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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Forty-five local tourism initiatives will share more than $796,000 in state matching grants.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the funding from the Virginia Tourism Corporation's Marketing Leverage Program on Monday. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of two to one. The governor's office says the result will be more than $3.3 million in new marketing to increase visitation to Virginia.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP)- The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections is updating its fiscal forecast.
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is set to meet Monday to update revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.
The meeting is the council's first since lawmakers passed a $3.9 billion spending plan for the current year on July 1.

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Fruitland will be the site of a town hall for a company seeking to open a medical marijuana facility in Wicomico County.

Biocannatix LLC is hosting the meeting tomorrow for its plans to put a location near Hebron that would grow, process and dispense the medical marijuana.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that to back up its plans the company is bringing in Katherine Grimm an industry consultant along with Delegate Cheryl Glenn from Baltimore.

It is not the only company vying for a spot in Wicomico County.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new Maryland law that goes into effect this fall will allow casinos to hire a younger workforce.

On Oct. 1, a new law will drop the minimum age for casino workers from 21 to 18.

The Maryland Live casino has begun its recruitment efforts. Casino officials will be attending job fairs at dozens of colleges and have implemented social media marketing campaigns.

Officials are looking to fill some 200 jobs at the Hanover operation.

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For those engaged in commercial fishing, aquaculture and the horseshoe crab harvest in the Assateague Island National Seashore that activity could be banned.

Park superintendent Deborah Darden told the Chincoteague Town Council last week that she has been told these are activities that should be wound down.

She said that federal regulations say that if Congress does not specifically authorize such activity then it should be banned.

Darden noted that over the last half century that has not been observed.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 6 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 $2.22. That's compared to $2.28 a week ago.

Motorists in the region are paying $1.08 less per gallon than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.30 per gallon.

The price of gas in the state is 7 cents below the national average of $2.29 per gallon.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment is hosting a manned submersible to be used for deep-sea research.

WBOC-TV reports that students will be able to board the OceanGate-created Cyclops 1, a vessel that can travel almost 550 yards underwater.

The college's acting dean Mohsen Badiey says the school will use the submersible during the fall semester ahead of a potential longer-term agreement and collaboration.

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There were more than 37-hundred people who dove into the 7th annual Delaware Mud Run over the weekend.

The skies were cloudy and the temperatures a bit cool as participants raised nearly $200-thousand at a boot-camp style obstacle course on the former ground of the Frightland attraction off Port Penn Road and Route 13.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that top honors went to the group ABC Nickle GI Jane at more than $5-thousand.

The paper reports that a junior version of the mud run raised more than $100-thousand for the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware.

After a sharp rise in gun violence more than 300 people gathered in Wilmington yesterday for the “302 Guns Down Benefit and Concert.”

The event’s emcee Iz Belleto told the crowd that it was time for people to put down their guns.

In addition to the concert and benefit a March for Culture of Peace was also planned.

Mayor Dennis Williams said he was impressed by organizer Michaelena DeJesus and decided to co-sponsor the event waiving all of the fees and providing a grant instead.

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) - A historic lockhouse along the C&O Canal will be renovated.

Radio station WTOP reports Lockhouse 21 in Potomac, Maryland, will be the seventh lockhouse to be renovated under the Canal Quarters program. The C&O Canal Trust made the announcement Saturday.

The lockhouse, which was built in 1832, is also known as Swains Lockhouse after the family that lived there for years. The trust says it has started raising money for the renovation and that the home will be the first renovated since 2011.

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A Code Orange alert has been issued for today by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

It will affect the corridor up along I-95 in the northern part of the state.

That means the air has become too unhealthy for those with asthma, heart and lung disease as well as for children.

On Saturday the air pollution is expected to moderate.  

By Sunday a cold front is forecast.

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A street performer has just received the first ticket for a by the Ocean City police for failing to sign up for a designated spot.

Lt. Mark Pacini with the Ocean City Police Department told the Salisbury Daily Times that Tony Christ asked the night before the citation what he had to do to get cited.

The paper says that the incident occurred on September 5th at around 8:15 p.m. at the corner of Wicomico Street and the Boardwalk.  

He got a $200 fine.

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Around 40 people including students gathered outside Christiansburg high school this morning to protest the ban on Confederate flags being displayed on clothing and cars at the school.   

This follows the suspension of 20 students who refused to remove Confederate gear, which the school decided to ban because of incidents of racial tension.

Houston Miller, a senior who has been leading the effort and was one of those suspended, said the protests will continue until the school backs down or he'll take legal action.

Delmarva Today 09182015

Sep 18, 2015

On the first half of today's program, we note the 100th year anniversary of the founding of Beebe Medical Center.

In the second half, we hear some personal stories of how heroin addiction affects lives.

Guests: Jan McCarty- 100th Beebe Medical Center anniversary Co-Chair

Christine Moore, 100th Beebe Medical Center anniversary Co-Chair

Leanne Silicato, 100th Beebe Medical Center anniversary Coordinator

Lynn Wilkins, history Co-Chair

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Salisbury is now accepting registration from residents who want to use the city’s new Skatepark.

The first phase of construction has begun and the structure could be completed early.

The skaters must be at least 18 years old, sign a waiver along and get a Skatepark registration sticker.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that sticker must be shown prominently on the skater’s helmet.

The paper reports that city’s Department of Community Development will have a signup table at the 3rd Friday event tonight in Downtown Salisbury.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware students' performance on a new standardized test linked to Common Core academic standards shows a continuing achievement gap between black students and other subgroups.

Statewide, barely half of Delaware students, 52 percent, showed proficiency in English language arts on the Smarter Balanced assessment. Less than 39 percent scored proficiently in math, including less than one-fourth of 11th graders.


Branden Melton who was arrested after an April crash that killed one person has been charged with manslaughter and other related charges.

The April 14th accident took the life of 19 year old Cassidy Stinton of East New Market.

WBOC says that the initial report said a 2004 GMC pickup truck overturned on Reid road into a ditch with several feet of water in Dorchester County.

Cassidy was taken to Peninsula Regional medical Center in Salisbury where she died from her injuries.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Mint is honoring a national wildlife refuge in Delaware with a new coin.

Officials from the Mint and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are set to launch the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarter at a ceremony Friday at the refuge visitor center Smyrna.

Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are scheduled to be on hand, along with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, and former Delaware Congressman Michael Castle.

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A Virginia student who's leading the fight against his high school's ban on clothes emblazoned with the Confederate flag says he's unsure what the students' next step will be.

Houston Miller was among roughly 20 students suspended from Christiansburg High School on Thursday after holding a rally to protest a new policy banning vehicles with Confederate flag symbols from the school parking lot and refusing to take off clothing displaying the symbol.

Miller said Thursday that he wasn't going to back down and had been organizing another rally for Friday outside the school.

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The increasing number of factory chicken houses brought out around fifty people to a town hall meeting in Somerset County this week.

It was aimed at drumming up support for local regulations that would ensure neighbors and agricultural workers are not negatively impacted by these large operations.

Organizers said there have been some 70 new poultry houses that have been given permits in the county.

Kathy Phillips with the Assateague Coastkeeper told the gathering that poultry production has moved away from mom-and-pop operations.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to scale back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board voted 9-6 to give preliminary approval to amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The board also rolled back some construction standards for new facilities.


DENVER (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley is promising immediate change on marijuana policy if he takes office - even as he met with pot workers in Colorado who could be out of business if O'Malley carries out his plans.

The former Maryland governor met with Colorado officials and marijuana activists and business owners in Denver Thursday. He repeated his pledge to reclassify marijuana under federal drug laws if elected.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - City elected officials have approved a contract with Flying Dog Brewery to sell 31 acres of vacant farmland near Frederick Municipal Airport for $2.55 million.

The city's Board of Aldermen on Thursday unanimously voted to launch a 120-day study period allowing the brewery to determine the feasibility of its $50 million project to open a 150,000-square-foot brewery on the property before the sale is final.

The purchase offer represents the property's full asking price.

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A first-degree murder indictment has been handed down against William Harcum III in the death of his uncle 62-year old Lee Harcum.

There four counts against the 27-year old Harcum whose uncle was killed while working on one of the family’s watermelon fields in Mardela Springs.

Police say that an argument broke out between the two and that the nephew struck his uncle in the head with a tractor hitch pin.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - Officials say it took about 60 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish a fire at a Cambridge church.

Responding officials say the fire broke out Wednesday evening at the Church of the Nazarene.

The state fire marshal's office says four members of the church were inside at the time, but evacuated the building safely.

More than a dozen fire companies from across Delmarva responded to extinguish the blaze. One firefighter was transported in stable condition to Dorchester General Hospital for a heat related illness.

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The U.S. District Court in Baltimore accepted the new redistricting plan yesterday for Salisbury in which there are five council districts -- two of which are predominantly African American.

The original majority-minority District 1 now has three candidates vying for the seat in this year’s election and the new majority-minority District 2 has four.

Mayor Jim Ireton called the ruling “a well-deserved moment for our city” because it was not forced on the city but rather enacted by the City Council.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - About 20 students at a Virginia high school received a one-day suspension for wearing clothing displaying the Confederate flag.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Brenda Drake says the clothing violated Christiansburg High School's dress code.

Drake tells WSLS-TV that the students refused to comply with the dress code after they arrived at the school Thursday. They were given one-day in-school suspensions.

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Last night heroin addiction brought out around fifty family members and elected officials in a candlelight vigil at the Salisbury Riverwalk Park. They were parents, spouses and siblings who talked of their struggles and their determination to fight what has become the rising use of heroin and other drugs.

The vigil was sponsored by the group Shoulder to Shoulder to Beat Heroin Addiction.

City Council Vice President Laura Mitchell whose loved one has been fighting addiction took center stage breaking down at times as she urged the community fight the deadly epidemic.

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The Accomack County Superintendent of Schools Kregg Cuellar is stepping down and moving to Texas to deal with his wife’s failing health.

It was a surprise announcement.

And the Salisbury Daily Times reports that he declined to be more specific about his wife’s health issues.      

The 34-year old Cuellar had been on the job for only 14 months and will depart on November 15th.

A press release said that the school district will immediately begin its search for a replacement.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan stopped by Camden Yards to help the Baltimore Orioles in the fight against childhood cancer.

Wearing an Adam Jones jersey, Hogan posed for pictures in front of the mound Wednesday night before Baltimore faced Boston.

The governor helped hold up a check for $50,000 that the Orioles contributed toward the cause. He was surrounded by children representing the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Hogan is currently undergoing chemotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which was diagnosed in June.