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7:34 am
Thu November 13, 2014

New GOP Leadership in MD State Senate

State Senator J.B. Jennings (R-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republicans have chosen new leadership in the state Senate.

The Republican caucus selected Sen. J.B. Jennings, R-Baltimore County, to be minority leader on Wednesday. The caucus chose Sen. Chris Shank, R-Washington, to be minority whip for the upcoming legislative session in January.

Jennings, who is 40, has been a state senator since 2011. He also served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2003 to 2011.

Jennings replaces Sen. David Brinkley, who lost in the June primary.

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12:04 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Middle School Student Believed to Have Ingested Heroin at Dance

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A student at Selbyville Middle School apparently was taken by an ambulance from a school dance on Halloween because it was believed he had ingested heroin in a bathroom.

An Indian River School District official told the Wilmington News Journal that only one student was involved and that he did not inject the substance with a needle.

Spokesman David Maull said that the emergency responders showed up at the scene after receiving a 911 call and took the student Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

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11:55 am
Wed November 12, 2014

No Deal on Public Prayer in Carroll County Case

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The opposing parties in a Maryland public prayer lawsuit say their attempt to negotiate a settlement has failed.

Attorneys for Carroll County and the American Humanist Association filed the status report Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

They remain divided on the correct interpretation of a Supreme Court ruling in May allowing clergy to invoke specific deities in opening prayers at government meetings.

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10:14 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Ending Pretrial Bonds in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission is recommending the state stop requiring people accused of crimes to post bond as a condition of release before trial.

The Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System approved the controversial recommendation Tuesday. The commission will present the recommendation to the General Assembly in the next few weeks.

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10:06 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Cold Front Moves In

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Get ready for a cold front.

By tonight the temperature is expected to drop 29 degrees from the daytime high of 64 degrees in northern Delaware.  

By Thursday, it will be colder with a nighttime low of 29 degrees in Wilmington.

It’s first cold blast of weather in the area since last spring.

Another cold front is expected to move through the area on Sunday night that will begin a seven day streak of colder temperatures with some sub-freezing nights.

If there is good news it is that Delawareans are not expected to see any amount of measurable snow.

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10:01 am
Wed November 12, 2014

New Wicomico County Executive Denies House Cleaning Rumors

Wicomico County Executive-Elect Bob Culver
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Incoming Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says there’s no truth to the rumor that he will be cleaning house when he takes office.

He added that he hopes to keep everyone right now.

Culver becomes the second County Executive after defeating Democrat Rick Pollitt.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that county attorney Edgar Baker says Culver has six months to make appointments to the county’s ten departments.

Culver said that his transition team will be speaking with various department heads to talk about the issues that they feel they currently face.

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9:55 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Another Justice Quits the Delaware Supreme Court

Delaware State Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely
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Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely will be stepping down as of January 31st.

That’s a year and half before his term actually ends.

It has long been rumored that the Justice would leave the bench and it gives Governor Jack Markell the opportunity to name a fourth Delaware Supreme Court Justice in less than a year.

This has been a historic turnover for the state’s highest court.

In December of last year Chief Justice Myron Steele left the bench.

That was followed by Jack Jacobs and Carolyn Berger earlier this year.

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9:45 am
Wed November 12, 2014

New Castle County Council Staff "Poorly Managed", says Audit

New Castle County Council member Janet Kilpatrick
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A new audit finds that the New Castle County Council staff is poorly managed.

In addition, it found that some employees engaged in questionable practices in accounting for hours worked and compensatory time.

Auditor Anthony Scannell wrote that some of the comments are symptomatic of an overall lack of respect for the County rules as well as lack of supervision and accountability.

Disagreement with the report came from council member Janet Kilpatrick, who said that the picture the auditor laid out was not accurate.

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9:39 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Wind Power to be Used for Crisfield Wastewater Treatment Plant

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A single wind turbine will soon sit behind the Crisfield wastewater treatment plant.

The Maryland Department of Environment gave $3.6 million in a green energy grant to fund the project which will offset some of the electrical costs at the facility.

Four parts of the 750 kilowatt turbine has already shown up provided by Aeronautica Windpower LLC based in Massachusetts.

It will stand 300 feet tall.

Noah Bradshaw, who recently retired as the city’s inspector, told WBOC that the town could save somewhere between $200-thousand and a quarter of a million per year.

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9:33 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Gov-Elect Larry Hogan Attends Veterans Day Parade

Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan
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LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan thanked voters and veterans alike yesterday at a Veterans Day parade in Leonardtown.

Many of those who attended the parade Tuesday say they hope the Republican follows through on his campaign promise to lower taxes. Many also say they want their new governor to do more to make Maryland more attractive to businesses.

Southern Maryland residents say they want a governor who takes an interest in the entire state, not just the most populated areas.

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9:29 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Anne Arundel County Police Chief to Resign

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County's police chief has announced that he will resign Dec. 1 after less than two years on the job.

In a statement Tuesday, police Chief Kevin Davis says he's resigning after the newly elected county executive, Steve Schuh, told him that he'd be "heading in a different direction."

Davis' lengthy statement mentioned the how the county struggled in recent years "when political misdeeds contaminated its waters" and says his administration was focused on positive changes for the future.

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9:23 am
Wed November 12, 2014

MD Congressman Presents Long Delayed Bronze Star

Rep. C.A Ruppersberger Presents Bronze Star to Chief Master Sgt. Scott Wallace
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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - A Maryland veteran has received a Bronze Star after waiting for the award for more than five years.

Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger presented the Bronze Star to retired Chief Master Sgt. Scott Wallace of Parkville on Monday, just in time for Veterans Day.

The congressman's office says Wallace served six years in Afghanistan with the Air National Guard, and that every other member of his team got recognition awards upon their return home in 2009. Wallace's medal, however, was lost in transit.

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11:46 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Bethany's Steens Beach Service Could Be No More

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Steens Beach Service may disappear from Bethany Beach.

Since 1957 the concession stand has provided umbrellas and chairs creating memories for many who have graced the resort’s shores.

But now Bethany is looking at taking over the concession service altogether.

The plan was presented by Town Manager Cliff Graviet to the council yesterday and outlined how the resort could have its own service up and running by May 16th.

The town concession could bring in an estimated $200,000 a year.

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8:48 am
Tue November 11, 2014

MD Governor-Elect Makes Thank You Tour

Governor Elect Larry Hogan on Election night on WBAL TV
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor-elect Larry Hogan is planning to kick off a tour of the state to thank voters.

Hogan's thank-you tour is set to begin Tuesday in St. Mary's County. He will participate in the annual Leonardtown Veterns Day parade. It begins in the morning at St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown.

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8:40 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Delawareans Lose Coverage Under Special Health Care Program

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Delawareans who earn from the $16-thousand to $47-thousand a year will lose health coverage through the state’s Community Healthcare Access Program beginning on February 1st.

The program is run by the state and offers discounted medical services for those not eligible for Delaware’s Medicaid program.

$478-thousand from the tobacco settlement had been earmarked for the program.

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8:33 am
Tue November 11, 2014

MD Healthcare Exchange, Off to a Smooth Start

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say about 9,000 people have browsed for health insurance plans so far on the state's newly designed health care exchange website.

Carolyn Quattrocki, the exchange director, said Monday the website is working smoothly, and officials are pleased with the number of people who have started shopping. It opened on Saturday, ahead of Sunday's scheduled opening.

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8:15 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Arrest in Killing of Beloved Accomack County School Bus Driver

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46-year old Michael Press has been arrested and charged with the murder of 61-year old Accomack County school bus driver Leon Harmon.  

Harmon was found dead  outside his home with wounds to his body after the sheriff’s office got word of an assault and possible death on Cold Kall Lane in Horntown.

The bus driver was much beloved among local residents.

Harmon had been returned to the northern Accomack County bus route he had driven for nearly four decades after a brief suspension in 2012.

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8:02 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Delaware Budget Requests Begin With the Law

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Government agency heads are asking Markell administration budget officials for additional funding in the next fiscal year.

Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr. told state budget office officials on Monday that the judicial branch would like about $3 million in additional funding in fiscal 2016 on top of the $95 million in general funds that the court system received this year. Strine says more than 80 percent additional funding would to to employee costs and technology infrastructure.

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7:56 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Economic Development for New Castle County and Wilmington

Wilmington and Christina River
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New Castle County and the city of Wilmington are planning to release new strategic plans for economic development.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the county paid consultants $49,500 for its report, while Wilmington paid the same two firms $25,000 for its plan. The same companies crafted an economic development plan for Newark three years ago. They are Wadley-Donovan Growth Tech LLC of New Jersey and Garnet Consulting Services of Connecticut.

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7:40 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Scientists Offer Help for Virginia on Carbon Reduction

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Fifteen climate scientists from five Virginia universities are offering to help Gov. Terry McAuliffe develop the state's plan for meeting federal carbon reduction goals.

In a letter Monday, the scientists also told McAuliffe that Virginia is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change.

They offered to help the governor draft Virginia's response to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which sets state-specific goals for carbon reductions from existing power plants.

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7:32 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Fenwick Mayor Says Resort Must Prepare for Sea Level Rise

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Town officials of Fenwick Island are not going to be unprepared for sea level rise.

After receiving a report that shows the resort should expect an increase  in the sea level Mayor Audrey Serio said that the town must take off their blinders and take responsibility for responding to the worst case scenarios.

She added that preserving Fenwick and maintaining its safety were top priorities.

The URS report provided for the town said that solution could include nature based options such as oyster and coral reefs as well major structures like bulkheads and jetties.

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1:17 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Nov. 17th

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Nov. 17th

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12:08 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Forcible Sexual Offense Reports Up on MD and VA Campuses

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WASHINGTON (AP) - New federal data shows that reports of forcible sex offenses at the flagship public universities of Maryland and Virginia doubled last year.

The data shows that there were 19 reports at the University of Maryland in 2013, up nine from the year before. At the University of Virginia, there were 27 reports in 2013, compared to 11 the year before.

School officials and victim advocates say the numbers reflect a growing awareness of sexual assault on campuses across the country, rather than more dangerous campus environments.

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12:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Essay: For Me

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Recently Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill noticed the phrase "For Me" tacked on to a request. And, he began to wonder what this meant, especially in this world of high tech medicine.

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11:56 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989
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This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse was there in 1961 when the wall was built and returned in 1989 to see East and West Germans rush to be reunited after years of separation. 

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11:40 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Wife of Ocean View Association Official Killed in Car Crash

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The wife of a prominent Ocean Pines official was killed in a car crash on Route 50 just outside of Berlin.

Maryland State Police say 66-year old Donna Clarke died of injuries from the crash.

She was the wife of Marty Clarke who is vice president of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors.

When learning of her death he told the Salisbury Daily Times that, “She was the better part of me.”

Police say the accident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. when her Volvo that was traveling westbound on Route 346 came to an intersection with Route 50.

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11:32 am
Fri November 7, 2014

AG Opinion Could End Death Sentence

Jody Lee Miles
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has taken steps that could result in the revocation of death sentences for four inmates who were sentenced to die before the state abolished capital punishment last year.

Doug Gansler announced Thursday that he was filing a brief with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to support attorneys for Jody Lee Miles. They contend his death sentence is illegal.

The repeal applied only to future death sentences, leaving four men on death row.

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11:22 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Battle Over Poultry Expansion in Somerset County

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Before the Somerset County Zoning and Planning Commission yesterday was a battle over chickens.

Dozens of residents and environmental activists showed up to urge the panel to deny any new proposals for large-scale poultry operations.

Dr. Sacoby Wilson from the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health told the panel that there were serious health risks to the local water supply from chicken farms including pathogens, E. Coli and Salmonella.

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11:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Colin Bonini Jumps into Race for Delaware Governor

state Senator Colin Bonini (R-De)
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Just days after the 2014 election, the race for governor in the state of Delaware has already begun.

Delaware state Senator Colin Bonini says he will seek the Republican nomination for the state’s top job.

He is joining Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden who has already expressed his interest in taking on the campaign for government two years from now.

Bonini told the Wilmington News Journal that that while it was important to focus on the winners of this week’s election he was already making his bid for governor.

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11:11 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Some Candidates Show up for Return Day

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In Delaware yesterday it was time to bury the hatch – literally.

The ceremony is part of Return Day with politicians gathering in the Georgetown Circle after the hard fought 2014 elections.

It’s a time when partisan politics are put aside and the crowds cheer.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons said that he wished the nation could have a Return Day given the rancor occurring in Washington over the years.

And, Democratic Congressman John Carney told WBOC that he agreed.

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