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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge is holding a status conference with attorneys regarding a murder suspect whose case led to Delaware's death penalty being overturned by the state Supreme Court.

Tuesday's court conference involves Benjamin Rauf, charged with first-degree murder in last year's drug-related killing of 27-year-old Shazim Uppal of Hockessin, a fellow Temple University law school graduate. Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The owners that operate two power plants in Maryland have agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to resolve allegations over polluting in the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers.

The Maryland Department of the Environment announced the federal court agreement Monday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys' bathroom at his high school.

The Gloucester County School Board formally asked the high court on Monday to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the board's policy barring Gavin Grimm from the boys' restroom violates federal law.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of September 5th , 2016

With this season of Delmarva in Performance coming to a close, we are happy to announce a new program. Well, a new old favorite, to be precise.  Pipedreams with host Michael Barone will return to the airwaves this Sunday from 6-8PM.

At 8pm, We will re-air WXXI's "With Heart and Voice. 

The Piano Matters with David Dubal will move to 9PM and Millennium of Music will move to 10PM.

Also, by popular demand, "Sing for Joy" and Music and the Spoken Word" will return Sundays from 6-7 AM.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Spirit Cruises says the captain of a cruise ship that crashed into a dock in Baltimore has been suspended from duty.

The Spirit of Baltimore was returning from a cruise when it ran into a dock early Sunday morning. A statement released by Spirit Cruises says two of the 412 passengers on board suffered minor injuries. They were taken to a hospital and have since been released.

The dock was damaged and two small boats were scratched by the bigger ship.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Documents show that a member of Gov. Larry Hogan's cabinet who recently resigned had assigned state employees to help with course work for her master's degree studies.

C. Gail Bassette was secretary of the Department of General Services before abruptly leaving last month. Hogan's office said at the time that she leaving to work in the private sector.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware school districts are struggling to find enough drivers to shuttle students to and from school.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the shortage has meant some students aren't getting to school on time and some low-income students who eat breakfast at school are missing their first meal of the day.

T.J. Vari is assistant superintendent for operations at the Appoquinimink School District. He says the district loses drivers every year to higher-wage jobs with Amazon and Walmart.

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White Marlin Open officials have determined that the winner of this year’s tournament was deceptive  about breaking the rules.

Captain Philip Heasley and his crew took polygraph tests which concluded that they made deceitful responses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that officials determined that they had not been truthful about whether they broke any rules.

Specifically, the paper reports that Heasley was found to have been deceitful when he answered whether he had any help catching their fish and if had passed the sea buoy before 4 a.m.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - State Sen. Frank Wagner of Virginia Beach says he's seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Wagner made the announcement on Sunday.

He's one of four candidates who've announced they are seeking the nomination. He's the only state lawmaker of the group and the only candidate from Hampton Roads.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans have chosen a primary rather than a convention as a way to elect statewide candidates in 2017.


HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) - Two people have been hospitalized after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning while boating near Havre de Grace.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a man and a woman were taken to a hospital Sunday afternoon.

Susquehanna Deputy Fire Chief Steve Allers says the couple had been on the water near the Tidewater Marina when they alerted authorities after apparently inhaling too much exhaust from their boat's engine.

One of two dogs that were on board was also treated.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Two firefighters are recovering after a fire damaged five Middletown townhomes, leaving four of them uninhabitable for families.

Middletown Fire Chief Frank Bailey says the fire occurred Sunday afternoon, with the flames moving from one townhome to another.

Authorities say everyone inside the homes was able to escape before firefighters arrive. No residents were hurt, but one firefighter was burned on the neck and another suffered a medical emergency during the blaze. Bailey says both are recovering well.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Coast Guard says a passenger ship with nearly 450 people on board hit a pier in Baltimore.

The Coast Guard says the Spirit of Baltimore struck the pier at Henderson Wharf Marina early Sunday morning. It says there were 447 people on board at the time and no injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard says 60-feet of the pier was damaged. The ship's hull also suffered some damage.

The Coast Guard says the incident remains under investigation.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials asked residents in some parts of Baltimore to stay inside Sunday night while the city sprays to control mosquitoes.

Truck-based spraying began around 10 p.m. between Coolidge Avenue and Benson Avenue and Sharonleigh Road to South Grantley Street.

The city says it's expanding its mosquito control efforts to address growing concerns over the West Nile and Zika virus.

This week we will meet painter Lesley McCaskill. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the national park system we will learn about the beginnings of Delmarva’s premier national park on Assateague Island. And Dave Wilson will bring us his conversation with Lisa Challenger about the importance of nature tourism on Delmarva.

This week's guest is Anne Colwell, author of two books of poetry, Believing Their Shadows and Mothers Maiden Name.  She is also the author of a critical book, Inscrutable Houses: Metaphors of the Body in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop.

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With the reports of shootings and the proliferation of guns, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders the way forgiveness can heal emotional wounds.

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As we enter the age of social media and the internet, a new phenomenon has developed: Cyber Bullying. Robert Hackenson Jr, with Dynamic Influence comes to Salisbury University Campus on Saturday to explore ways to handle such harassment. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him about the impact on young people and what can be done.

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The captain and winning angler in the White Marlin Open say they did nothing wrong.

Philip Heasley owner of the Kallianasssa told the Salisbury Daily Times that the angler and his crew maintained the highest levels of integrity.

Initially tournament officials initially ruled Heasley’s 76.5 pound white marlin winner.

But then they announced that there may have been violations of the tournament rules and withheld the $2.8 million prize.

It is not clear what rule was broken.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A student activist is calling for a statue of Harriet Tubman to be added to the grounds of the Maryland State House.

The Washington Post reports that University of Maryland student Colin Byrd thinks his push for the Tubman statue will be able to gather momentum after the Treasury Department decided to put the abolitionist on $20 bills.

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The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission has voted not to recommend the Belle Terre housing development.

WBOC reports that that developers wanted to construct 333 single family homes and duplexes on 124 acres of land near Knoll Road.

The panel was concerned about the fact that the development had a higher density the five nearby residential communities.

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AstraZeneca may be putting its Fairfax property up for sale but it is considering leasing it back from the new owner.

That’s according to sources familiar with the deal cited by the Wilmington News Journal

The land went up for sale earlier this week.

An official with the company told the paper that the company is looking at all options for the property including redevelopment.

In May at the time of the announcement that it was moving out of the property the company still said it intended to stay in the state of Delaware.

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BEAR, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Police say they have arrested a person in connection with the shooting death of a Delaware State University student.

Police said in a statement that they plan to hold a news conference Friday to announce details of the arrest, including the person's name. Police say the suspect has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Malcolm Evans.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Federal officials are announcing new funding for Amtrak's passenger rail system and stressing the need for continued investment in America's transportation infrastructure.

Vice President Joe Biden scheduled a stop Friday at the train station in Wilmington, Delaware, which bears his name, to announce new funding to improve infrastructure and efficiency along Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak reported ridership of 11.7 million along the Northeast Corridor in fiscal 2015, a record high.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An alibi witness for a man whose murder conviction was re-examined in the popular "Serial" podcast is disputing claims in a court filing that she expressed willingness to lie to protect Adnan Syed.

The witness, Asia McClain Chapman, wrote on her website that the allegations from two sisters are "entirely false."

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Maryland corrections official has been tapped to run the violence-plagued New Orleans jail.

Gary Maynard will fill the role of compliance director. Sheriff Marlin Gusman announced the choice Thursday. It was subject to approval by a federal judge overseeing Gusman's compliance with a 2012 reform agreement.

That agreement settled a lawsuit by inmates and the U.S. Justice Department.

But Gusman's slow progress drew harsh criticism from the plaintiffs and from officials with the city, which funds the jail.

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Authorities have identified a sixth person killed in an explosion and fire at a Maryland apartment complex.

Montgomery County police identified the man in a news release Thursday as 34-year-old Aseged Mekonen.

Seven people were killed in the Aug. 10 explosion at the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring. Police say investigators are still trying to identify the seventh victim.

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said last week that a buildup of natural gas caused the explosion.

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KITTS HUMMOCK, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are kicking off this year's edition of the annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup.

This year's cleanup, the 30th in the program, will be held Sept. 17 at 53 sites up and down the state.

Officials are encouraging volunteers to preregister to ensure that each site has enough gloves, trash bags and other supplies. Preregistration closes Monday, Sept. 5.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's medical marijuana commission has released how top applicants ranked to grow and dispense marijuana in the state.

The rankings released Wednesday show that Holistic Industries in Prince George's County and Shore Naturals in Worcester County initially didn't make it into the top 15 now in line to be licensed to grow marijuana. But they were moved up into the top 15 in order to meet geographic representation outlined in the law.