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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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5:39 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Salisbury Police Searching For Missing 16-year-old

        Salisbury Police are searching for Breanna Marie Seekamp, a 16-year-old female, missing since Feb. 10.
        Officials say Seekamp’s mother, told police the last time she saw her daughter was 6 a.m. on Friday, before she left for work. When the mother returned to her residence that evening, her daughter was not at their home. Seekamp’s mother immediately called friends and family, but no one knew the minor’s whereabouts.

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1:25 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

OCPD Investigation Results in 34 Indictments

       The Ocean City Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, along with the Worcester County Police Department have recently concluded a two-year undercover investigation arresting 34 individuals with the criminal indictments of 91 charges of distributing illegal substances.

       The drug charges, which resulted in almost 5 million dollars in bonds, included the illegal selling of multiple strong prescriptions such as Oxycontin and Valium. Marijuana and Cocaine were also the drugs of choice. 

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11:38 am
Tue February 14, 2012

ECI Biogas Facility Asks Local Farmers for Chicken Manure

 

 

            The Virginia based EcoCorp Incorporated is now contracting with Delmarva farmers for 8-thousand tons of chicken manure annually that will be used at the proposed ECI Biogas facility.

            The plant will convert chicken waste into electricity and custom blended fertilizer for market.

            The company will pay 1 cent per pound of chicken litter, which translates into $20 per ton.

            John Ingersoll, president of the company, says…that an average truck holds about $400 to $500 or around 25 tons.

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11:34 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Dover Takes Another Step to Finance Infrastructure for Natural Gas Power Plant

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover City Council committee has agreed to

commit $6 million for the infrastructure around a proposed

natural-gas power plant.

     The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.

(http://tinyurl.com/8yente3), reports the money would cover half of

the estimated costs of improvements proposed by Calpine Corp.,

which plans to build a 300-megawatt plant. The action Monday must

be ratified by the council.

     Calpine and city officials are trying to obtain the rest of the

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8:47 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Oysters Population Up in Chesapeake Bay

 

        ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources

says oysters are surviving at the highest rate since 1985.

     The department says results of its fall oyster survey show 92

percent of oysters were found alive in samples taken baywide. The

two-month survey sampled 263 oyster bars throughout the bay.

     While heavy rains last year caused high mortality in some areas,

the department says lower salt levels throughout the bay helped cut

diseases that have devastated oyster populations. DNR says the high

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8:45 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Dover Air Force Base Spare Budget Axe

 

            Delaware appears to have been spared the budget axe in Washington.

            The President’s budget proposal does not suggest any cuts in aircraft or units…and calls for spending a modest amount for construction on Dover Air Force base family housing.

            In addition…the Wilmington News Journal reports…that there should be money for an Army National Guard training facility in Bethany beach.

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8:43 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Potential Cuts in Delaware Transportation Budget

 

      The Delaware Department of Transportation could be looking at cutting door-to-door para-transit service for disabled residents.

     Agency secretary Shailen Bhatt indicated that serious reductions were expected during a Joint Finance Committee briefing yesterday…on the agency’s proposed $346 million budget.

     In addition…the troubled ferry in western Sussex…that crosses Nanticoke River southwest of Seaford…could also see some cuts.

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8:37 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Emmissions from Delaware City Refinery

 

 

            There was a second day of sulfur dioxide gas emissions from the Delaware City Refinery…as the company carried out an emergency flare burnoff.

            Yesterday’s problems…hit the plant’s catalytic cracking unit…which produces more than 80-thosuand barrels-per-day of gasoline from partially refined crude oil.

            PBF Energy spokeswoman Lisa Lindsay…told the Wilmington News Journal…that the unit failed during maintenance preparations.

            Normal service resumed yesterday shortly after 4 pm.

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8:35 am
Tue February 14, 2012

University of Maryland Could Pay for Legal Bills of Local Farm

 

             There’s a move in Annapolis to make the University of Maryland in Baltimore pay the legal expenses of the farm in Berlin…they are suing…even if the suit has not been settled by the court.

            Eastern Shore State Senate Richard Colburn has sponsored the legislation…that would require the university to use…its $500-thousand 2013 budget appropriation…to pay for the farm’s legal expenses.

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8:32 am
Tue February 14, 2012

A Few More Votes Needed in Fight for Same Sex Marriage in Maryland

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources

says oysters are surviving at the highest rate since 1985.

     The department says results of its fall oyster survey show 92

percent of oysters were found alive in samples taken baywide. The

two-month survey sampled 263 oyster bars throughout the bay.

     While heavy rains last year caused high mortality in some areas,

the department says lower salt levels throughout the bay helped cut

diseases that have devastated oyster populations. DNR says the high

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5:45 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Salisbury Resident Wins $1 million in MD Lottery

     Salisbury resident John Menzel is the winner of the Ravens Cash Fantasy Internet Promotion, making him the proud owner of $1 million.

     54-year-old Menzel and his wife drove from Salisbury to the Maryland Lottery Headquarters in Baltimore on Friday. They knew they had won a prize, but they were unaware they were millionaires.

     According to the Maryland Lottery's website, when Menzel found out he had won, he uttered several words, including "awesome", "unbelievable" and "blessed."

    

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5:41 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Lewes-Rehoboth Group Seeks Public Input on Water Taxi

     The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Improvement Association is seeking public input on a proposed water taxi service.

     The nonprofit group recently completed a feasibility study for the project. Association members say Lewes could host a water taxi via the boat docks at Canalfront Park, but infrastructure is needed in Rehoboth Beach for the service, which would cost around $850,000.

     A public workshop will be held Saturday at the Rehoboth Beach City Hall.

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1:51 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Fire damages Masonic Order building

Fire damaged a building belonging to the Masonic Order of the Scottish Rite on Sunday.

The Maryland State Fire Marshall says that the flames ignited around 10 a.m. yesterday morning, in the basement of the 30 by 60 foot building at 418 East Church Street. The fire was reported by a passerby.

35 firefighters from all three Salisbury departments responded and had the blaze under control in about thirty minutes. Damages are estimated to total $25,000.  

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1:02 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Seaford Mayor Ready to Retire

 

      Ed Butler who has spent 25 years in City Hall in Seaford and is currently the town's mayor has announced that he is retiring.

     The Wilmington News Journal reports Butler, who is in his third term as mayor, will step down from his post this spring.

     Butler was elected to the city council in 1986, and had only one contested election during his seven terms.

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12:58 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Delaware River and Bay Slated to Get Federal Funds in White House Budget

  

 

     President Barack Obama’s budget proposal recommends spending $31 million to deepen the main shipping channel of the Delaware River and Bay.

     The Wilmington News Jouranal reports…that has been confirmed by the office Sen. Chris Coons.

     Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and the Delaware congressional delegation have lobbied hard for additional funds.

     Having the money in the budget proposal…could make it easier for lawmakers to protect funds for the 103-mile project during the appropriations process.

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12:54 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Enterprise Zone Businesses Adds to the Local Economy

 

     Wicomico County has become a big hit for businesses settling in the local enterprise zones.

     The program rewards employers with property tax breaks in exchange for investment and job growth.

     Program manager Mark Vulcan told the Salisbury Daily Times that the city has seen $25.3 million in new investment with 704 additional jobs.

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12:52 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Camden-Wyoming water authority denies “public body” status

 

     The Camden-Wyoming Sewer and Water Authority filed legal documents arguing this week that it is not a public body as defined by state law, and therefore is not required to make its payroll information public.

     The Kent County sewer and water utility has refused to share detailed financial information with the public for the past two years, despite numerous requests from citizens.

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12:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Salisbury City Council to Discuss Budget Amendments

 

During tonight’s City Council meeting, a number of departments will be asking for money.

              The Salisbury Police Department is requesting appropriation of $21,000 to pay for emergency repairs to a police tower on Marine Road that was damaged by a lightning strike on Aug. 2, as well as budget amendment to transfer $1,400 earned through their ammunition recycling program from the General Fund into the Fire Department budget.

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10:26 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Michael Oher Coaches Students Off the Field

    Michael Oher, one of 12 children born to a mother who had frequent struggles with alcohol and cocaine addiction, spent his childhood moving from house to house with his family, living in several foster care placements, and at times, he was homeless.

   

Arts
10:56 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Dr. Everett McCorvey, Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble

On Friday February 3rd, Kara had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Everett McCorvey, Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble.  He and the Ensemble were conducting Choral workshops and masterclasses that week, culminating in performances held at Asbury United Methodist Church.  Dr. McCorvey spoke about the definition of and continued relevance of American Spiritual music.  Click this link to hear a streaming version of the interview. 

Because I Said So
10:41 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Because I Said So Radio Episode #1

Aired 02-11-2012

Our very first show!

 

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