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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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11:04 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Fate of All-Girls Charter School Again in the Hands of the Courts

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Less than a year after attorneys agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging a decision by Delaware education officials to close Reach Academy, the future of the struggling, all-girls charter school is once again before a federal judge.

The judge was to hold an initial hearing Friday in yet another lawsuit by supporters seeking to keep Reach Academy open.

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11:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Johns Hopkins Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

Martin Luther King Jr.
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital are celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of what would have been the civil rights leader's 86th birthday.

The school of medicine and hospital are hosting an annual commemoration of King's life on Friday. The keynote speaker at the event will be the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Morris Dees. King's birthday is Jan. 15. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

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10:54 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Autistic Man Seeks Pardon in Clash with Police

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STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - A Virginia inmate with autism has pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting a correctional officer and plans to seek a pardon from the governor.

Reginald Latson entered the plea in Stafford County Circuit Court on Thursday and was sentenced to six months in prison.

Mental health and civil liberties advocates say the 23-year-old's intellectual disabilities have caused his three clashes with law enforcement since 2010 and had been jailed twice.

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10:47 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Hogan Adds Former GOP Rival to His Administration

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has named four more cabinet appointees.

Hogan announced Thursday that R. Michael Gill is his pick to be secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Gill is chairman and principal of Evergreen Advisors, a mid-Atlantic investment bank.

David Craig is Hogan's choice to be the secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning. Craig, who has most recently served as county executive of Harford County, ran against Hogan for the Republican nomination for governor.

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Delmarva Today
10:25 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Delmarva Today 01-09-2015

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On today's program, we meet the people  behind Headquarters Live, Salisbury's Community Performing Arts Center located in the old Salisbury Firehouse.

In the second half, we visit another well-known Salisbury landmark, Poplar Hill Mansion.

Guests- Brad Gillis and Jim Baeurle with Headquarters Live

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Local News
12:04 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Bad Flu Seaon Forces PRMC to Tighten Visiting Policies

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Peninsula Regional Medical Center has decided to modify its visiting policies in the face of one of the worst flu season on Delmarva.

The changes range from allowing only two adults to visit patient care areas and restricting access by children to reducing exposure to expectant mothers.

Hospital officials say 121 people have tested positive for the flu so far this year.

That’s compared to 80 cases during last year’s 2013-2014 flu season.

In addition, there are 26 inpatients with the flu.

That is double what it was last year.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

MD Ranking Slips in Education Performance Report

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new report says Maryland fell two spots from leading the nation in school performance, though it's still ahead of the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region and most of the country.

Education Week's Quality Counts report ranked Maryland No. 3, down from its spot at No. 1 between 2009 and 2013. Massachusetts and New Jersey topped the list.

Citing state officials and Education Week, The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland's downgrade is because of a change in the ranking criteria, not a performance dip.

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Local News
11:54 am
Thu January 8, 2015

No Room at the Inn on Christmas

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man says he's devastated after a luxury hotel thwarted his plan to give five homeless people a warm bed and a hot shower on Christmas night
 
Matt Senge of Newark tells WDEL-AM that he booked a two-bedroom suite at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington for $639 on Christmas, and told hotel managers and the reservation clerk about the gift.
 

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Local News
8:23 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Allegation of Brutality Against Wicomico County Sheriff's Department

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A 40-year old man is he suffered severe injuries including a fractured vertebrae, a broken hand and a black eye as the result of an encounter with Wicomico County sheriffs.

40-year old Miguel Santos told WMDT that a deputy jumped on his back then threw him onto the ground.

He told the television station that the officer grabbed his head from behind and hit it three times into the concrete.

The incident occurred on January third as a part of a DUI arrest on South Salisbury Boulevard.

Santos admits that he was driving after drinking that night.

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Local News
8:18 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Culver Firings Catch Wicomico County Leaders by Surprise

Wicomico County Vice President Matt Holloway (R)
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A rift appears to be breaking between the new Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and some county council members over the firing of Lee Beauchamp who headed the county’s Public Works Department.

Council Vice President Matt Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was disappointed that Beauchamp was gone.

Holloway noted that Culver was listed as a reference for Beauchamp during his application to the county.

Culver said in also dismissing the Finance/Budget director Andrew Mackel he was taking a different.     

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Local News
8:09 am
Thu January 8, 2015

New Castle County Takes Aim at Drug Trafficking

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Federal officials have designated New Castle County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The designation by the Office of National Drug Control Policy will enable the county to receive federal resources to help crack down on the illegal drug trade.

With the designation, New Castle joins Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania and Camden County, New Jersey, which already are part of the existing Philadelphia/Camden high-intensity area.

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Local News
7:55 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Delaware Gets Federal Early Childhood Education Grant

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say Delaware's Department of Education has been awarded a $1.4 million grant for early childhood education.

The Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant will allow 72 more children to take part in Early Head Start.

The grants are intended to encourage collaboration between Early Head Start grantees and child care providers.

Infants and toddlers in the new program will receive caregiving their physical, cognitive and social development.

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7:47 am
Thu January 8, 2015

No Suit Against Newspaper for Use of MD Official's Name

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EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - A local elected official in Maryland who achieved instant Internet notoriety after he threatened to sue a newspaper for publishing his name now says he won't sue after all.

Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter said in a written statement Wednesday he was wrong when he told a Frederick News-Post reporter in a Facebook post: "Use my name again unauthorized and you'll be paying for an attorney."

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Local News
7:27 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Manslaughter Charges Dropped in Ocean City Death

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped manslaughter charges against two men who were in a fight in Ocean City that led to a man's death.

Thirty-seven-year-old Justin Daniel Cancelliere of North Whitehall, Pennsylvania, unconscious in the parking lot of a hotel on Aug. 24. He died later that day at a hospital.

Twenty-seven-year-old Caleb Ochse and 22-year-old Christopher Kendall, both of Ocean City, were charged with manslaughter and other offenses. The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that prosecutors said they were the aggressors in a fistfight with Cancelliere.

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7:22 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Police Justified in Delaware Courthouse Shooting

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office says a police officer was justified in shooting at a man who killed two people at the New Castle County courthouse in February 2013.

In a report released Wednesday, former deputy attorney general Tim Mullaney said Capitol Police Cpl. Steven Rinehart was justified in using deadly force after Thomas Matusiewicz opened fire in the courthouse lobby.

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7:18 am
Thu January 8, 2015

MD Board of Public Works Okays Budget Cuts

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a plan to address about $410 million of a budget shortfall for the current fiscal year to better position the state to tackle a deficit in the next fiscal year.

The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 Wednesday for the plan.

It includes about $206 million in cuts. Another $108 million will come from spending transfers. There also are some savings from early retirement offerings and cutting vacant positions.

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Local News
11:35 am
Wed January 7, 2015

New Office for Civil Rights and Public Trust in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn says the state's Justice Department is being restructured to create a new office for civil rights and public trust.
 
Denn announced the move Wednesday, saying the new office will protect the rights of Delaware residents, enforce laws designed to hold government accountable, and conduct investigations in which the Justice Department's other responsibilities "might present the appearance of a conflict of interest." An example of that is police use-of-force investigations.
 

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Local News
8:54 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Wind Chill Advisory Tonight, Expect More Cold Through the Week

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Delmarva that begins at 9 p.m. tonight and runs through 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The wind chill values are expected to drop from minus 5 to minus 10.

Residents are encouraged to stay inside to reduce the danger of frost bite or hypothermia.

Code Purple

The Milford police department has issued a Code Purple alert that will run through January 11th.

Local officials say that morning leave will be in effect for each day at 7 a.m.

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8:35 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Two Department Heads Dismissed by New Wicomico County Executive

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver
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The directors of Wicomico County’s finance and public works departments have been fired.

The new county executive Bob Culver said the dismissal of the county’s Finance/Budget director Andrew Mackel was strictly his decision.

Culver told the Salisbury Daily Times that the two were on different paths although he praised Mackel for his service.

In addition, Public Works Director Lee Beauchamp was also dismissed.

Both were appointed by former County Executive Rick Pollitt who was defeated by Culver in last year’s election.

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Local News
8:24 am
Wed January 7, 2015

O'Malley Offers Budget Cuts to Close Deficit

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is bringing a proposal to the Board of Public Works to address more than $400 million of a budget shortfall.

The outgoing Democratic governor is planning to bring about $211 million in spending reductions to the board Wednesday morning. The plan also includes about $199 million in fund transfers and revenues to help fill the gap.

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Local News
8:22 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Shoplifting Down in Dover With On-Line Mug Shots

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Police say shoplifting complains have dropped 19 percent in the four months since it started posting mug shots of people arrested for the crime online.

Officers also there were fewer than 1,000 shoplifting complaints made in 2014.

The department started posting mug shots of those arrested for shoplifting in August. The photos are posted weekly on the department's website and social media accounts.

Police had investigated an average of three shoplifting cases.

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Local News
8:16 am
Wed January 7, 2015

FEC Sues Tea Party Favorite Christine O'Donnell

Christine O'Donnell
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Federal Election Commission has filed a lawsuit against former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, accusing her of using at least $20,000 in campaign donations for rent and utility payments at a Delaware townhouse where she lived and worked.

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Local News
8:12 am
Wed January 7, 2015

2 Years in Prison for Former Virginia Governor

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell asked a judge for mercy for his wife, as well as himself, before being sentenced to two years in prison for public corruption.

It was a much lighter sentence than prosecutors wanted. And legal experts say it likely foreshadows similar treatment for Maureen McDonnell when she's sentenced next month for her role in the bribery scandal.

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8:09 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Delaware Governor Mulls Pardon for Abolitionists

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell's office is mulling a request to pardon three 19th-century Delawareans convicted of helping smuggle slaves.

Pennsylvania resident Robert Seeley has asked Markell to pardon his ancestor, Thomas Garrett, a prominent Quaker abolitionist credited with helping more than 2,700 slaves reach freedom. Seeley also is seeking pardons for John Hunn and his partner, Samuel Burris, a free black man. Hunn was convicted with Garrett in 1848 for aiding a slave family.

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7:55 am
Wed January 7, 2015

UD's Sexual Harassment and Assault Policies Reviewed

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A commission has been convened by the faculty of the University of Delaware to make recommendations on improving the school system’s sexual harassment and assault policies.

The task force efforts range from looking at education and training programs and holding hearings to conducting an online climate survey to assess the prevalence of sexual assaults on campus.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the initiative comes in the wake of a rally last September held by hundreds of students who called for changes in the school system’s policies.

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DPR Programming Notes
2:32 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

The Show About...Starting New

Happy 2015!

My New Year's Resolution for this year is to start promoting this little musical mutt called "The Show About..a bit better. What a coincidence, because the first song this week will be Spike Jones and His City Slickers "Happy New Year!"

So, our theme for this week is "New"......how many songs can you think of with the word "new" in the title?

Local News
1:58 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

WBOC Twitter and Website Hacked by "CyberCaliphate" Group

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WBOC is reporting that their website and Twitter page this morning by an individual or group calling itself the "CyberCaliphate". Pro-Islamic State propaganda was posted on the sites. WBOC has been able to eliminate the material from its website but still has not gained control of its Twitter page. The television station has reached out to Twitter as well as contacting law enforcement authorities. The television station also reports that shortly after WBOC was hacked the Albuquerque Journal's Twitter account was also hacked.

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Local News
12:25 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory as Two Schools Close Early

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory f0r northern Delmarva that should be in effect until 4 p.m.

Today

This afternoon it should be cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow flurries. Otherwise expect the highs to reach the upper 30’s with southeast winds of 5 mph.

Tonight it should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20’s. Expect northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday

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