4:12 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Delaware Governor Speaks at Democratic National Convention

Gov. Jack Markell, biopic

At the Democratic National Convention a Delmarvan will be addressing the gathering of nearly 6-thousand delegates tonight.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is scheduled to speak just before 9 p.m.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley spoke last night

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver tonight’s keynote with a setup from Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senate candidate from Massachusetts. 

4:09 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

T-Section of Cape Henlopen State Park Pier to be Demolished

Cape Henlopen State Park,

The fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park will see its outermost T-section to be torn down beginning later this week.

Delaware State officials say the aging structure has started to collapse.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the T-head section of  the wooden 1,800-foot pier on Delaware Bay has been closed to the public since 2006.

Collin O’Mara Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources said that structure was recently found to be rapidly deteriorating because of prolonged storm and wave damage

So, he ordered the emergency demolition.

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12:24 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Conserving Marine Animals With Delaware License Plate

Marine Animal License Plate,

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware drivers can now display their love for marine animals with a special license plate.

The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute license plate is being offered to state residents for a fee of $50. The nonprofit group, dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles, will receive $35 of the fee.

Suzanne Thurman, executive director of the group, says the plates are available at Division of Motor Vehicles locations. She says residents can purchase the plates online at the end of the month.

10:50 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Governor Martin O'Malley at Democratic National Convention

Gov. Martin O'Malley,


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging Democratic Party activists to get fully behind President Barack Obama in the next two months.

O'Malley is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and is considered a likely 2016 presidential contender. He spoke Wednesday morning at a breakfast with Iowa delegates at the Democratic National Convention.

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10:13 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Senator Tom Carper on the Future of the Obama Presidency

Senator Tom Carper (D-De), official webisite

With the public opinion polls showing a close presidential race, Senator Tom Carper (D-De) says he is optimistic about President Barak Obama's reelection chances.  But, was this a presidency offering too much to the voters?

10:07 am
Wed September 5, 2012

NASA Delays Rocket Launch Until Thursday

Talos-Terrier-Oriole Rocket,

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA is planning a test flight of a suborbital sounding rocket from its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The space agency says the test flight was set for Wednesday morning, but was postponed until Thursday morning to allow additional testing of the payload.

It will be the first flight of the Talos-Terrier-Oriole launch vehicle meant to support high-altitude space science research.

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10:02 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Indictment in Perry Hall High School Shooting

Robert Wayne Gladden, (mug shot)

TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A high school sophomore has been indicted on 29 counts related to the shooting of a classmate at a suburban Baltimore school.

Baltimore County prosecutors announced Tuesday that a grand jury has indicted 15-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. on nine counts of attempted murder, nine counts of first-degree assault and nine counts of reckless endangerment, along with two gun charges.

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9:54 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Search for Missing Boater Resumed Off Gibson Island


BALTIMORE (AP) - Authorities are continuing to search for a 27-year-old Pennsylvania boater who fell overboard near Gibson Island in Anne Arundel County.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police say Jason Wesley Ryman of Philadelphia was on a sailboat with three others when a squall caused the boat to tip Monday. Ryman and his girlfriend were thrown from the boat. The woman was rescued, but the crew was unable to reach Ryman.

Emergency responders searched the area until dark Monday and Tuesday. They will resume searching on Wednesday morning.

9:42 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Whooping Cough on the Rise in Delaware

Whooping Cough,

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say whooping cough is on the rise in Delaware and across the nation.

Officials said Tuesday that 20 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been reported in Delaware this year as of July 31. That's up from 12 during the same period last year, and officials say reported cases represent only the tip of the iceberg.

Authorities say vaccination is the best protection against whooping cough, which spreads easily by coughing and sneezing and is a serious medical condition for babies and children.

9:38 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Delaware Law Enforcement Seeks Equipment Grant

Police Car, 123rf

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies from across Delaware are asking a state panel to approve grant applications for a variety of equipment upgrades and programs.

The requests include $50,000 for the New Castle County Police Department to purchase 50 wearable cameras for patrol officers, $127,000 in overtime funds for the Wilmington police department's effort to reduce violent crime, and $15,000 for the Dover Police Department to buy sniper rifles.

The Fund to Combat Violent Crime Committee was to meet Wednesday in Dover to consider the applications.

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9:33 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Clean Up in Camden After Tornado


Cleaning crews and insurance adjusters were out yesterday to deal with the aftermath a small tornado that struck the Camden development in Delaware Monday afternoon.  

The National Weather Service has confirmed there was a tornado carrying 85-mile-per-hour winds.

While it was the lowest rated tornado but left behind 215 yards of damage and 35 yards wide.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the tornado touched down near Dawson lane in the Barclay Farms subdivision.

Six homes suffered serious structural damage and were declared uninhabitable.

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9:27 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Somerset County Expected to Tighten Nuisance Ordinance

Somerset County,

Somerset County officials are expected to tighten up conditions for declaring properties a nuisance.

Currently inspectors cannot cite property owners for such things as overflowing septic systems.

Instead the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the health department must go to court which can take months to get action.

Under the amended ordinance authority would be given back to the health department to issue citations for unsanitary conditions.

There are 13 new rules under the proposed revision.

9:18 am
Wed September 5, 2012

New Paramedica Facility Coming to Middletown

Christiana Care,

The New Castle County Council approved a new paramedic station at Christiana Care’s emergency department near Middletown that is scheduled to open next year.

The new $34 million emergency facility for the New Castle County Emergency Medical Services will be at the intersection of Del. 299 and Brick Mill Road.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that county and state money will pay for the $750,000 paramedic station and Christiana Care will lease it to the coun­ty for 99 years.

New Castle County Council approved the agreement yesterday.

9:13 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Delmarva Power Wants to Cut Your Gas Bills

Gas Bill,

Delmarva Power is seeking a 14 percent rate cut for lower gas bills this winter.   

Delmarva Power says some households could see a $24 drop in their monthly bill.

Bill Yingling with Delmarva Power told WDEL radio that a warmer than usual winter last year and a slowdown in the economy contributed to an oversupply of gas.

The new rate could go into effect as early as November 1st just in time for winter. 

8:52 am
Wed September 5, 2012

DNREC Investigates Fish Kill in Broadkill River


A fish killed has left 75-hundred menhaden in the Broadkill River dead.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said another 10 Striped Bass and 8 Carp also died.

DNREC suspects low oxygen levels in the river due to heavy rain. 

WBOC TV reports that some fisherman in Sussex County said they were worried about their health.

But state officials said there should be no concern yet. 

DNREC is testing the water testing.  

2:58 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Plan to Care for Alzheimer Patients in Delaware

Alzheimer, 123rf

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Officials in Delaware are looking to develop a statewide plan to improve care for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and to support those who care for them.

Representatives of the Department of Health and Social Services and the Alzheimer's Association of Delaware are co-chairing a task force aimed at developing a comprehensive state government plan for addressing the mind-destroying disease.

The task force is to hold its first meeting on Sept. 28.

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2:53 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

State Funding for Hockessin Bike and Pedestrian Pathway

Representative Nick Manolakos (R-Hockessin),

The town of Hockessin is getting $200-thousand from the state of Delaware for its $1 million Valley Road Pedestrian Pathway project.

Republican State Senator Nick Manolakos gathered today with four other state lawmakers who secured the money for the pedestrian and biking path.

2:46 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Judicial Vacancies Coming Up in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) – The state of Delaware is facing a rash of judicial vacancies over the next months and years.

There are four positions on the Delaware Superior Court bench…one position on the Court of Common Pleas in New Castle County and one vacancy on Family Court in Sussex County will open up.

In the next two years, at least two positions are likely to be available on Superior Court because of retirements.

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12:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Henry Parker Died This Weekend

Henry Parker,

The longtime Wicomico County Council President Henry Parker died on Sunday, according to County officials.

Parker was on the County Council from 1982 to 1998.

The county’s athletic complex on Naylor Mill Road in Salisbury is named after Parker. 

12:31 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Maryland Authorities Resume Search for Missing Boater

Bayside Beach,

BALTIMORE (AP) - Authorities are resuming a search for a 27-year-old boater who is missing after falling overboard in Maryland.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police say the man is Jason Wesley Ryman of Philadelphia.

Authorities say Ryman was aboard a sailboat when a strong gust of wind caused the boat to tip on Monday about two miles away from Bayside Beach in Maryland. Ryman and a woman both fell overboard. The woman was rescued, but the crew was unable to reach Ryman. He was not wearing a life jacket.

12:26 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Tribute to Sargent Shriver at Democratic National Convention

Sargent Shriver,

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Democrats are holding a special tribute for the late Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

The Washington Post reports Gov. Martin O'Malley, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Shriver's son, Mark Shriver, are among the speakers at a luncheon Tuesday.

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12:21 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Constitutional Party On Virginia Presidential Ballot

Presidential Candidate Virgil Goode,

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The state Board of Elections has rejected the Republican Party's bid to keep the name of Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode off the Virginia ballot.

The board acted Tuesday after the GOP raised questions about some signatures Goode tendered to qualify for the ballot.

The former congressman is seeking a spot on the ballot as the nominee of the conservative Constitution Party. He lost his congressional seat to one-term Democrat Tom Perriello in 2008.

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9:37 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Heat Gives Students Day Off In Wicomico County

Wicomico Schools Heat Warning,

If the temperature gets 85 degrees or higher, parents with children attending non-air conditioned schools in Wicomico County may keep them home with an excused absence.

The schools affected are Bennett Middle, West Salisbury Elementary,  East Salisbury Elementary and portions of Pittsville Elementary and Middle.


9:32 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Salisbury DNC Delegate Laura Mitchell on Michelle Obama's Address Tonight

Democratic National Convention,

The Democratic National Convention gets underway tonight with an address by Michelle Obama. Salisbury City Council member Laura Mitchell, a delegate to the convention, spoke with Delmarva Public Radio about what she expects the First Lady will achieve in her speech and how Mitchell came to find herself on the convention tonight.  

9:24 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Pay Hike Request For Salisbury Police

Salisbury Police Department,

Mayor Jim Ireton is seeking a $4-thousand annual hike for the pay of the rank-and-file officers in the Salisbury Police Department.

The pitch is part of an effort to reduce the number of officers now leaving for better paying jobs.

This would be the first raise for the force in 9 years not counting cost-of-living adjustments.

The Salisbury Daily Times adds it would be the first hike of any kind in four years.

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9:18 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Rebecca T. Ruark Wins Again

Rebecca T. Ruark,

For the eleventh time the Rebecca T. Ruark came in first during the 53rd annual Skipjack Race yesterday.

Captain Wade Murphy told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was a good luck day.

He said the wind was perfect and he picked up the $1-thousand prize.  

The Ida Mae captained by John Price came in second pulling in $500 in prize money.

The Somerset came in third picking up the $500 prize.

Last year Murphy said there was some rough water.

And The Kathryn that year owned by Capt. Stoney Whitelock was damaged and did not race this year.

9:13 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Storm Leaves Damage In Kent County

Camden-Wyoming Fire Chief Tom Rigsby,

CAMDEN, Del. (AP) - Heavy rains swept across Delaware, damaging about 10 homes in Kent County and leaving many without power.

The storm Monday afternoon ripped siding and shingles from homes in Camden and caused small trees to snap. Camden-Wyoming Fire Chief Tom Rigsby says four homes were seriously damaged.

Many residents in the county also lost power after the storm.

9:07 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Opposition to Off Shore Wind Power for Assateague Island

Off Shore Wind Power, 123rf

The proposal offshore wind turbine proposal for Assateague Island is drawing opposition from environmentalists and residents.

WBOC-TV reports their attorney has written to Atlantic Wind Connection saying that the group believes the high voltage line would have catastrophic environmental effects.

Markian Melnyk, president of Atlantic Grid Development, called the Assateague site a technical alternative.

He said his company would prefer to put the transmission line somewhere in or near Ocean City.  

8:58 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Struggling to Feed Families in Delaware

Needy Families,

Delaware ranks third in the nation for those struggling to afford food.

A Gallop survey found that 22 percent of First State residents are most likely to find it difficult to feed their families.

Ray Fitzgerald with the Division of Social Services told the Wilmington News Journal that 146-thousand people now receive food stamps after four years of the Great Recession.

He said that the state is trying to reduce that number through partnerships with various nonprofit organizations and school districts in Delaware.

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8:46 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Closing In on Fundraising Goal For Nursing School in Delaware


The Beebe Medical Foundation is within striking distance of its $8-million fundraising goal for the expansion of Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center.

It has less than $785-thousand left to go.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the expansion would replace the two-story building constructed in the 1960’s with a 3-story 18-thousand square-foot structure.  

The new facility would house modern classrooms and clinical laboratories.

It would also would double the maximum of 30 enrolled students each year.