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Get ready, Accomack County for a chicken house invasion.

A new report says that there are 84 applications now pending for new poultry houses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that’s in addition to up to 72 that an out-of-state producer has asked about building.

The new report from the County Planning Department found there has been a dramatic rise in the number of new poultry houses since 2014.

The paper says that the report found only 16 houses had been built between 2010 and 2014.

But, in November of 2014 it said 12 applications were approved.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware cats are a new protected class under animal control legislation being signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell.

Markell was to sign two bills Tuesday, one relating to cruelty to animals, and the other involving dangerous dogs.

One measure allows first responders to use reasonable force to remove an animal confined in a motor vehicle under conditions likely to cause suffering, injury, or death.

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Lorch Microwave is laying off ten of its 100 workers in the Salisbury area.

The company said it is now asking for workers to voluntarily step forward.

It said that the layoffs come as a result of a weak order book and an effort to control costs.

Lorch moved from Florida to Salisbury in 1994 and was purchased by the London based Smiths Group in 2006.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the layoffs have hit the city at a time when Labinal Power Systems announced it was shutting down its operations and moving them to Texas.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Republican lawmakers say they want oversight of how Virginia implements a federal plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Republicans said Monday they will introduce legislation in the 2016 legislative session requiring General Assembly approval of a state plan to abide by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Election officials say the number of unaffiliated voters in Maryland has been growing.

The Herald-Mail reports that statistics from the Maryland Board of Elections show that the number of voters declining to declare any political party affiliation is surging.

Data shows that in the last five years, the number of unaffiliated voters statewide has grown more than twice as fast as Democrats, and about four times as fast as Republicans.

In Washington County, unaffiliated voters have increased by more than 25 percent since 2009.

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants to up the tax on gasoline and diesel and introduced a measure last week that would hike it by 4 cents a year over the next four years.

Then it would be indexed to keep up with inflation after that.

The Delaware Democrat said that it was important for those who use the nation’s highways to pay for the construction and maintenance of the country’s roads, bridges and transit systems.

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The Maryland Department of Agriculture says it has detected the first sign of the West Nile Virus in a mosquito pool for this year.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed its presence in the city of Bowie, Prince George’s County.

State officials say around 20 percent of those infected with the virus will develop fever along with headaches and body aches.

Those most at risk are people over 50 and those whose immune systems have already been compromised.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials say lottery sales and casino revenues contributed over a billion dollars to the state in the 2015 fiscal year, the first time the number has topped the $1 billion mark.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Monday that $525 million came from the lottery and $487 million from the state's five casinos. Officials say the total is an increase of about 19 percent from the 2014 fiscal year.

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African American pastors in Delaware are investigating – what they say – is racism by state employees.

The interviews are being carried out by the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council and the NAACP.

Eventually they will hand over a report to Governor Jack Markell.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the ministers and NAACP say they have heard accounts from African American workers.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police say one man is missing after a 17-foot sailboat sank in the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge.
Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says the boat ran into trouble around noon on Sunday. She says it sank so fast that the six people on board didn't have time to put on life jackets.
Thomson says another boater nearby came to their aid and pulled five people from the water. She says the boaters reported that they saw the missing man go under the water and did not see him resurface.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket carrying experiments developed by students is scheduled to be launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore on Tuesday.

NASA says community college and undergraduate university students from seven higher education programs across the nation developed the experiments through the RockSat-X program.

The two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket is scheduled to be launched between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the backup launch days.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a Southern heritage group are urging members to resist a recall of Virginia license plates with an image of the Confederate battle flag.

A federal judge in Danville cleared the way for the state to banish the flag from Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates. But attorneys for the group say the judge did not call for the existing plates to be returned to the state.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation to consolidate regulations for background checks for people working with children in Delaware.

The bill to be signed Monday consolidates into one section of state code the background check requirements for individuals who want to work or volunteer for child-serving entities.

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Delaware now has a legal framework for medical marijuana dispensaries.

In the last legislative session the General Assembly approved the new rules nearly four years after the first medical marijuana dispensary was opened in Wilmington.

Last month Governor Jack Markell signed the legislation into law.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that patients must be certified by a doctor and the state for the drug to treat symptoms of certain diseases.

These range from cancer and Alzheimer’s to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service lifeguards say they saved 22 people Sunday at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

The Virginia-Pilot reports that the lifeguards were on high-alert after strong rip currents led officials to set knee-deep wading restrictions the entire day.

Lifeguard supervisor Jay Leach says rip currents were actually worse Saturday, but cloudy skies and scattered showers staved off would-be beachgoers that day.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a former pediatrician imprisoned for abusing his female companion's daughter, including "waterboarding" the girl by holding her head under a faucet.

Melvin Morse argued that the trial judge erred in allowing evidence of other uncharged abusive acts against the girl and in granting a request from jurors during deliberations to re-watch videotaped statements of the girl and her younger sister.

But a three-judge panel ruled Thursday that there was no merit to Morse's claims.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - State police say a 23-year-old Maryland man has died after a crash on Delaware Route 1 near Milford.

Police say Edgar Molina of Silver Spring, Maryland, was a passenger in a car that drifted off the road early Sunday before the driver overcorrected and ran off the road on the other side. Police say the car hit a utility pole and two trees and rolled over during the crash, just before dawn Sunday.

The driver and another passenger were treated at a hospital and released. Police say Molina was not wearing a seat belt. He died at a hospital.

This week we’re dipping into our archives to learn about singer songwriter Isabel Umanzor, astrophysicist Annie Jump Cannon, and Delmarva’s secret gardens. Also Jim Rapp will tell us about summer wildflowers along the Choptank River.

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The Cokesbury Village retirement home has been evacuation.

Units from the Hokessein Fire Company and the Cranston Heights Fire and Rescue showed up on the scene to reports of possible carbon monoxide.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that dozens of residents were sent outside the 8 story structure as authorities evaluate the situation.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Frederick alderwoman is renewing a call for removing a statue of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from City Hall.

Taney wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision upholding slavery. The ruling became a catalyst for the Civil War.  It called black people "beings of an inferior order."

Taney practiced law in Frederick from 1801 to 1823.

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How Delmarva's poultry growers are preparing for the growing threat of avian flu. In the second half, a novel that celebrates the traditions and struggles of the watermen.

Guests: Bill Satterfield- Director of Delmarva Poultry Industry Incorporated

Dr. Jo Chapman, Assistant State Veterinarian at the Maryland Department of Agriculture

Lee Richardson and Bill Brown- poultry growers


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Orbital Sciences has agreed to insure a state-owned launch pad in Virginia following a rocket explosion that damaged the Wallops Island facility.

An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff on Oct. 28. Orbital has previously said preliminary investigation results point to a failure in one of the two main engines involved in the first stage of launch. The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority owns and operates the launch pad and says severe damage was spared, but repairs are necessary.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.

Attorney General Mark Herring's office said Thursday evening that the Department of Motor Vehicles will begin replacing about 1,600 existing plates.

U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser says in a Thursday order that his 2001 injunction is no longer valid.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in a Texas case that specialty license plates represent the state's speech, and not the driver's speech.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan created a commission Thursday to study legislative redistricting reform in Maryland, which critics say has some of the nation's most gerrymandered congressional districts.
The 11-member panel will review approaches in other states that have established independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions. A report is slated to be completed by Nov. 3.

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It’s been fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

In Pocomoke City the New Macedonia Baptist Church held an event during what has become a tough fight over the dismissal of the first African American Police Chief of the town.

Pastor Ronnie White, one of those leading the fight for his reinstatement, told the gathering that the event was a moment to bring the community together.

Mayor Bruce Morrison, who was involved in the firing of former chief Kelvin Sewell, was received warmly at last night’s event.

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn wants to come up with standard regulations for how doctors and other health care providers dispense opiate drugs.

It’s part of his effort to fight the abuse of painkillers as part of an effort to fight the rise of heroin use in the state.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware officials want regular state reviews of deaths that resulted from the use of heroin or other drugs.

They want to develop a best practices formula for detox treatment that would substitute drugs like suboxone and methadone.

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The town of Newark has been stalling the approval a residential development complete with parking garage on the parking lot behind the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Building in the downtown area.

That’s according to a lawsuit against the city by the owners of the building who say that they have been struggling with the city since August of 2011 over the parking lot requirements.

The city says that the waiver it gave to the developers for the parking lot connected to the Restaurant does not apply to the planned 12-unit, four-story apartment building.

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ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - Union leaders at a candidates' forum in Iowa are grilling four Democrats but not front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has drawn scrutiny over her positions on trade. She has skipped the event because of a scheduling conflict.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee appeared at the event Thursday hosted by the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke via video conference.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore police have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a transgender woman last July.

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced Thursday that 44-year-old Shawn Oliver has been arrested and charged with the murder of 26-year-old Mia Henderson, who was found stabbed to death July 16, 2014.

Davis said police were able to identify Oliver from DNA extracted from under Henderson's fingernails.

"Mia fought back, and thank God she fought back," Davis said.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have decided not to develop the state's own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act and instead will keep the current state-federal partnership model.

Delaware was granted nonbinding approval in June to develop a supported state-based health insurance marketplace, but Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf said Thursday that the state will not move forward with the plan.