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10:53 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Flash Flood Watch

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through 6 a.m. tomorrow for Kent, and Sussex counties in Delaware as well as Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Caroline counties in Maryland.

Tomorrow expect 1-to-3 inches of rain that could cause the creeks and streams to overflow their banks and flood low lying areas.

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10:43 am
Tue July 15, 2014

President to Make Appearance at Troubled I-495 Bridge

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President Obama is scheduled to unveil an initiative for the Port of Wilmington against the backdrop of the I-495 Bridge whose support supports are being repaired.

The president is hoping to boost private investment for infrastructure.

But the White House initiative also comes just as the president is attempting to get congress to approve funding for the highway transportation trust fund. 

Meanwhile, the $35 million emergency repair of the bridge across the Christiana Bridge has closed span since June 2.

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10:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Bundick Trial Begins, Has New Relationship

Charles Smith III
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Tonya Bundick’s former fiancé testified that she drove him to the scene of a March 3rd fire last year at an empty house in Keller.

On the first day of her trial on one count of arson Charles Smith III told the court yesterday that as soon as "the coast was clear", he got dropped off by Bundick, entered the house and set the attic on fire. 

Smith has pleaded guilty to 68 counts – 67 of which are for arson in Accomack County -- in late 2012 and early 2013.

In one twist in the trial came when Smith said he still loved her.

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9:42 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Toll Hike Coming for Weekend Drivers in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Weekend motorists on state Route 1 in Delaware will be paying higher tolls starting on Aug. 1.

State transportation officials said Monday that the weekend tolls will increase starting at 7 p.m. that day. The current weekend toll of $2 for regular passenger vehicles will increase to $3.

Drivers of all other vehicle classes, except oversize loads, also will see weekend tolls increase by a dollar.

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9:33 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Small Business in Delaware to Get Expanded Tax Credit

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Small business owners in Delaware will soon be able to take advantage of an expanded tax credit.

Gov. Jack Markell plans to sign legislation Tuesday that doubles the state research and development tax credit available to smaller businesses while maintaining the annual cap of $5 million for the credit as a whole.

Currently, all businesses are entitled to a state tax credit equal to half of the corresponding federal tax credit for research and development activity in Delaware.

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9:08 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Arrests in Protest Against Plant for Liquifying Natural Gas

Protest Against Natural Gas Facility in Maryland
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WASHINGTON (AP) - More than two dozen activists have been arrested following a protest against plans to build a facility in Maryland to liquefy and export natural gas.

The protesters oppose the plans by Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources to build the plant in Lusby, Maryland. They fear the plant will prove a boon to drillers who are using relatively new technology, commonly called fracking, to extract vast quantities of previously inaccessible fuel.

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8:51 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Tighten Vetting for UD Projects After Data Center Failure, Local Official Says

Proposed Data Center in Newark
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New Castle County Council member Stu Markham is calling on the University of Delaware to more thoroughly vet major projects.

He says he wants to avoid the drawn out battle that developed over the proposed data center that included a gas-fired power plant at the old Chrysler site which drew sharp local opposition.

The University announced the termination of its 75 year lease with The Data Centers LLC with the viability of its plans for the 279-megawatt power plant coming into question.

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8:36 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Virginia Hospital Association Spends Record Money to Expand Medicaid

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The trade group representing Virginia hospitals is reporting it spent more than $400,000 on lobbying expenses while it was a leading advocate for expanding Medicaid.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association filed its annual lobbying disclosure form with the state earlier this month. The form covered spending from May 2013 to April 2014.

The $400,000 the association reported spending is a large increase from the year before, when it reported spending only $93,000.

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8:26 am
Tue July 15, 2014

A Maryland Sheriff to Visit US/Mexico Border

Sheriff Chuck Jenkins
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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration says he's visiting the U.S-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States.

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12:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Flash Flood Watch for Northern Delaware

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There will be a flash flood watch for northern Delaware starting at noon today and running through tomorrow evening.

This includes New Castle County as well as Cecil County in Maryland.

The cold front moving in from the northwest could bring heavy rainfall of up to 1 to 3 inches.

Showers and thunderstorms were expected to to bring some gusty winds.

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12:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Pace of Same Sex Weddings in Delaware, Expected to Slow

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than 2,000 same-sex couples have been married in Delaware in the last 12 months, but court clerks in the state expect the pace to slow going forward.

Delaware became the 11th state to legalize same-sex weddings under a law that took effect in July 2013.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the 12 months ending June 30, court clerks in the state issued 2,092 marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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11:24 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Author Speaks Out on Novel Cut From Cape Henlopen Reading List

Susan McAnelly, manager of Browseabout Books
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Browseabout Books

As controversy swirls around the decision by the Cape Henlopen School board to drop a book about a teenager who discovers she is gay from the 9th grade summer reading list the Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach as been providing the novel for students and others want to read it.

The novel is entitled “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” and is authored by Emily Danforth.

Susan McAnelly, the store manager says, her store was first contacted by a national group After Ellen when word first got out about the decision.

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10:20 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Gas Prices Edge Downward, But Still Frustrate Delmarvans

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The national average for a gallon of gas has hit $3.67.

That’s down slightly by 4 cents.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the dip is due to an increase in output from Libya and Iraq’s production being substantially unharmed by recent violence.

Still going into Independence Day it was a penny higher making it the highest since 2008.

And Delmarvans express their frustration at the pump in Salisbury:

Last week in Salisbury gas was 10 cents cheaper than it was in Washington DC.

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9:41 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Undocumented Immigrant Children Will Not Be Located in Carroll County

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md)
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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The federal government has decided not to use a vacant Army Reserve building in Westminster to temporarily house immigrant children after objections from Carroll County officials.

A spokesman for Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris tells WBAL Radio that the congressman was notified late Saturday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided not to use the Westminster facility.

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9:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Resupply Mission From Wallops on its Way to International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A fresh delivery is on its way to the International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched a cargo ship Sunday from the Virginia coast. Daylight limited visibility, but sky-gazers from North Carolina to New Jersey still had a shot at seeing the rising rocket.

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9:11 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Online Gambling is a Revenue Bust in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's first fiscal year of online gambling has fallen well short of its target of $5 million in revenue.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the venture brought in little cash for the state and none for Delaware's casinos.

Since the nation's first online gaming platform with video lottery and table games rolled out in November, online gambling has brought in $1.2 million. The state's return after startup and vendor fees came to $318,000.

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8:55 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Hearing Set for Construction of MGM Casino in National Harbor

Proposed MGM Casino in National Harbor
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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - The Prince George's County Council is expected to clear the way for construction of a new MGM casino at National Harbor.

The county council is holding a hearing Monday and is expected to approve MGM's application. That would allow construction to begin within weeks for a casino slated to open by the summer of 2016.

The county planning board approved the project May 8, despite hearing complaints from residents and community leaders who object to the building's lighting features and giant video screens.

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8:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Creationism and Dinosaur Bones in Anne Arundel County Council Race

Allosaurus
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A candidate for the Anne Arundel County Council has recently donated dinosaur fossils to a creationist museum that believes the creatures were alive less than 5,000 years ago.

The Capital reports Michael Peroutka presented the fossils to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, over the Memorial Day weekend. Peroutka is the Republican nominee in the District 5 council race.

Tax records show Peroutka valued the fossil at $200,000. The museum puts the value at $1 million after a reappraisal.

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8:02 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Arson Trial for Bundick Begins Today

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The trial for Tonya Bundick on one count of arson is set to get underway in a Virginia Beach courtroom today.

It’s just one out of 62 counts the 42-year old from Hopeton faces.

She has already entered an Alford plea to two counts related to a fire in April in of last year.

She is set to be sentence on those counts in September.

Her fiancé, Charles Smith III, pleaded guilty in October to 68 counts – 67 of those for arson in Accomack county in late 2012 and early 2013.

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2:20 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

International Space Station Resupply Mission Delayed

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The International Space Station resupply mission has been delayed another day.

It’s now scheduled for Sunday July 13th cancelling the Saturday launch.

Severe weather in the area of the Wallops Flight Facility has repeatedly hampered the launch of the Cygnus spacecraft.

The vehicle will carry around 33-hundred pounds of supplies including science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

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2:10 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

UD Data Center Dead

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware says it is pulling the plug on plans for development of a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site in Newark.

University officials said in a statement Thursday that an internal working group concluded that the proposed facility, which included a 279-megawatt power plant, was not consistent with plans for its science and technology campus.

The Data Centers LLC, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, had proposed a 900,000-square-foot data center complex

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1:57 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Cape Henlopen School Board to Reconsider Dropping Book from Reading List

Some Cape Henlopen School board members have indicated they are willing to reconsider their decision to pull a young adult novel from a freshman summer reading list after protests from parents and librarians.

Last month the board voted to eliminate the book “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” whose central character comes to the realization that she is gay and that includes some expletives which at least one board member found offensive.

Board Vice President Roni Posner was the sole vote against the decision to take the book off the reading list.

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1:43 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

More Jobs Could be Coming to Dover

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Energizer Holdings will be closing up shop in Montreal Canada and consolidating its feminine care into the company’s plant in Dover.

The Canadian facility plant which makes Stayfree and Carefree brands will shut down sometime in 2017.

Production will be phased into the Dover plant beginning in 2015.

Currently the Dover facility has 475 employees while the Montreal plant has 430.

But the company said it is unclear know how many new jobs will be created in Delaware or whether the physical plant will be expanded for the additional production. 

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1:26 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

New Proposed Shade Tree Ordinance in Rehoboth

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A new tree ordinance could affect owners of property of more than 5-thosuand square feet in Rehoboth Beach.

Currently such property owners are now required to have three trees in their yard. 

The resort’s Planning commission will take up a proposed change tonight …that would require that they be shade trees which are 30 feet or taller.

Many homes already have a number of large trees but WBOC reports some areas are lacking such as Country Club Estates.

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1:10 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Fracking Report to be Finished this Fall

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - A state panel developing recommendations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland is making progress toward a final report this fall.

The agenda for Friday's meeting in Frostburg includes a discussion of loose ends to be tied up before the panel completes its work.

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12:53 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Campaign Sign Regulations Rescinded in Hancock

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HANCOCK, Md. (AP) - The western Maryland town of Hancock is rescinding an ordinance that put time limits on front-yard campaign signs after the American Civil Liberties Union objected on First Amendment grounds.

Town Manager David Smith said Thursday the town council agreed Wednesday night to rescind the ordinance, which took effect in April.

The ordinance prohibited campaign signs on private property before Jan. 2 of an election year, and required their removal within 72 hours after an election.

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12:35 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Shortfall in Virginia State Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia ended fiscal 2014 with a $438.5 million shortfall, a 1.6 percent drop from the year before.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration announced the shortfall Thursday. His office did not say whether the shortfall would lead to budget cuts.

The governor signed a budget last month that had anticipated a smaller budget shortfall for fiscal 2014 of about $350 million.

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12:22 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

New War of 1812 Celebration at National Aquarium in Baltimore

War of 1812
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The National Aquarium in Baltimore is launching a new series of events on Friday nights to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore in 1812 that inspired the words for the national anthem.

Beginning Friday through Sept. 12, the aquarium is hosting Star-Spangled Friday Nights. Visitors after 5 p.m. will pay a special reduced price of $18.12. Regular admission is $35 for adults. The aquarium is open until 8 p.m. for visitors on Fridays.

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Delmarva Today
10:51 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Delmarva Today 07/11/2014

Round the Pond by Linda Duyer

We speak with two local authors on today's program. Linda Duyer's work, "Round the Pond" explores the lost African-American community in Salisbury called "Georgetown".

Next, Jacque Baker stops by to talk about Gilbert Byron,  the "Chesapeake Thoreau"  and his book, "Gilbert Byron: A Life Worth Examining".

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11:51 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Wallops Rocket Launch Postponed Until Saturday

International Space Station
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There will be no rocket launch tomorrow at Wallops Flight Facility.

Orbital Sciences has rescheduled the flight for its Cygnus space craft for Saturday because of bad weather.

NASA spokesmen Keith Koehler says the mission to the International Space Station will take place around 1 p.m. on Saturday.        

The Cygnus holds around 33-hundred pounds of supplies for the station.

This includes science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

Upon launch the Antares rocket is expected to be seen by much of the East Coast.

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