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Republican lawmakers in Delaware want the governor the secretary of Homeland Security to be notified when refugees from Syria, Iran or Sudan come to the First State.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state Representative Deborah Hudson said that she does not trust the federal government to prevent potential terrorists from coming to this country.

The paper reports that the Republicans zeroed in on countries which the State Department says has supported terrorism within the last five years.

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New Castle County Council member Joe Reda has died of heart complications yesterday at the age of 73.

The Wilmington News Journal notes that Reda was a sheet metal worker, a union man as well as a politician.

He was well known around town and called “Joe the Bartender” for his mixing drinks at high-class parties in Greenville.

Reda was named to the First District seat in 12 years ago when then Council member Robert Woods quit.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Senate has narrowly passed a measure banning the in-state purchase or sale of ivory or rhinoceros horn.

The bill was approved on an 11-to-10 vote Thursday and now goes to the House.

New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who successfully led the fight for a similar ban in his state, testified in support of Delaware's bill.

Violating the ban would be a criminal misdemeanor and also subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000.

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The Virginia Space Flight Academy has been granted $12,500 by the U.S. Navy for – what’s called – STEM education.

The Salisbury Daily Times report that the award was announced during a meeting of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance earlier this week.

The program is part an effort to enhance education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The money will provide for two 3-D printers and two computers along with scholarships.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Eighteen months after he lost a bid for the state's highest office, Maryland's former lieutenant governor is finding that a safely Democratic seat in Congress is no easy consolation prize.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed and sent to the House legislation overhauling the way Delaware serves students with autism spectrum disorders.

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A charge of attempted rape has been leveled against a 16 year male.

The incident occurred on March 14th when a 15 year female student in a home on Clear Lake Drive in Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office says the boy attempted to sexually assault her but that she was able to fend him off and escape the home.

The paper says the boy has been charges as an adult with counts that include attempt second-degree rape.

This the second rape case that has surface recently in Wicomico County involving minors.

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - A satirical essay by a high school student in Glen Burnie that calls for the destruction of black people is stirring outrage in the community.

In a North County High School class, a teacher recently assigned students to write a satirical essay modeled after "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift - a 1729 essay mocking heartless attitudes toward the less fortunate.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia says returning students will pay higher tuition this fall, but the increase will be half of what the university had planned.

The university had previously announced a 3 percent increase of in-state tuition for continuing students. In a news release Thursday, the university said an infusion of $3 million in state funds will allow it to scale back the increase to 1.5 percent, or about $168.

The previously approved 10 percent increase for new students also will be cut by 1.5 percent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Agriculture will award more than $300,000 in federal grant funds to farmers who produce and market specialty crops in the state.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department announced the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program on Tuesday. Delaware farmers can apply for funds to grow and sell fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Projects may run from one to three years.

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Voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. on Thursday until 8 p.m.

Early voting for Maryland's April 26 primary runs through April 21. There is at least one early voting center in each county.

Ballots should be cast at designated early voting centers in county of residence.

Voters will be choosing nominees for president and a U.S. Senate seat, as well as nominees for congressional seats. Baltimore voters will be picking a nominee for mayor.

Addresses for the early voting centers are available at 

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Forty thousand Verizon workers went on strike yesterday with 600 potential jobs at state in Delaware.

And the striking workers the state are taking aim at the company’s call center.

Maria Martin a member of the Communication Workers of America Local 13101 told the Wilmington News Journal that the key issue was protecting jobs in the First State.

She said that if the call centers are shutdown it would leave 50 people out of work in southern Delaware.

Martin added that another 100 would be impact in New Castle County.


ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP) A political action committee that supports Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate bid has agreed to remove President Barack Obama's image and statement from a gun control ad.

The ad shows Obama tearing up while talking about Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The television ad says Chris Van Hollen supported a campaign finance disclosure bill that didn't include the National Rifle Association.

The ad also says the congressman met with NRA lobbyists to put a loophole in the bill to exempt them, while Edwards stood up to the gun lobby.

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A second alleged sexual assault has taken place in the Wicomico Public School system within the last two years – this time on the campus of James M. Bennett High School.

Unlike the previous assault this one was caught on a security camera in which a 15 year old female student is reportedly seen fighting off a male attacker.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the security camera prevented completion of the alleged assault.

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There are some 300 dogs that are being taken care of at shelters around Wicomico County after they were seized from a local home.

Sheriff’s deputies and animal control conducted a 14 hour check at a kennel earlier this month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello said this was like large child abuse case.

It is not clear if any of the dogs will have to be put down.

Currently, they are being evaluated and eventually many will be put out for adoption.

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Navy is considering Wallops Island as its home base for the next generation of surveillance drones.

Media outlets report that business and government leaders gathered Tuesday in Chincoteague, as part of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance, to call upon the Navy to select the Wallops Flight Facility as the East Coast home base for the still-under-development MQ-4C Triton.

The new drones are intended to accomplish several tasks, including reconnaissance missions over ocean and coastal regions, without putting humans at risk.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are asking the Delaware Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling that invalidated sediment and stormwater regulations adopted over the past two years.

The judge ruled last year that the regulations were invalid because they required adherence to technical documents that were not subject to public hearings or comment under the state Administrative Procedures Act.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The results of a survey of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population suggest a good summer for local crabs.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says its annual dredge survey in Maryland and Virginia shows there are more than 550 million blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, the fourth highest level in two decades.
That number is a 35 percent increase in the crab population compared with last year, which was a 38 percent increase over 2014's results.
Officials credit favorable weather and previous harvest restrictions.

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Delaware beachgoers can expect narrower beaches this summer due to storms and high tides.
The Wilmington News Journal reports two nor'easters have affected Delaware beaches - one in early October, and a second hit in January with near-hurricane force winds, record-setting high tides and waves as tall as two-story buildings.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Officials at Salisbury University say college police are investigating an image of a hanging stick figure with a racial slur that was found on a whiteboard at the library.

University spokesman Richard Culver tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that the image was found Sunday. In addition to the hanging stick figure and racial slur, the image also had the hashtag "(hash)whitepower.

Salisbury University police are investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.


The million square foot Overbrook Town Center appears to be dead.

The Sussex County Council turned down a rezoning request for the plan for the retail center yesterday.

The developer TD Rehoboth LLC could still appeal to the Chancery Court.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the vote was four to one with council member Rob Arlett voting to approve the rezoning.

Council member Joan Deaver said that the retail center is not part of the existing commercial corridor and exceeds anything else along Route 1.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are considering a bill mandating that all school elections in Delaware be done by mail.

The legislation to be considered by a Senate committee Wednesday also requires that school board elections and referendums be held on the second Tuesday of May.

The legislation also limits participating in school elections to registered voters.

The bill was introduced after some lawmakers received complaints last year about a successful Red Clay school district tax referendum.

Wearing red Delaware legislators and women’s advocacy groups called for equal pay for women yesterday in Delaware.

Representative Valerie Longhurst told the Wilmington News Journal that women were still being paid 18 percent less than men,

A gap, she added, that must be closed.  

The News Journal reports that the U.S. Census Bureau found that for women of color it was even worse.

Black women earn 70 cents and Hispanic women earn 64 cents of what white men earn.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is supporting legislation to expand a state scholarship program that provides two years of free tuition at Delaware's technical and community colleges.

The Student Excellence Equals Degree, or SEED, program is available to Delaware residents who maintain a 2.5 grade point average and stay out of trouble. It is used by Del Tech and the University of Delaware's associate in arts program, which can lead to a four-year degree.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed 32 bills this year, the most of any governor since 1998.

The Washington Post reports that McAuliffe, a Democrat, said he's fulfilling a promise to block restrictions to abortion, gay rights, and other liberal priorities. 

Republicans said McAuliffe's high number of vetoes shows that he and his staff are disengaged from the legislative process. Republicans control both chambers of the General Assembly.

Starting Monday, April 18th the World Cafe with David Dye will be moving to 6PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM.  Subsequently, all of our evening line up of music discovery program s will begin one hour earlier.  WSDL, 90.7 FM will be you source for eclectic music discovery in the evenings, starting with two hour of the World Cafe.

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SAVAGE, Md. (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich will campaign in Maryland, a day ahead of the start of early voting for the state's primary.
The Republican candidate will host a town hall Wednesday afternoon at historic Savage Mill in Howard County.
Early voting in Maryland runs from Thursday through April 21.
Maryland will hold its primary April 26, along with Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.


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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden will come home to Delaware to deliver the commencement address at Delaware State University in Dover.
Graduation will be May 7.
The White House also announced Tuesday that Biden will also speak at this year's graduations at Syracuse University law school and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

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Federal agencies are calling on Delaware state officials to investigate the apparent suicide of Clay McInnis III late last month.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its sources close to the investigation says he was refused admission to the Rockford Center in Stanton.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office and the Delaware state police have refused to disclose how the 38-year old man died even after they wrapped up their probes into his death.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A glance at some of the legislation that has cleared the Maryland General Assembly, as lawmakers near the end of their 90-day session Monday at midnight: