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11:58 am
Tue October 7, 2014

MD State Employees Face Wellness Program Requirements

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland state employees will now be required to participate in a wellness program as part of their health insurance or pay a $50 annual penalty.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the wellness-program requirement begins Jan. 1 for Maryland state employees, retirees, and covered spouses, affecting more than 250,000 people.

The wellness-program requirements will be relatively easy to fulfill in 2015, but the requirements become more stringent in future years, as will the penalties.

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DPR Programming Notes
9:58 am
Tue October 7, 2014

On WSDL and Drop-Outs

The old Caruthers Hall studio tower. The STL's are the two "dishes" located near the top.

If you have been listening to WSDL, 90.7 FM for the past week, you have most likely heard something like this:

Instead of “Broadcasting from the campus of Salisbury University”…..you hear.

“Broa---from---the camp---of—University”.

You are hearing what we call “drop- outs”.  It is extremely annoying and frustrating; both for you the listener and us here at  Delmarva Public Radio.

Why the Drop-Outs?

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Local News
9:34 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Coastal Flood Advisory for Lower Shore

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There’s a coastal flood advisory from 11 a.m. this morning through 5 p.m. this afternoon on the Lower Shore.

The counties include Dorchester, Wicomico and Somerset.

The National Weather Service says that the flooding in the low lying areas is the result of onshore winds and high tides.

Local News
9:21 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Virginia

In Virginia same-sex couples will be celebrating their nuptials with a state sanctioned marriage license.

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear appeals to enforce a ban on same-sex marriage by five states including Virginia.

That action immediately legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

In Northampton County, the court clerk Traci Johnson said she and her counterparts in the rest of the state will begin receiving instructions and revised forms via email for issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

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Local News
9:16 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Poll: Brown Leads Hogan by 9 Points

From left, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll says Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is leading Republican Larry Hogan by 9 percentage points in the Maryland governor's race.

The Post reports the poll found Brown, a Democrat, leads Hogan 47 percent to 38 percent among likely voters. Eleven percent are undecided.

The newspaper says the race has tightened in recent months. The poll suggests Brown is being hurt as support for Gov. Martin O'Malley has dropped due to economic concerns. Hogan has been campaigning on economic issues.

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Local News
9:06 am
Tue October 7, 2014

No Ebola Case in Delaware

Dr. Karel Rattay, director of the state Division of Public Health, reassured residents that there were no cases of Ebola in the First State.

The announcement came after a report that a child from Liberia was treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover for possible exposure to the infectious disease.

The only confirmed case in the United States is Thomas Duncan in Texas.

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Phelps Suspended for Six Months

Michael Phelps
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USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, forced him to withdraw from next year's world championships and taken away his funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of the Olympic champion's second DUI arrest.

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Local News
8:16 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Lawsuit Filed Over Tipping Off Drivers to Speed Trap

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - A town police department is facing a lawsuit over its ticket-writing policies after the Delaware American Civil Liberties Union said police wrongly ticketed a driver who flashed his headlights to warn fellow motorists of a speed trap.
    
The Delaware ACLU says the flashing-headlights ticket is one among several violations by the Smyrna Police Department, including an allegation that Smyrna police improperly arrested a man for cursing at an officer.
    

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Local News
8:01 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Some Casino Revenue Numbers Decline in Maryland

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials say the state's five casinos brought in more than $82.4 million in revenue last month.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced the revenue numbers Monday. Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County led the group with more than $45.5 million from slot machines and table games. That's an approximately 10 percent decrease from September 2013.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened to the public in August, brought in $22 million.

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Local News
7:58 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Homeownership Dips in Salisbury With Tough Economy

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An assessment of home ownership in Salisbury has found it has fallen by 4 percent over the last four years.

During an overview of Salisbury census data last night the city council was told that the rental market accounted for 66.8 percent of the housing market while homeownership accounted for just over 33 percent.

City Council member Tim Spies says the trend reflects a tough economy.

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Local News
7:44 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Plea Deal for Man Accused of Hitting State Police Cruiser

Edwin Fletcher
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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A man accused of driving into a Maryland State Police cruiser with three law enforcement officers inside has entered into a plea deal.

Online court records show 32-year-old Edwin Fletcher of Salisbury entered Alford pleas Monday to three counts of first degree assault and a count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. With an Alford plea, a defendant is able to take the benefit of a plea agreement without admitting guilt.

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Local News
4:25 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

D.C. Joins in Global March for Elephants

Angela Byrd

Law makers, citizens, and conservation experts gathered in Washington D.C. Saturday for the second annual International March for Elephants.

The march in D.C. is one of 130 marches that took place worldwide to call for an ivory sales ban to save elephants from extinction.

According to Elephants DC president Jen Samuel, elephants are slaughtered at a rate of 96 per day, or 1 every 15 minutes.

Local News
9:10 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Coastal Flood Warning for Lower Shore

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The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory beginning at 11 a.m. this morning and running through 4 p.m. this afternoon for the Lower Shore.

The counties affected are Dorchester, Wicomico and Somerset.

Low lying areas could be hit with flooding due to a combination of onshore winds and high tides.

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Local News
9:05 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Dover Hospital Monitors Child for Ebola

Bayhealth Kent General hospital in Dover says it has placed a Liberian child in isolation as a preventive measure in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in that country.

In a statement placed on its website Sunday it said the move was a precautionary measure.

The hospital says it is taking all recommended precautions by the Centers for Disease Control with the collection and transport of specimens.

WBOC reports that the child is past the 21 day maximum incubation period and that the CDC has determined that the likelihood of Ebola infection is extremely low.

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Local News
8:36 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Phelps to Take Time Off

Michael Phelps
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Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is taking some time off from swimming after being arrested for driving while under the influence.

He said he will be entering a six-week, in-patient program less than a week after his arrest.

He said that while swimming is a major part of his life his focus must be on learning from this experience and making better decisions in the future. 

Last Tuesday Phelps was also charged with excessive speed and crossing double lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore.

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Local News
8:32 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Third Lawsuit Filed Against Salisbury Police

A third lawsuit has been filed against the Salisbury Police.

This time by Darryle Smith and two passengers for being pulled over by the police on August 24th.

Smith said that he gave one officer his license and registration while another pointed a gun at him and his two friends who were in the car.

Smith and his friends Julian Washington and Brian Louck -- all in their early 20’s -- were searched along with the car.

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Local News
8:22 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Hogan Says He Doesn't Plan to Release Tax Reuturns

Larry Hogan
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BOWIE, Md. (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Larry Hogan says he won't make his tax returns public, if his opponent doesn't.

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Local News
8:03 am
Mon October 6, 2014

O'Malley Makes Another Out-Of-State Foray

Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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The Washington Post reports that Governor Martin O'Malley will appear at an event at Northeastern University in Boston alongside Steve Kerrigan, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Massachusetts.

O'Malley is also planning to visit Rhode Island, though no details about that event were immediately available.

O'Malley, who is weighing the possibility of a 2016 presidential bid, last week appeared at events in New Hampshire and Nevada. O'Malley has been traveling the country campaigning for Democrats on the ballot in November.

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Local News
7:59 am
Mon October 6, 2014

A "Lockbox" for Maryland's Highway Trust Fund

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland voters will decide in November whether to make it harder for state officials to spend money in the state's Transportation Trust Fund on anything unrelated to transportation.

The question will be on the ballot as a constitutional amendment. The "lockbox" proposal is aimed at limiting the practice of using transportation money to patch other holes in the budget.

Maryland lawmakers passed legislation in 2013 to put the matter on the ballot as they approved a gas tax increase to shore up transportation funding.

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Local News
7:57 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Expanding Veterans' Courts in Delaware

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A specialized court for criminal cases involving military veterans is expanding in Delaware.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Monday that Sussex County is establishing a veterans' court later this month, bringing the concept to all three Delaware counties.

The courts provide veteran mentors and access to health and other services. Defendants' charges are deferred during the program; those who successfully complete their treatment plans have their charges dismissed.

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Local News
7:54 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Delaware Marks 20th Anniversary of Drug Diversion Court

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a milestone for Delaware's Drug Diversion Court, which has become a model for similar courts in other states.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper planned to join state health officials and judicial branch representatives Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Superior Court program.

The drug diversion court was established in 1994 and was among the first such courts in the United States. Officials now say there are 2,700 such courts nationwide.

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Local News
7:48 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Fighting Cancer in Golden Retrievers

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - A gathering of nearly 100 golden retrievers and their owners at Dewey Beach is calling attention to the prevalence of cancer among dogs.

The Daily Times reports the dogs and owners gathered Saturday for the second annual Golden Jubilee event and to receive a blessing of their pets.

The Morris Animal Foundation is also enrolling golden retrievers in a study to try to determine the causes of cancer that plague the dogs. According to the foundation, 60 percent of golden retrievers die of cancer.

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Local News
7:45 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Gasoline Prices Slip by 2 Cents a Gallon in Maryland

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Maryland are paying 2 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $3.30, down from $3.32 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is 2 cents less than the national average of $3.32.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $3.29 in Baltimore, $3.38 in Cumberland, $3.33 in Hagerstown and $3.23 in Salisbury.

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Local News
2:43 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Fall Membership Drive underway!

DPR's "Season of Giving" Fall Membership Drive is underway!

Fall Membership Drive runs through October 17th. The overall goal of the drive is $100,000!

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Local News
11:56 am
Fri October 3, 2014

No Punkin Chunkin This Year

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There will be no World Championship Punkin Chunkin this year.  

Organizers announced that they have canceled the event that was to take place later this month at the Dover International Speedway.

The dates had been October 24-26.

Instead, it will be held next year on the weekend of November 6-8.

For years Punkin Chunkin had been held at a farm in Sussex County but was set to move to the new venue that was used by the Firefly music festival earlier this year.

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Local News
11:52 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Beau Biden Polls Well in Delaware

Attorney General Beau Biden (D-De)
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If Attorney General Beau Biden wants to run again in the First State the public opinion polls are looking good for him.

A new University of Delaware survey found that 60 percent of Delawareans viewed his second term as Attorney General favorably.

Only 24 percent did not.

The poll was taken in mid-September.

In April the Vice President’s son decided not to seek a third term.

His father Joe Biden also has good numbers among Delawareans with 64 percent viewing him favorably to 30 percent unfavorably.

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Local News
11:48 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Power Outage in Hockessin and Pike Creek Area

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Power outages were reported this morning in Pike Creek and Hockessin.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says a number of traffic signals went dark in the Hockessin area.

Drivers were urged to use caution and lower their speeds.        

Meanwhile, Delmarva Power said there were around 17-hundred customers who lost electricity in the Pike Creek area around 9:30 a.m.

Full service was expected to be restored by 11 a.m. 

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Delmarva Today
10:32 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Delmarva Today 10/03/2014

Perhaps one of the most interesting races on the Eastern Shore is that for State Senate in Maryland.

It pits Democratic incumbent Jim Mathias against Republican delegate Mike McDermott.

Jim Mathias Campaign Website

Mike McDermott Campaign Website
 

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Local News
9:40 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Rabid Fox Bites Millsboro Resident

Delaware health officials say that a rabid fox has bitten a Millsboro resident.

The incident occurred in the Hub Court Mobile Home Park off of Route 113 on Friday.

And the fox tested positive for rabies.

Health officials say that they are getting in touch with those who are believed to have come into contact with the fox and are urging that they get post-exposure rabies treatment.  

Officials are telling residents not to feed stray animals and to never handle such creatures as bats, raccoons, skunks or foxes.

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