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7:48 am
Tue December 2, 2014

VA Thanksgiving Traffic Fatalities Down

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say the state recorded its smallest number of Thanksgiving weekend traffic fatalities in more than two decades.

Five people died during the holiday reporting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and ended at midnight Sunday. That's the fewest since five fatalities were recorded in 1992.

The number was down from 12 last year.

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7:46 am
Tue December 2, 2014

New DE Medical Examiner Meets Oversight Panel

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's new chief medical examiner is getting some face time with the state panel that oversees his newly created division.

Dr. Gary Collins will be introduced Tuesday at a meeting of the state Commission on Forensic Science.

The commission is charged with providing oversight and guidance to the Division of Forensic Science, which was created earlier this year amid an evidence tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

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7:42 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Billboards in Delaware Encourage Condom Use

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There are new billboards going up along Delaware Route 1 and U.S. Route 13.

And they say you can get free condoms, anonymously, by mail.

The promotion is part of a marketing campaign for Delaware HIV consortium’s program DelaWEAR One.

The program will have been in place for a year next month.

And it is designed to encourage condom use.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 350 people have already enrolled in the program and that the state has plenty of condoms in stock.

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7:28 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Virginia Considers New Sexual Assault Laws for Schools

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are proposing new rules that would require university officials to report allegations of sexual assault to law enforcement personnel and prosecutors.

Three Republican leaders in the House said Monday that violent crimes should be addressed by the criminal justice system, not by school officials.

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7:24 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Naval Academy Attrition Rate Declines

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Naval Academy officials say the school's attrition rate continues to drop.

The academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Ted Carter, said Monday this year's freshmen class only lost 9 students out of 1,091 during plebe summer. That's the lowest ever.

Plebe summer is when first-year students come to the academy before the start of the academic year to get conditioned to the rigors of academy life and learn basic military skills.

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Arts
1:25 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Dec. 8th

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8:54 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Protest Set for UMES Over Ferguson Shooting

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Protests of the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, are expected to continue this week with the NAACP chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore planning a rally.

The Daily Times reports the university's NAACP rally is inviting supporters to gather Tuesday in the courtyard at the Student Services Center of the Princess Anne campus.

According to the group's Facebook page, the event starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The group is also urging participants to wear black clothing.

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8:44 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Delaware State Police Consider Body Cameras

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Top Delaware State Police officials are looking at the idea of equipping state troopers with body cameras in the wake of the Missouri shooting of a black teenager by police officer.

Governor Jack Markell says he is open to deploying body cameras on police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that for the last ten years state troopers have used in-car cameras with microphones.

A meeting with the governor is set between Delaware Police Colonel Nathaniel McQueen and Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, who has called for body cameras.

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8:35 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Delaware State Park Fees Go Up

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CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - The first in a series of public meetings will be held this week on proposals to increase fees at Delaware state parks.

The proposals include increasing state resident fees for vehicles at inland park gates by $1 to $4. Out-of-state visitor fees would increase by $2 to $8. For ocean parks, fees would rise to $5 for state residents and $10 for out-of-state visitors.

The first in a series of meetings will be held Tuesday at Cape Henlopen State Park.

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8:25 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Deer Hunting Season Begins for Whitetail Population

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two-week firearm deer season is opening with more Sunday hunting opportunities and other rule changes aimed reducing the whitetail population.

Maryland's most popular deer season begins Saturday and continues through Dec. 13. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters using modern firearms accounted for 46 percent of all deer taken in 2013-14.

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8:19 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Expands in Sussex County

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Habitat for Humanity is expanding its home assistance in the Sussex County.

It has already fixed two homes in Laurel.

A pilot program was launched in last with five projects in Georgetown using money provided by the Delaware State Housing Authority.

Habitat Executive Director Kevin Gilmore told the Salisbury Daily Times that substandard housing continues to be a problem for the community.

The Delaware State Housing Authority says that 745 homeowners in Sussex County are living in unlivable conditions.

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8:13 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Two DUI Arrests in Caroline County Checkpoint

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Two people suspected of driving while impaired were arrested during operation Checkpoint Strikeforce on Saturday night and Sunday morning in Caroline County.

At least 83 vehicles were checked as officers from Maryland State Troopers, Caroline County Sheriff’s deputies and other agencies stopped the vehicles.

One of those arrested was also charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a State Trooper.

No one was injured at the checkpoint.

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8:09 am
Mon December 1, 2014

VA Budget Cuts Hit Forensic Lab Analysis of Gunshot Residue

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Budget cuts have prompted the Virginia Department of Forensic Science to reduce its analysis of gunshot residue and several other kinds of trace evidence.

Beginning Monday, the department is discontinuing routine analysis of trace evidence in what it calls general chemical cases, including cosmetics and unknown liquids or pastes. The agency also is limiting gunshot residue testing to evidence from the hands of suspects in cases where someone was shot.

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Delmarva Today
9:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Delmarva Today: Writer's Edition #18

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On today's program, Harold O. Wilson sits down with Maryland Poet Sue Ellen Thompson to discuss her latest book of poetry titled, "They".

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Local News
11:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Fee for Salisbury Property Owners

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Salisbury property owners are going to see a new fee.

This one that is set to take effect next year would pay for efforts to curb flooding and reduce pollution spilling into the waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

The City Council unanimously approved the storm water fee whose dollars will be dedicated to upgrading the city’s failing drainage system.

The measure survived a last ditch effort by the CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Ernie Colburn.

He wanted the council to wait until the incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan takes office.

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9:29 am
Tue November 25, 2014

A White Thanksgiving for Delaware

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It’s expected to be a white Thanksgiving causing travel delays in Delaware.

The forecast calls for up to 4 inches of snow in northern New Castle County by Wednesday from a nor’easter.

Also expect rain to continue into Wednesday with temperatures dropping into the low 30’s making for a busy evening commute.

Much of Delaware will awaken to at least an inch of snow accumulation while the eastern portion of Sussex County will see a bit less.

The most significant snowfall should hit northwest of the I-95 corridor.

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9:24 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Feeding Those In Need This Thanksgiving

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Some ten-thousand dinner boxes  were packed as part of the 20th Annual Mountaire’s “Thankgiving for Thousands” food drive yesterday in Selbyville at the Mountaire Warehouse on Railroad Avenue.  

They will feed an estimated 45 thousand individuals this holiday.

WMDT reports that the dinners included food ranging from canned corn, yams and cranberry sauce to boxed stuffing mix and a plump Mountaire roaster.     

Meanwhile, many non-profit groups are gearing up to feed those in need during the holidays.

Delmarva Public Radio's Brendan Guihen has this report.

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Local News
9:07 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Petition Calls for Prosecution of Two Animal Rights Activists

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Some three dozen protesters showed up at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Accomac, Virginia yesterday calling for the prosecution or the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case of two animal rights activists.

They are accused of taking a family’s pet Chihauhua from a Hopeton mobile home park and afterward telling the family that he pet had been euthanized.

In addition, the protesters presented a petition signed by more than 2-thousand people asking for the prosecution of the two.

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9:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Some Charges Dropped in Salisbury Police Confrontation

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The arrest of a 15 year old by a Salisbury Police Officer Justin Aita has been declared unlawful.  

That’s the conclusion of a Circuit Court judge who dropped 5 of the 8 charges against the teen.

The boy was taken into custody back in August when the officer stopped the teen for riding his bicycle without a head-light.

The boy eventually pulled away after allegedly giving a false name where upon chase ensued.

The police report says that the boy’s aunt approached the scene resulting in the boy and aunt fighting with the officer.

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8:39 am
Tue November 25, 2014

MD State Panel Considers Fracking

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A state panel charged with recommending safe practices for shale gas recovery in western Maryland is nearing the end of its work.

Tuesday's meeting in Cumberland includes a discussion about the final report, expected by year-end.

It's the panel's first meeting since Republican Larry Hogan was elected governor. Hogan has said he favors hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique that forces water and chemicals deep underground to crack the shale and release natural gas.

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8:35 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Salisbury Zoo's Jaguar Euthanized After Long Life

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A black jaguar that has lived at the Salisbury Zoo for more than 20 years has been euthanized.

Zoo officials say that 22-year Maya was euthanized Monday after her caretakers decided her quality of life was suffering too much.

A zoo spokeswoman says Maya's health has been in decline in recent months and that her mobility and appetite were major concerns. She says Maya's caretakers were keeping a close eye on her health but that her condition had declined too much in recent days for medical care to help.

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8:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Frontier Airlines Ends Flights from Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Frontier Airlines is discontinuing its service to Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

The low-cost carrier has offered flights between the airport and Denver since May 2010. Airport spokeswoman Jessica Wharton says Frontier's last flight out of Newport News will be Jan. 6.

Wharton says the airline had planned to temporarily suspend flights for the winter but decided to include Newport News among 10 cities where it is discontinuing service as part of a broader strategy to enter larger markets.

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8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Perilous Economy Endangers Virginia Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's economy is in a "very perilous" situation with potential federal defense cuts looming.

McAuliffe says he's open to considering eliminating tax relief programs in order to balance the state budget.

He and state lawmakers met with heads of several large companies Monday to discuss the state's economic outlook.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones says the executives told lawmakers to be cautious in their budgeting for next year.

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Arts
1:31 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Dec. 1st

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1:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Beware of Traffic and Weather This Thanksgiving

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This Thanksgiving expect to see some rain and wind before the holiday is all over.

If you’re traveling on Wednesday there should be delays as a powerful storm is about to bring more snow, rain and wind to the Northeast.

On Tuesday night Delmarva expects some sogginess and cold with 1.5 inches of rain and the lows dropping below freezing by Wednesday.

The storm is expected to hit some of the nation’s biggest airports including LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Philadelphia.

Some expect this to be the busiest air travel day in seven years.

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12:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

21 States Ask Court to Overturn Maryland Gun Law

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Fourth U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia last week.

The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection.

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12:45 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

More Solar Power for Dominion Resources

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Resources is adding to its solar power portfolio.

The Richmond-based energy company says it has acquired a 20-megawatt solar energy facility in California from Canadian Solar Inc.

Dominion says the West Antelope Solar Park is located in Los Angeles County. The company says the project has a 20-year power purchase agreement and an interconnection agreement.

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12:31 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Former Workers At Bethlehem Steel Mill Honored

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SPARROWS POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two U.S. senators are leading a group of officials in honoring former steelworkers at Sparrows Point near Baltimore.

Democrats Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are among the officials scheduled to speak at the event Monday.

The ceremony honors the legacy of those who worked at the old Bethlehem Steel mill site as a new owner strives to clean up and redevelop the area.

Sparrows Point Terminal LLC signed an agreement with the state in September to clear the way for redevelopment.

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10:39 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Dover Downs Experiencing Troubled Waters

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Dover Downs is looking at some tough times.

Regional casino competition has doubled over the last few years while the bank demanded the casino’s mortgage as collateral when the gambling outfit recently refinanced $42 million of debt.

Meanwhile, its stock price has dropped to 72 cents after hovering around 30 dollars a share.

And it has the largest tax burden in the region at 43.5 percent.

After spending $283 million to building the casino and expand the casino over the last 18 years the owners say they are now fighting for their financial lives.

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10:34 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Somerset County Students Peak into Digital Age

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Somerset County students will be moving into the 21st century with plans to provide them with electronic tablets as the school district also explores distance learning for students who are sick or snowed in.

It will be provided by a $400-thousand Digital Learning Innovation Fund grant that is aimed to assist students through technology.

Jill Holland, the instructional technology coordinator for the school district, told the Salisbury Daily Times that Somerset County has never used tablets before.

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