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8:24 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Advocates for Developmentally Disabled Rally in Annapolis

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for the developmentally disabled will hold a rally to highlight the need for more services.

     Advocates, family members and people who provide care will meet Tuesday in Annapolis.

     Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to address advocates before they hold a rally on Lawyers Mall near the Maryland State House.

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12:16 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Delaware Route 1 Closure

 

 

     Delaware Route 1 east of Dover will be closed today between Exit 8 and South Little creek Road. 

     The Delaware Department of Transportation is replacing a drainage pipe.

      The closures will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through March 2.

       The right lane and shoulder will be closed on the southbound side first.

       When that work is finished, the right lane and shoulder on the northbound side will be closed. 

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12:12 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Last Day for Sales Tax Holiday on Energy Efficient Appliances

 

  

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's the last day to take advantage of a tax holiday in Maryland for energy-efficient appliances.

     Marylanders who buy new, energy-efficient appliances through Monday will not have to pay the state's six percent sales tax on the items.

     Eligible products include air conditioners, washing machines, furnaces and refrigerators. Energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats are also eligible.

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9:40 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Penalties for Problem Properties Expected at Tonight's Salisbury Council Work Session

 

 

            During its work session tonight the Salisbury City Council is expected to take up a measure that would impose fines on problem properties.

            The legislation is the Three Strikes provision of Mayor Jim Ireton’s rental legislation.

            The nuisance law would allow the city to recover a portion of the costs connected with repeated calls for service to either the Salisbury Police Department or the Department of Neighborhood Services and Code Compliance.

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9:36 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Visitors To Ocean City Could See Higher Prices for Transportation

 

 

            Soon, it could be more expensive to vacation in Ocean City.

            The Town Council is expected to hear a proposal that would allow taxis to raise their fares.       

            It’s being presented by Kevin Lyons, owner of Community Cab, in the form of a petition signed by other taxi owners and drivers.

            Lyons has asked for an increase in the base fare of 40 cents…bringing it to $3.60 and for a tenth-of-a-mile rate increase to 28 cents.

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9:32 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Worcester County Could Lift Height Limit on Buildings

 

           Builders in Worcester County could be building structures higher than 45 feet without having to ask for permission.

            Since 1989, the county fire prevention code has capped the maximum height for any building intended for human habitation.  

            Any exception to that requirement has required approval from the county.  

            But that could change under a measure now being looked at by the
County Commissioners…that would eliminate the need for getting permission.

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9:07 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Maryland Lawmakers Still Looking for Revenue from Casinos

 

   ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are still waiting for the big payout from the Legislature's gamble more than four years ago on legalized slot machines.

     To truly hit the jackpot, some lawmakers believe the state must expand state-approved gambling further. They say table games and a Washington-area casino are needed to compete with neighboring states and generate the dollars needed for education and other needs. Much of the competition comes from venues in Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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9:05 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Delaware Governor to Pitch Job Growth at National Governor's Association

 

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell says he plans to talk to fellow governors next week about the best ways to create jobs.

     The Democrat is vice chair of the National Governors' Association, which holds its annual winter meeting in Washington beginning on Friday.

     The association's focus at the weekend meeting will be "Growing State Economies." NGA Chair and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's initiative is intended to give state leaders better ways to assess and grow their state economies.

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5:47 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

17 Worcester Businesses Fail Underage Alcohol Compliance Checks

        17 Worcester County businesses failed alcohol compliance checks when underage cadets with the Worcester County Office of the Sheriff, requested alcohol.
        The compliance checks were conducted on Jan. 24, Jan. 31, and Feb. 2 of this year.

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5:40 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Hunter Convicted of Shooting Wild Assateague Island Horse

     

     Officials at Assateague Island National Seashore say the sentencing of a father and son charged with shooting a Wild Assateague Island Horse and giving a false report to Park officials, will serve as an example to other hunters.
 

    The cases of Justin Eason and John Eason were heard in the Salisbury Federal Court on Feb. 10.

    Justin Eason was convicted of shooting a 28-year-old Assateaugue Island Mare during a deer hunt on January 15, 2011.

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5:14 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

"Suspicious Package" Found In Wilmington Building Identified

     A suspicious package found in the mail room of the Wilmington MetLife building Friday morning, led the evacuation of the MetLife building and a post office.

      According to the Wilmington News Journal, this afternoon Wilmington Police determined that the package contained a type of jewelry-making kit.

     New Castle paramedics told the News Journal that one person was taken to a hospital Friday morning and several others were treated at the scene. 

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4:46 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton Schedules State of the City

        Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton is inviting the public to attend his 2012 State of the City address.
        Mayor Ireton will deliver the State of the City at Salisbury University on Thursday, February 23th.
        The State of the City will be broadcast on PAC 14 and can be streamed on PAC 14’s website.
 

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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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