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8:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Late Principal in Milford Honored

Tricia Martin
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People gathered yesterday to remember Milford Central Academy principal Tricia Martin and her daughter Taryn.

They held – what was billed as – the Dr. Tricia martin Baseball Tournament bringing players from across the state of Delaware to raise funds for a scholarship in her honor.

During the game Dante George of Milford High School told WBOC that he recalled her as knowing all the students names and was the kindest principal he knew.

It’s been three months since they lost their lives in an automobile accident.

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11:46 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Date Set for Resupply Mission to International Space Station

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The next re-supply mission for the International Space Station from the Wallops Flight Facility is set for July 11th.

The afternoon launch of the Cynus spacecraft will deliver over 1.8 tons of cargo to space station.

Meanwhile, the engineering team has cleared the AJ26 engine that is currently integrated into the Antares rocket after a recent failure during a launch.

After the Cynus reaches the space station it will be loaded with nearly 1.5 tons of material for disposal upon reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere.   

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11:36 am
Thu July 3, 2014

DC Mayor Calls for Boycott of Eastern Shore

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The mayor of the District of Columbia is urging residents to boycott the Eastern Shore of Maryland this holiday, because of its congressional representative's position on decriminalizing marijuana.

Mayor Vincent Gray said at a Wednesday news conference that the city's residents shouldn't support someone who doesn't support them.

The mayor is referring to Rep. Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harris successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city's marijuana decriminalization law.

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10:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Could Disrupte July 4th Celebrations

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Tropical Storm Arthur has become a hurricane and is threatening to take a glancing blow at the Carolina coast on Independence Day.

And here on Delmarva officials are bracing for wet weather but are optimistic.

In Ocean City officials are delaying the July 4th fireworks and festivities for Saturday.

Mayor Rick Meehan says the wet weather into Friday morning will not allow enough time to set up the fireworks display for tomorrow night.
Officials still expect near capacity crowds over the weekend with $50 being charged for all day Saturday at the Inlet Parking.

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9:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Lewes Beach

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A small plane made an emergency landing on the beach in Lewes last night near Herring Point and Gordon’s Point.

Sussex County EMS officials say that the plane apparently lost power and was forced to make the emergency landing.

Only the pilot and the female passenger were on board and no one was injured.

Officials say there was no damage to the plane.

WBOC reports that witnesses say that pilot told them he was going to land on Route 1 but wound up on the beach instead.

   

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9:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Auction for Commercial Wind Development Off Maryland Coast

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 80,000 acres off Maryland's coast will be offered for commercial wind energy development.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the auction Wednesday.

Officials say 16 companies have qualified to participate in the August 19 auction of the Maryland Wind Energy Area, or WEA.

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9:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Senator Chris Coons Meets With Young African Leaders at WH

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A group a young African leaders is meeting with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in Delaware as part of a White House fellowship program.

The University of Delaware is hosting 25 young civic leaders from African countries as part of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a six-week program on American campuses. 

Program participants were scheduled to meet with Coons on Thursday on the UD campus.

Coons, who spent part of his junior year of college in Kenya, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.

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9:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Delaware Has New DNR Secretary

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dave Small
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has a new secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

WDEL-AM reports that Dave Small was sworn in Wednesday morning.

He has been deputy secretary since 2001. Small has been an employee of the department for 27 years. He has served six different cabinet secretaries.

Small lives in Dover. He replaces Colin O'Mara, who left the department to become president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation.

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8:51 am
Thu July 3, 2014

St. Francis de Sales Has New Pastor

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St. Francis de Sales Parish has a new pastor.

He is Father Chris LaBarge who was installed last night.

He has been associate pastor in the Parish for the last five years which covers St. Francis de Sales as well as Holy Redeemer church in Delmar. 

He says one reason he was sent to the Parish is because he can celebrate Mass in Spanish.

LaBarge told the Salisbury Daily Times that having been at the church for the last half decade has given him an insight into the church and its possibilities.

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8:40 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Former PG County Executive Wayne Curry Dies

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry has died.

Curry died at his Upper Marlboro home. He was 63 and had lung cancer.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement Wednesday that Curry oversaw a "transformative" period for the county, with "explosive population and economic growth." He says Curry was "fearless" in advancing causes that helped Maryland's African-American community.

Curry, a Democrat, was elected in 1994 as the county's first African-American executive and served for eight years.

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8:25 am
Thu July 3, 2014

MD Board of Public Works Cuts Spending

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has voted to cut about $77 million from the state budget to address underperforming state revenues.

The board voted 3-0 on Wednesday for the cuts.

The board, which includes Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, also approved about $7 million in fund transfers to make up for less-than-expected revenue.

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12:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Seaford Man Arrested in Del Tech Campus Bomb Threat

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40-year old David Detwiler from Seaford has been arrested for making a bomb threat at the Delaware Technical and Community college Owens Campus in Georgetown last week.

Police say, they acted on a tip from a probation and parole office.

WBOC reports that he has been previously charged with making bomb threats.

He has been charged with making terrorist threats which is a felony and has been sent to the Sussex Correctional Institute.  

On June 24th Delaware Tech received a bomb threat around 3 p.m. which resulted in the evacuation of the campus.

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12:32 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

35 MPH Speed Limit for Virginia's Unpaved Roads

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If you’re driving on unpaved roads in Virginia the speed limit is now 35 mph.

It had been 55 mph.

Garrett Moore, Chief Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said that 35 mph. was a reasonable and safe speed limit for unpaved roads.

However, the state will not be posting any speed limit signs on unpaved roads.

Instead, the Transportation Department is hoping to educate drivers on the new limit.

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12:19 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Property Tax Cut for Indian River School District Residents

Ground Breaking Ceremony at North Georgetown Elementary School in Indian River School District
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Residents in Indian River School District will see a reduction of 5 cents in their property tax rate for the fiscal year of 2015.

Last night the Indian River Board of Education voted to cut the rate from $2.74 cents per $100 of assessed property value to $2.69 cents.

Most of the decrease came from a reduction in the debt service.

The District says that while it was required to sell bonds to fund the costs of building expansion that was offset by paying off bonds from construction projects in the mid-1990’s.

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8:57 am
Wed July 2, 2014

NASA Prematurely Ends Rocket Launch at Wallops

Terrier-Improved Malemute Rocket Launch Ends Prematurely at Wallops Flight Facility
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA says it will investigate an anomaly detected during the launch of a sounding rocket that prematurely ended its flight.

The Terrier-Improved Malemute ended its flight about 19 seconds after it was launched at 4:36 a.m. Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

A flight anomaly with the rocket's second stage motor was detected by range controllers.

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8:39 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur to Hit Delmarva

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You might want to make some alternative plans for July 4th.

Tropical storm Arthur will be bringing 1 to 2 inches of rain to Delmarva by Thursday just in time for Independence Day. 

The effect of the storm will be more limited because its center is expected to stay offshore.

And when the fireworks are set to go off meteorologist Scott Minnick told the Salisbury Daily Times that Friday night should be drier.

In Ocean City town spokeswoman Jessica Water told the paper that the storm should have very little impact on the coastal resort.

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8:27 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Electric Coops to Customers: Conserve Energy

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The Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their customers to voluntarily limit power usage between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 pm. today.

With temperatures heading into the mid 90’s the power companies say that they expect to be buying extra power from the market at a premium price.

That means that customers are being asked to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

In addition, they should delay major appliance usage such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers as well as hot water usage.

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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

Eagle Beach, Aruba
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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

Bloom Energy Co-Founder and CEP KR Sridhar with fuel cell
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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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