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8:55 am
Tue January 13, 2015

School District Moves to Include LGBT in Health Textbooks

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An Indian River School District committee has decided that its high school health curriculum should include the definitions of sexual orientation and gender roles.

Those would include the LGBT community. 

In September board member Shaun Fink opposed the inclusion of such terms in the HealthSmart books bought by the district.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that while Fink never said so during public meetings he has said that as a Christian he has issues with teaching children that it is OK to be gay.

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8:46 am
Tue January 13, 2015

More Appointments Expected From MD Governor-Elect

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan is announcing more cabinet appointments.

Hogan has scheduled a Tuesday news conference in Annapolis. He also will be announcing some senior advisers.

Hogan already has named a number of his cabinet secretaries, but some key jobs remain to be announced. They include budget secretary and transportation secretary.

Hogan, a Republican, will be inaugurated next week in Annapolis.

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8:43 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Revenue Up in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - December general fund revenues brightened considerably for Virginia.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Monday that revenues increased 13.1 percent last month from the previous year. The growth was primarily in payroll withholding and an extra deposit day, among other factors.

On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.8 percent. That's better than the revised annual forecast.

McAuliffe called the December numbers a strong showing. He said it signals gradual improvement to the state's economy.

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8:41 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Judge Turns Down Latest Bid by All-Girls School to Stay Open

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to issue an injunction sought by struggling all-girls charter school in New Castle trying to stave off a second state-ordered closure.

The judge ruled Monday that attorneys for Reach Academy have not shown that they are likely to succeed on any legal claims against the Delaware Department of Education and are therefore not entitled to a preliminary injunction.

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8:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Crisfield Police Crackdown on Gang Activity

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More than 100 officers joined the Crisfield Police Department Sunday morning and descended on the small town raiding nine locations aimed at shutting down gang activity.

WBOC reports that for months authorities hunted several suspects connected to the Tree Top Piru gang for crimes in the city.

Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor said his department had dismantled the gang and assured residents that they were safe.

He said that 18 bags of heroin, 10 bags of cocaine and more than $22-hundred in cash were recovered.

He said no guns were found.

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8:32 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Dover to Add 10 More Officers to Police Force

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Ten more officers will be added to Dover’s police force.

The Dover city council voted 7-to-1 to spend a more than a million dollars with another $4 million over the next five fiscal years.

This will bring the total number of officers on the force to 102.

But it is not clear where the funding will come from.

Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat that the request comes in the face of a recent increase in violent crime that hit Delaware’s capital last year.

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8:25 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Delaware AG Calls for Bill Aimed at Young Offenders and Guns

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Delaware’s new attorney general Matt Denn wants to guarantee prison time for young repeat offenders who are caught with a gun.

The legislation would ensure jail time even if the first felony occurred when the perpetrator was 16 or 17 years old.

Under current law a juvenile’s conviction for a violent crime cannot not be counted once he or she reaches adulthood.

Sentencing ranges from one to 10 years for the possession of a firearm by felons but does not currently count crimes committee as a teenager.

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8:18 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Former Attorney General Beau Biden Joins Law Firm

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's former attorney general, Beau Biden, is joining the law firm of Grant and Eisenhofer.

The firm announced Monday that Biden has joined the firm.

The firm's office in Wilmington is headed by Stuart Grant, who served as Biden's finance chair during previous political campaigns.

Biden, whose father is Vice President Joe Biden, served as Delaware's 44th attorney general in 2006. The Democrat announced last year he would not seek re-election to a third term. Lt. Gov. Matt Denn won election to the seat in November.

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3:34 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

WSCL 89.5 Off Air 1/15

WSCL, 89.5 FM will be temporarily off the air on Thursday, January 15th, 2015. We are continuing a maintenance  project at our Seaford tower location.  You can listen to WSCL that day via our web stream.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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3:31 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

NASA Finds Cause of Sounding Rocket Failure at Wallops

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA says the incorrect installation of equipment caused the launch of a sounding rocket on Virginia's Eastern Shore to end prematurely.
 
The agency said Monday that an investigation shows the failure of the July 2014 launch was linked to the installation process for the second stage igniter.
 
The Terrier-Improved Malemute ended its flight about 19 seconds after it was launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility when a flight anomaly was detected.
 

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1:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Jan. 19th 2015

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11:41 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Bus Fares Going Up in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Bus fares are increasing in Delaware starting in about a week.
 
The Wilmington News Journal reports bus fares statewide will increase from $1.50 to $1.75 per trip starting Jan. 18.
 
The hike is the second phase of a three-phase plan to increase fares by 74 percent over three years. Next year, fixed-route bus fares will go up to $2.00
 

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11:29 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Some Virginia Gas Prices Below $2.00, Maryland Prices Decline

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Average gas prices in several Virginia cities are down more than a dollar a gallon from a year ago.
 
AAA Mid-Atlantic says average prices in Roanoke and Richmond have fallen below $2 per gallon.

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8:12 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Car Crash Kills Five From Accomack County

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WYE MILLS, Md. (AP) - Police say a pregnant woman was behind the wheel of a car that hit a tractor-trailer on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The woman, her unborn child and four other people – all from Accomack County -- were killed in the crash.

State police said Sunday that 30-year-old Zarissa Ayres was driving the car when it hit the tractor-trailer early Saturday morning on Route 50 in Wye Mills.

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8:02 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Motorists: Beware of Icy Roads

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Drivers in the Mid-Atlantic region are being warned about possible icy conditions during the Monday morning commute.

With forecasts calling for freezing rain early Monday and into rush hour, crews in Maryland, northern Virginia and the District of Columbia are applying salt to roads in an effort to keep them from freezing over.

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7:58 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Gas Prices Plunge Again in Delaware

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 9 cents less 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 $2.29. That's compared to $2.38 a week ago.            

Motorists in the region are paying $1.14 less per gallon than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.43 per gallon.  

The price of gas in the state is 15 cents higher than the national average of $2.14 per gallon.

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7:53 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Enrollment Down at Virginia's Colleges and Universities

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report shows enrollment is down at more than half of Virginia's public colleges and universities in the current academic year.

The report by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia says fall enrollment declined at eight of the state's 15 four-year schools, compared to fall 2013.

Total head count dropped from 214,667 students to 213,718. It's the first year-to-year decline in enrollment since 1994.

During the same period, enrollment at private, nonprofit four-year institutions rose from 131,910 students to 135,910.

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7:42 am
Mon January 12, 2015

No Tickets for EZ-Pass Speeders in Maryland

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Transportation Authority has clocked thousands of E-ZPass users speeding through state toll facilities, but the agency isn't issuing speeding tickets.

The agency began recording the speed of E-ZPass drivers in 2002. Last year there were 23,454 speeding violations clocked. But there are no signs at toll booths showing speeds are being monitored.

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7:38 am
Mon January 12, 2015

PBF Wants Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel Production at Delaware City Refinery

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PBF is seeking a key permit for a $100 million hydrogen plants for ultra-low sulfur fuel production at its Delaware City refinery.

The company would like to begin production by November of next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that news of the application surfaced after environmental groups pressed state officials about a cooling tower system at the plant.

The groups say the recycling tower is important in reducing the refinery’s 300 million gallon per day withdrawals from the Delaware River.

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7:34 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Teachers Union Airs Ad Against Cuts in MD Education

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland teachers' union is launching a petition drive to protect strong investments in schools.

The Maryland State Education Association is kicking off a radio ad campaign and online petition drive on Monday. The ad will run for two weeks in Baltimore, the District of Columbia and other parts of Maryland.

The campaign is calling on Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and state lawmakers to not cut school funding.

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7:23 am
Mon January 12, 2015

GOP Names Robin Frazier as Replacement in MD Senate

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Republican leaders in Carroll County have recommended former county commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier to fill a vacant state Senate seat.

Frazier would fill the seat that's soon to be vacated by Sen. Joe Getty. He's been tapped to serve as policy and legislative director for Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan.

Frazier tells The Carroll County Times that she supports Hogan's agenda of cutting taxes and making the state more business-friendly.

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12:27 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Episcopal Bishop Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor says an Episcopal church bishop will be charged with vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and other counts in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist.

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12:20 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Affordable Housing for "Freeloaders", says Anne Arundel County Official

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An Anne Arundel County councilman is standing by his comments that people shouldn't live in his jurisdiction if they can't afford it.
 
Councilman John Grasso says people seeking government assistance are "freeloaders" who often use their children "as a crutch to describe laziness."
 
Grasso spoke Thursday with The Capital following a Monday council meeting during which he said he had no sympathy for people who had testified about how they've benefited from affordable housing.
 

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12:11 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Man Convicted of Police Shooting, Incompetent to Stand Trial

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Delaware man sentenced to 106 years in prison for shooting into a police officer's home as two children slept has been found incompetent to stand trial in similar shootings in Maryland.
 
David Watson of Laurel faces 60 charges in three shootings at the homes of police officers in Wicomico County.
 
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 26-year-old was found incompetent to stand trial in December. A review hearing has been set in his case in Wicomico County Circuit Court for June 12.
 

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12:03 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Five More Die From Flu in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State health officials say five more people have died from the flu this season, and more than 1,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Delaware.

The Department of Health and Social Services said Thursday that a total of nine people have died from the flu this season. Officials say all but one patient were over age 70, and all had underlying medical conditions.

Officials say this time last season, there were only 107 cases of the flu confirmed in Delaware, and no deaths.

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12:01 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

A Dozen Dogs Seized by Sheriff's Deputies in Accomack County

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A dozen dogs were seized by the Accomack County Sheriff's deputies from a property on Bayside Road yesterday.

Residents had called in expressing their concern about a dead dog and other possible indications of animals being mistreated on the property.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a search warrant issue after the Sheriffs learned of the dead dog along with other problems from a large number of dogs at the location.

Jayanne Walker and Jim Mason told the paper that they had become aware of the situation noting that the dogs were chained up and had no food.

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11:54 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Hotel Appoligizes for Canceling Homeless Reservations

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The Hotel du Pont is apologizing for abruptly canceling the reservations made for around a half a dozen homeless people to spend the night on Christmas.

The reservation were made by Scott Senge as a gift but three hours before check in the hotel told him the reservations were canceled because of safety concerns for other guests.

Yesterday, another report said that the hotel did not believe the homeless would have the proper identification.

The cost of the room was $639.

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11:50 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Big Commercial Development Tries Again in Sussex County

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Plans for the Overbook Town Center are back before Sussex County government officials.

The 114-acre commercial development proposal was withdrawn during the election season but resubmitted for a zoning change late last month.

Developer Louis De Bitonto told the Wilmington News Journal that the project had become tangled up in the upcoming political election.

TD Rehoboth’s plan would build a shopping center on the east side of Highway One north of Lewes.

It would be located on Cave Neck Road near Milton.

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11:14 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Dover High Principal Gets Community Support to Stay

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Controversy is swirling around the decision by the Capital Board of Education not to renew the contract with Evelyn Edney as principal of Dover High School.

The school board decided not to keep her on back in November even though Dover High school came off a state watch list and the state test scores were moving into positive territory.

Local residents at a news conference yesterday told reporters that she should be given a chance to continue what she has started.

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11:08 am
Fri January 9, 2015

NFL Should Have Done More in Ray Rice Case, Says Mueller

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NEW YORK (AP) - A former FBI director hired to look into how the NFL pursued evidence in the Ray Rice abuse case says the league should have investigated the incident more thoroughly before it initially punished the player.

Robert Mueller released the report Thursday, saying that the NFL had substantial information about the case and could have obtained more.

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