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8:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Nominations Being Accepted for MD Agriculture's Hall of Fame

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland are accepting nominations for the Governor's Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture says nominations are due Sept. 9. Officials are looking to honor farm families who have dedicated their lives to farming. The families that are selected to be inducted into the hall of fame will be honored during the Taste of Maryland Agriculture on Feb. 5, 2015.

Any farm family that derives its income principally from farming is eligible to be inducted into the hall of fame, which was established in 1991.

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9:47 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Mechanical Malfunction Caused 2012 Crash of Drone in Dorchester County

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An electrical malfunction caused a drone to crash near Bloodsworth Island in Southern Dorchester County on June 11th of 2012.

The revelation came in more than 1-thousand pages of documents obtained by the Salisbury Daily Times under the Freedom of Information Act.

Navy investigators showed it was a mechanical malfunction not the fault of the crew which resulted in the crash 15 minutes from Patuxent River Naval Air Station after takeoff across the Chesapeake Bay.

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9:30 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Salisbury City Council Okays Talks on Athletic Complex Expansion

Henry S. Parker Athletics Complex
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The Salisbury City Council gave Mayor Jim Ireton last night the green light to open up talks with Wicomico County for the donation of land to nearly double the size of the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex.

The $3 million project is aimed at attracting more youth sports tournaments.

Currently, the Naylor Mill Road complex hosts the United States Specialty Sports Association’s Fastpitch Eastern World Series.

The County is already talking with the Association and other groups to add a baseball tournament and three more field sports events.

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9:15 am
Tue July 8, 2014

SU Community Feels Loss of Student to Traffic Accident

Janelle Oni
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The Salisbury University community is mourning the loss of 21 year old Janelle Oni who was killed by a drunken driver in College Park on Sunday.

She graduated last May with a double major in conflict analysis and dispute resolution and communication arts.

Oni was known as someone with a big personality.

Brianna DeNeal-Findley, her close friend and a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister, told the Salisbury Daily Times that she always greeted people and was a big presence in any room.

She was also a member of Untouchables Dance Incorporated.

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9:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

UD Tuition Inches Upward

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware says tuition and fees in the upcoming academic year will increase by about 2 percent for in-state undergraduates and about 2.5 percent for out-of-state undergraduates.

The university announced the increases Monday. The school says the increase is the lowest percentage increase in more than 30 years.

For the 2014 to 2015 academic year, tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates will be $12,342. That's up $230.

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8:55 am
Tue July 8, 2014

UD Campus Dorm Reopens After Bomb Threat

Dickinson Complex
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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has reopened a dorm at its campus in Newark after authorities found the area clear of any suspicious activity following a bomb threat.

University spokeswoman Andrea Boyle said in an email that police had concluded their search as of 11:30 p.m. and that the halls are open.

Boyle said earlier Monday that the school's 911 center had received an anonymous bomb threat. The school sent out an alert around 8 p.m. saying there had been a report of suspicious activity at the Dickinson Complex and asking people to avoid the area.

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8:40 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Delaware Senator Proposes Gas Tax Hike

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants to increase the federal gas tax as the nation’s Transportation Fund is about to run out of money later this summer.

It’s not a new idea for the Delaware Democrat.

He proposed an increase back in 2010.

Carper wants to raise the gas tax by four cents a year over the next three years.

After that the gas tax increases would be tied to the rate of inflation.

The last time the gas tax was raised was in 1993, when it increased to 18 cents.

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8:31 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Delaware Seeking Volunteers for Wild Turkey Count

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wildlife officials in Delaware are looking for volunteers to help with a survey to determine how many wild turkeys there are in the state.

Wildlife officials said Monday they're looking for people to help with Delaware's fifth annual wild turkey survey. The data volunteers collect helps biologists track the health and distribution of the estimated 6,000 birds in the state.

Wild turkeys became extinct in Delaware nearly 200 years ago, but wildlife officials re-introduced them into the state starting in 1984. A hunting season for the birds started in 1991.

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8:18 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Federalsburg Mayor In Stable Condition After Heart Attack

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Federalsburg Mayor William Beal has reportedly made excellent progress after suffering from a heart attack last Wednesday.

He is now in stable condition and his release from the hospital is pending doctor’s orders.

He has been getting cards and flowers from wellwishers.

Beal is not allowed at this time to receive telephone calls or visits.

 

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10:26 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Vintage Baseball Honored at Perdue Stadium

Batter, Catcher, Umpire
Don Rush

Most baseball fans do not realize that baseball has not always been played as it is today. Indeed, there are teams with obscure names like the Talbot Fair Plays and the Brooklyn Atlantics that reach back to an era where the only equipment you got was a ball and bat.

No gloves allowed. This past weekend, the Fair Plays and vintage baseball were honored at the Arthur Perdue Baseball stadium. So, Delmarva Public Radio took the opportunity to explore how the "real" game was played, where there were no "rabbit balls" and no big money players.

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9:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Delmarva: Good July 4th Despite Hurricane Arthur

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The July 4th weekend turned out pretty well for Delmarva despite the close call with Hurricane Arthur.

In Ocean City officials delayed the festivities and fireworks until July 5th.

But Jessica Water with the resort told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was still a good weekend.

Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, told the paper that most of the hotels were booked solid for the weekend with only a few rooms left by July 3rd.

And there were few reported disruptions.

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9:01 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Governor Jack Markell to Sign Sentencing Reform Laws

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign three bills giving Delaware judges more sentencing discretion and criminal offenders more opportunities to get back on the right path.

One bill to be signed this week allows prison officials to offer jobs for up to six months to ex-offenders who demonstrate exceptional skills while enrolled in vocational programs, notwithstanding prior felonies.

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8:46 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Sussex County Gets Extra Judge

Superior Court Judge Jane Brady
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Sussex County is getting a fourth superior court judge.

Judge Jane Brady has been indefinitely reassigned to the county dropping the number of Superior Court judges in Wilmington to 14.

Wilmington News Journal reports that few people in the legal community could remember when a judge has been moved from one county to another on a long-term basis.

Superior Court Judge James Vaughn Junior told the paper that it was just a matter of resources.

Kent County has three judges.

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8:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Late Principal in Milford Honored

Tricia Martin
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People gathered yesterday to remember Milford Central Academy principal Tricia Martin and her daughter Taryn.

They held – what was billed as – the Dr. Tricia martin Baseball Tournament bringing players from across the state of Delaware to raise funds for a scholarship in her honor.

During the game Dante George of Milford High School told WBOC that he recalled her as knowing all the students names and was the kindest principal he knew.

It’s been three months since they lost their lives in an automobile accident.

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11:46 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Date Set for Resupply Mission to International Space Station

International Space Station
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The next re-supply mission for the International Space Station from the Wallops Flight Facility is set for July 11th.

The afternoon launch of the Cynus spacecraft will deliver over 1.8 tons of cargo to space station.

Meanwhile, the engineering team has cleared the AJ26 engine that is currently integrated into the Antares rocket after a recent failure during a launch.

After the Cynus reaches the space station it will be loaded with nearly 1.5 tons of material for disposal upon reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere.   

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11:36 am
Thu July 3, 2014

DC Mayor Calls for Boycott of Eastern Shore

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The mayor of the District of Columbia is urging residents to boycott the Eastern Shore of Maryland this holiday, because of its congressional representative's position on decriminalizing marijuana.

Mayor Vincent Gray said at a Wednesday news conference that the city's residents shouldn't support someone who doesn't support them.

The mayor is referring to Rep. Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harris successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city's marijuana decriminalization law.

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10:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Could Disrupte July 4th Celebrations

Hurricane Arthur's Expected Path
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Tropical Storm Arthur has become a hurricane and is threatening to take a glancing blow at the Carolina coast on Independence Day.

And here on Delmarva officials are bracing for wet weather but are optimistic.

In Ocean City officials are delaying the July 4th fireworks and festivities for Saturday.

Mayor Rick Meehan says the wet weather into Friday morning will not allow enough time to set up the fireworks display for tomorrow night.
Officials still expect near capacity crowds over the weekend with $50 being charged for all day Saturday at the Inlet Parking.

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9:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Lewes Beach

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A small plane made an emergency landing on the beach in Lewes last night near Herring Point and Gordon’s Point.

Sussex County EMS officials say that the plane apparently lost power and was forced to make the emergency landing.

Only the pilot and the female passenger were on board and no one was injured.

Officials say there was no damage to the plane.

WBOC reports that witnesses say that pilot told them he was going to land on Route 1 but wound up on the beach instead.

   

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9:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Auction for Commercial Wind Development Off Maryland Coast

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 80,000 acres off Maryland's coast will be offered for commercial wind energy development.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the auction Wednesday.

Officials say 16 companies have qualified to participate in the August 19 auction of the Maryland Wind Energy Area, or WEA.

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9:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Senator Chris Coons Meets With Young African Leaders at WH

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A group a young African leaders is meeting with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in Delaware as part of a White House fellowship program.

The University of Delaware is hosting 25 young civic leaders from African countries as part of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a six-week program on American campuses. 

Program participants were scheduled to meet with Coons on Thursday on the UD campus.

Coons, who spent part of his junior year of college in Kenya, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.

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9:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Delaware Has New DNR Secretary

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dave Small
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has a new secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

WDEL-AM reports that Dave Small was sworn in Wednesday morning.

He has been deputy secretary since 2001. Small has been an employee of the department for 27 years. He has served six different cabinet secretaries.

Small lives in Dover. He replaces Colin O'Mara, who left the department to become president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation.

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8:51 am
Thu July 3, 2014

St. Francis de Sales Has New Pastor

Father Chris LaBarge
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St. Francis de Sales Parish has a new pastor.

He is Father Chris LaBarge who was installed last night.

He has been associate pastor in the Parish for the last five years which covers St. Francis de Sales as well as Holy Redeemer church in Delmar. 

He says one reason he was sent to the Parish is because he can celebrate Mass in Spanish.

LaBarge told the Salisbury Daily Times that having been at the church for the last half decade has given him an insight into the church and its possibilities.

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8:40 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Former PG County Executive Wayne Curry Dies

Wayne Curry
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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry has died.

Curry died at his Upper Marlboro home. He was 63 and had lung cancer.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement Wednesday that Curry oversaw a "transformative" period for the county, with "explosive population and economic growth." He says Curry was "fearless" in advancing causes that helped Maryland's African-American community.

Curry, a Democrat, was elected in 1994 as the county's first African-American executive and served for eight years.

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8:25 am
Thu July 3, 2014

MD Board of Public Works Cuts Spending

Credit Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has voted to cut about $77 million from the state budget to address underperforming state revenues.

The board voted 3-0 on Wednesday for the cuts.

The board, which includes Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, also approved about $7 million in fund transfers to make up for less-than-expected revenue.

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12:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Seaford Man Arrested in Del Tech Campus Bomb Threat

David Detwiler
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40-year old David Detwiler from Seaford has been arrested for making a bomb threat at the Delaware Technical and Community college Owens Campus in Georgetown last week.

Police say, they acted on a tip from a probation and parole office.

WBOC reports that he has been previously charged with making bomb threats.

He has been charged with making terrorist threats which is a felony and has been sent to the Sussex Correctional Institute.  

On June 24th Delaware Tech received a bomb threat around 3 p.m. which resulted in the evacuation of the campus.

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12:32 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

35 MPH Speed Limit for Virginia's Unpaved Roads

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If you’re driving on unpaved roads in Virginia the speed limit is now 35 mph.

It had been 55 mph.

Garrett Moore, Chief Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said that 35 mph. was a reasonable and safe speed limit for unpaved roads.

However, the state will not be posting any speed limit signs on unpaved roads.

Instead, the Transportation Department is hoping to educate drivers on the new limit.

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12:19 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Property Tax Cut for Indian River School District Residents

Ground Breaking Ceremony at North Georgetown Elementary School in Indian River School District
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Residents in Indian River School District will see a reduction of 5 cents in their property tax rate for the fiscal year of 2015.

Last night the Indian River Board of Education voted to cut the rate from $2.74 cents per $100 of assessed property value to $2.69 cents.

Most of the decrease came from a reduction in the debt service.

The District says that while it was required to sell bonds to fund the costs of building expansion that was offset by paying off bonds from construction projects in the mid-1990’s.

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8:57 am
Wed July 2, 2014

NASA Prematurely Ends Rocket Launch at Wallops

Terrier-Improved Malemute Rocket Launch Ends Prematurely at Wallops Flight Facility
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA says it will investigate an anomaly detected during the launch of a sounding rocket that prematurely ended its flight.

The Terrier-Improved Malemute ended its flight about 19 seconds after it was launched at 4:36 a.m. Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

A flight anomaly with the rocket's second stage motor was detected by range controllers.

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8:39 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur to Hit Delmarva

Tropical Storm Arthur
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You might want to make some alternative plans for July 4th.

Tropical storm Arthur will be bringing 1 to 2 inches of rain to Delmarva by Thursday just in time for Independence Day. 

The effect of the storm will be more limited because its center is expected to stay offshore.

And when the fireworks are set to go off meteorologist Scott Minnick told the Salisbury Daily Times that Friday night should be drier.

In Ocean City town spokeswoman Jessica Water told the paper that the storm should have very little impact on the coastal resort.

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8:27 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Electric Coops to Customers: Conserve Energy

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The Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their customers to voluntarily limit power usage between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 pm. today.

With temperatures heading into the mid 90’s the power companies say that they expect to be buying extra power from the market at a premium price.

That means that customers are being asked to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

In addition, they should delay major appliance usage such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers as well as hot water usage.

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