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A fire broke out last night at the Allen Harim poultry facility in Harbeson.

Authorities say a number of fire companies responded to the scene from Milton, Rehoboth, Lewes, Georgetown and Indian River.

WBOC reports the blaze was brought under control around 11 p.m.

Authorities say that the fire began in a packing room on the fourth floor setting ablaze boxes and packing supplies.

One employee was taken to Beebe hospital for minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The United States Sailboat Show is starting in Annapolis.

The show begins Thursday. It runs through the weekend and into Monday.

A fundraiser is being held Thursday and Friday night at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel to raise money for hurricane relief. The hotel is near the Annapolis City Dock, where the boat show takes place.

The United States Power Boat show is scheduled to take place next weekend in Annapolis.

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The Manokin and Nanticoke rivers are expected to be targeted for oyster restoration.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they would become the fourth and fifth Chesapeake Bay tributary to undergo restoration of their oyster reefs.

They are among a list of eight potential sites.

But there has been some sharp opposition from watermen the choice of the rivers.

The paper reports that Robert Brown, president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association, says that his organization would like to see restoration done on the Western Shore.

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There’s a picture on social media that depicts the Caesar Rodney High School mascot holding a piece of paper with a racial slur on it.

WBOC reports that Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald said that the district was distressed that the image would be used in such a way.

He said the incident was being investigated adding that there was zero tolerance for this kind of behavior.

Fitzgerald and the principal of the high school have sent out phone message to parents and staff after the image was discovered.

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Maryland State Police say they found weapons and drugs the car hit two law enforcement officers during the H2Oi event in Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports they were discovered in the Chevrolet Malibu driven by 18-year-old Antonio Ambrosino.

The paper reports that among the items were a BB pistol and a knife as well as suspected marijuana and a bag of mushrooms believed to be a controlled dangerous substance.

Police say that Ambrosino attempted to speed away from officers to avoid arrest.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland has reached an agreement with the federal government to resolve a housing discrimination complaint challenging the fairness of the state's low-income housing tax credit program.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia man has been charged with making racist threats directed at historically black Howard University in 2015.

Twenty-six-year-old John Edgar Rust of Alexandria was charged in federal court Wednesday with transmitting threats over the internet.

According to an FBI affidavit, Rust posted his threat to a chat board in November 2015. He concluded by saying "After all, it's not murder if they're black."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore County police say they've finished training and equipping about 1,400 officers with body-worn cameras.

The county began giving officers cameras in July 2016. The initial plan was to roll them out by 2018, but the program was accelerated after criticism related to the fatal police shooting of Korryn Gaines in 2016. The shooting was not recorded on body cameras.

Since officers first started wearing cameras, the county has handled more than 250,000 recordings covering 45,000 hours of video footage.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Infotainment systems in automobiles may help drivers stay plugged in, but they can also cause them to zone out.

That's the conclusion from new research on distracted driving released Thursday by AAA's Center for Driving Safety and Technology.

In the study, University of Utah researchers found that drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touchscreen features could be visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials have begun the process for developing regulations for new industry in Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone.

A new law enacted this year establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites within the zone, including abandoned brownfields.

State environmental secretary Shawn Garvin signed a notice last week starting the regulatory development process to implement permitting for land use conversion within the coastal zone.

The Army Corps of Engineers has authorized $6.8 million dollars to help dredge out a channel on Smith Island.

Residents of Rhodes Point told WBOC that it has been a problem for decades.

The dredging should being in November with completion scheduled for April of next year.

Meanwhile, WBOC reports that Somerset County’s Planning Director Gary Pusey said 17 stone structures have been installed to trap into the shoreline.

He says money for the project came from the state’s Sandy Relief fund at a cost of $4.5 million.

A Delaware Medical Relief Team is heading to the Caribbean Island of Dominica to help with aid efforts after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.

On Monday they were packing supplies ranging from bikes and wheel chairs to canned goods, a gas generator and medicines.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at least 10 members of the team are expected to be on the island by this afternoon.

More reinforcements are expected in the weeks to come.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The police chief in Ocean City are has blasted participants in the unsanctioned H20i car rally over the weekend for "appalling behavior" that forced officers to respond to more than 2,700 calls.

The annual event brings crowds to Ocean City to showcase heavily modified Audis and Volkswagens.

About two weeks ago, the organizer announced that this year's event would be postponed until 2018. But hundreds of people showed up anyway, beginning Thursday, and caused headaches for local police.

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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - To help entice a second Amazon headquarters to Maryland, a state board has voted to waive a 12-month residency requirement to qualify for in-state tuition for any Amazon employees who move to the state, if a new headquarters is established.

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to waive the residency rule on Tuesday.

It also would apply to spouses and children of employees at the system's 12 degree-granting institutions.

Chancellor Robert Caret says the board acted to support Maryland's economy.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge has signed off on a monitor to oversee an agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Baltimore Police Department to overhaul the troubled agency.

Judge James Bredar on Monday approved a joint request from the city and the Justice Department to appoint Venable attorney Kenneth Thompson as the independent monitor to oversee police reform in Baltimore.

Bredar in his order wrote that Thompson, a native of Baltimore, is "a seasoned litigator" with "an impeccable record in the community."

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President Donald Trump visits storm ravaged Puerto Rico today after trading insults with the Mayor of San Juan. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with former Wilmington City Council member Demetrio Ortega Junior who was on the island when Hurricane Maria struck about the president's trip and experiencing the storm first hand.


The warmer temperatures mean that mosquito season could last a bit longer than usual.

WBOC reports that the Delaware health officials say that it could last for another three to four weeks.

Dr. Bill Meredith with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control told the television station that they won’t disappear until there is a hard freeze.

He added there is also the continuing threat of West Nile virus that is spread by the insect.

It’s recommended that residents remove standing water and wear long-sleeved clothes during this period.

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) - Around 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles recently hatched on Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland and successfully made their way out to sea.

The National Park Service said in a statement that although multiple sea turtle nesting attempts have taken place within the national seashore in past years, this is the first confirmed hatch. It's also rare for loggerheads, an endangered species, to nest north of Virginia.

The statement approximately 100 hatchlings made their way from a single nest site in a Maryland zone. 


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam has canceled several campaign events following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The events were expected to feature former Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has pushed for stronger gun control after she survived a gunshot wound to the head in 2011. Giffords and her husband were planning to praise Northam for supporting "responsible gun violence prevention policies" at a series of roundtable discussions in northern Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report shows that the number of reported rapes on Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park campus nearly doubled last year.

The university's annual security report says the number of rapes jumped from eight in 2015 to 15 in 2016. Seven rapes were reported in 2016 at the university's MCV campus.

University spokesman Tom Gresham told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the school expected an increase in the number of reports following recent efforts to improve the school community's education about reporting the crime.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Long-awaited beach replenishment projects in Delaware are expected to get underway early next year.

Beaches and dunes in Bethany, South Bethany and Fenwick Island were damaged by strong storms, including a nor'easter in October 2015 and Winter Storm Joaquin in January 2016.

The projects will involve dredging 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from approved offshore borrow areas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $17.2 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

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The Indian River School District is joining with the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.

They will be promoting two initiatives with brochures that will be sent home with students.

WBOC reports that one is the Smart911 app which provides a safety plan for people’s families and homes.

The other is PulsePoint alert which notifies CPR-trained bystanders to cardiac emergencies.

The app will tell people the location of the person in need and the nearest Automated External Defibrillator for CPR.

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21-year-old Daquan Dickerson has been convicted of 2nd degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Keonte Gaskins at the Waterside Apartments on Parsons Road in Salisbury.

His accomplices Joshua Perry and Gerald Savage Jr. have already pleaded guilty to 1st and 2nd degree murder among other charges.

WBOC reports that the incident occurred in May of last year when Dickerson confronted Gaskins about an earlier robbery that Gaskins was not a part of.

Dickerson has not been sentenced and also faces charges for another unrelated crime.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is making national guard resources available to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The governor's directive on Friday came after conversations with the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, and other communications between staff-level officials.

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Those who use Verizon FIOS to view WBOC, FOX 21 and Antenna TV are out of luck.

WBOC announced negotiations over the last six months have failed to hammer out an agreement.

This will effect around 20-thousand people who use the service across Delmarva.

WBOC said that the failure of Verizon to come to an agreement was a sign that the service did not recognize the value of the stations.

WBOC, Fox 21 and Antenna TV will remain free over the air with an antenna as well cable and satellite providers.

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There were a host of new laws that went into effect this weekend in Maryland ranging from opioids and health care to marijuana and domestic abuse.

One measure prohibits price gouging by makers and distributors for the sale of essential generic drugs.

Meanwhile, a conviction for marijuana possession can be expunged.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that another law calls for the reduction of the prison population and cutting recidivism with rehabilitation efforts for certain nonviolent crimes.

But gang related offenses will be toughened.

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State Senator Brian Pettyjohn will get probation for carrying a loaded handgun into the Salisbury Regional Airport.

The Delaware Republican faced a misdemeanor charge for carrying a handgun.

WBOC reports that he ultimately turned the weapon over to Wicomico Authorities.

The deal means that he will avoid conviction after his probation is finished.

The television station reports that Pettyjohn was on his way to a conference in June when the gun was discovered in his bag.

He said that he inadvertently left the gun in the bag while packing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state task force is continuing to examine issues surrounding legalized recreational use of marijuana.

While eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use of marijuana, each has done so through referendum, which Delaware does not allow. That leaves the possibility that Delaware could be the first state to implement legalization through the legislative process.

But members of the task force, which holds its second meeting Wednesday, say several issues need to be addressed before pot is legalized.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City police have arrested two people after they struck two officers while evading arrest.