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The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity was suspended on the campus of Salisbury University after the school’s Community Hearing Board found it guilty of “forced drinking”, “physical abuse” and “acts of coercion”.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the board found the fraternity was involved in a series of hazing incidents that ranged from paddling and drinking to severe verbal abuse and physical acts against the pledges.

Much of the evidence came from a series of group messages among fraternity members and nearly all of the fraternity brothers were present for the incidents.  

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Mayor Jim Ireton says that he will table his July 1st deadline to withhold fire and emergency services in Wicomico County.

He said that he was taking – what he has called – the nuclear option off the table because he believes that the county leaders are negotiating in good faith to resolve their tax dispute.

Ireton made the threat in his effort to get an agreement to resolve the problem of many county residents not paying for these services provided by the city.

The city and county met on April 28th to begin discussions and that led Ireton to withdraw his deadline.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The attorney for a Dover police officer is blasting prosecutors' efforts to continue to pursue assault charges against him after a grand jury declined last year to indict him.

Cpl. Thomas Webster was arrested and released on bond Monday after a second grand jury indicted him on assault.

Webster was placed on leave in 2013 after reportedly kicking Lateef Dickerson, a suspect in a fight, breaking his jaw and rendering him unconscious.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A 38-year-old inmate has died at a Delaware corrections center.

A Department of Corrections spokesman told The Wilmington News Journal other offenders found Charles Williams unresponsive in bed Saturday morning at Plummer Community Corrections Center in Wilmington.

Correction staff called 911 but Williams was declared dead. His body has been turned over to the state to determine cause of death.

Williams arrived at Plummer Center April 22 after violating probation on a 2013 firearm conviction.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of a Delaware law that requires GPS monitoring of certain convicted sex offenders on probation.

The complaint filed Monday targets a 2007 law that requires GPS monitoring of Tier 3, or high-risk, sex offenders who have been released from custody and are on probation.

The ACLU says the law is unconstitutional on its face, and as applied by the Department of Correction to people convicted of offenses that occurred before July 2007.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring says new strict building standards should not be applied retroactively to existing abortion clinics, contradicting advice given by his Republican predecessor.

Herring issued an opinion Monday to the state health commissioner. The standards would treat abortion clinics as hospitals and cover issues such as hallway widths and closet sizes. Herring says applying them would essentially shut down abortion services in the state.

Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office said the opposite in 2012.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 13 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago.
 

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware was $2.60. That's compared to $2.47 a week ago.
 
Motorists in the region are paying $1.06 less per gallon than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.66 per gallon.
 
The price of gas in the state is 2 cents below the national average of $2.62 per gallon.
 

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CURTIS BAY, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County fire officials say two people were rescued from Curtis Creek after their boat struck a bridge.
 
The Capital reports that a 47-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were rescued near the U.S. Coast Guard yard on Sunday night.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor has lifted a citywide curfew six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in the city.

The order for residents to stay home after 10 p.m. had been in place since Tuesday, and officials had planned to keep it in place through Sunday. Protests since Monday's riots have been peaceful, and the announcement of charges against six officers involved in Gray's arrest eased tensions.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement Sunday morning that her goal was not to maintain the curfew any longer than was necessary.

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Once again voters in the Milford School district will be going to the polls this Tuesday.

They will be deciding on whether to approve funding their part of a new $69 million dollar high school.

They will be asked about a plan to borrow $20 million in addition to a hike in their property taxes for the operating costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the new high school will be located on the south side of the city across from Route 113 and Redner’s supermarket.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Doctors, nurses, paramedics and logistics experts with the Delaware Medical Relief Team are headed to Nepal to help victims of last week's magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

The Wilmington News Journal reports a first wave of more than 15 volunteers is expected to arrive in Nepal on Thursday.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard and the Navy plan to conduct a joint training exercise in the lower Chesapeake Bay.

The cruise ship Spirit of Norfolk also will participate.

The exercise is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Monday.

The Coast Guard says the goal of the exercise is to promote coordination between military units.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A huge fire tore through the historic former Bancroft Mills site along the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware.
 
The News Journal of Wilmington reports firefighters arrived on the scene early Saturday morning to confront a fire that had engulfed the 19th-century three-story mill facility.
 
The blaze was put under control about four hours later, but not before the abandoned wooden building - the only structure in the Bancroft Mills complex owned by Delaware State Parks - burned to the ground.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - For the better part of three decades, Virginia operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation. Not anymore.

Statistics compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center show that Virginia has sent only six people to death row in the last nine years after sending 40 over the previous eight years. As a result, the state only has eight inmates awaiting execution - down from a high of 57 in 1995.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Organizers of a conference being held in Wilmington are hoping to bring government agencies, nonprofits, businesses and faith-based groups together in an effort to end hunger in Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell is among the scheduled speakers at Monday's conference, which is sponsored by The Food Bank of Delaware, Brae's Brown Bags and the Food Research and Action Center.

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Concerns are now being expressed in Delaware that allowing charter schools to give preference to students who live within five miles of their facility is leading to the resegregration of neighborhoods.

Representative John Kowalko says that Newark Charter School with almost 2000 students is producing de facto segregation because it sits in a mostly white affluent part of the city.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Newark is the only charter school that uses the preference and will soon become a full K-through-12 facility.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The son of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse is seeking to limit evidence in his upcoming trial on federal cyberstalking charges.

Prosecutors allege that David Matusiewicz and his family conspired for years to torment and stalk his ex-wife, Christine Belford, before she and a friend were killed by his father, Thomas, in 2013.

Thomas Matusiewicz's widow and children deny any knowledge that he planned to kill Bedford.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying "no one is above the law."
 
 Mr. Gray's death was a homicide," State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared. His arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter, she said.
 

In the first half of today's program, we get reactions to the recent events In Baltimore from a group of Salisbury University students.

In the second half, we look at the growing heroin problem in Somerset County.

Guests:

Coye Gerald - Salisbury University junior from Prince George's County
Ruth Taleno - Salisbury University junior from Baltimore County

Autumn Moore- Salisbury University junior from Prince George's County

and Emmanuel Mones, Salisbury University freshman

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The state of Delaware will spend a million dollars to bring a fiber-optic data line that connects Seaford Georgetown and Lewes.

In making his announcement Governor Jack Markell said that he hopes the project could be completed by the end of the year.

The Delaware Democrat said that the aim of the effort is to connect the remaining pockets in the state that do not have access to high-speed data lines.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Fibertech will build the data system for businesses and Internet providers who can then buy access.

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CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - A proposed office, manufacturing and transit hub in Claymont could bring as many as 5,000 jobs to eastern Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the multimillion-dollar, 425-acre project, dubbed First State Crossing, could attract multiple employers and bringing thousands of jobs to the site.

The St. Louis-based developer, Commercial Development Company, transforms outdated industrial properties into office, manufacturing and retail space.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment narrowed its first-quarter loss compared to last year but says further cost-cutting is needed.

The company on Thursday reported a net loss of $352,000, compared to a $1 million loss for the first three months of 2014. Revenues dropped from about $45.5 million to slightly more than $44.3 million.

The company said it will stop offering unprofitable table games at its Dover Downs casino between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday, starting May 18, resulting in the elimination of 24 positions.

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A 6th grade Bennett Middle School got the chance to interview the president of the United States.

12-year old Osman Yahya got the opportunity yesterday during an event sponsored by Discovery Education in Washington D.C.

His job was to host the event and included not only putting questions to the President but taking questions from the live audience of middle school students.

WBOC reports that most of the questions were about education and reading.

Yahya was interested in the books that inspired the president when he was growing up.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis expressed disappointment over his experience in Baltimore where he joined thousands of police officers to impose a curfew in the wake of Monday’s rioting.

The unrest broke out with the death of Freddie Gray who suffered a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Lewis said his deputies were repeatedly told to stand down and retreat as authorities imposed the 10 p.m. curfew over the last few days.

This was done, he said, while multiple felonies were being committed in their presence.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has postponed a vote on legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.

The bill adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to the existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

Conflicting amendments to exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes from the ban forced the postponement of Thursday's scheduled vote until next week.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A panel exploring how to make Delaware's revenue portfolio less unpredictable and more reflective of economic conditions is putting the finishing touches on its report.

The Structural Revenue Review Committee was to meet Friday to discuss the content and dissemination of its report to Gov. Jack Markell and state lawmakers.

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Dover police were on the scene this morning of a fatal shooting.

It occurred around 9:45 at the Pine Grove Apartment complex.

Meanwhile, police had advised students and staff at the Reilly Brown Elementary School to stay indoors.

The lockdown has now been lifted and police say they are certain that the suspect is no longer in the area.

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Baltimore police say they have turned over their criminal investigation to a prosecutor who will decide whether charges are warranted in the death of Freddie Gray.

Gray suffered a mysterious spinal injury while he was in the custody of officers. The prosecutor has not given a timeline for when she will decide on whether to charge the six officers who have been suspended during the investigation of Gray's death.

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A federal government lawsuit involving three of Red Lobster’s female employees in Salisbury has been settled.

The sexual harassment case has resulted in Red Lobster paying out $160-thousand and providing a program for its employees on anti-discrimination laws.

In addition, the settlement must be posted.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 2013 legal action involved allegations that the culinary manager oversaw a sexually hostile and offensive work environment stretching back eight years ago.

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