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Despite a downturn in the Maryland Economy, tourism is up. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Liz Fitzsimmons, the managing director of the Tourism, Film and Arts Division who says the decision to begin school after Labor Day should be a big boost.

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Snow Hill Road near Mt. Olive Branch intersection is about to reopen since its closure in late September. Route 12 was hit by flooding after a deluge of rain during a three day period starting September 29 th . And it has been closed due to standing water ever since. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there was an extensive pipe replacement project at the Mt. Olive Branch delayed reopening that section. The roadway should be open to traffic beginning tomorrow.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Frederick County Public Schools superintendent says she won't tolerate hurtful language targeting minorities that another school official says has increased since the presidential election of Donald Trump. Superintendent Terry Alban posted a YouTube message Wednesday encouraging students and school workers to immediately report inappropriate comments. She also reminded teachers to act professionally regardless of their political views. School system spokesman Michael...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Department of Education is asking for a 7.7 percent increase in its operating budget. Education Secretary Steven Godowsky presented state budget officials Tuesday with a budget request of about $1.49 billion, roughly $107 million higher than this year's DOE operating budget. The request includes $28 million to cover enrollment growth in the current and upcoming year, and $8 million in new spending for early childhood initiatives. It also includes $6.4 million in...

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State Senator Harris McDowell warns that it might be time to readjust funding services provided for local governments. The Delaware Democrat is co-chair of the state’s Joint Finance Committee examining the distribution of services. The Wilmington News Journal reports that he noted the government is running out of tricks to balance its budget and still maintain its low tax status. Among the key issues are the services that the state has taken on that had been funded by the counties. Michael...

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) - The Maryland portion of Assateague Island will not administer birth control for its ponies in 2017. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the purpose behind the decision is to keep the herd balance in a target range of 80 to 100. Education coordinator for Assateague Island Liz Davis says the goal is to increase the number of foals by minimizing contraception. She says Assateague Island will also monitor and adjust over the years to stay within the 80 to 100...

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There will be new regulations for the food trucks in Smyrna that bars them from being within 50 feet of restaurants. In addition, the operators must have $100-thousand in liability insurance. WBOC reports that Mayor Joanne Masten said the new regulations were designed to protesting existing businesses while still allowing the trucks to operate in the city. Clint Johnson, who operates a barbecue business form an RV off Route 13, told the television station that he had not problems with the new...

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he won't seek to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee. O'Malley released a statement Wednesday saying he's grateful to friends who urged him to consider running, but he won't seek the chairmanship. He says the committee needs a chairman "who can do the job fully and with total impartiality." The announcement comes days after O'Malley said he was "taking a hard look" at the position after being approached by "many...

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Many on Delmarva are familiar with the winter lights in Ocean City during the holiday season. But, Lewes is holding its own event complete with lights and a Christmas Village. It's a first for the area. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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A Princess Anne Commissioner has been found guilty of extortion as well as misconduct in office. Lionel Frederick could face more than ten years in prison when he is sentenced. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the case involved the extortion of $5-thousand for protecting fellow commissioner Dennis Williams from a challenge in the next election. The Circuit Court Judge James Sarbanes did acquit him of theft and three other related offenses connected to the scheme. The paper reports that...

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A new environmental report says that improvement for habitat areas in the Delaware Inland Bays has stalled. It also reports that the water quality in the bays is still rated fair or poor. WBOC says that the report by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays found the largest non-point source of nutrient pollution came from fertilizers, animal waste and storm water runoff. But the report notes that of the original 13 point sources of discharges into the bay are only two left. These are the...

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Fifty new jobs are coming to Salisbury. RDI Wire & Cable Solution will add the new employees to its workforce over the next three years. This is in addition to the 20 current employees that were displaced with the shutdown of the Labinal Power systems’ plant in Salisbury last month. WBOC reports that the company will put up $375-thousand to upgrade its plant including computers and new machines. The company is involved in the aerospace and automotive industries as well as supplying the...

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - A Sparrows Point man has been convicted in the death of another man after a fight in Ocean City. The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that 21-year-old Darren M. Beattie was convicted of manslaughter and assault. A Worcester County Circuit Court jury found Beattie guilty on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Beattie got into a fight on May 29 with 31-year-old Ryan Shupert of Lutherville. Shupert died two days later at a local hospital. Beattie now faces a sentence of up to 10 years...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case of a killer released from prison after a judge modified her sentence. Wednesday's arguments involve Catherine Culp, who was released from prison and began serving probation earlier this year after a Superior Court judge concluded that her model conduct and extensive rehabilitation efforts as an inmate demonstrated "extraordinary circumstances" justifying a modification of her sentence. Prosecutors argue that the...

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Snow Hill has been designated a Maryland Main Street Affiliate. The designation will move the town toward making it eligible for revitalization grants. Michael Day, Snow Hills Economic Development Coordinator, says that the program will make it a top pick when it applies for financial grants. Snow Hill is one of five towns that have been given the affiliate designation. Day told WBOC that it will take around two years before applying to the Main Street program.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell will make their ballet debut in the Wilmington Ballet Academy's version of "The Nutcracker" next month. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the First Family will help celebrate the academy's 50th performance of "The Nutcracker." They will appear in the 2 p.m. show on Dec. 3 at the Playhouse in downtown Wilmington. Gov. Markell will play the town mayor and the First Lady will play his wife during a party...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - AAA is projecting that 1.3 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, the most travelers in Virginia since 2007. AAA said in a statement Tuesday that its projected number is an increase of nearly 50,000 since last year. AAA defines the Thanksgiving holiday travel period as Nov. 23 to Nov. 27. AAA says about 90 percent of Virginians are expected to travel by automobile, 7 percent by air and 2 percent by other means. The group...

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Police in Norfolk say a school bus overturned on a highway onramp and six students and the driver were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Police spokesman Officer Daniel Hudson said by telephone that the bus on Tuesday morning hit an angled wall along the onramp for Interstate 64 and overturned. The bus with 22 students on board was traveling from Granby High School to Norfolk Technical Center. Hudson says six students and the driver were taken to a hospital with...

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Virginia is preparing to expand the tunnel that connects Hampton Roads to the state's Eastern Shore. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that the $756 million project to expand the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will be funded primary through federal and state bonds. Workers will build an additional two-lane tunnel under the Thimble Shoal Channel, west of the existing bridge-tunnel. Construction is expected to begin next fall. McAuliffe says the new tunnel will improve...

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VIRGINA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell can be called "professor" in January, when he'll begin teaching government and policy at a private Christian university. Tuesday's announcement by Regent University in Virginia Beach comes after federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against McDonnell and his wife following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn his 2014 conviction violating federal bribery law by accepting gifts from a wealthy businessman. The...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Flu season has arrived, with cases of the virus having now been confirmed in all three of Delaware's counties. The Delaware Division of Public Health said in a statement Monday that a new case has been lab-confirmed recently in Sussex County involving an infant who is now recovering at home. In New Castle County, a 64-year-old male has contracted the flu, as well as a 77-year-old woman who was hospitalized. State health officials had previously confirmed that two men from...

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Senator Ben Cardin blasted the choice of Steve Bannon as the chief White House strategist calling it deeply troubling. The Maryland Democrat said that Bannon has become “a proud poster-child for white nationalism, anti-Semitism and misogynistic views.” Cardin said that Bannon should not be allowed anywhere near the White House. Meanwhile, Southern Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer denounced Bannon and his leadership of Breitbart news which Bannon saw as a platform for the racist movement known...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force Base are preparing to welcome home a fallen soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. Air Force Mortuary Affairs officials say the body of 20-year-old Army Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois, was scheduled to arrive Tuesday at Dover, home to the nation's largest military mortuary. The Pentagon said Monday that Iubelt and 30-year-old Sgt. John W. Perry of Stockton, California, died of injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device at...

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The ALDI discount grocery store chain is coming to Delaware. It will open up its first stores this Thursday in Middletown and Camden. WBOC reports that before this the chain had nearly 16-hundred stores in 34 states. There will be ribbon cutting ceremonies this week with the first 100 shoppers at each store getting gift cards of varying amounts. There will also be tour of the stores as well as an on-site sweepstakes for a year’s supply of ALDI produce. The television station reports that...

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The Salisbury City Council decided not to hire the law firm of Cockey, Brennan and Maloney last night. There were two no votes and one abstention. The abstention came from R. Hardy Rudasill who has just come on the council to replace Laura Mitchell. He said that he had a conflict of interest since he worked for the firm. Council members Jim Ireton and April Jackson rejected the law firm while Jack Heath and Muir Boda voted yes. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Robin Cockey represented...

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The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is getting a little more breathing room at least for its experimental flights. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration gave the green light to allow the facility to double the amount of its restrictive airspace. But the paper reports that local pilots must be notified at 12 hours in advance of such flights among other concessions to the local area. There have delays in test flights at the facility because of other aircraft in...

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Allen Harim has been found to have committed a number of environmental violations at its wastewater treatment plant in Harbeson. There was one instance where it discharged double the allotted amount of ammonia concentration into the Beaverdam Creek for the month. WBOC reports that that authorities at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said that this was the result of the inadequacy of the equipment as well process overloads. The company issued a statement...

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Hundreds of high school students left campus and took to the streets to declare their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala says Montgomery Blair High School officials expected a protest in the football stadium Monday morning and about 800 students attended. Most returned to class, but she says some left the Silver Spring campus. Onijala says the group joined students from nearby Northwood High...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials are teaming up with health care groups to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Virginia Department of Health is collaborating with the Medical Society of Virginia, Health Quality Innovators and Virginia Hospital Association for the initiative. The groups say that antibiotics have been used so widely that organisms have often adapted to become resistant to the drugs. The groups hope to promote best practices among doctors and the public to prevent...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The number of people living in poverty in the greater Richmond-Petersburg region has been increasing since 2000, even as unemployment rates have improved in recent years. That's according to a new report from the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg released Monday. The report found that from 2000 to 2014, the percent of people living in poverty increased from 8.5 to 12.6. The region's population also grew about 5.5 percent. The change was especially marked in...

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