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Jan 9, 2017

Salisbury University opens during normal hours Tuesday, January 10.

Liberal leave is in effect for University employees. Those planning to take liberal leave should consult their supervisors in advance. Students, faculty and staff traveling to SU are urged to use caution, as some public roads, as well as portions of the campus, may still be icy in spots.

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Snow hit the peninsula this weekend with over a foot in some areas.

Ocean View saw around 13 inches with Lewes, Delaware getting 10 inches.

In Salisbury and Snow Hill there was 9 top 10 inches of snow.

Up in Delaware it ranged from Dover with 3 and a half inches and Smyrna with 6 inches to 9.4 inches in in Selbyville.

Governor Jack Markell lifted the state of emergency after Saturday’s winter storm and the Delaware Department of Transportation made good progress in clearing off the roads.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A budget shortfall will be a top concern for Maryland lawmakers during their annual 90-day legislative session.

Lawmakers also will be weighing proposals to require paid sick leave and to either ban or extend a moratorium on the hydraulic oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.

The session begins Wednesday and ends April 10.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say there's insufficient evidence to pursue criminal civil rights charges against Delaware police officers who fatally shot a man in a wheelchair.

Officials from the U.S. attorney's office in Delaware, the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division and the FBI met Friday with representatives of Jeremy McDole's family. Authorities say the evidence doesn't indicate that Wilmington officers willfully used excessive force in shooting the 28-year-old man in 2015.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Kent County judge is holding a bench trial for a former death row inmate facing retrial in a drug-related killing.

Monday's bench trial was set after attorneys for Isaiah McCoy told the judge last month that he wanted to waive his right to a jury trial.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A trial to determine the best way to cure inequality among Maryland's colleges and universities is slated to begin in federal court in Baltimore.

The decade-old case involves a coalition representing the state's four historically black colleges that says the state has underfunded the institutions while developing programs at traditionally white schools that directly compete with and drain prospective students away from the African American schools.

The trial, beginning Monday, will determine a remedy.

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With the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump the nation is still reeling from the sound and fury of the presidential campaign. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that he has found solace in being.

Salisbury University is closed Monday, January 9, due to the impact of Winter Storm Helena. Essential personnel should report to work as scheduled.

All scheduled classes and events on campus are canceled. Winter term students should log into MyClasses for any special class instructions.

The National Weather Service has forecasted temperatures to remain below freezing throughout the day, increasing the risk of icy and hazardous conditions both on and off campus.

Friday, January 6, 2017SU Closed 6 a.m. January 7 to 6 a.m. January 8 for Winter StormSALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University will close 6 a.m. Saturday, January 7, to 6 a.m. Sunday, January 8, in anticipation of the impact of Winter Storm Helena on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Comic books and graphic novels are big business. After the decline of the 1990's, they are making a comeback and are not just produced by national brand names like DC or Marvel.  There are local independents who have been helped by the coming of the internet.

In the second half, Chris Beakey, local author of Fatal Option, sits down to talk about his work. 

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Snow is expected on Delmarva.

Last night around an inch of snow fell across northern Delaware but did not appear to cause any school closings.

And there was only minor accumulation.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a storm warning for Southern Delmarva that includes Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties in Maryland as well as Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

There is expected to be snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches on Delmarva with 6 to 12 inches for Virginia overall.

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Macy’s is closing 68 stores across the nation as part of a significant drop in sales.

But the store in the Centre at Salisbury will not be one of them.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that sales dropped for a total of 2.7 percent at all its stores in November and December compared to last year at this time.

Nine of the closings had been previously announced.

59 are expected to be closed by the middle of this year.

This leaves Macy’s with 662 stores nationally.

But the closings may not be over yet.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Maryland has raised over $480,000 with three weeks to go until the plunge.

In a statement, organizers said that more than 10,000 people are expected to jump into the chilly waters of the Chesapeake Bay on Jan. 28 as part of the fundraiser.

This year is the 21st annual plunge, which is hosted by the Maryland State Police.

Participants raise at least $75 each to plunge into the water at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says hunters have another chance to bag deer in most of the state.

The firearm deer season reopens Friday through Saturday everywhere except Garrett and Allegany counties, and the western half of Washington county. The season remains open Sunday on private land only in Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Washington and Worcester counties.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget proposal includes a $6 million pilot program that would provide women with long-term contraception such as intrauterine devices at no cost.

The Daily Press reports McAuliffe also pushed unsuccessfully last year for the program, which is modeled after a project in Colorado tied to decreases in the teen pregnancy rate and number of abortions.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State gaming officials say the opening of MGM National Harbor helped Maryland's six casinos bring in record revenue.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming said in a news release Thursday that MGM in Prince George's County generated nearly $42 million from slot machines and table games. The casino opened on Dec. 8.

Officials say that amount and the revenue the other five casinos generated in December brings the total to more than $133 million. The previous revenue record of more than $104 million was set in May 2016.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order requiring future state contractors to agree to a policy that prohibits discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The order is similar to one McAuliffe signed when taking office in 2014 prohibiting discrimination against state employees.

The governor, a Democrat, said the order would make Virginia a more business-friendly state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Environmental advocates are urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to boost the state's renewable energy standards.

The advocates held a rally in front of the Maryland State House on Thursday with the bill's sponsors.

They say increasing requirements to use energy sources like wind and solar to 25 percent by 2020 will help the environment and increase jobs in the solar industry. Maryland's current renewable energy standard goal is 20 percent by 2022.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new report finds water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay is the best it's been in decades, and native rockfish, oyster and blue crab populations are rebounding as the overall health of the nation's largest estuary improves.
 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's biennial State of the Bay report gave the estuary a C-minus grade, an improvement from a D-plus two years ago. It's the highest score since the first report in 1998.
 

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The Delaware City Refinery has been given permission by state officials to handle shipments of unblended ethanol at its barge facility. It comes as part of a  federal government mandate that requires ethanol make up 10 percent of gasoline. However, a conservation group says the federal program is endangering habitat as farmers meet demand by growing such crops as corn for ethanol use. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Collin O'Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation, who said it's time to rollback the program.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials in Delaware and pre-treating the roads in advance of possible snow.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says that crews began spraying roads and bridges with a salt and water mixture Wednesday and will continue Thursday.

Officials said in a statement that the solution, called brine, can be effective up to five days after being applied. Officials say the salt minimizes and delays the accumulation of snow or ice on roads and bridges.

Officials say snowfall of up to three inches is possible Thursday night into Friday morning.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden plans to partner with the University of Delaware on an economic and domestic policy initiative after leaving the White House.

That's according to an aide to Biden who requested anonymity because the partnership hasn't yet been publicly announced.

Biden also plans an affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania centered on foreign policy issues. Biden appeared to reference that project Tuesday when he was heard on a hot microphone discussing his plans while swearing in new senators at the U.S. Capitol.

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There’s legislation in the Delaware General Assembly that would allow convicted drug felons to get help from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program after they are released.

Currently they are barred from the program which provides funding for such items as utility bills and groceries as they search for work.

State Representative David Bentz told WBOC that this was an effort to eliminate one of the obstacles that makes it difficult for those with a drug conviction to get back into society.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge public use area will be closed later this month to allow for a deer hunt.

Officials say the public use area, which includes the visitor contact station, will be closed all day on Jan. 21.

Officials also are reminding outdoorsmen that only lottery selected and permitted hunters will have access to the headquarters area.

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A Maryland Delegate has been found guilty of driving while impaired.

The arrest occurred last August in Ocean City when Delegate Richard Impallaria was pulled over by Ocean City police.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Republican lawmaker has been in the General Assembly for the last 14 years.

He represents the Baltimore and Harford counties and has been the minority whip since 2015.

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The Ocean City Public Works department got the okay for another $28-thousand from the resort’s Town Council to repair portions of the boardwalk.

Town officials said that some areas have splintered and cracked.

$10-thousand was allotted for repairs in the fiscal year budget for 2017.

WBOC reports that Kade Construction got the job but it is not clear when the repairs will begin.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is participating in an effort aimed at reducing the use of segregation and restrictive housing in its prisons.

The Virginia Department of Corrections says Virginia is one of five states that have recently joined the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative of the Vera Institute of Justice.

The department says Virginia will be assessed on how it uses restrictive housing and then will work with Vera to come up with ways to reduce its use.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker has introduced legislation similar to North Carolina's transgender bathroom law, which has consumed that state for months and scared off businesses and sporting events.

Republican Del. Bob Marshall introduced the legislation Tuesday, sparking a strong pushback from civil rights groups who say the bill is discriminatory.

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Delaware’s prison union says many officers are leaving the correctional system due to burnout and competition from other local law enforcement.

WBOC reports that Geoff Klopp, head of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, says this has left many positions unfilled.

He added that it has also meant that 35 percent of the staffing involves overtime which he warns is not safe for his members.

Klopp said that between 9 and 11 officers a month have left over the last 6 years.

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Somerset county officials have taken out a loan of $177-thousand in an effort to keep local residents from having to face a 50 percent increase in their sewer bills.

Those fees were set to rise from $564 to $832 a year.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that there was an outcry by local residents at the potential hike so for now the county decided to take out the loan.

The county will not have to pay the loan for up to three years nor will it face any interest on the financial obligation.

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