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8:56 am
Fri September 5, 2014

West Nile Virus Detected

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in chickens that are monitored in an effort to prevent spread of the virus in Delaware.

The Division of Public Health reported the results from blood samples from chickens at a monitoring station in Wilmington on Thursday. The birds, called sentinel chickens, are tested every two weeks for antibodies to West Nile.

Officials will increase its monitoring activities in the area.

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8:52 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Complaint Filed Over Lack of Breast Pump Facilities in Delaware

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Governor Jack Markell is being called on to provide additional secure rooms for state workers who need to pump breast milk for their babies.

Nicole DeForest is a secretary with the state’s Division of Facilities Management.

She says that her supervisor told her to use a storage closet to pump her breast milk.

She has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for failing to provide adequate accommodations as required under federal law.

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8:37 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Tweet Embarrasses Governor Jack Markell

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It was an embarrassing tweet for Delaware Governor Jack Markell.

He posted it on his Twitter account yesterday promoting an education event.

But it was linked to a suggestive photo of an Estonian model.

The Wilmington News Journal reports either Markell or someone tweeting on his behalf sent out the post during an event at Warner Elementary school in Wilmington at around 10:30 a.m.

It was part of Markell’s announcement that would direct $5 million to low-performing schools.

17 minutes after the posting the photo was deleted.

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8:23 am
Fri September 5, 2014

DeShawn Darling Arrested After Three County Police Chase

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Deshawn Darling led police on a three county chase yesterday before they took him into custody at the AutoZone on Route 13 in Salisbury.

It took around 45 minutes to catch him as police chased him from his home on Pryor Avenue in Salisbury in a dodge van beginning at around 9:15 a.m.

Police say Darling rammed an unmarked Maryland State Police vehicle and led officers through Somerset and Worcester counties before returning to Salisbury.

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8:14 am
Fri September 5, 2014

McDonnell's Attorney Vows Appeal of Corruption Convictions

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's attorney says his client didn't get a fair trial and will appeal his convictions on public corruption charges.

McDonnell was convicted Thursday on 11 of 13 counts in a case that derailed the career of the onetime rising Republican star. His wife, Maureen, was convicted of nine of 13 charges.

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8:02 am
Fri September 5, 2014

O'Malley Makes Another Out-Of-State Political Trip

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has another keynote address scheduled at a Democratic dinner outside of his home state.

The North Carolina Democratic Party has announced O'Malley will speak at its 2014 Western Gala in Asheville, North Carolina, on Oct. 18.

The term-limited governor has said he's seriously considering running for president in 2016. O'Malley's second term ends in January.

North Carolina will be the 11th state where O'Malley will have delivered a keynote address at a Democratic dinner this year.

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7:55 am
Fri September 5, 2014

GOP Treasurer Candidate Lends Campaign Over $120,000

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican candidate for state treasurer Sher Valenzuela has lent her campaign another $123,000 in advance of the Sept. 9 GOP primary.

In a campaign finance report filed this week, Valenzuela reported raising only about $2,500 over the past three weeks, while spending more than $86,000, including reimbursements to her husband and another employee of her industrial upholstery business for campaign expenses.

Valenzuela's latest loans are in addition to the $25,100 she lent her campaign earlier last month.

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12:23 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Tonya Bundick Gets Over 10 Years in Prison for Arson

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Tonya Bundick got a ten and a half year sentence for two arsons carried out in Accomack County last year.

She declined to say anything before she was sentenced for the fires.

She was sentenced to 3 and a-half years for a fire in Accomack County that occurred in March of 2013 after being convicted by a jury.

She was sentenced to seven years in prison for an Alford plea in the fire that took place on April 1st of last year in Melfa.

Circuit Judge Glen Tyler also denied two defense motions.

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11:54 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Three County Police Chase Ends in Salisbury

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After a three-county high speed chase Maryland State Police took a suspect into custody this morning in the 1300 block of North Salisbury Boulevard at the AutoZone.

Authorities say they chased the suspect from Pryor Avenue in Salisbury into Somerset and Worcester counties before ending the chase in Salisbury at around 10 a.m.  

Police say they may have been aided by road construction that restricted traffic to one lane near the AutoZone where the orange traffic cones began.

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11:47 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Bethany Beach: A Special Place for Injured Veterans

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Veterans recovering from wartime injuries and their families will get to stay in condos and houses in Bethany Beach for free this week.

It's part of Warrior Beach Week, a second-annual event to help give thanks to veterans.

Organizer Annette Reeping tells The Wilmington News Journal that 35 groups arrived for the beach week on Tuesday, including five families who took part in last year's event.

Veterans can apply for the program through the Wounded Warrior Project, a nationwide organization that chooses the families that can participate. 

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8:52 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Suspended Teacher Speaks Out

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Patrick McLaw, who was suspended two weeks ago as an 8th grade teacher at Maces Lane Middle School in Dorchester County and is author of a science fiction novel about a school shooting in the far distant future, is speaking out.

Authorities say that they acted only after he wrote a four page letter not because of the novels which were published several years ago.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says the letter which was sent to several of his colleagues was the cause for concern along with a handmade model of a school that was found in a search of McLaw’s home.

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8:37 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Group Calls for Sportcasters Not to Use Redskin Name

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A group campaigning for the Washington Redskins to change their name is sending a letter to broadcasters requesting that the name not be uttered on the public airwaves.

The letter was released Wednesday and is signed by more than 100 Native American, religious and civil rights organizations. It's being sent by the Change the Mascot movement headed by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York.

The letter describes "redskin" as a "government-defined racial slur" that has been used to disparage American Indians "throughout history."

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8:35 am
Thu September 4, 2014

No More Antibiotics for Perdue's Egg Hatcheries

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Perdue Farms says it will no longer be using antibiotics at its egg hatcheries.

Company Chair Jim Perdue described the removal of the antibiotics as part of a 12-year evolution in the way it produces its products.

Over the last twelve years the company has begun providing organic and no antibiotics ever products such as the “Harvestland” brand.  

Perdue’s vice president for safety Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown said 95 percent of the company’s chickens never receive any human antibiotics with the rest only when prescribed by a veterinarian.  

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8:24 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Chip Flowers Cleared in Harassment Complaint

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware state Treasurer Chip Flowers has been cleared of accusations that he harassed his former deputy.

Dover police spokesman Mark Hoffman says investigators cleared Flowers after looking into a claim that he had harassed former Deputy Treasurer Erika Benner with unwanted texts and phone calls.

Benner filed the harassment complaint after an encounter between Flowers and her 16-year-old son as the treasurer was waiting to participate in Dover's Fourth of July parade.

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8:16 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Delaware National Guard Prepares for Homecoming

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware National Guard officials are preparing to welcome home members of an aviation battalion following their 10-month deployment to Kuwait.

Some 70 members of 238th General Support Aviation Battalion are scheduled to arrive in New Castle Saturday morning.

The battalion performs command, control and communications flights and air movement operations. While deployed, its primary mission was to perform air movement operations, primarily the movement of troops.

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8:03 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Virginia and Delaware Fail Standards for Protecting Children During Disasters

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Delaware and Virginia along with 19 other states have failed to meet national emergency plan requirements for schools and childcare providers.

That’s the conclusion of the of Save the Children’s 2014 Disaster Report Card.

But the report found that 69 percent of parents in those 21 states mistakenly believe there are plans in place.

Virginia and Delaware failed to have a plan for children with disabilities.

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7:55 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Bundick to be Sentenced in Eastern Shore Arson Spree

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of participating in an Eastern Shore arson spree is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on charges stemming from two of the fires.

A jury convicted 41-year-old Tonya Bundick in August of setting a fire March 3, 2013, in Accomack County. In January, Bundick entered an Alford plea to arson and conspiracy stemming from an April 2013 fire in Melfa.

Thursday's sentencing will be held in Accomack County Circuit Court.

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7:53 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Delaware GOP Treasurer Candidate Spends Big on Media

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican Ken Simpler has spent more than $120,000 in the past three weeks in advance of the GOP primary for state treasurer.

Simpler on Wednesday reported raising about $14,600 in the three weeks ending Sept. 1, while spending more than $122,000, mostly on media buys and advertising.

Simpler, a chief financial officer for a Delaware-based hotel management company who previously oversaw a billion-dollar portfolio as a hedge fund executive, faces businesswoman Sher Valenzuela in the Sept. 9 primary.

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11:57 am
Wed September 3, 2014

No Delaware National Guard Meeting This Weekend

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There will be no monthly weekend training drill for the Delaware Army National Guard because of a budget shortfall.

The National Guard Bureau along with as many as a dozen states overspent their budgets by a total of more than $100 million.

Delaware did not overspend but it is returning the $450-thousand that it would have spent on this weekend’s training.  

Other states are also returning funds at the request of the Guard Bureau.

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9:32 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Letter, Not Book, Led to Teacher's Suspension in Dorchester County

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A teacher at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Cambridge has been suspended after publication of a science fiction novel about of a school shooting in the far distant future.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s office says a K-9 search of Patrick McLaw's home was carried out in Wicomico County.

Sheriff James Phillips said no weapons were found.

He said that McLaw is no longer in the area but is currently at a location known by law enforcement and does not have the ability to travel anywhere.

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9:03 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Delaware Tightens Security at Schools

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware schools are facing new requirements for conducting safety drills under legislation being signed this week.

Legislation to be signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell moves the compliance date for schools under the 2012 Omnibus School Safety Act to Sept. 10, instead of September 2017. 

The legislation also requires schools to conduct at least one critical incident tabletop exercise annually, rather than every two years. School also will have to conduct at least two lockdown/intruder drills per year, rather one critical incident exercise annually. 

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8:56 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Football Season Begins Under the Shadow of Domestic Violence

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This week the NFL officially begins the football season. But, the issue of domestic violence by its players may not go away anytime soon. Just after the two game suspension of Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens, the commissioner announced a tougher six game suspension for the first a offense and banishment for the second. And, now a second player from the 49ers is looking at allegations. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with East Coast sports writer and commentator Mike Lurie on the implications of the domestic violence in the League.

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8:43 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Maryland Foodbank Tackles Hunger Month

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BALTIMORE, Md.- (AP) The Maryland Food Bank is kicking off Hunger Action Month.

The organization is holding a news conference Wednesday in Baltimore with Maryland State Police and the Department of Transportation.

Throughout the month, residents can donate nonperishable items at police barracks and certain Department of Transportation offices across the state.

The kickoff event will start a month of activities designed to raise public awareness of hunger.

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8:34 am
Wed September 3, 2014

New Salisbury City Council Member Sworn In

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Jack Heath was sworn in last night to succeed Terry Cohen to the Salisbury City Council.

Heath was appointed by the four remaining council members from a dozen applicants after Cohen abruptly resigned citing personal obligations

He said that his top priority is revitalization of the city and bringing more jobs into the municipality.

Heath is the former CEO of Lower Shore enterprises which provides job training and assistance to the disabled.

He also currently serves as a Volunteer Fire Officer in Fruitland.

(Tom Hunt contributed to this story.)

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8:22 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Jury Deliberations Resume in McDonnell Corruption Case

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Jurors in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife will resume their deliberations Wednesday morning after breaking for the day.

They deliberated for more than five hours Tuesday after getting instructions from U.S. District Judge James S. Spencer.

Jurors must decide whether the couple sold the influence of the office to a wealthy vitamin executive seeking legitimacy for his company's signature product.

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8:18 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Bicyclists Get Compromise on Expansion of Wicomico Athletic Center

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Biking advocates were relieved yesterday to learn that while Wicomico County will be expanding the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex to include more soccer and baseball fields a bike trail will still run through the area.

The expansion plan would wipe out most of the nearly 5-mile network of trails that were first established in 1996.

But there will be an access road leading to a creek with a bridge that would be built to provide access to 80 acres of land where new trails could be carved out.

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8:02 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Entrance Reopened After Courthouse Shooting in New Castle County

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The side entrance to the New Castle County Courthouse lobby has reopened for the first time since a fatal shooting inside the doorway in February 2013.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the entrance reopened Tuesday without fanfare. A white picket fence had blocked access to the door from the outside, reminding people of the shooting for the past 18 months.

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7:58 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Training in Western Maryland for Canoe Slalom World Championship

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MCHENRY, Md. (AP) - Some of the world's top whitewater paddlers are starting their final training in western Maryland for the Canoe Slalom World Championships to be held there later this month.

The training sessions at the Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry begin Wednesday and continue through Sept. 16. The competition is scheduled Sept. 17-21.

The championships are the most prestigious event to be held at the center since it opened in 2007.

The event comes 25 years after the Whitewater World Championships were held on the nearby Savage River in 1989.

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7:52 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Maryland/Virginia Boundary on Potomac Settled

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Maryland court has weighed in on a dispute over the state boundaries of Virginia and Maryland along the Potomac River.

At issue was whether the state line between the states moved over time as the profile of the shoreline changed through natural erosion and growth.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals court ruled Friday that the low-water-mark boundary in the Potomac River moves and isn't fixed where the mark was when the boundary was established in 1877.

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