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9:48 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Blaze Displaces Three in Salisbury

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A fire at a home on Poplar Hill Avenue in Salisbury has displaced three people.

Three Salisbury fire companies in addition to those from Fruitland and Delmar responded to blaze which broke out around just before midnight.

WBOC reports that officials say there was heavy smoke coming from the attic area when they showed up.

It took around an hour to contain the fire.

Salisbury officials say that a couple woke up just before midnight and called for help after detecting the smoke.

Another person was asleep on the first floor of the two-story home.

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Local News
9:39 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Health Insurance Enrollments Down in Maryland

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Signups for Maryland's Health connection are down by 10.4 percent so far.

That's despite efforts to increase the enrollment numbers, including a larger call center staff and a streamlined website.

February 15th was the enrollment deadline.

And, only 264,245 people have signed up.

That's compared to 295,077 during last year's longer open enrollment period.

But, the numbers are not final yet.

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9:28 am
Thu February 19, 2015

FOIA Complaint Against Dewey Beach Over Land Deal

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A Freedom of Information Act complaint has been filed with the Delaware state Attorney General’s Office against the town of Dewey Beach.

Around a dozen property owners say they are not happy with how the resort cut a deal for a contingency contract to buy two properties along Coastal Highway.

The complaint was filed on February 13th and includes former Commissioner Joy Howell.

It wants to know how the decision was made to expand the town offices on properties next to town hall.

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Local News
9:24 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Grilling Over How Race to the Top Funds Were Spent in Delaware

Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy
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Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy got a grilling by lawmakers yesterday.

It came over his bid for $7.5 million to sustain the federal Race to the Top grant that runs out this year.

Several lawmakers complained to Murphy that too much of the federal funds went to bureaucracy and too little to helping out teachers in the classroom.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the lawmakers questioned whether the state’s resources might not be better spent somewhere else.

Especially, they added, when the state budget was so tight.

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News
9:18 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Sharp Criticism Over Handling of Delaware Campaign Finance Violations

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are taking Delaware's elections commissioner to task for repeatedly allowing violations of campaign finance reporting laws to go unpunished.

During a presentation to the legislature's budget-writing committee Wednesday, Commissioner Elaine Manlove was quizzed about fines for late or missing campaign finance reports often being waived or going uncollected.

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Local News
9:08 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Cuts in Delaware Program for Developmentally Disabled

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for the developmentally disabled are planning to urge lawmakers to restore funding cut from the state budget.

They are gathering Thursday at a hotel in Annapolis.

Advocates will be urging lawmakers to restore cuts to wage increases for direct support staff who help the developmentally disabled live independently.

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Local News
8:57 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Attorneys for Maureen McDonnell Ask for Leniency in Corruption Case

Former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Defense attorneys say the public humiliation endured by former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell during her corruption trial is punishment enough.

They're asking a judge to spare Mcdonnell prison time when she's sentenced Friday on eight counts. They argue that probation and 4,000 horus of community service is appropriate.

Prosecutors disagree. They say the former first lady was a full participant in a bribery scheme, and that an 18-month prison term is warranted.

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Local News
8:47 am
Thu February 19, 2015

O'Malley Consults with Adivsors on Presidential Run

Former Governor Martin O'Malley (D)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has scheduled a gathering with advisers and supporters next month as he considers running for president.

The event is scheduled for March 23 in Baltimore.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O'Malley's political action committee, says it's an opportunity for the governor to convene his top advisers and supporters to talk about national issues.

Smith says it's similar to get-togethers he has held in recent months in Annapolis, Baltimore and on the Eastern Shore.

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Local News
9:54 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Delmarva Recovers from Snow Storm

Wicomico River Ices Over
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Delmarvans began digging themselves out of this week’s snow storm.

In Salisbury stretching down to Snow Hill residents saw as much as 8 inches of the white stuff.

Ocean city saw 7 inches.

The Crisfield and Parsonsburg and Laurel areas saw around 6 inches.

And, up in Lewes and Bethany Beach there was 5 inches of snow.

Delmarvans Out and About

The snow fall ended around mid-morning when motorists stopped by a local gas station in Salisbury:

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News
9:44 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Headliners for Firefly Music Festival Announced

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Organizers of the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware have announced this year's lineup but are still working to finalize a third headliner.

The lineup released Tuesday is led by Kings of Leon and the Killers. Other acts include Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People and Modest Mouse.

One name not on the list is former Beatle Paul McCartney, who had been rumored for weeks to be this year's top headliner.

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9:31 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Rich Get More in Delaware

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The economy has been pretty good for the top 1 percent in Delaware – at least when it comes to income.

As the First State recovered from the Great Recession the top 1 percent saw income grow by 15 percent.

That’s according to a study from the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute.

The study found that the bottom 99 percent saw their incomes fall by 1.6 percent.

The survey of IRS data found that the 1 percent represent just over 47-hundred tax filings including individual taxpayers and married state residents filing joint returns.

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Local News
9:13 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Delaware Dropout Rates Decline, Graduation Rates Rise

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The dropout rate for Delaware high school students declined last year to the lowest level in three decades.

2.1 percent dropped out last year as opposed to 2.9 percent the year before.

That amounted to 817 students out of a student body of almost 39-thousand.

The graduation rates also went up to 84.4 percent compared to 79.9 percent the year before.

Meanwhile, low income students saw their graduation rates rise to 78 percent – up from 73.7 percent in 2013.

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Local News
9:03 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Maryland Governor to Boost Charter Schools

Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md) during State of the State Address
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is visiting a Baltimore charter school with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss his proposed bill that would strengthen Maryland's charter school law.

Hogan is scheduled to participate in a reading exercise and talk with students at the Empowerment Academy in Baltimore. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford is also set to join the visit.

The Republican governor is looking to expand choices for students and their families as well as make it easier for charter schools to operate in Maryland.

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Local News
8:48 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Cong. John Carney Checks Out Tax System

Rep. John Carney (D-De)
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Carney is holding a series of closed-door meetings with government and business leaders in Delaware to talk about the U.S. tax system.

Continuing what his office calls a "tax reform listening tour," Carney was to meet privately Wednesday with top executives of drugmaker AstraZeneca to discuss the corporate tax code.

On Thursday, Carney was to hold separate closed-door meetings with the state Chamber of Commerce's tax reform committee, and with state finance secretary Tom Cook and other financial leaders.

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Local News
11:13 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Essay: The Sexiest President

President Theodore Roosevelt
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This weekend, Americans celebrated Valentine's Day and Presidents Day. And, this got Delmarva Public Radiio Essayist George Merrill to wonder, "Who was the sexiest president?"

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Arts
11:03 am
Tue February 17, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Feb. 23th, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Feb. 23th,  2015

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Local News
9:16 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Snow Storm Hits Delmarva (Update)

Don Rush

Snow has swept across Delmarva bringing as much as 6 inches to some parts of the region.

Schools have been closed and government offices have shut their doors as residents begin to assess the damage.

Stockley, Delaware received 6 inches of snow while Millsboro experienced 4.7 inches.

New Castle saw got 2.2 inches while Greenville received 2.6 inches.  

DART First State has suspended its fixed route, flex service and paratransit service.

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9:03 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Salisbury Officials Zero In on Adult Store

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Salisbury officials say they plan to tighten the rules for stores that sell sexually oriented merchandise.

The plan has been in the works since the store called “The Red Light  District” opened up on Route 13 in August of 2013.

To comply with the city code the shop moved its adult items from the floor to the wall and paid the city a $750 fine to keep its Red Light District sign.

The proposed ordinance would close that loophole by including cabinets, shelves or racks which rise from the floor.

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Local News
9:05 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Snow: On The Way

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The snow is coming to Delmarva.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. to noon Tuesday.

Highs today around 20 degrees with northwest winds 5 to 10 MPH.

Forecasters now expect anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snow on the peninsula between tonight and tomorrow morning.

The bulk of the white stuff should fall between 7 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. tomorrow.

In Delaware Code Purple shelters were already seeing people crowding in from the cold.

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Local News
8:40 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Rising Waters: Could Be Worse for Delaware

Hurricane Sandy
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There’s a new flood map out by the state of Delaware.

And, it finds things could be worse than expected.

This mapping project says that the 100 year storm flood level could be three feet higher than expected.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this would mean that places like the south end of Rehoboth Beach could be inundated with water within a hundred years.

The maps go far beyond those of the state’s sea level rise projections and those of Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Local News
8:35 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Delaware, Virginia and Maryland Gas Prices Inch Upward

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 3 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago.              
 
AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware was $2.19. That's compared to $2.16 a week ago.               
 
Motorists in the region are paying $1.20 less than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.39 per gallon.     
 
Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gas prices are on the rise in Virginia.

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Local News
8:26 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Delaware Tracking Down Truckers Evading Tolls

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are extending their special patrols looking out for truckers trying to dodge tolls on Interstate 95 at the Maryland line.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says some truckers illegally divert their vehicles onto Newark-area roads that aren't designed for heavy trucks in an effort to avoid the toll.

For the last three months, Newark and Delaware State Police have conducted special patrols and issued citations to truckers improperly driving on roads marked for local deliveries only.

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Local News
8:24 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Tax Revenues Re-examined in Delaware

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A panel exploring how to make Delaware's revenue portfolio less unpredictable and more reflective of economic conditions is taking a close look at the state's corporate income and gross receipts tax systems.

Monday's meeting of the Structural Revenue Review Committee includes a background look at the corporate tax system, its conformity with the internal revenue code, and how it compares to other states.

The panel also will look at the background and history of the gross receipts tax on businesses.

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Delmarva Today
10:27 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Delmarva Today 02-13-2015

How will potential sea level rise change life on Delmarva?  In the second half, we look at Presidential third terms.

Guests: Barbara Hale,  with the League of Women Voters of the Mid Shore

Greg Farley, Director of the Chesapeake College Center for Leadership in Environmental Education

Former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest

Dr. Dean Kotlowski, Salisbury University Professor of History

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Arts
1:38 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Feb. 16th, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Feb. 16th,  2015

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DPR Programming Notes
11:03 am
Tue February 10, 2015

The Show About...Love

Its not hard to come up with songs about love...so The Show About just set his phasers for "random" and came up with a  collection of love (both falling into and out of) songs, just in time for Valentine's Day!

Spotify Version

Your free samples this week are Lou Rawls (the coolest and smoothest singer ever)

DPR Programming Notes
1:36 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Dig! and Fur Peace Ranch coming to WSDL, 90.7

Dig! Saturdays at 3PM on WSDL, 90.7

This Saturday, February 14, two new programs debut on WSDL, 90.7 FM.

At 2 PM, sit back and listen to some great guitarists on "Live from the Fur Peace Ranch". Host Jorma Kaukonen introduces each program's featured artist in a series of concerts recorded at the Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp. An eclectic blend of performances includes  blues, folk, Americana, rock, bluegrass, and jazz.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Local Governments Fail Open Meetings Training

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - State officials say more than 60 percent of Maryland local governments haven't complied with a 2013 state law requiring training in the state's Open Meetings Act.
 
The Carroll County Times reported Sunday that that the Open Meetings Compliance Board sees lots of room for improvement. Chairwoman Monica Johnson says local officials must be educated about the law.
 

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Local News
9:21 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Small Plane Crash Injures Two Near Tipton Airport

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Federal investigators on Monday will be back at the scene of a small plane crash that injured two men.

The single-engine plane crashed on its top Sunday in woods a few hundred yards from Tipton Airport near Fort Meade, between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Maryland State Police say the plane crashed shortly after takeoff. Its destination was unclear.

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9:16 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Cracker Barrel and Other Restaurants Coming to Salisbury

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After years of speculation the Cracker Barrel is coming to Salisbury.

It will be located in the Centre at Salisbury Mall.

Meanwhile, where the old Zia’s restaurant was located Chipoltle and Five Guys will be moving in.

Salisbury’s Director of Planning and Zoning Jack Lenox the comprehensive development plans filed last week will bring all of these restaurants to the north end of Salisbury.

Lenox told the Salisbury Daily Times that, “Yes, the rumors are true.”

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