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8:12 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Anniversary of Crackdown on Drunk Driving in Maryland

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JESSUP, Md. (AP) - Maryland state police are marking the one-year anniversary of a patrol team that focuses on impaired driving.

State police leaders and other officials will hold a news conference on Wednesday to detail the team's accomplishments. They'll also talk about the team's efforts to combat drunken driving over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

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7:51 am
Wed July 2, 2014

O'Malley Proposes $80 Million in Budget Cuts

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to submit nearly $80 million in state budget cuts to the Board of Public Works.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/TC8YnK ) reports that O'Malley will ask the board to approve the cuts on Wednesday.

The reductions add up to about 0.5 percent of the planned $16.1 billion in general-fund spending in the current fiscal year, which began Tuesday. The newspaper reports that the cuts are an acknowledgement that tax revenues are not likely to be as strong as projected.

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7:33 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Man Struck by Boat Propeller in OC Accident

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Natural Resources Police say a man was severely injured when he was struck by a boat's propeller in Ocean City.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that it happened about 5 p.m. Monday in Isle of Wight Bay. Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candus Thomson says several friends were on a rented 22-foot pontoon boat.

Thomson says 26-year-old John Scott Hauf of Sykesville jumped off the bow of the boat and was hit by the propeller, suffering severe cuts to his shoulders, neck and head.

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7:23 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Seasonal Dewey Beach Police Applications Down

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Dewey Beach is worried about the drop in seasonal police applicants.

Sergeant Cliff Dempsey with the Dewey Beach Police Department told WMDT that the number of applicants has declined over the years.

He suggested that the pay and economy could be having an impact.

They have the 20 officers that they need this summer.

But Sergeant Dempsey says the department is concerned about the coming years if the numbers decline.

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1:21 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Catching Drunk Drivers in Delaware on July 4th

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware authorities are holding the state's first sobriety checkpoint for drivers this weekend.

The first checkpoint for the 14th annual checkpoint campaign is scheduled for Friday, the Fourth of July, in Newport.

Last year, police say alcohol was involved in 47 percent of 96 fatal crashes, which resulted in 47 deaths.

Sobriety checkpoints will be scheduled to take place each month during a six-month campaign. There will be stepped up enforcement during peak holiday times, including Labor Day, Halloween and the month of December.

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12:33 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Delmarva Blood Bank Looks for Donors

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Blood Bank of Delmarva is looking for blood and platelet donors.

WDEL-AM  reports that the blood bank is requesting people schedule an appointment at one of four donation centers in the region. In Delaware, they include Wilmington, Christiana and Dover. The blood bank also has a location in Salisbury, Maryland.

Michael Waite, a spokesman for the blood bank, says the greatest need is for O Negative. The group also has a need for O Positive and Positive donors.

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12:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Southwest Adds Three Flights to Caribbean From BWI

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Southwest Airlines is launching three international routes from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Service for flights to Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau will shift Tuesday from AirTran Airways to Southwest.

Paul Wiedefeld, chief executive officer for BWI Marshall, says it marks an important first step as Southwest official makes the move to the international market. He says the airport looks forward to working with Southwest in coming years as the airline grows its international service.

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9:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Fruitland Police Chief Arrested for DUI

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Fruitland Police Chief Michael Phillips has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired after he was stopped in Somerset County.

The County Sheriff’s Office says that Phillips was released after being taken into custody Sunday on alcohol-related violation.

Phillip’s attorney John Phoebus told the Salisbury Daily Times that the police chief has asked the Fruitland City Council to put him on paid administrative leave until the charges are resolved which the council did.

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9:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Tougher Ignition Interlock Requirement for Drunk Driving in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have given final passage to a bill requiring all people convicted of drunken driving in Delaware to have ignition interlock devices installed on vehicles they drive. 

The Senate passed the measure on a 20-to-1 vote Monday on the final day of the legislative session. The legislation now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.

Currently, interlock devices are required only for first offenders arrested with a blood-alcohol concentration of .15 or higher or who refuse to take a chemical test, and for repeat drunken drivers. 

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9:01 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Lawsuit Claims Bloom Energy Project Emits Too Much Pollution

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A lawsuit has been filed against Bloom Energy and Pepco Holdings the parent company of Delmarva Power by a man who says the 30-megawatt fuel-cell project at two substations in New Castle County emits more pollution than allowed under its state permits.

The state of Delaware requires a surcharge for renewable energy sources, resulting in Delmarva Power customers paying an extra $3.67 to $5.98 a in recent months.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that on June 23rd William Whipple III filed suit noting that the units exceed the expected heat rate.

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8:43 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Bail Hearings Require Defense Attorney in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A requirement for an attorney to be present at initial bail review hearings before a district court commissioner is taking effect.

The requirement ordered by the state's highest court begins Tuesday.

The Court of Appeals ruled 4-3 last year that having an attorney at an initial bail hearing is a constitutional right. Lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on how to overhaul the state's bail system in the last legislative session to address the ruling. Instead, lawmakers put $10 million in the budget to pay for attorneys.

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8:32 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Maryland Mulls High Court Decision on Home-Care Workers

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor says the state will review its collective bargaining arrangement for home-care workers after a Supreme Court ruling on those workers and union costs.

The court ruled 5-4 on Monday that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining.

Maryland is one of at least nine other states that have allowed home care workers to join unions.

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8:22 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Saltwater Cowboys Prepare for Annual Pony Swim

Pony Swim
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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Chincoteague firefighters known as saltwater cowboys will oversee the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague in Virginia on July 30.

The event is preceded by a carnival, which began Friday and continues on several dates in July and early August.

Each year the wild ponies are auctioned to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd. This year's auction is July 31. 

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7:51 am
Tue July 1, 2014

$421 Million Capital Budget Approved by Delaware Lawmakers

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers have approved a $421 million capital budget for road and construction projects in the fiscal year starting Tuesday.

The spending package approved unanimously in both chambers early Tuesday is a decrease from the $477 million authorization for fiscal 2014.

The budget includes $155 million for transportation projects and about $200 million in new bond authorizations for school construction and other capital improvements.

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7:38 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Judge Ponders Medical Marijuana Dispute in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge is mulling whether to dismiss a lawsuit against a lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper in a dispute over who should be allowed to operate Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary.

State officials are negotiating a contract with Mark Lally, president of First State Compassion Center, after he submitted the top bid for the medical marijuana operation.

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4:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The Dew Tour Comes to Ocean City

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The Dew Tour has come and gone in Ocean City, drawing crowds and spectators from around the world. Bucky Lasek of Baltimore won the Bowl Competition, while Andy Buckworth edged out Ryan Nyquist in the BMX cyclist competition. Meanwhile, Pierre Luc Gagnon won the Vert skateboarding event. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at the crowd and the competitors as they met in Ocean City. (Matt Forney provided reportorial work for this report.)

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12:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Two Left Lanes Reopen on I-95 After Morning Tractor Trailer Crash

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say two lanes have reopened on southbound Interstate 95 after a crash involving a tractor trailer closed the highway for several hours.

Police say the tractor trailer overturned on I-95 at Delaware Route 141 just after 4 a.m. on Friday.

State troopers closed southbound I-95 until just before 9 a.m. Traffic was being diverted onto Route 141. Police say the closure caused long delays and urged motorists to avoid the area.

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11:53 am
Fri June 27, 2014

MD's Largest Education Union Signs Deal on Teacher Evaluations

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland education officials and a diverse group of organizations representing educators announced a unique partnership Friday to develop an important part of teacher evaluations.

The agreement focuses on making teachers and principals more effective and comes as states struggle to develop new teacher evaluation systems and work to implement student achievement into the reviews.

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9:43 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino to Open in August

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is scheduled to open in late August.

Casino officials say the $442 million casino is scheduled to open on the night of Aug. 26, pending regulatory approval.

The casino will feature 122,000 square feet of slot machines and table games like blackjack. It also will have two celebrity chef restaurants and a steakhouse. The facility will have about 2,500 slot machines and 100 table games. It also will have a World Series of Poker-branded poker room.

Casino officials say it will employee about 1,700 people.

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9:32 am
Fri June 27, 2014

There's a New Miss Delaware

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A new Miss Delaware was crowned last night.

She’s 24-year old Brittany Lewis of Wilmington.

The brief ceremony took place at the Dover Downs Hotel Casino last night.

She was first runner up and replaces Amanda Longacre who will be 25 in October and will be too old to participate in the Miss America Organization.

Longacre was crowned June 14 but will turn 25 on Oct. 22, before year's end.

Miss America pageant rules require contestants to be between the ages of 17 and 24.

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9:08 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Delmarva Today: Writers' Edition #13

The Beach House

“Fair Warning,” a clever, film-noir-style drama set in contemporary Rehoboth Beach. The drama is an adaptation of a story of the same name written by Dennis Lawson and included in The Beach House, a collection of short stories set in and around the area.

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8:56 am
Fri June 27, 2014

EPA Says Delaware Is Not Meeting Bay Cleanup Goals

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The Environmental Protection Agency says that Delaware failed to meet its own targets for reducing pollution from nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment through last year.

That stands in contrast to Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia which reached all three goals.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued its own report earlier this month that came to the same conclusion.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that nonetheless every jurisdiction fell short in carrying out some of the regulations and monitoring efforts.

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8:42 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Federal Funding to Combat Sea Level Rise in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's congressional delegation is touting federal funding of about $7 million to help pay for projects that will help minimize coastal flooding along the Delaware Bay and improve wetland and beach habitats.

Members of the delegation planned to join state environmental secretary Collin O'Mara on Friday for a boat tour of Mispillion Harbor and the bayshore to view areas that will be helped with the federal funding.

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8:31 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Delaware Legislative Panel Approves $45 Millions in Grant Funds

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware legislature's joint finance committee has agreed on a $45 million package of grants for community organizations and nonprofit groups.

The grant-in-aid package, which now goes to the Senate for an initial floor vote, was released by the joint finance committee on Thursday.

The grants package is one of three budget bills, along with the operating budget and capital budget, that lawmakers must approve each year.

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8:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Safe Streets Program In Salisbury Gets Grant for Fifth Year

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For the fifth year Salisbury’s Safe Streets Coalition is getting a state grant.

This time it’s for $260-thousand.

It’s part of $1.5 million in funding for the city’s police department during the past four and a half years.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan said she believes it is an investment that has paid off.

She noted that there has been a 50 percent reduction in violent crime since 2009.

Meanwhile, robberies have dropped by 49 percent while burglaries have declined by 62 percent. 

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7:59 am
Fri June 27, 2014

No Bail Bill for Non-Capital Offenses Resurrected

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware House has resurrected and approved a proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

The bill fell three votes short of the required two-thirds majority in a Wednesday vote. That vote was rescinded Thursday, and the bill received one vote more than needed.

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7:44 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Limiting Revolving Door for Lobbyists and Lawmakers in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has given final legislative approval to a bill prohibiting former members of the General Assembly from working as paid lobbyists for one year after leaving office.

The bill cleared the House on a 33-to-7 vote Thursday and now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.

Democratic Rep. John Kowalko of Newark has said his bill is aimed at improving government transparency by stopping the "revolving door" that turns lawmakers into lobbyists. Violating the law would be an unclassified misdemeanor.

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7:34 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Under 18? No Tanning Bed for You in Delaware

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If you’re under 18 you won’t be able to use a tanning bed in the First State.

The Delaware House of Representatives has approved legislation that would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use a tanning bed.

Currently, those under 18 can use them if they have their parent’s consent.

The state Senate approved the measure last month.

And it now goes to the Governor for his signature. 

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11:57 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Heavy "Dew Tour" Traffic Expected on Chesapeake Bay Bridge

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say drivers should expect more traffic than normal this weekend on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Officials say the Dew Tour skateboarding event is drawing thousands of people to Ocean City from Thursday through Sunday.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says it will implement two-way traffic operations, weather permitting, to help alleviate delays. The agency also encourages drivers to travel at off-peak hours.

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11:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Sounds of Explosions Heard From Dover Air Force Base

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Air Force Base officials are warning nearby residents that a civil engineer squadron will be conducting training for demolition of explosives.

Officials say the an explosive ordnance disposal flight team is scheduled to conduct demolitions training Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As a result of the training, officials say some residents may hear more noise than usual coming from the base's training range. Residents may also notice possible ground shaking.

Base officials say the noise may travel farther during overcast weather conditions.

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