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11:04 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Remove Campaign Signs or Else!

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The election is over, and transportation officials want candidates to clean up after themselves.

The Department of Transportation says all roadside signs in the state right of way must be removed by Dec. 5. State law allows signs in some areas of the state-owned right of way for 30 days before and 30 days after an election.

Officials are encouraging candidates, campaign workers and residents to remove the signs quickly because high winds are predicted for the end of the week.

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10:57 am
Fri November 7, 2014

UD to Close Two Aging Dorms

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is planning to close two aging student dormitories, eliminating the school's west campus.

School officials say the residence halls, built in 1966, have "reached the end of their useful life as high-quality housing." They say the John Dickinson and Caesar Rodney dormitories will be closed after students move out in May.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the school hasn't decided how to use the property in the future but that the buildings won't be immediately demolished.

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10:55 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Small Scale Wind Power for Maryland

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Energy Administration is promoting small-scale wind power projects with grants targeting rural communities.

Agency officials are holding a meeting Friday in Frostburg about what they're calling the Community Windswept Grant Program. It's the last of three such meetings the agency has held around the state this fall.

The American Wind Energy Association says such projects use wind turbines rated at 100 kilowatts or less. Large-scale wind farms use turbines rated in megawatts.

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10:49 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Ray Rice NFL Appeal Hearing Ends

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NEW YORK (AP) - A hearing for former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice appealing his NFL suspension has concluded after two days and testimony from the former running back and the head of the league.

Rice and his wife Janay Rice left the hearing separately on Thursday about three hours apart, after each testified at the New York office of a neutral arbiter. The arbitration hearing will determine whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying a two-game suspension of Rice, making it indefinite after video of the running back hitting his wife was released by TMZ.

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Delmarva Today
10:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Delmarva Today 11/07/2014

Mike Pretl, Michael O'Loughlin, Don Rush and John Barkovich

A wrap of the the 2014 Mid-Term Elections, both national and local.

Guests:

Mike Pretl, with the Wicomico County Democratic County

Dr. John Bartcovich

and Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin

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Delmarva Today
9:30 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Delmarva Today: A Tribute to Elizabeth Bellavance

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A special remembrance featuring the voices of friends, colleagues, and family of activist and founding member of Delmarva Public Radio, Elizabeth Bellavance.

Salisbury Daily Times Article

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Local News
8:45 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Orbital Sciences Changes Engines After Rocket Failure

Antares Rocket Explosion at Wallops Flight Facility
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NEW YORK (AP) - Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff last week.

The company says its investigation of the crash is continuing, but preliminary results point to a failure in one of its two main engines. Orbital says it still plans to fulfill its contract with NASA to deliver all remaining cargo to the Space Station by the end of 2016.

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Local News
8:42 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Somerset Wind Farm Project Hits Snag with Commissioners

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The Somerset County wind farm project has failed to overcome its next hurdle.

The Somerset County Commissioners have delayed acting after receiving an open letter from the Defense Department objecting to the Great Bay Wind Project.

Commissioner Charles Fisher said he was against the project adding that the county could not fight Washington and the Defense Department.

Commissioner Craig Mathies and Randy Laird voted to delay the request until the county had heard from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Local News
8:36 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Second Suspect Surrenders in DSU Shooting

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The second suspect in the shooting at Delaware State University has surrendered to the authorities.

25 year-old Michael Clark gave himself up at around 8:30 a.m. yesterday morning at the Dover Police Department headquarters.

25 year-old Marshawn Fortner was arrested on Tuesday in downtown Dover.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that court documents say Fortner told police that the two of them went to the DSU dorm in Dover to buy marijuana from a student.

He claims the student drew a gun and was shot in the chest as they struggled over the weapons.

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Local News
8:29 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Delaware to Celebrate Return Day

Return Day 2006 with Governor Tom Carper
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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Democrats and Republicans in Delaware are done squaring off in this year's campaigns and are now ready to circle the wagons, or carriages, to be more precise.

Election winners and losers are gathering in Georgetown on Thursday for a tradition that includes local party leaders coming together to literally "bury the hatchet," ceremoniously settling their partisan differences, if only for the moment.

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Local News
8:24 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Delaware Pols Look to 2016 Governer's Race, Two Vote Difference in Local Race

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The 2014 elections may have just been completed.

But for a number of politicians it’s onto 2016.

This week Ken Simpler became the first non-incumbent Republican to win statewide office in Delaware capturing the state Treasurer job by a 10 point margin over Sean Barney.

And, there’s already talk that he will make a run for the governorship two years from now.

Bob Byrd, the Dover lobbyist who represents Artesian and Dover Downs among other clients, told the Wilmington News Journal that he would be extremely surprised if Simpler did not run for governor.

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Local News
8:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Maryland Casino Revenues See Turbulance

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The revenue figures are in for Maryland’s casinos.

They brought in $86.8 million for October.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said the Maryland Live! earned just over $50-million while the Horsehshoe Casino Baltimore generated $22.4 million.

Hollywood Casino Perryville saw just over $6 million while Ocean Downs picked up $4 million.

And Rocky Gap Casino Resort came in with $3.7 million.

In a year-to-year comparison casino revenue declined by $2 million excluding Horsehoe Casino Baltimore which opened in August of this year.

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Local News
7:56 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Former Ravens Cheerleader Arrested in Sex Scandal

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and the estranged wife of a prominent Maryland energy executive has been arrested and charged in connection with a sexual relationship involving a 15-year-old boy.

Delaware State Police said Wednesday that 47-year-old Molly Shattuck was indicted Monday on two counts of third-degree rape, four counts of unlawful sexual contact and three counts of providing alcohol to minors. She was released on $84,000 bond after a Wednesday arraignment.

Shattuck's attorney didn't return a call for comment.

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Local News
10:27 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Hogan Wins, Conway Loses, GOP Dominates Wicomico County

Larry Hogan Victory Speech Broadcast on WBAL
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It was a good night for Republicans on Tuesday.

Larry Hogan beat the odds by besting Democrat Anthony Brown by a vote of 54 percent to 44 percent to become the only the second Republican since Spiro Agnew to ascend to the governor’s chair in Maryland.

Hogan beat back Brown’s attempt to be the first Maryland Lt. Gov. to succeed to the office and the first African American to hold the office Maryland.

During the campaign the Republican had battered Brown over tax hikes and the flawed rollout of the state’s health exchange.

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Local News
8:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Senator Mark Warner Holds Slight Lead

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia was locked in a tight race with GOP challenger Ed Gillespie, a contest many thought the incumbent would easily win.

Returns tabulated by The Associated Press late Tuesday showed the race in Virginia was too close to call. That didn't stop Warner from declaring victory and promising to work with Republicans, who took control of the Senate.

Gillespie told his supporters to be patient and told them he would have a better idea of the outcome Wednesday.

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Local News
8:56 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Coons Wins, GOP Takes State Treasurer, Collins Over Atkins

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware Democrat Chris Coons has been re-elected to the U.S. Senate, beating back a challenge from Republican businessman Kevin Wade by a vote of 55 percent to 42 percent.

This year's Senate race in Delaware was a foregone conclusion for many political observers and did not figure into the national battle between Democrats and Republicans for control of the Senate.

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Local News
8:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Arrest in Delaware State University Shooting

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Delaware State University say one man has been arrested and another is being sought in the shooting of a student at an off-campus residence hall.

University spokesman Carlos Holmes said in an email that Dover Police arrested 25-year-old Marshawn Fortner of Dover Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with assault, conspiracy and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

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Local News
8:28 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Business Travel Ban at Virginia Tech to 3 West African Nations

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech has banned travel for university business to three West African countries because of the Ebola virus.

President Timothy Sands announced the ban on travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia late Monday in a letter posted on Tech's emergency management website. The across-the-board ban includes travel for research, educational purposes and outreach.

Sands also discouraged employees and students from taking personal trips to the countries.

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Politics
10:23 am
Tue November 4, 2014

2014 Midterm Election Coverage

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10:21 am
Tue November 4, 2014

DPR 2014 Election Coverage

Full coverage of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections begins tonight at 8PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM.

Local News
9:19 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Go to the Polls

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Voters are going to the polls across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore Republicans are making efforts to unseat Democratic incumbents.

Delegate Norm Conway is being challenged by Republican Carl Anderton while State Senator Jim Mathias is facing off against Republican Delegate Mike McDermott.

In Wicomico County Republican Bob Culver is taking a shot at County Executive Rick Pollitt.

Meanwhile, in Maryland’s First Congressional District incumbent Republican Andy Harris faces a challenge by Bill Tilghman.

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Local News
8:44 am
Tue November 4, 2014

DSU Shooting Leaves One Injured, Lockdown Lifted

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware State University student has been shot at one of the school's off-campus residence halls in Dover.

Authorities say the male student was shot Monday afternoon in the parking lot of a 300-bed residence hall on U.S. Route 13, north of the main campus. The student, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It's unclear where the young man was shot and how many times.

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Local News
8:41 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Military Objects to Wind Farm in Somerset County

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The Defense Department has raised a formal objection to the construction of the proposed wind farm in Somerset County.

Congressman Steny Hoyer says he has gotten a letter from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work that said the project which includes 25 wind turbines would impair or degrade the military’s capability to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation of defense readiness.

Hoyer said that the Defense Department is concerned that The Great Bay Wind project poses a significant threat to the radar system at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

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Local News
8:32 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Fisker Contemplates Opening Delaware Plant

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Fisker Automotive is talking about moving forward with building its hybrid vehicles.

And the firm is looking at five states including Delaware.

Fisker entered into a partnership with a California company to provide the software to relaunch its plug-in hybrid car.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that company officials are hoping that it will provide the basis for arrangements that will allow the Fisker to own the technology for its cars.

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Local News
8:22 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Two More Influenza Cases in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials have confirmed two new cases of influenza.

Influenza B was confirmed in a pre-school-aged boy from Newark and in a pre-school-aged girl from Dover on Oct. 20. Neither child was hospitalized.

The Delaware Division of Public Health announced the state's first confirmed case of influenza on Oct. 14. That case involved a 2-year-old from Sussex County who also did not need to be hospitalized.

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Local News
8:15 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Concerns Over Telephone Data Gathering in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A regional law enforcement initiative to gather and store personal telephone data collected in criminal investigations is drawing attention in Virginia.

The American Civil Liberties Union has raised concerns about the legality of the agreement involving five Hampton Roads localities. ACLU of Virginia lawyer Robert Poggenklass said Monday that the agreement allows one agency to share legally obtained telephone data with a second agency, which doesn't have to get a warrant.

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Local News
8:02 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Pastor Richard Smith Dies At Age 67

Pastor Richard Smith
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Reverend Richard Smith pastor of Ocean City’s St. Luke/St. Andrew Parish has died.

The 67-year Smith had been the pastor of the parish since 2009.

He served in the military in the late 1960’s and entered St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Baccalaureate degrees in sacred theology.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Luke Church today.

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Local News
4:25 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Naval Academy Critic Under Fire

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A civilian professor at the U.S. Naval academy and an outspoken critic of the institution now says school officials are trying to silence him with a formal reprimand that could potentially end his career.

English teacher Bruce Fleming has derided the Annapolis academy for its policies and practices in national media outlets.

Fleming's latest troubles began more than a year ago as the academy was plunged into the national debate over how to stop sexual assault.

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Local News
4:21 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Crisfield Five Rescued in Chesapeake Bay

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have rescued five people and a dog from the Chesapeake Bay.

Police said Monday that the group was on a 22-foot boat Sunday night when they experienced a problem with the fuel system. The boat stopped working and strong winds blew the vessel onto a small island southwest of Crisfield.

The group called 911.

Police say the winds were too strong and the water too shallow for rescue boats. They used state police helicopters based in Salisbury and Frederick to hoist the five people and the dog to safety in a rescue basket. 

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Local News
4:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Rep. Andy Harris Talks Issues on Eve of Mid-Term Elections

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md)
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Congressman Andy Harris is seek a third term in the November’s mid-term election.

And, he has been described as a true conservative   

Harris defeated the Republican incumbent Wayne Gilchrest in the 2008 primary only to be defeated by Democrat Frank Kratovil in presidential election that swept Barak Obama into the presidency.

But, Harris came back in the 2010 mid-term elections to defeat Kratovil. He now faces Democratic challenger Bill Tilghman. 

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