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4:43 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Maryland State Fire Marshall Investigates Possible Pipe Bomb in Stevensville

     

     The Maryland State Fire Marshall is investigating a possible pipe bomb, found in Stevensville on Thursday.
 

     Officials with the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff say, shortly before 9 a.m., a worker with the Queen Anne’s County Roads Department, located the possible pipe bomb next a utility pole, while working in the area of Grollman Road at Old Love Point Road.
 

     The item is described as an 8 to 10 inch galvanized pipe with screw caps on each end.
 

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4:25 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Maryland Delegates Prepare For Same-Sex Marriage Vote

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland delegates are scheduled to take a final vote to legalize gay marriage.

     Members of the House of Delegates considered a handful of amendments Friday afternoon and will convene for a final voting session at 4:30 p.m.

     Republicans speculated that proponents acquired the 71-vote majority required to pass the legislation.

     An amendment from Delegate Tiffany Alston, a Prince George's Democrat who previously opposed to the bill, was accepted by the members, a move opponents suggested bought her vote.

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4:12 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Delaware Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Results in 133 Citations Served

     The first wave of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety’s seat belt enforcement campaign has resulted in 133 citations being served for seat belt violations.

     The two week long statewide campaign began on Jan. 22 and ended Feb. 5, and targeted towns and cities where data showed seat belt use was lacking.

     The campaign utilized roving and stationary traffic safety patrols.

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12:14 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Adoption Agencies Could Discriminate Against Gay Couples Under Legislation in Virginia

 

     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - With little debate, a Senate committee has endorsed a House-passed bill allowing private child placement agencies to deny adoptions for gays or others who offend their religious or moral teaching.

     The measure heads to the Senate floor after an 8-7 party-line vote Friday in the Republican-dominated Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee. The Senate has already approved a similar bill and sent it to the House.

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11:25 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Maryland Gay Marriage Supporters Willing to Accept Amendments

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Md. delegates say they are prepared to consider handfuls of amendments to a bill designed to legalize gay marriage.

     The House of Delegates voted Thursday evening to delay debate on the measure until Friday afternoon after two committees review submitted amendments.

     The body did add one amendment to the bill Thursday evening,altering the effective date of the bill from October to January 2013.

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10:41 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Salisbury Mayor Wants New Powers Over Department Heads

 

             Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants the Salisbury City Council to consider at-will status for the city administrator and department heads, giving him sole hiring and firing power.

            Ireton argued that because the council had changed the city charter to give them sole authority over the city Attorney his office should be given that same power over the city administrator and department heads.

            The Council also has sole oversight of the City Clerk’s office.

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10:38 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Politics: The Crying Game

 

        Crying is not often thought of as being a part of politics, especially at the presidential level. However, there are times when politicians breakdown in public. This year, it was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.  Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse looks back on key moments, when a few tears made a difference. 

 

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10:16 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Salisbury City Council President Rejects Call to Step Down

   

 

Salisbury City Council President Terry Cohen dismisses call for her and Council Vice President Debbie Campbell to step down from their leadership positions. Delamarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared a report.     

 

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10:12 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Bank of America Bringing Jobs to Delaware

 

            The Bank of America could give Delaware’s economy a boost 500 additional jobs…at its credit card business over the next three years.

            The announcement comes even as the financial institution has been downsizing its workforce.

            Chip Rossi, the bank’s Delaware Market president, hailed the move telling the Wilmington News Journal that this was a great day for the state.

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10:10 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Outside Investigation of DelDOT

 

          There will be an outside investigation into the planning, real estate, a record keeping Practices at the Delaware Department of Transportation.

            The probe comes after evidence of poor document security and unexplained gaps in key files…that could impact millions of taxpayer dollars.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt…would not rule out criminal misconduct.

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10:08 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Direct Flights from Salisbury to Orlando

 

 

            If you’re going to Orlando, Florida, you can take a direct flight out the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.

            Allegiant Airlines began looking at Salisbury as another hub for their service…after the runway extension and upgrades were completed last year.

            Airport officials say Orlando is already the most popular destination for passengers…flying out of Salisbury.

            But they note that in the past they have had to take connecting flights…to get there.

Delmarva Today
10:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Delmarva Today 02-17-2012

Delmarva Today 02-17-2012The fight over whether Wicomico County should send a letter of support to the State Board of Public Works for construction of the new Bennett Middle School is over. However, the long drawn out debate over funding of the local school system is far from finished.

 

Guests:

Wicomico County Council Member Sheree-Sample-Hughes

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12:39 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Gay Marriage Bill Gains Second Republican Vote in Maryland

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A second Maryland Republican has said he will vote for a bill to legalize gay marriage.

     Carrie Evans, executive director of the gay rights organization Equality Maryland, said in a statement Thursday that Delegate Wade Kach has decided to vote for the bill. Kach voted against the measure in committee earlier this week.

     Evans said Wednesday that advocates are still courting delegates to collect the 71 votes needed to pass the bill.

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12:24 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Major Highway Near Bear to be Widened

 

      BEAR, Del. (AP) - A project to widen a 3.5-mile stretch of road in Bear where a number of accidents have occurred is now in the planning stages.

     The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. reports that the construction project on Wrangle Hill Road is not scheduled to begin until 2015 or 2016 and that the project will cost $18 million. Residents and businesses hope the changes will reduce congestion and rush-hour backups as well as address safety issues.

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9:44 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Maryland House of Delegates Expected to Begin Debate on Gay Marriage Bill

 

             As debate was set to begin in the Maryland House of Delegates, gay marriage advocates were still looking to lock-down a couple key votes.

            The 71 votes needed to pass the measure in the House still hung in the balance Wednesday afternoon, less than a day before the chamber is expected to begin discussion on the bill.

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9:36 am
Thu February 16, 2012

A Demand for the Top Leadership on the Salisbury City Council to Step Down

 

            Salisbury City Council member Laura Mitchell is calling on Council President Terry Cohen and Council Vice President Debbie Campbell to step down from their leadership positions.

            Mitchell charged that many stake holders in the city have lost faith in them.

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9:26 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Demands for Resignations in Wake of Priest Sex Abuse Documents

 

            The victims of priest sex abuse are calling on Catholic Church leaders in Wilmington…to quit…in light of records documenting how the Wilmington diocese handled pedophile priests.

            These officials include vicar general J. Thomas Cini….as well as Joseph Rebman and Clement Lemon…who are called the architects of the cover up. 

            In addition…the victims advocates called for Bishop Francis Malooly…to publicly address the complicity of his predecessors Michael Saltarelli and Robert Mulvee in the sex abuse scandal.

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9:21 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Oyster Restoration Grant For Eastern Shore

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Eastern Shore waterways will get $7.5 million for oyster restoration under Maryland's proposed state budget.

     Harris Creek and the Little Choptank River would receive funding for the placement of oyster shells, limestone, granite or other substrate to create habitat in the waterways, which are home to two of the state's new oyster sanctuaries. The Department of Natural Resources says it believes oysters will survive in the waterways if they have a substrate on which to grow.

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12:20 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Demands for Resignations of Wilmington diocese in Sex Abuse Scandal

 

       WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Victims of priest sex abuse are calling on Catholic church leaders in Wilmington to resign in light of church records documenting how the Wilmington diocese handled pedophile priests.

     Abuse victims obtained the church records as part of a

settlement in the diocese's bankruptcy case.

     Abuse victims scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington to announce that the documents will be posted online by the watchdog group BishopAccountability.org.

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12:17 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Environmental Group Calls Water Plans for Wicomico and Worcester Counties Not Good Enough

 

 

 

 

            An environmental group says plans by Worcester and Wicomico Counties to improve water quality do not go far enough.

            The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated that Maryland counties submit a draft of their Water Implementation Plan as part of the federal “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay.

            The Choose Clean Water Coalition called Worcester County’s plans “skeletal” without a clear strategy for implementing change.

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11:48 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Occupy Delaware Condemns Mortgage Foreclosure

    Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden's decision to sign a mortgage settlement with five banks over alleged foreclosure abuses is not setting well with some Delaware residents.

     Newark resident Bernard August, a member of Occupy Delaware, says in his opinion, the deal does more to protect banks than homeowners.

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     Attorney General Biden signed the settlement last week, after several revisions were made. Occupy Delaware condemned the settlement, arguing that Delaware foreclosures should come to a halt until all abuse charges are resolved.

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10:31 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Love Birds

     Whether single or attached, most people have love on their minds today, but as discovered during a recent trip to the Salisbury Zoo, humans aren't the only species who place great importance on finding a mate.

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9:09 am
Wed February 15, 2012

School Uniforms Could Be Coming To Wicomico County

 

            The Wicomico County School district inched closer to a school uniform program…next year for some schools…after yesterday’s board meeting.

            A final vote is set for next month. 

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far 11 elementary schools and Wicomico High have expressed interest in the Consistent Attire Program.

             It would require students to select from a very limited range of colors and styles of clothing.

            But…it has drawn opposition from parents.

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9:07 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Governor Pushes for Increasing Flush Tax

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says increasing fees on water use and limiting where developers can put new septic systems are essential to preserving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

     The Democratic governor spoke to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Tuesday afternoon, advocating for change to the state's so-called "flush tax" that would charge residents and business based on how much water they use.

     The tax, created by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, supports

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9:05 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Delaware Attorney General Wants Say In Funding For Childrens Hospital

 

 

            Delaware State Attorney General Beau Biden says he wants in on the reorganization of the $4.6 billion Florida Trust that funds AI du Pont Hospital for Children that is headed to court

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the trust has poured millions of dollars into Delaware…through Nemours Foundation to care for sick children and the elderly.

            Biden said that he wants to ensure that this flow of funds continues.

The reorganization is being carried out for tax purposes and administrative convenience.

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8:56 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Mixed Bag for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Under President's Budget Plan

 

            The President’s fiscal 2013 budget unveiled this week would increase spending on the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

            Under the spending plan the Environmental Protection Agency would see a $15 million increase in funding to assist watershed states in carrying out their plans to cut nutrients and sediments from farms, urban runoff and wastewater by 2025.

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8:55 am
Wed February 15, 2012

New Superintendent Heads Christina School District

 

            Delaware’s largest school district is getting a new superintendent.

            Longtime Delaware educator and district employee Freeman Williams has been named to head the Christina School District.

            His appointment follows the departure of Marcia Lyles, who told the board last December…she did not want to renew her contract.

            Williams began as a social studies teacher in 1975 at a middle school near Newark and worked his way up to acting superintendent for Christina and Appoquinimink school districts.

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8:53 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Governor Martin O'Malley Fleshes Out Gas Tax Plan

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is elaborating on his

proposal to phase in the state's sales tax to apply to gasoline.

     The measure is expected to be introduced Tuesday. It would phase in a 2 percent increase each year for three years.

     Local governments would receive a significant portion of the new revenue for transportation.

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8:47 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Gay Marriage Bill Expected on the Floor of the Maryland House of Delegates

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Members of the House of Delegates will consider a bill to legalize gay marriage.

     After passing through a panel of 45 lawmakers, legislation to allow same-sex unions is expected to be introduced to the full chamber on Wednesday.

     The bill moves to the House floor with the support of at least

one Republican, Delegate Robert Costa.

     Costa voted to move the bill out of committee Tuesday, a day after Gov. Martin O'Malley said the support of GOP lawmakers could be critical to passing the legislation.

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8:44 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Opposition in Sussex County to Hike in State Minimum Wage

 

             Officials and businesses in Sussex County say they oppose hiking the state’s minimum wage.

            A measure in Dover would increase the rate by a dollar to $8.25 an hour over two years.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Carol Everhart, president of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, said her members oppose the hike noting that many of the local businesses now pay above the minimum wage.

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