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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver is seeking a second term, but is facing a challenge.  In the second half, we mark World Aids Day.

Guests:

Bob Culver, Wicomico County Executive.

Dr. James Cockey, Wicomico Health Department Deputy Health Officer

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An earthquake has jolted the Mid-Atlantic region of the East Coast, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.1 magnitude quake struck just after 4:45 p.m. Thursday, and was centered about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east-northeast of Dover, Delaware. It was felt as far away as Baltimore.

The quake jolted downtown Dover, sending lawmakers and workers in the statehouse outdoors to see what happened. Police and emergency officials did not have any immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - A poultry processing company in southern Delaware has agreed to provide bottled water to local residents after elevated nitrate levels were found in private wells.

State officials say Mountaire Farms began providing bottled water to residents Thursday after sampling of wells at homes neighboring the company's Milford processing plant and its spray irrigation fields found high levels of nitrates.

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Ocean City is hoping for a Marine Rescue Facility that would preserve and protect sea animals’ along the Maryland Eastern Shore.

WBOC reports that Mayor Rick Meehan is looking at bringing such a facility to the resort.

Sandi Smith with the Maryland Coastal Bay Program told the television station that currently rescued sea animals are sent to Baltimore.

If built the mayor says it would become part of the resort’s downtown redevelopment project.

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A workshop for potential offshore wind energy is scheduled for Lewes next Tuesday.

It’s being sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the state’s Offshore Wind Working Group.

During the public workshop to be held at the Lewes Public Library representatives from the U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind companies layout possible projects for Delaware and their economic benefit to the region.

WBOC reports that the Offshore Wind Working Group began meeting in October and must provide a report to the governor by December 15th.

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SALEM, Va. (AP) - A new campaign is about to get underway in Virginia schools to promote safe driving by teens during the holiday season.

"Steer Into The New Year, Drive Responsibly" is an effort to reduce teen fatalities during what has become a high-risk period for young drivers. Last year in Virginia, drivers aged 15 to 20 were involved in 16 fatal crashes during December, a sharp increase over December 2015, when six teen driver-involved fatal crashes occurred.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - More than 2 1/2 years since Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in a Baltimore police van, the last of the efforts to hold police officers accountable has sputtered to a close.

The 25-year-old black man's 2015 death in police custody triggered massive protests and the city's worst riots in decades.

Three officers were acquitted at trial and Baltimore's state attorney dropped the three remaining cases. The U.S. Department of Justice in September declined to bring federal civil rights charges against the six officers - three white and three black.

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An Eastern Shore author has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

She is Vashti Harrison who is a native of Onley and a graduate of Nandua High School in 2006.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that her children’s picture book, “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” has been nominated for “Outstanding Literary Work - Children”.

The 29-year-old provides profiles of 40 black women who have had an impact on American history that covers areas such as politics, sciences and the arts among others.

It is aimed at readers ages 8 and up.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors say charges have been dropped against Virginia woman who sent her daughter to school with a recording device after the 9-year-old said she was being bullied.

Sarah Sims told WAVY-TV in Portsmouth that she repeatedly reached out to administrators after her daughter complained about being bullied, but got no response. She put a digital recorder in her daughter's backpack in September to get proof. School officials found it and moved the girl to another classroom.

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There’s good news for brewers.

Construction is wrapping up on a new processing malt processing plant in Laurel, Delaware.

Marc Musial, the regional manager for Proximity malt, told WBOC that he expects production will come in at 25-thousand tons of malted grain a year.

That’s around one million barrels of beer.

He notes that the malting process take around eight days.

Musial says after that it should be ready to be shipped by Christmas.

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