Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officers from around Delaware have escorted the bodies of two Marines killed in Tennessee last week from Dover Air Force Base.

In a Facebook posting, Delaware State Police say motor officers participated in the escort to Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday morning. From the airport, police say the Marines were set to continue to their final resting places. Police say two other Marines and a sailor killed last week will be escorted at a later date.

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The firing of Pocomoke’s police chief has now put the mayor of the town in the cross hairs of a group of local residents.

The organization is called Citizens for a Better Pocomoke.

And it is petitioning Mayor Bruce Morrison resign in the aftermath of the dismissal of former Police Chief Kelvin Sewell.

It is calling for Sewell’s reinstatement and is scheduled to make a formal announcement tonight.

But the mayor sent a statement to WBOC which essentially said that he would not quit his job.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education has approved renewed flexibility for Maryland from provisions of the No Child Left Behind program.

The department said in a news release Thursday that Maryland and six other states are implementing state-designed plans for student success.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have charged the former treasurer of a Talbot County nonprofit with stealing from the organization.

Forty-year-old Lisa N. Gowe of Neavitt was charged Thursday with theft scheme, $100,000 plus.

Troopers say in January, members of the Talbot Watermen Association contacted state police and alleged that Gowe, then the group's treasurer and event organizer, depleted the association's bank accounts.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Newport News Shipbuilding has told employees that it will likely layoff more than 1,500 employees beginning this fall.

The layoffs will affect about seven percent of the shipyard's workforce.

Media outlets report that about 500 people will be cut in 2015, with another 1,000 losing their jobs in 2016.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Small aerial drones equipped with cameras soon will begin inspecting high-voltage power lines for Dominion Virginia Power.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the utility has been testing the unmanned aircraft at its Chester training facility since last year. The company hopes to use drones after storms to determine where and how lines are damaged before sending in repair crews

Their first test around live wires is scheduled for next month in the Northern Neck.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's maternity hospitals have made the decision to no longer give new moms a free bag of formula at discharge.
WDEL-FM reports that the decision follows steps being taken nationwide after a 2013 Centers for Disease Control study found that most U.S. hospitals were abandoning the decades-old practice.
The decision also promotes the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation that all babies receive only breast milk for their first six months.

Delaware State Fair Website

As the Delaware State Fair gets underway the weather is expected to be hot.

Thousands are expected to attend the event with no rain in sight and highs at least into the upper 80’s.

The fair will feature the traditional agricultural exhibits along with Volunteer Firefighters’ Professional Rodeo Round Up.

In addition there will be musical entertainment that includes Meghan Trainor, Bryan Adams, Josh Turner and New Kids on the Block.

Avian Flu

But there is one worry, the Avian flu.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Norfolk health officials say Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been detected in a group of chickens.

The Norfolk Department of Public Health tells media outlets that a sample taken from the chickens on July 13 tested positive for the disease.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis typically is transmitted by mosquitoes. The department says human cases are rare.

Crews planned to fog the area where the disease was detected on Thursday.

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It was an old mugshot of 27-year old Corey Jenkins that was released by the Crisfield police after he was arrested for drug possession and biting an officer.

WBOC obtained the one after he was actually arrested Monday night.

It shows Jenkins with a black and swollen eye.

But mugshot was not released by authorities until after the television station asked for it.

Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor told the WBOC that he did not want to embarrass Jenkins.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The venue where a former Baltimore police officer said he planned to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface says it won't host the event.

Bobby Berger announced plans Wednesday to raise money for the six Baltimore officers indicted in the death of a black man who died of injuries he received while in police custody.

Later Wednesday, Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, where Berger intended to hold the event, said on its website that the fundraiser will not be hosted there.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An Illinois man had what officials described as an unusual assortment of prohibited items, including a hatchet, smoke grenades and bottle rockets, in a carry-on bag at BWI Airport in Maryland.

Lt. Kevin Ayd, spokesman for Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said Wednesday that officers were summoned Tuesday by Transportation Security Administration officers. Ayd says 21-year-old Mitchell Crawford of South Elgin, Illinois, had items that the passenger said were for camping.

Don Rush

Zachary Tyndall will get his day in court.

The former Berlin paramedic and volunteer firefighter has been given the green light by U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Hollander  to pursue his case.

His lawsuit claims that he was the subject of harassment facing gay slurs in his work place.

The case reaches back two years.

The defendants include not only the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department but also officers Bryon Trimble and Derrick Simpson.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regional leaders and federal officials are getting together to talk about cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday's annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council, chaired by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, will include an announcement of how officials plan to meet the goals of a federal-led bay cleanup agreement that was signed last year.

The agreement establishes pollution limits in the nation's largest estuary and sets goals for the bay to be fully restored by 2025

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say four people have been charged with illegal shark fishing in Delaware.

State wildlife officials said Monday that 32-year-old Gary Messick, of Milford, 61-year-old Willard Millman Jr., of Milford, 49-year-old Jerson Sefil, of Frederica, and 55-year-old Ernest Edwards, of Wilmington, were all cited over the last two weeks for illegal shark fishing.

Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Resources Police says shark fishing along the coast has grown in popularity over the past several years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is seeking bids for up to 20 megawatts of new solar capacity.

The company is soliciting proposals for solar arrays between 1 and 20 megawatts. They would be on line next year or in 2017.

Dominion says the proposals can be either power purchase agreements or the purchase of development projects.

The company said it will announce the results of the solar solicitation in its fourth quarter.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Elections officials in the nation's capital have cleared the way for a $15-an-hour minimum wage to be added to the ballot.

The District of Columbia's minimum wage is currently $10.50. It will go up to $11.50 an hour next July under a law approved by the D.C. Council in 2013.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Health officials say there were 13 sleep-related infant deaths in Baltimore last year, a record low for the city.

Baltimore City Health Department officials announced Wednesday that the number of deaths is down from a high of 27 deaths reported in 2009.

Officials say sleep-related death is the city's second leading cause of infant mortality, behind complications related to preterm birth and low birth weight. Officials are launching a new phase with a focus on infants sleeping in a smoke-free environment that includes help for moms who want to quit smoking.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Police say seven people, including three teens, were shot in Baltimore overnight.

Officers were called to North Glover Street after 10 p.m. Wednesday and police say they found the three teenagers with gunshot wounds. Police say a 13-year-old boy was shot in the chest, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the chest and shoulder and a 16-year-old girl was shot in the leg.

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says their injuries don't appear to be life-threatening, but he calls the shooting "unacceptable." He says police have received tips from the community.

Somerset Board of Education Website

The Somerset County Board of Education has settled with William Johnson the former principal of the Washington Academy & High School.

The Board also apologized for his sudden transfer two years ago to the county’s alternative school, the Promise Academy.

That decision caused an uproar within the community.

The vote was 4 to zero with board member Robert Wells being absent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Johnson being the first black principal caused his supporters to believe it had something to do with his transfer.

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BEAR, Del. (AP) - Authorities say two people have been found shot dead inside a home in Bear.
New Castle County Officer First Class Tracey Duffy says the report of possible shots fired was called in Tuesday evening by a person who arrived to the residential Pinewoods home and found the two people dead.
Police have not released any further information about the two people found, including their genders, the relationship between them or a motive.

If you are a fan of the popular music from the middle and late 1960's, Delmarva Public Radio has the program for you; Dig! with Kim Clark. You can hear Dig every Saturday at 3PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM.

For our first "Meet the Host" segment, we get to know Kim and learn a little about her passion for '60's music and culture and record collecting.

Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE (AP) - City surveillance video and police radio transmissions newly released by Baltimore authorities show the beginning of rioting and the police response in part of the city after Freddie Gray's funeral.

The audio transmissions detail officers' efforts to gain control on city streets after the April 27 funeral for Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says northern snakehead fish have made their way into the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and almost certainly the upper Potomac River.

Fishery managers are urging people to catch and kill the predatory fish.

Snakeheads are native to China, Korea and Russia. They can breathe air, survive on land and adapt and thrive in foreign environments.

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A woman and a girl believe they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting inside a running, air-conditioned car near New Castle to avoid the heat.

County paramedics say the 45-year-old woman and 14-year-old girl called medics Monday evening after they began feeling sick while watching a soccer match at the Kirkwood Soccer Club.

The pair told paramedics they had been inside the vehicle because they were trying to avoid excessive heat while watching the game. They complained of headaches and dizziness.

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent in June.

The Virginia Employment Commission said Tuesday the state's jobless rate continues to best the national unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent in June.

Virginia's seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment in June stood at 3.8 million, an increase of 13,400 jobs. That marked the third consecutive monthly gain.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's transportation secretary says he believes a light rail in the suburbs of Washington will be built to meet more cost-effective stipulations.

Pete Rahn briefed lawmakers Tuesday on decisions announced last month by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Rahn says the state still needs to see proposals from four teams vying for the project for the more cost-effective plan Hogan supports. Those are due in November. Rahn also says negotiations between officials in Montgomery and Prince George's counties to contribute more to the Purple Line have been fruitful.

Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel examining ways to improve the state's business climate is scheduled to meet.

The Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission will meet Wednesday in Annapolis.

Panel members are slated to discuss an overview of the state's budget and revenue structure. The commission was formed last year by the presiding officers of the Legislature.

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There’s some disagreement over the type of successor the University of Delaware should hire to replace former University president Patrick Harker.

Jeff Garland, university vice president and secretary with the Board of Trustees, said they were looking for someone to follow in his footsteps.

But there has been some push back from university professors who charged that Harker put too much emphasis on science and engineering programs at the expense of other departments.

Don Rush

The Ocean City Town Council gave unanimous approval to a measure that allows smoking and vaping in certain areas of Northside Park.

It’s part of an ordinance that prohibits smoking and vaping in all city parks.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in May the council approved a measure that restricted smoking on boardwalks to within 15 feet of a barrel designated for cigarette butts.

The council approved the exception during its Monday meeting.