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11:17 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Liquor Price Hikes Delayed in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A move to raise prices for liquor in Virginia is being delayed due to an outdated provision in state law that addresses price markups.
 
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Wednesday to delay and change the pricing adjustments. The adjustments are part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to plug a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year state budget.
 
Last month, the board approved plans to raise prices on miniature bottles and double the $1 case handling fee. Those hikes are being delayed until Dec. 16.
 

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10:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Damage at Wallops Flight Facility Takes Year to Repair

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority says repairs to its launch pad on Wallops Island will likely take a year.

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10:42 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Wicomico Executive Slashes Construction Bond for Elementary School

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At this week’s county council meeting Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver cut bond funding for the construction of a new West Salisbury Elementary School from the county’s capital improvement budget.

The newly elected Republican slashed the $1.25 million bond from the plan along with a $1.8 million bond for construction of the Westside Collector Road and another $1 million from improvements for the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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10:41 am
Thu December 4, 2014

World of Opera coming to WSCL, 89.5

On Saturday, January 3rd  at noon,  the program "World of Opera" makes its debut on WSCL, 89.5 FM.

World of Opera with host Lisa Simeone brings listeners compelling performances from top American and international opera companies. World of Opera encompasses the seminal operas of centuries past as well as today's masterpieces.

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10:29 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Salisbury Firefighters Brought Back to Fill in Part Time

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Most of the firefighters in Salisbury who lost their jobs when a federal grant ran out last week have been brought back – part time.

Mayor Jim Ireton said that the 10 will be used to fill in the schedule as needed.

They will be paid $15.74 an hour.

That money will come from the $19-thousand in remaining overtime funds in the department’s budget.

The Mayor has proposed hiring four firefighter/emergency medical technicians for an estimated cost of $160-thousand through the end of the fiscal year.

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10:20 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Firefly Misic Festival Pulls in Big Bucks for Region

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A new report found that the Firefly Music Festival held in Dover brought in $68 million for the regional economy earlier this summer.

The University of Delaware study found that each festival-goer spent around $850 for goods and services.

The survey interview around 900 attendees about their purchases at the festival and off-site businesses along with 5-thousand people who were contacted on line.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that study said the festival created 579 full-time equivalent jobs along with wages and salaries of $23 million.

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10:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Homeless Shelter Opens in Easton

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A homeless shelter has now officially opened in Easton on Goldsborough Street in a former bed and breakfast.

Jack Harrald, president of the Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s board of directors, says that the permanent shelter will help people get through the winter.  

There will be a room, a shower and laundry facilities as well as a person to help those interviewing for a job.

Right now, five people are staying at the shelter including a nine month old infant with room for ten more.

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9:27 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Updating C-130 Cargo Planes in Defense Budget

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. John Carney of Delaware says his plan to modernize the fleet of C-130 cargo planes at Dover Air Force Base has been included in a major defense spending bill.

Earlier this year, Carney introduced a less expensive modernization proposal for the cargo planes. They need to be upgraded before 2020 or they'll become inoperable because of federal and international safety regulations.

The Delaware Democrat has been calling for just the navigation systems of the aircraft to be modernized, at a savings of $12 million per aircraft.

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9:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Solar Farm Could Be Coming to Accomack County

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Eastern Shore Solar LLC is hoping to build a solar power farm on nearly a thousand acres near Oak Hall in Accomack County.

The company has applied for a permit from County Planning Development.

If approved the project would generate around 80 megawatts of electricity using ground-mounted solar panels.

This would be the equivalent of a small power plant.

A hearing on the facility is set for December 10th at the Metompkin Elementary School in Parksley.

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9:12 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Interim MD Health Secretary Announced

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has named Dr. Laura Herrera to serve as Maryland's acting health secretary effective Jan. 1.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland's current health secretary, is leaving at the end of the month. He announced in an email on Wednesday that Herrera will take his place until O'Malley's term ends Jan. 21.

Herrera is the deputy secretary for public health at the department.

Sharfstein will be joining the full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in January.

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9:02 am
Thu December 4, 2014

MD Health Care Ad Features MD Baseball Player, Update on Delaware Health Exchange

Andrian Marin, Frederick Keys Minor League Baseball Club
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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A player for the Frederick Keys baseball team will be featured in a radio ad to urge Maryland residents to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Maryland Health Care for All and the Frederick Keys are announcing the ad campaign on Thursday at the Keys' stadium in Frederick.

The ad will feature Adrian Marin, the minor league team's shortstop.

The new radio ad campaign will be in English and Spanish.

The second open enrollment period began last month. It ends Feb. 15.

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8:45 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Jim Webb to Make Decision on Presidential Run Soon

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia says he'll make a final decision in the next few months about whether to run for president in 2016.

Webb says he'll "move forward" if he gets the right kind of support and financial backing.

The 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran served as Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan and was a one-term senator.

He says he's "very concerned" about the country's direction. Webb says the U.S. needs to reorient its national security and foreign policy while addressing economic problems faced by many.

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8:40 am
Thu December 4, 2014

O'Malley Appointment for Presidential PAC

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has named a senior adviser to his political action committee as he considers running for president in 2016.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O'Malley's PAC, said Wednesday that Bill Hyers has been informally advising the committee for the last few months. She says he's stepping up his role as a senior adviser, now that the midterm elections are over.

Hyers managed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign last year.

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8:36 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Bundick Faces Third Trial for Accomack County Fires

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - Another trial has been scheduled for a woman charged in an arson spree on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

WAVY-TV reports that Tonya Bundick's third trial will be held Dec. 15 in Virginia Beach. The trial was moved from Accomack County because of difficulty finding impartial jurors in the county.

A judge ruled in April Bundick can have separate trials on each of 62 arson charges.

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8:27 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Environmental Report on Benefits of Wind Power

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A statewide environmental group is reporting on the benefits of more wind power.

Environment Maryland says its report Thursday will quantify the state's wind energy potential and evaluate the benefits to Maryland if wind power supplied 30 percent of the nation's electricity needs by 2030.

Maryland has several land-based wind farms in operation, mostly in the western mountains.

The state also supports development of commercial wind energy projects in nearly 80,000 acres of the Atlantic Ocean off the Maryland coast.

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11:34 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Delaware Charter School Discrimination Case Filed

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and Community Legal Aid Society are targeting Delaware's charter school laws, saying they violate the rights of minority students and students with disabilities.
 
The two groups filed a complaint Wednesday with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education against the state and the Red Clay school district in northern Delaware. It alleges Delaware's charter school law and policies have significantly contributed to the resegregation of public schools.
 

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11:22 am
Wed December 3, 2014

MD High Court Rules on Defense DNA Evidnce

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that criminal defendants can't present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless additional testing has confirmed the results.
 
In a ruling last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that defense attorneys have the same burden as prosecutors when presenting DNA evidence.
 
The court's ruling upholds the conviction of two Maryland men on charges including attempted murder and burglary stemming from a 2009 Montgomery County home invasion. Both men are serving life sentences.
 

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11:01 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Sheriff Lewis Blasts Critics of Ferguson Grand Jury

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis sharply criticized those who did not accept the decision by the grand jury in Ferguson not to indict the white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. He said, told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush, that he believed Attorney General Eric Holder was inflaming passions surrounding the shooting and that the officer acted appropriately. He added, that he believed given Brown's behavior the outcome was inevitable and that the teenager "got what was coming to him that day."

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10:45 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Michael Brown Rally at UMES, Hogan Comments on Ferguson Shooting

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A small group of protesters gathered on the campus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to protest in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an African American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

The rally was organized by the local chapter of the NAACP on the UMES campus.

Some carried signs readying “Hands up Don’t Shoot #Mike Brown” while another asked “Why Is He Dead.”

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10:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Culver Sworn In, Hogan Vows to Fight PMT

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Bob Culver was sworn in yesterday as the second Wicomico County Executive.

He was joined by Governor Elect Larry Hogan for a ceremony at Wor-Wic Community College.

During his remarks, Culver He tried to reach out to all voters and had these cautious words for his supporters.

“Now just a few words for those who want to see change happen. I’ve heard it and I understand it. A few changes can be made quickly. Some will be. Some will require more in depth understanding. Change won’t be made for the sake of change.”

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10:01 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Silence Replaces Prayer at Carroll County Commission

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The newly elected Carroll County Commissioners are standing silent on a disputed public-prayer policy.

The five-member, all-Republican board opened its first meeting Tuesday in Westminster with a moment of silence instead of a prayer. They took no official action regarding the previous board's policy of opening meetings with sometimes overtly Christian prayers, said by the commissioners themselves.

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9:53 am
Wed December 3, 2014

School Curriculum Controversey Draws National Attention

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The National Coalition Against Censorship is weighing in on a request by a member of the Indian River School Board to remove lessons from the school curriculum.

These include the definitions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender as well as information on STD’s, HIV and pregnancy prevention instead of abstinence.

The Coalition says to deny students such information because of anyone’s religious or other personal beliefs raises serious First Amendment concerns and would compromise the public education system.

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9:44 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Possible Change for MD Stormwater Fees

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says there could be some changes to the state's so-called "rain tax," but he doesn't expect it to be repealed.

Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has said the stormwater management fee is one of the taxes he'd like to get rid of.

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9:38 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Arson Fires at Three Delaware Churches

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FELTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities are investigating three arsons at Delaware churches all in one morning.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says someone started the fires in the Felton area Tuesday morning. The first fire happened just before 2 a.m. at the Healing Hands Christian Church, which was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

As crews were battling that blaze, another fire was reported at the Manship Chapel. Crews were able to contain that fire.

The last fire came at 5:30 a.m. at the Laws Mennonite Church.

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9:34 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Delaware Farm Bureau Leader Ousted

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Former Delaware Farm Bureau president Gary Warren has been ousted after a controversy erupted over a proposed $6.6 million taxpayer funded development rights purchase from two Port Penn-area farms. One of them was owned by the group’s former top officer.

The easement deal was supported by New Castle County and would have paid Warren $3.3 million for preservation on his 123 acre farm but leave the property in his possession.

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9:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Two Virginia Hospitals Chosen to Treat Ebola Patients

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Health officials have designated two Virginia hospitals as Ebola treatment centers.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services included the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond on a list Tuesday of 35 designated hospitals across the country.

Others designated hospitals are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

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9:23 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Climate Change Panel Meets as Deadline Approaches

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A panel charged by an executive order from Gov. Jack Markell with studying and preparing for climate change impacts in Delaware is eyeing a reporting deadline on its findings and recommendations.

The Governor's Committee on Climate and Resiliency, which meets Wednesday, is scheduled to submit its report by Dec. 31.

The committee's responsibilities include overseeing development of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way that benefits the economy.

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9:20 am
Wed December 3, 2014

VA Governor Extends Coastal Management Program

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order that continues the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

McAuliffe signed the order Tuesday in Hampton.

The program is a network of state agencies and local governments that's designed to protect the natural and economic assets in Virginia's coastal regions.

The Department of Environmental Quality serves as the lead agency for the program.

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8:46 am
Wed December 3, 2014

WSCL Off Air 12/04/2014

WSCL 89.5 FM will be off the air Thursday December 4th .  Crews will be performing routine maintenance to our broadcast tower located in Seaford, Delaware.

We apologize for the inconvenience  on that day and remind you that you will still be able to listen to WSCL 89.5 on Thursday December 4th via our internet stream

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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1:53 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Andy Cashman Promoted to GM of Maryland State Fair

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Andy Cashman has been named General Manager of the Maryland State Fair.

The announcement by the Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society board of directors promotes Cashman from the position of Assistant General Manager.

During his tenure has helped lead the Fair to prominence in the local, national and international arenas.

Cashman began his passion for agriculture and the air industry at the age of 9 as a Baltimore County 4-H member.

In 2007 Cashman was the youngest person to be named the state’s Fair Person of the Year.

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