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A petition drive has begun to oppose closing the Giant store in Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that as of April 11th a website had listed around 500 completed petitions.

The Daily Times reports that SaveOurGiant.com is registered to the Towson office of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

An official with Local 27 confirmed to the paper that it has created the website.

But the paper said the official declined to comment further.

There have been rumors that the store in Salisbury might be closed.

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Voters in Newark will be going to the polls today to choose two members of the City Council.

For the seat being vacated by council member Rob Gifford real estate agent Arlynn Hall is up against Jen Wallace.

Council member Luke Chapman is looking at a challenge by Donna Mears.

Mayor Polly Sierer and council member Stuart Markham are unopposed.

Council members serve two year terms. 

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If you get caught texting while driving in Delaware there could be greater fines and more points for driver’s license.

A measure now in the state House of Representatives would hike the penalty for a first time offense to $100.

After that fines would go up from $200 to $300.

The measure would also put points on your driver’s license for a second offense.

The Wilmington News Journal reports this would be the first time that points would be added for the offense which is usually reserved for such violations as speeding and reckless driving.

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LURAY, Va. (AP) - Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says he's trying to convince his colleagues in Congress to fund a significant boost in national park spending.

Kaine hiked a trail in Shenandoah National Park Monday and met with park staff to try and promote the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.

He told reporters he wants to see an increase in federal spending to help maintain and preserve the national park service. Kaine said there's an $11 billion backlog of needed park spending nationwide.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proposed making significant changes to a bill that sought to allow the state to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair when lethal injection drugs aren't available.
 
The Democratic governor's amendment to the bill would give the state to power to compound lethal injection drugs needed for executions. It also would allow the state to keep secret the names of pharmacies that supply the drugs.  
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have plenty of work remaining on the last day of this year's legislative session.

The House and Senate will be waiting Monday for negotiators to reconcile differences in some high-priority bills between the chambers.

The legislature has yet to pass a bill to reform the state's correctional system, but House and Senate negotiators reached a hard-fought compromise Saturday night. The measure aims to save money by reducing incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders and increasing investments in treatment.

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For those who have enrolled in Delaware’s Medicaid program since the Affordable Care Act women overwhelm men by a 2 to 1 margin.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the numbers at a monthly Delaware Health Care Commission meeting found that by the end of January 63 percent of the nearly 10-thousand new enrollees were women.

Nina DeVoe with the Delaware Commission for Women told the paper that this appeared to be the result of the issues that are facing women.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An analysis of Taser use in Maryland found that Baltimore police exceeded widely accepted safety limits for use of the stun guns than any other force in the state.

The Baltimore Sun analyzed data on the use of Tasers from 2012 to 2014. It found that Baltimore police used Tasers in nearly all cases with suspects who ignore orders, but otherwise were not deemed a threat.

In Baltimore, most of the suspects who were stunned were black and two thirds occurred in the city's lowest medium income neighborhoods.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - In the year since Freddie Gray died, the Baltimore police department has worked on its relationship with the community and tried to heal wounds opened during protests and rioting last spring.

Part of the department's efforts have been putting more officers on foot patrol in poor, mostly black neighborhoods and encouraging beat cops to get more involved in the community.

Todd Family Remembered

Apr 11, 2016
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The Todd family was remembered this weekend a year after Rodney Todd and his seven children died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Princess Anne.

There were close to two hundred people at the General James F. Fetterd Community Center in Denton Saturday night.

Tyisha Chambers, the mother of the children and Todd’s ex-wife, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the turnout was a show of love by the community.

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STANTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving a state police vehicle.

The two-vehicle crash occurred early Sunday evening on southbound Route 7 in Stanton. The trooper at the wheel of the cruiser and a man who was driving the other vehicle were both injured.

State police said both were taken to Christiana Hospital to be treated for injuries. While the extent of their injuries is not known, state police say they believe they are not life-threatening.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would require candidates for local office be identified on ballots by their party affiliation.

McAuliffe said Friday that the bill would inject partisanship into historically nonpartisan elections.

The governor's office said Virginia hasn't required local candidates to be identified by party since written ballots were adopted in 1870.

McAuliffe said lawmakers should not create new places for "partisan rancor" to "flourish."

This week we will meet painter Fred Sprock. We’ll hear about the Chesapeake Storytelling Festival. Megan Mudron and Bret Hines of Naturally Sun Kissed Farm will tell us about getting started as home brewers. And naturalist Dave Wilson will bring us part two of a conversation with botanist Wes Knapp about Delmarva’s rare plants.

In the first half of today's program, we look at developments in the Presidential Primary races.  In the second half, wevisit with Ray Thompson, retiring Director of the Edward H. Nabb Center for Delmarva History and Culture.

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The wonders of water about so essential to life. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders this wondrous substance reaching back to his childhood.

DPR's Morning Ignition

Apr 8, 2016

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New Sea Gull Stadium Unveiled

Apr 8, 2016
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The new $19 million Sea Gull Stadium held its grand opening yesterday as Salisbury University students and faculty gathered along with local residents at the 30-thousand square-foot construction site.

The stadium runs the length of Wayne Street and will have around 5-thousand seats with four floors of amenities.

Football Coach Sherman Wood said, “The kids are going to have the opportunity to run out of a brand new stadium. It really hadn’t hit me to be honest with you. I’m just so happy for our student athletes, they’re in awe right now.”

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The ponies of Assateague Island National Seashore will soon be commemorated on a United States Postal Service stamp.

In a news release Wednesday, the Postal Service announced a photograph of two wild ponies grazing in the saltwater marsh will be used to create a Forever Stamp image. The stamp will be released this summer.

The stamp is one of 16 Forever Stamp images meant to celebrate the National Park Service's Centennial. The release says other images will include scene from Acadia National Park in Maine and Arches National Park in Utah.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland would become the first state in the country to take pesticides found to harm bees off of retail store shelves, under a bill that has passed the General Assembly.

The Maryland House of Delegates gave final approval to the bill known as the Pollinator Protection Act on a 98-39 vote Thursday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

Doug Mayer, a Hogan spokesman, says the Republican governor is reviewing the bill. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Young people from across the state are taking over Legislative Hall, at least temporarily.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to welcome middle school and high school students to Dover on Friday for opening ceremonies of the 48th annual YMCA of Delaware Youth in Government event.

The program is a national teen leadership initiative featuring state-organized model government programs.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A foundation that honors late Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has announced its new mission to protect children from sexual abuse.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children announced Wednesday that its new efforts will include educating adults on where sexual abuse can occur, signs of abuse, prevention techniques and what to do if children say they've been abused.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's highest court says a man convicted of rape and murder more than three decades ago is innocent and should be released from prison.

The Virginia Supreme Court granted Keith Allen Harward's petition for a writ of actual innocence on Thursday after new DNA tests failed to identify Harward's genetic profile in sperm left at the crime scene. Harward received a life sentence for the 1982 killing of Jesse Perron and the rape of his wife.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Religious leaders are urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto a bill that would allow the state to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair.

Three hundred faith leaders from Virginia and across the county said in a statement Thursday that the electric chair is a "barbarous relic" that kills inmates with "unspeakable cruelty." They say they have a "moral responsibility" to preserve all lives, even those whose actions they "deplore."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore school police officer caught on video slapping and kicking a teen at a school while another officer stood by has pleaded not guilty.

News media outlets report that Anthony Spence and fellow school police officer Saverna Bias both entered the plea on Thursday to the misdemeanor charges of assault and misconduct.

Spence was originally charged with second-degree child abuse, but the state's attorney's office said in a statement that it was deemed inappropriate since the officers didn't have temporary custody of the teen.

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There’s legislation in Delaware that would keep registered sex offenders from coming near licensed day care centers.

Currently, the law keeps them from being within 250 feet from a school.

The measure is sponsored by Representative Kevin Hensley a Republican from Middletown.

There is also legislation from down state Republicans who want to tighten restrictions on where sex offenders can live.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is nearing a vote to override the governor's veto of a hotly debated bill on the state's policy for deciding what transportation projects get funding.

The Senate could vote as soon as Friday to override the bill. The House voted to override the bill on Thursday, largely along party lines.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation to allow people who are protected by a protective order to carry a hidden handgun without getting a permit.

McAuliffe said Thursday that the legislation would have encouraged victims of domestic abuse to introduce guns into already dangerous situations.

The governor, a Democrat, tried unsuccessfully earlier this year to amend the legislation. McAuliffe wanted people protected by a protective order to take a firearms safety class before they could carry a concealed weapon, among other changes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has ruled that current and former Virginia state senators are in contempt for not providing records related to a redistricting lawsuit.

W. Reilly Marchant ruled Thursday that each senator in contempt should be assessed a $100-a-day fine but suspended the fines until an appeals court weighs in.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state senator who is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor says her husband, a New Castle County housing inspector, did not improperly use confidential public housing records to solicit votes for her during her 2014 re-election campaign.

Sen. Bethany Hall-Long said Thursday that an internal review by county officials last year cleared her husband, Dana Long, of any wrongdoing.

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The NASA has given its Sounding Rocket Operations Contract to Orbital ATK in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the contract is worth nearly $200 million and could stretch over five years.

The paper says that Orbital will take on responsibility for service and supplies for the Sounding Rocket Program.

Among the number of sites that will participate in the Sounding Rocket Program is Wallops Flight facility.

 

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