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7:41 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Commutation Sought for Convicted Killer in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A convicted killer serving six life terms behind bars is asking for commutation of his sentence.

Robert H. Saunders was sentenced as a habitual offender after being convicted of murder conspiracy and other crimes in 1976.

Saunders is asking the state Board of Pardons, which meets Thursday, to recommend that Gov. Jack Markell commute his sentence.

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7:38 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Delaware Business Summit Meets in Dover

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware business and political leaders are gathering for a summit to discuss economic development initiatives and efforts to help small businesses compete for state procurement contracts.

Gov. Jack Markell and state economic development director Alan Levin will be among the participants at Tuesday's 2014 Delaware Small Business Summit in Dover.

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7:36 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Salisbury Fire Dept. Asks Hike in EMS Fees

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The Salisbury Fire Chief Richard Hoppes wants to increase some EMS Ambulance fees to better match other agencies.

The increases would range from $70 to $144 depending on the circumstance.

The basic Life Support Services would go up from $431 to $500.

In addition, the department wants non-residents to pay more than local residents for EMS ambulance services.

The Salisbury City Council last night asked the department to look at how the fee changes would affect the city’s mutual agreements with other communities.

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7:24 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Schwartzkopf Retains House Leadership in Delaware

Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth)
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf of Rehoboth has retained his leadership post among majority Democrats in the chamber, with a slightly smaller caucus to oversee.

In a closed-door meeting Monday night, House Democrats also voted to keep Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Majority Whip John Viola in their posts.

Schwartzkopf, who must still be confirmed as speaker by a simple majority vote by the entire House, says the most important tasks for lawmakers is growing the middle class by creating jobs.

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3:36 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Nov. 24th

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Nov. 24th

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8:41 am
Mon November 17, 2014

New Food Court to be Near Seagull Square

Seagull Square
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There may be a new food court on the southern edge of Salisbury University.

Located at the corner of southbound South Salisbury Boulevard and Dogwood Street it would include a group of six or more restaurants along with a beer-and-wine station.

In addition, there would be four retail spaces.

The 12,900 square-foot structure would open in early spring just south of Sea Gull Square and Salisbury University.

 

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8:25 am
Mon November 17, 2014

New Street Crimes Unit in Dover

Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat
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Dover police have a new Street Crimes Unit after three people were shot during the first weekend of this month.

It will be staffed by four officers and a sergeant and is part of zero-tolerance approach to law enforcement.

But, Lt. Jason Pires told the Wilmington News Journal that it’s clear that the department needs more police officers.

Sgt. Chad Bernat, who heads the unit, says it will focus on getting drugs and illegal weapons off the streets.

But it will also make arrests for minor violations like public consumption of alcohol.

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8:17 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Corn Crop Forecast Down in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The latest Virginia crop report forecasts gains in soybean, cotton and peanut production.

But corn production is expected to be down compared to 2013.

The report says 49.7 million bushels of corn are expected to be produced this year. That's down 10 percent from 2013.

Corn producers are expected to harvest 350,000 acres, a decline of 10,000 acres from last year.

Peanut production is expected to be 76 million pounds, up 20 percent from 2013. Cotton and soybean production also is up.

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8:16 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Are Craft Brews a Passing Fad?

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A conference at Towson University is focusing on the economic impact of Maryland's craft brewing industry.

The event Monday is the annual outlook conference sponsored by the school's Regional Economic Studies Institute.

The program includes a keynote address from the chief economist of the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Also on tap is a discussion on whether craft beer is a passing fad or a resilient economic development tool.

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8:13 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Delaware to Tout the Great Outdoors

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - State officials are gathering in Sussex County to tout the benefits of being in Delaware's great outdoors.

The fourth annual Sussex Outdoors Summit on Monday will include a discussion of new, expanded uses of the Stockley Center, a state-operated facility for individuals with developmental disabilities on 750 acres of state land south of Georgetown.

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8:02 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Sewer Bill Correction Causes Scandal in New Castle County

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An audit found that a New Castle county official corrected the sewer bills of his friends and family before letting thousands of taxpayers that they had been overcharged.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Ethics Commission found a second county employee, a supervisor, corrected the bills of other county employees before taxpayers had been notified.

The paper reports that neither will be punished because a 13 day deadline was missed to file probable cause.

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7:57 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Operation We Care Underway in Sharptown

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They’re packing boxes in Sharptown.

It’s part of Operation We Care which is filling nearly 600 holiday care packages for the soldiers overseas.

Claire Williams, whose son has been deployed six times overseas, told WMDT that soldiers are used to getting packages from home.

But, she says, these tell them that people in the country appreciate them as well.

Since Operation We Care began seven years ago the number of volunteer has grown and it has allowed them to pack more than 6-thousand boxes for troops over the years.

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Local News
10:59 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Cape Henlopen School Board Weighs in on Summer Reading List

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The Cape Henlopen School Board has decided to get more involved in the selection of books for the district’s summer reading list.

During yesterday’s meeting one board member insisted that the new policy include educational significance in the criteria for selection.

Controversy exploded this summer over the selection of “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth about a teenager who discovers she is gay.

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Delmarva Today
10:40 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Delmarva Today 11/14/2014

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A proposal for a commercial aquaculture farm on 180 acres of water in the Delaware Bay has some residents concerned.

In the second half, we take another look at Maryland's Phosphorus Management Tool, which would restrict the amount of phosphorus farmers could put on their fields.

Meg Ward- with the Coalition to Save Beach Cove

David Saveikis- DNREC Div. of Fish and Wildlife Director

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7:59 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Delaware Latino Summit Mulls Issues Facing Fast Growing Population

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Governor Jack Markell made a unique presentation for a sitting governor.

He came to the Delaware Latino Summit in Dover and addressed them in Spanish.

He told this fast growing population in the state, that many people are concerned that an ID that showed they weren’t citizens could be used against them.

WBOC reports that a Pew Research estimate in 2010 showed that the First state has between 25-thousand and 35-thousand undocumented immigrants.

In addition, there are 171 unaccompanied undocumented minors were in Delaware as of October.

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7:52 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Poll Finds Few Delawareans Had Heard of Bodenweiser Sex Trial

Eric Bodenweiser
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A poll of 1,000 Delawareans conducted by a defense attorney for Eric Bodenweiser was found in briefs arguing whether their client should be retried somewhere else.

The survey asked whether the respondents had heard about the former political candidate’s first child sex abuse trial or had an opinion about his guilt.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in court documents the prosecutors summarized the poll as finding that 44 of 355 people polled in Sussex County had formed an opinion about the defendant’s guilt or innocence.

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7:42 am
Fri November 14, 2014

MD Panel Approves New Medical Marijuana Regulations

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission approved regulations on Thursday to implement a medical marijuana program after a drawn-out process in a state that has struggled to make marijuana available to sick patients.

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7:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Electric Car Charging Stations at Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Cape May-Lewes Ferry
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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Two free electric charging stations for electric cars will be installed at the Lewes terminal of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority says the stations will be in the public parking lot near the terminal building.

WDEL reports that the charging stations are part of a collaborative research agreement with the University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources. The researchers will monitor the use of the charging stations and report to the DRBA.

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7:33 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Most Environmentally Friendly Building Comes to Virginia Beach

Brock Environmental Center
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is opening what it says is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world.

The Brock Environmental Center's grand opening is set for Friday in Virginia Beach.

The center near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay will be home to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's environmental education programs. The center will also provide space for other local conservation partners.

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11:50 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Sailboat Slams into Bay-Bridge Tunnel

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A 35-foot sailboat crashed into the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel just after dawn this morning.

A bridge official says there was no damage done to the bridge.

The captain who has not been identified was the only person on aboard.

Chief Edward Spencer, the bridge-tunnel’s director of operations, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the captain was not injured.  

Spencer says the boat’s sail broke and the captain was unable to start the engine.

The vessel struck the pilings of the southbound span as it exits the tunnel.

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9:42 am
Thu November 13, 2014

SU Imposes Hiring Freeze in Face of State Budget Shortfall

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Salisbury University is imposing a hard hiring freeze in the wake of news that the state could be facing a budget deficit as high as $300  million in the fiscal year of 2015 with future reductions that could top $450 million.

In addition, all current vacant positions for which there have not been offers already made are to be left unfilled.

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8:41 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hogan Taps Democrat to Lead on MD Budget

Robert Neal
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Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan has tapped Democrat Robert Neall to take the lead on his budget and taxation transition team.

Neall is a former state senator, delegate and Anne Arundel county executive who became a Democrat in 1999 after saying he felt uncomfortable in the GOP.

Hogan described Neall as the most respected fiscal mind in the state of Maryland adding that nobody knows the tax and fiscal budget issue better.

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8:32 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Budget Shortfall in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will be facing a shortfall of about $593 million under current projections when they work on the budget for the next fiscal year.

Warren Deschenaux, the Legislature's chief budget analyst, gave a briefing to the state's Spending Affordability Committee on Wednesday.

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8:26 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Conowingo Dam Not Major Threat to Bay Health, Study Says

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A new report says that the Conowingo Dam is not a major threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

The $1.4 million multiagency study looked at the movement of sediment and materials such as phosphorus that damages the bay.

The agencies involved ranged from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey to state agencies like the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

The full report is to be released later today.

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8:21 am
Thu November 13, 2014

School District Cuts Religious Holiday Names After Muslim Request

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A major Maryland school district has scrapped religious names from its calendar.

Presented with the opportunity to recognize a Muslim holiday on the school calendar for the first time, leaders of Maryland's largest school district went a different direction: They removed all mention of religious holidays from the calendar.

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8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

MD Attorney General Gets $1.3 Million Verizon Settlement

MD Attorney General Doug Gansler
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Attorney General's Office says Verizon has agreed to pay $1.375 million in restitution to consumers over allegedly misleading offers on its FiOS services.

Douglas F. Gansler said in an email on Wednesday that the settlement is the result of allegations that Verizon misrepresented the cost consumers were charged to FiOS television, internet and phone services.

Maryland officials alleged there were either improperly charged termination fees or paid equipment fees not adequately disclosed in Verizon's advertising.

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7:59 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hurlock Citizens Consider Natural Gas

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The town of Hurlock may turn to natural gas to cut its heating bills.

The Hurlock Citizens and Seniors Association would like to tap into a natural gas pipeline that runs through the town.

The group told WBOC that the pipeline has been sitting unused along the railroad line since 1860.

Chesapeake Utilities says two industrial companies have been using natural gas from the pipeline but believes that extending it to the rest of the town would be more difficult than installing it in newer developments.

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7:55 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hispanic Commission Summit in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Hispanic Commission is sponsoring a state summit on issues facing the Latino community.

Thursday's summit at the Delaware Tech campus in Dover is aimed at bringing elected officials, community representatives and others together to discuss a variety of issues.

Breakout sessions will include discussions on economic development, housing, education and transportation.

Invited speakers include Gov. Jack Markell and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams.

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7:46 am
Thu November 13, 2014

3 Delaware Cities Rank Above National Average for LGBT Inclusion

Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Map
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The Delaware towns of Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Newark have been found to be above average for their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  

That’s according to a report released by the Washington-based Human Right Campaign, a major national gay rights group.

Meanwhile, in their 2014 Municipal Equality Index Wilmington and Middletown fell below the national average.

Overall, Delaware which made same-sex marriage legal last year scored 57 overall on a one hundred point scale.

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7:37 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Medical Marijuana to Get Final Vote by MD Panel

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel considering regulations for medical marijuana may finally vote on them.

A commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday in Annapolis.

The panel delayed voting on regulations late last month to take a second look at fees for marijuana growers, dispensers and patients, which critics have said are too high.

The commission also has added marijuana extracts to the regulations, so patients could ingest the drug without smoking.

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