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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Police in Norfolk say a school bus overturned on a highway onramp and six students and the driver were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Police spokesman Officer Daniel Hudson said by telephone that the bus on Tuesday morning hit an angled wall along the onramp for Interstate 64 and overturned. The bus with 22 students on board was traveling from Granby High School to Norfolk Technical Center.

Hudson says six students and the driver were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Virginia is preparing to expand the tunnel that connects Hampton Roads to the state's Eastern Shore.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that the $756 million project to expand the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will be funded primary through federal and state bonds.

Workers will build an additional two-lane tunnel under the Thimble Shoal Channel, west of the existing bridge-tunnel. Construction is expected to begin next fall.

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VIRGINA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell can be called "professor" in January, when he'll begin teaching government and policy at a private Christian university.

Tuesday's announcement by Regent University in Virginia Beach comes after federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against McDonnell and his wife following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn his 2014 conviction violating federal bribery law by accepting gifts from a wealthy businessman.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Flu season has arrived, with cases of the virus having now been confirmed in all three of Delaware's counties.

The Delaware Division of Public Health said in a statement Monday that a new case has been lab-confirmed recently in Sussex County involving an infant who is now recovering at home. In New Castle County, a 64-year-old male has contracted the flu, as well as a 77-year-old woman who was hospitalized.

State health officials had previously confirmed that two men from Kent County had come down with the bug.

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Senator Ben Cardin blasted the choice of Steve Bannon as the chief White House strategist calling it deeply troubling.

The Maryland Democrat said that Bannon has become “a proud poster-child for white nationalism, anti-Semitism and misogynistic views.”

Cardin said that Bannon should not be allowed anywhere near the White House.

Meanwhile, Southern Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer denounced Bannon and his leadership of Breitbart news which Bannon saw as a platform for the racist movement known as the alt-right.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force Base are preparing to welcome home a fallen soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

Air Force Mortuary Affairs officials say the body of 20-year-old Army Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois, was scheduled to arrive Tuesday at Dover, home to the nation's largest military mortuary.

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The ALDI discount grocery store chain is coming to Delaware.

It will open up its first stores this Thursday in Middletown and Camden.

WBOC reports that before this the chain had nearly 16-hundred stores in 34 states.

There will be ribbon cutting ceremonies this week with the first 100 shoppers at each store getting gift cards of varying amounts.

There will also be tour of the stores as well as an on-site sweepstakes for a year’s supply of ALDI produce.

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The Salisbury City Council decided not to hire the law firm of Cockey, Brennan and Maloney last night.

There were two no votes and one abstention.

The abstention came from R. Hardy Rudasill who has just come on the council to replace Laura Mitchell.            

He said that he had a conflict of interest since he worked for the firm.

Council members Jim Ireton and April Jackson rejected the law firm while Jack Heath and Muir Boda voted yes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Robin Cockey represented the City Council from 1986 to 1994.

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The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is getting a little more breathing room at least for its experimental flights.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration gave the green light to allow the facility to double the amount of its restrictive airspace.

But the paper reports that local pilots must be notified at 12 hours in advance of such flights among other concessions to the local area.

There have delays in test flights at the facility because of other aircraft in the area.

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Allen Harim has been found to have committed a number of environmental violations at its wastewater treatment plant in Harbeson.

There was one instance where it discharged double the allotted amount of ammonia concentration into the Beaverdam Creek for the month.

WBOC reports that that authorities at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said that this was the result of the inadequacy of the equipment as well process overloads.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Hundreds of high school students left campus and took to the streets to declare their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala says Montgomery Blair High School officials expected a protest in the football stadium Monday morning and about 800 students attended. Most returned to class, but she says some left the Silver Spring campus.

Onijala says the group joined students from nearby Northwood High School. She estimates that there were 200 to 300 in the group.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials are teaming up with health care groups to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The Virginia Department of Health is collaborating with the Medical Society of Virginia, Health Quality Innovators and Virginia Hospital Association for the initiative.

The groups say that antibiotics have been used so widely that organisms have often adapted to become resistant to the drugs.

The groups hope to promote best practices among doctors and the public to prevent antibiotics from losing their effectiveness in treating infections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The number of people living in poverty in the greater Richmond-Petersburg region has been increasing since 2000, even as unemployment rates have improved in recent years.

That's according to a new report from the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg released Monday.

The report found that from 2000 to 2014, the percent of people living in poverty increased from 8.5 to 12.6. The region's population also grew about 5.5 percent.

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - Advocates for protecting the Savage River in western Maryland are holding a public meeting in Frostburg.

Brent Walls of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network says the Tuesday night meeting agenda includes information from a landowner survey.

He says about 20 of more than 270 landowners participated, and most responses were positive.

The network announced the project in September in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Council of Trout Unlimited and the Savage River Watershed Association.

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With the election of Donald Trump who once questioned the birthplace of the first black president Barak Obama black churches in Delaware consoled their flocks.

The Reverend Donald Morton with the Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral in Wilmington urged his congregation to pray for the nation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he said was fearful for what Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency would mean for the black community.

He told the congregation, “You’ve got to pray that God keep him from doing the things he says he’s going to do.”

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Repair of the I-95 bridge near Christiana moved much faster than expected with 24 hour construction crews working into November.

During the six weeks of lane closures over Delaware Route 1 they laid some 30-thousand pounds of precast concrete slabs brought in from Pennsylvania.

This stands in contrast to the traditional pouring of concrete site.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that work is expected to be completed this week ending the lane closures that have given motorist such a headache.

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Sussex County now has a monument to those who fought in World War I.

It’s taken 98 years after the end of the great conflict to erect the monument.

And it took three months of fundraising and coming up with $20-thousand.

The monument finally went up in Georgetown Circle on Veterans Day and lists 17 names of those who died in France.

Rowland Scott Commander of American Legion Post 8 told WBOC reports that he said he was awed by finally remember these men.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware budget officials are continuing to lay the groundwork for the final budget proposal by Gov. Jack Markell.

Budget director Brian Maxwell and his staff will reconvene meetings Tuesday as they hear budget requests from various state agencies.

Among the agencies making budget presentations on Tuesday are the Department of State and the economic development office.

The public hearings will continue through next week.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State election data shows that the number of Maryland voters who wrote in their own candidate for president this year increased substantially compared to 2012.

The Baltimore Sun reports that about 32,000 Maryland voters wrote in a candidate for president this year. That's up from 10,309 voters in 2012 when President Barack Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney.

Pre-election polls showed that both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton had low approval ratings among voters.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Opponents of the natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing are holding events across the state as Maryland environmental regulators prepare to publish proposed rules for issuing permits starting in October.

The events include a rally Monday afternoon at the Baltimore office of Democratic state Sen. Joan Conway, who chairs the Senate's environmental committee. The Don't Frack Maryland Coalition is asking Conway to support a permanent ban on fracking.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is trying to help veterans get jobs in the cybersecurity industry.

That's the goal of a new initiative in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration called "Cyber Vets Virginia."

Veterans interested in working in the cyber field in the state will have the opportunity to participate in a free cyber training program.

The administration says the 12-to-15-week training will be done mostly online but have weekly classroom sessions. Registration will begin in January and training is expected to begin in April.

This week on our show we will hear an interview from our archives with Snow Hill artist Paul Volker. We’ll learn about those tributes to our local Native American tribes called the Whispering Giants. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about Milford Neck Wildlife Area & Preserve.

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Local reaction to the election of Donald Trump.

Guests:

Barrie Tilghman, Democrat and former Mayor of Salisbury

Mike Pretl,

Mark Edney, Vice Chair of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

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Delaware political figures buried the hatchet yesterday at least for a moment.

It’s called Return Day where Republicans and Democrats gathered in Georgetown.

The outgoing Governor Jack Markell declared that the campaign is over and now it’s time to govern.

The Delaware Democrat added that, “The people have no patience for partisan fights.”

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Georgetown Mayor Bill West added it time that “We stop all the political nonsense and become one.”

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds of protesters displeased with Donald Trump's election as president have marched through Baltimore to the stadium where the Ravens were playing a football game.

Protesters marched downtown to the Inner Harbor and then to the M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens were hosting the Cleveland Browns for Thursday Night Football.

The protest brought traffic to a standstill but was otherwise peaceful.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland ended up lower than state elections officials thought it would be.

Linda Lamone, the state's elections administrator, said Thursday that voter turnout was about 66 percent for both Election Day and early voting.

With some long lines at polls on Election Day, Lamone initially projected hours before polls closed that overall turnout could reach 80 percent or higher.

In the end, about 2.5 million Maryland residents voted early and on Election Day. The state has about 3.9 million eligible voters.

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The new flood maps for Ocean City could result in some property owners paying higher insurance premiums.

WBOC reports that Congressman Andy Harris’s office says that the hazard map will cost some of them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the new flood maps do not include private, landscape areas that are deemed secondary dunes.

It said that only the primary frontal dunes which include Army Corps of Engineers Storm Protection Project.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is recognizing Delaware's effort to end homelessness among military veterans.

Castro planned to join Gov. Jack Markell, Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and other officials Friday for a Veterans Day ceremony in New Castle.

Also taking part in the ceremony are participants in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

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More than 30 students who enrolled in a now defunct Physician Assistant program have hammered out a deal with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

A year ago the program was shut down after it lost its accreditation leaving the students high and dry.

The students then asked UMES and the University system to provide funding for the costs of students who wanted to transfer to programs with were more expensive.

In addition, the students asked for a total of $1.5 million to compensate them for lost pay caused by the delay in transferring to another program.    

SALISBURY, MD---To the average person, Delmarva Public Radio’s (DPR’s) new 20,000-watt transmitters may look like nothing more than big gold-and-silver boxes sealed away in concrete sheds on the outskirts of Seaford and Roxana, DE.

To DPR General Manager Dana Whitehair, however, they look like the future.

Replacing the stations’ 30-year-old transmitters — one still using vacuum tube technology and the other a prototype model (serial No. 00001) — is the latest step in upgrading DPR’s broadcasting equipment — and, along with it, sound quality and reliability.

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