A Syrian refugee family of three arrived in Delaware over the weekend without great fanfare as the country has been rocked by protests in the battle over the president’s refugee ban.

The family consists of a father who is a computer engineer, a mother and a months old child.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport late Friday night and was met by a small group of people who have helped them settle in the First State.

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Organizers are planning to hold a Delaware pumpkin-launching competition this year despite the withdrawal of the Science Channel after a 2016 accident.

Frank Payton is president of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association. Payton said Saturday that the Science Channel has said it won't return this year, leaving the event without a major source of funding. The Science Channel had previously chronicled the three-day Sussex County tradition.

If you’re a smoker South Bethany Beach is considering banning the habit from its beaches and their walkways.

Council member Frank Weisgerber has sponsored a measure and noted that the town is the last coastal resort to still allow smoking on the shore.

He told WBOC that when Ocean City put the ban into effect including their boardwalks it was time to act.

A survey that was sent out to the town’s homeowners came back with a 72 percent approval of the ban.

The first reading for the ordnance is set to take place at Friday’s council meeting.


The family of a North Carolina driver is mourning his death after his vehicle plunged into the mouth the Chesapeake Bay from the Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Authorities say the tractor-trailer of 47 year old Joseph Chen’s veered off the bridge last week.

He died after being airlifted to safety by a Navy helicopter.

Chen’s stepson Chris Moore told the Salisbury Daily Times that his father “…never met a stranger…that he always had a smile on his face.”  

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The body of a fisherman who went missing after his boat sank three months ago has been recovered in Virginia.

Maryland Natural Resources Police say the body of 52-year-old Roger Grissom washed up on Virginia's eastern shore in Accomack County, roughly 62 miles from where his boat sank on Nov. 19. Grissom was with three other fishermen participating in a competition near West Point Beach when their boat capsized.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's Joint Finance Committee are continuing their review of state agency budgets and spending requests as they continue to lay the foundation for a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The committee is to resume hearings Monday with presentations by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.

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A suspicious package found on the Newark campus of University of Delaware has turned out to be a hoax.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it was found inside a trash truck this morning forcing the roads to be closed while police investigated.

All foot traffic was barred near two dorms around Haines Street but neither was evacuated and people were told to stay inside.

A University facilities crew found the package around 7:30 a.m. in the back of their trash truck after they emptied it and notified the campus community to stay away from the area.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The wife of a man who died when his tractor-trailer plunged off a bridge into the Chesapeake Bay says "he was an awesome husband."

Forty-seven-year-old Joseph Chen of Greenville, North Carolina, died Thursday, shortly after he was plucked from the frigid water by a U.S. Navy helicopter crew. After the truck fell into the bay amid strong winds, Chen was briefly seen standing on top of the trailer.

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On today's program, we look at violence and the racial divide. Plus, a look at the history of the Rosenwald schools, which were built to educate African Americans still struggling under Jim Crow. In the second half we explore violence along the racial divide and the Black Lives Matter movement.


Violence along the racial divide:

Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din, Exhibition Researcher with the Smithsonian Museum.

On San Domingo:

Rudy Stanley, Retired Educator

Sylvia Stanley, Retired Educator

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In the busy world of the here and now, the eyes are distracted by the hum of everyday life. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that we should seek at least a moment of silence.

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Delaware is still reeling from the hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correction Center that left one guard dead. Governor John Carney has promised an independent review and a prison reform group has called for an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Rev. Dr. Christopher Bullock, chair of the Coalition for Prison Reform and Justice, about the incident and the conditions in the Delaware prison system.


Strong winds swept across Delmarva yesterday with some gusts of up to 50 mph along with a couple of inches of snow in in Hockessin and Greenville.

The winds took their toll on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel when a tractor-trailer plummeted into the cold waters below.

The driver 47 year-old Joseph Chen from North Carolina was rescued but later died.

In northern Delaware there were gusts of up to 40 mph in the Delaware Bay with traces of snow along the coast.

Dover and Lewes also saw some snow but there was little accumulation.

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FELTON, Del. (AP) - State police are investigating a school bus crash that sent 11 students to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say the crash happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday outside Lake Forest High School.

Police say the bus driver, a 75-year old Harrington man, failed to come to a complete stop as he was pulling out of the school parking lot and pulled into the path of a Jeep Wrangler being driven by an 18-year-old Lake Forest High School student.

The student was treated for her non-life-threatening injuries.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a Navy helicopter plucked a driver from the roof of a tractor-trailer after it was swept off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel by high winds and began floating in the water. The driver later died.

Bridge and tunnel deputy director Thomas Anderson says the driver -- 47 year old Joseph Chen of North Carolina -- died after his rescue Thursday.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Corinne Zilnicki says the tractor-trailer was blown off the bridge shortly before 12:30 p.m. and the driver was rescued a little after 1.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for the state of Virginia are challenging President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, arguing in federal court that its seven-nation travel ban violates the Constitution and is the result of "animus toward Muslims."

Michael Kelly, spokesman for Virginia's Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, said Friday's hearing in federal court in a Washington suburb poses the most significant state challenge yet.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to vote on a resolution to empower the attorney general to sue the federal government without the governor's permission.

The Senate is expected to vote Friday on the resolution, which would clear the way for the Democratic attorney general to sue the federal government for policies with which it disagrees, including President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority counties.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill that would cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Virginia is advancing in the General Assembly, despite facing a likely veto from the governor.

A Senate committee voted Thursday to send the bill from Republican Del. Ben Cline to the full chamber. It has already passed the House of Delegates.
Cline's bill would cut off federal Title X funding to abortion providers and redirect it to other health clinics. He says it's meant to prioritize organizations that provide the "most comprehensive" services.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Justice Randy Holland, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice in Delaware history, is retiring from the bench.

Seventy-year-old Holland, who joined the court in 1986, says he's retiring at the end of March.

Holland, the youngest person appointed to the Delaware Supreme Court, became the longest serving justice in 2009.  In 2011, he was reappointed to an unprecedented third 12-year term.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Finance reports show former Gov. Bob McDonnell's legal defense fund raised about $20,000 during the last quarter of 2016.

Supporters created the fund in 2013 for McDonnell, who was convicted of public corruption but had his sentence overturned by a unanimous Supreme Court in June.

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HANCOCK, Md. (AP) - Environmental activists are pledging a sustained campaign against a proposed pipeline beneath the Potomac River to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

Scores of demonstrators crowded a TransCanada open house Thursday in the western Maryland town of Hancock about the company's Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project.

Russell Mokhiber of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, told the peaceful protesters they can defeat the pipeline.

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The snow should be tapering off this afternoon in Delaware with snow accumulation expected to be around 3 inches in New Castle County and 2 inches in Kent County.

Snow fall around Hockessin and Greenville has so far reached the 2 inch mark, the highest in the state so far.

Snow also fell even in Dover and Lewes with little accumulation.

Many schools in northern Delaware were also closed today.

There’s also a wind advisory in effect for Kent, Sussex, Queen Annes, Talbot and Caroline counties until 6 p.m. with speeds of up to 35 mph.

There has been a reported chemical explosion at the Mountaire Farms facility in Selbyville this morning.

WBOC reports that the first call came in at 3:30 a.m.

The television station reports that a first responder at the scene said at last one person had been taken to the hospital.

There was no word on their condition.

By 4:50 a.m. WBOC reports that some of the fire companies had left but hazmat crews were reported to be on the scene.

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A drive-by shooting in Salisbury sent on person to the hospital last night.

The injuries are described as non-life threatening.

The incident occurred on the 300 block of Maryland Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when an unknown suspect began shooting from his vehicle at the 20-year old male who was standing near his home.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that victim after being struck in his lower extremities was able to run from the area.

At the same time, police say, the vehicle also left the scene.

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B.F. Rich Windows and Doors is shutting its doors after 60 years of being in business.

The Ogletown company produced energy-efficient doors and windows.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the firm has been struggling for almost ten years and never recovered from the Great Recession that began in 2007.

So this week the company informed its 130 employees that it would be going out of business.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that another nonprofit organization is rejecting federal grant money to fight against violent extremism under President Donald Trump's administration.

The Obama administration in its final days offered nearly $400,000 to Unity Productions Foundation in Potomac Falls, Virginia. The money was to produce educational films challenging the narrative about Islam and extremism.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia higher education officials are trying to figure out why 1.5 percent fewer students enrolled in the state's public and private colleges and universities this academic year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Maryland is being introduced.

Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo is expected to introduce the measure on Thursday with more than 50 co-sponsors.

Sen. Robert Zirkin also has introduced a measure to ban the drilling technique known as fracking in the state.

A moratorium is set to expire in October.

Proponents say fracking will create jobs, but opponents say the pollution risks are too great.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello says if elected he'll work to block construction of two proposed natural gas pipelines.

Perriello announced his opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline at a Richmond news conference Wednesday.

The former congressman said the proposed pipelines, which have drawn opposition from environmentalists and property owners, are a bad investment and Virginia should instead focus on energy efficiency measures and renewable energy.

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HANCOCK, Md. (AP) - A Potomac River protection group is organizing a demonstration against plans for a pipeline beneath the river that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

Brent Walls of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network says demonstrators plan a silent protest Thursday night at an open house that TransCanada officials are holding in Hancock to discuss the plan.

The company says the project would increase supply options and system reliability.

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A Howard County leader says he will veto a controversial bill declaring the county a safe place for undocumented immigrants.

Media outlets report the county council passed the bill Monday. It would also limit county employees' involvement in enforcing federal immigration law.

The bill originally had a "sanctuary county" label, but it was removed to allay fears the federal government might pull funding from the county.