with Harris, he attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly captured by officers.     

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5:10 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Lewes Basketball Coach Charged With Offensive Touching

    A Lewes man and high school basketball coach was charged this week with offensive touching of a 15-year-old girl.
    Delaware State Police say Cape Henlopen High School administrators contacted them, informing police that a 15-year-old female student alleged 25-year-old Jordan L. Thomas had innapropriate contact with her.
    An investigation revealed Thomas, a Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Coach, gave the student a ride home in December, and at some point, kissed the victim two times.

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9:56 am
Fri March 2, 2012

The Dog Stories of Presidential Politics

 

      On the presidential campaign trail, the story of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney putting his dog in a cage atop his vehicle has become the stuff of commentary and comedians.

      However, dog stories have often plagued presidential politics.

      Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse has this look at our nation's leaders and their dog stories.

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9:50 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Man Dies in his Car After Being Shot in Delmar

 

            In Delmar a man died in his car after being shot several times…near an apartment complex on Chestnut Street yesterday.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that residents say the incident was just waiting to happen.

            Delmar shopkeeper Jackie Duffield told the paper that he has watched for years…as teens and adults loitered in the parking lot or a green space that is located in a cluster of rental buildings.

            He said loiterers talk on cell phones and then quickly scatter when strangers come around.

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9:47 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Sister Helen Prejean Meets With Maryland Lawmakers to End Capital Punishment

 

      ANNNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate for ending capital punishment, wants Maryland lawmakers to consider outlawing the death penalty.

     Prejean, who wrote the book "Dead Man Walking: An Eye Witness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States" is scheduled to meet with lawmakers Friday to encourage them repeal the law.

     Legislation in the General Assembly would repeal Maryland's

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9:45 am
Fri March 2, 2012

No Gun Found on Suspect in Somerset County Police Shooting

 

          Maryland Police say the man fatally shot by two state troopers in Somerset County was not found to have a weapon.

            Forty-nine year old Terry Diaz of Princess Anne was shot in the head following a chase with state police and County Deputies on Wednesday evening along Route 13.

            Trooper Ryan Watkins and Trooper 1st Class Carl Tyler have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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9:41 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Legislation to Crack Down on Bullying In Delaware Public Schools

 

       WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's lieutenant governor and attorney general are unveiling proposed legislation to crack down on bullying in schools.

     Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and Attorney General Beau Biden planned to discuss the legislation at a news conference Friday. They also will talk about their work on cyber-bullying.

     Denn noted last month that he was working with Biden to improve the reporting of bullying incidents.

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9:39 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Delaware Lawmakers Question Funding of Bike Trails

 

             A couple of Delaware lawmakers on the General Assembly’s Bond Bill Committee say they don’t like a recommendation by Governor Jack Markell for $3 million to fund bike trails.

            Instead, they say the money should go toward maintaining aging dams and dikes statewide.

            The objections by Representatives Helene Keeley and John Viola…came during yesterday’s hearing on budget requests from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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9:36 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Need for Rehabilitation of Delaware University Labs

 

         (AP) - The University of Delaware is asking state lawmakers to accept Gov. Jack Markell's recommendation for $3 million to help the school rehabilitate some labs.

     University President Pat Harker tells WDEL Radio some of the school's labs on its Newark campus and one in Lewes are old and need repairs. Harker says the rehabilitation projects would cost more than $3 million, so other funds would be necessary as well.

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9:33 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Gay Marriage Bill Signed by Governor In Maryland

 

 

            Maryland has become the eighth state to legalize same sex marriage.

            Yesterday afternoon Governor Martin O’Malley signed the legislation which will go into effect next January.
            But before that, opponents are expected to gather the 56-thousand signatures needed to put the law to a referendum on the November ballot to give voters the final decision.

            Much of that opposition is expected to come from African American pastors and the Catholic Church.

           

Delmarva Today
9:27 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Delmarva Today 03-02-2012

Debating Gay Marriage in Maryland

 

Guests:

Juila Glanz, President, Salisbury University Graduate Student Council

Charles Lollar, New Day Maryland

News
5:39 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Pocomoke Clinic Closes, Patient Volume Too Low

 

     While the Ocean Pines and Millsboro Atlantic ImmediCare clinics are meeting expectations, the Pocomoke City location has closed, based on below-average patient volumes.

      The Pocomoke City Atlantic ImmediCare walk-in clinic, which is located within the Rite Aid on Linden Avenue, opened in 2009 and offered services 7-days-a-week.

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5:26 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

VA: Fetal Ultrasound Mandate Heads for Gov's Desk

 

     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The most emotionally charged bill of Virginia's 2012 General Assembly mandating ultrasound exams for women seeking abortions has cleared its final legislative hurdle and is on its way to Gov. Bob McDonnell's expected signature.

     The House of Delegates voted 61-35 to concur with a Senate amendment that exempts victims of incest and rape from the mandated procedure provided they reported the assault to police.

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1:43 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Dover Council Committee Approves Juvenile Curfew

       

        A Dover Council Committee has given approval to the recent juvenile curfew regulation that will supposedly reduce crime by keeping juveniles ages 16 and under off the streets at late hours.

        The curfew would begin at 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and at midnight on weekends. In the summer, the curfew would begin at 1:00 a.m.

        Councilman William Hare drafted the curfew proposal after observing children and teenagers roaming the streets late at night during his police ride-alongs in Dover.

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12:30 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Somerset Shooting Suspect Identified

 

       PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - State police have identified a man shot and killed by troopers after a chase on the lower Eastern Shore.

     Police say 49-year-old Terry Diaz of Princess Anne was shot in the head after the chase in Somerset County Wednesday night. He died at the scene.

     Police haven't said why the troopers shot Diaz. Diaz's sport-utility vehicle was stuck in the mud in a grass median at the time, and he was inside the car. Police say the troopers gave Diaz verbal commands before they opened fire.

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12:19 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Delaware State Official Blames Feds for Delay at Fisker Automotive Plan

  

       Delaware state economic development chief Alan Levin is blaming the federal government for stalling Fisker Automotive's plans to build hybrid-electric sedans at a former General Motors assembly plant near Newport.

      He told a legislative committee in Dover this week…that Delaware taxpayers already have more than $17 million invested in the project.

      The U.S. Department of Energy has blocked Fisker's access to more than $300 million in loan funds after the company failed to reach certain benchmarks.

Weekend Wind-Up
12:02 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Weekend Wind-Up for March 2nd-4th

Here is your Delmarva Weekend Wind-Up

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DPR Programming Notes
9:23 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Annapolis Education Town Hall

Are you concerned about teachers, education, maintenance of effort, and the proposed plan to shift the cost of teacher pensions to the counties?

Tune in Friday at noon-2PM on WSDL 90.7 to hear a special broadcast of a 2-hour town hall meeting and panel discussion of these issues with legislators and policy makers, taped live in front of a 100+ member audience on Monday, February 27, in Annapolis. The town hall meeting was organized in conjunction with the Maryland State Education Association.

Host: Marc Steiner

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