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The New York publisher Conde’ Nast just slashed 30 workers from its employment rolls in Wilmington.

The office handled work ranging from accounting and payroll to human resources and information technology.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 15 of the jobs were eliminated with the rest being out-sourced to Costa Rica.

Some of the jobs will be phased-out late this year.

Last year the company cut its presence leaving behind its data center near Glasgow.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have charged the security chief at Delaware's only women's prison with having sex with an inmate.

Troopers say 50-year-old Fred Way III, superintendent at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in New Castle, surrendered at Troop 2 Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with two counts of sexual relations in a detention facility and one count of official misconduct.

Way was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

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It should be up to the jury in the Matusiewicz trial today.

David Matusiewicz, his mother Lenore and his sister Amy Gonzalez are charged with cyberstalking and conspiracy in the death of David’s wife Christine Belford.

She was shot to death along with her friend by David’s father Thomas Matusiewicz in a Delaware courthouse.

Federal prosecutors called on the jury to consider whether the shooting was foreseeable by the family.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys argued that the shooting was a separate independent act and that the father kept his plans from the family.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A state commission has released a report detailing how Virginia can help grow the military's presence in the state.

The military is a major driver of the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. In 2013, the Defense Department spent more than $58 billion in Virginia.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The chief architect of a Republican legislative redistricting plan is expected to testify in a lawsuit that claims the plan unconstitutionally packs black voters into a dozen legislative districts.

Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk is expected to take the stand Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria and defend the plan. Jones led efforts in 2011 to redraw that state's legislative boundaries for the 100-member House of Delegates.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban is now state law.

Gov. Jack Markell signed the ban on smoking e-cigarettes in indoor public areas in a ceremony Tuesday at a Wilmington restaurant.

The legislation adds electronic cigarettes to Delaware's existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

The new law contains an exemption for businesses that sell electronic cigarettes if 80 percent of revenue comes from such products and the business meets certain other conditions.

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The Wallops Flight Facility launched a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket this morning at around 6:15 a.m.
It carried two space technology demonstration projects from the SOAREX-8 Exo-Brake Flight test NASA’s from the Ames Research Center in California and the Radial Core Heat Spreader from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio.

Officials said that data from both was received successfully.

The payload reached a height of 206 miles before falling back into the Atlantic Ocean.

None of it will be recovered.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal inspector general says Maryland improperly billed Medicaid for services in hundreds of thousands of cases involving the developmentally disabled and the state owes the federal government more than $34 million.

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July 4th is celebrated by cookouts, fireworks and a little mythology. Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill pondered just how much we know about this nation's birth.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban is about to become law.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to sign the ban on smoking e-cigarettes in indoor public areas in a ceremony Tuesday at a Wilmington restaurant.

The legislation adds electronic cigarettes to Delaware's existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Fish and wildlife officials say Delaware's commercial horseshoe crab fishery is set to close as its quota nears.

The commercial fishery will close at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. After that, officials say, it will be unlawful to harvest horseshoe crabs this year.

Under the management plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery, Delaware's 2015 quota allocation was 154,527 male horseshoe crabs.

Harvesting female horseshoe crabs is banned year-round in Delaware

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Developers of the Middletown Sports Complex acceded to worries by local residents who were concerned about night time lights and traffic congestion.

The new plan will not include lights for the fields for traveling teams and tournament play.

In addition, the developer eliminated a third entrance directly across from the housing development known as The Estates at Saint Anne’s.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the changes in the 170-acre facility were done in response to the concerns expressed by local residents.

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Allen Harim’s plans for a chicken processing plant in the Millsboro area just got a step closer.

The poultry company beat back a court challenge this month by a group of residents trying to overturn the decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustments.

The arguments revolved around technical issues including whether the company had standing in applying for an exception it received from the board and whether there was sufficient public notice.

MD Casino Revenue Up

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State officials say Maryland's five casinos generated $91.4 million in revenue in June.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said in a news release Monday that June 2015 casino revenue increased from last year by $19.3 million, or nearly 27 percent. In a year-to-year comparison excluding Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened in August 2014, revenue decreased from June 2014 by $3.7 million, or 5.1 percent.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A U.S. appeals court has upheld a federal plan limiting pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers who accuse the Environmental Protection Agency of abusing its power.

The ruling Monday upholds restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment and is a clear win for environmentalists.

Six states have agreed to the pollution limits: Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, along with Washington, D.C.,

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The former US Women’s Soccer Team player Tisha Venturini-Hoch is coming to the Lower Eastern Shore next month.

She will be serving up beers and making cocktails. It’s part of a fundraising effort at Brew River restaurant to raise money for Team Keller.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that last October they raise $7-thousand for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through a golf tournament.

Venturini was a midfielder for the national team that won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and the World Cup in 1999.

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Closing arguments are expected today in Matusiewicz trial.

David Matusiewicz, his mother Lenore and his sister Amy Gonzalez could face life in prison from the cyberstalking charges that included an intent to kill David’s wife Christine Belford.

The father Thomas Matusiewicz ultimately shot and killed Belford and a friend of hers at a Delaware Courthouse during a custody battle over their children.

He then exchanged gun fire with security before killing himself.

The defendants say they had no idea that Thomas was going to kill Belford.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Police say there's no evidence of gunshots and no injuries reported after officers searched a 20-story tower at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

Montgomery County police say a 911 call reporting hearing a single shot inside Building 1, part of the original hospital on the campus in Bethesda, came from the tower Monday morning.

Roads around the facility were closed for hours. Police and the Navy tweeted that all patient care at the facility was suspended for the day.

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A bomb threat has forced the evacuation of the campus of the University of the Maryland Eastern Shore this morning.

The UMES Campus Police Chief says he learned about the threat at around 10 a.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was aimed at a building now under construction.

There were more than 150 on the work crew at the time.

No students were on campus today but some of the faculty members and researchers were present.

Traffic around the school on College Backbone Road, John Wilson Drive and UMES Boulevard has been diverted.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Police say they are checking on a report of a single shot fired at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

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The Delaware Sports Complex which has some nearby residents concerned is set to come up before a council meeting in Middletown.

During today’s meeting the council will look at a conditional use permit request along with preliminary approval of the development plan.

The city owns the 170-acre lot which is zoned for agricultural use.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that local residents say traffic congestion and noise during the evening would impact a nearby housing development of The Estates at Saint Anne’s on the southwest of the city.

 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Defense attorneys are continuing to call witnesses in the federal conspiracy and cyberstalking trial of the widow and children of a man who killed his ex-daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse.

David Matusiewicz, his mother, Lenore, and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, are being tried on charges related to the death of David's ex-wife, Christine Belford. If convicted, they could face life in prison, a punishment Justice Department officials believe would be unprecedented for cyberstalking resulting in death.

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The fireworks went off on time at Ocean City as tens of thousands packed the resort this weekend.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that business was booming with some locals saying it was one of the best July 4th they have had in years.

There were a few incidents during the holiday weekend.

A man fell from a third story balcony and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Meanwhile, there was a reported fire on a public bus on Saturday which had to be evacuated.

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CORDOVA, Md. (AP) - Farmers are eager for drone technology.

The small, relatively inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms, such as transmitting detailed information about crops, directing farmers to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals used.

The use of drones in agricultural is just taking off this year after being grounded by the lack of federal guidelines.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia peanut and soybean growers have planted more acres this year than they did in 2014.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says soybean growers planted an estimated 670,000 acres, an increase of 10,000 acres from 2014.

Peanut growers planted 23,000 acres, an increase of 4,000 acres.

Corn acreage was unchanged at an estimated 500,000 acres.

Upland cotton acreage declined by 2,000 acres to an estimated 85,000 acres.

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There was at least one person killed in an accident last night on Route 404 near Route 50.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said that the accident occurred around 8 p.m.

State police say there were two cars involved in the crash with one driving off the highway and turning over in a ditch.

WBOC reports that at least a mile of Route 404 was closed after the accident.      

It is not known yet as to what caused the crash. 

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Have you ever wondered if you could apply for a Fulbright Scholarship?  Kara Dahl Russell interviews Fulbright Ambassador, Dr. Brian Polkinghorn and Dr. Kristen Watson, Director of SU’s Nationally Competitive Fellowships Office.   They discuss the history and purpose of Fullbright Scholarships, and how to find out more about various ways you can become a Fullbright Scholar.   

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland authorities say the body of a missing Silver Spring boater has been found.

Authorities say the body of 32-year-old Javier A. Sotelo was found Wednesday.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says they've been searching for Sotelo since he disappeared in the water Sunday when the boat he was operating capsized, near Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay.

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