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8:42 am
Fri August 15, 2014

DuPont Expands Soybean Research Facility

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A $35 million facility is now being built at DuPont’s Stine-Haskell Research Center in New Newark for expanding its soybean operation.

The property has already been cleared for the nearly 134-thousand square-foot facility on Elkton Road.

This will be the second structure in Delaware that will be dedicated soy beans with the Pioneer name.

Plans include two modern greenhouses and three high-tech 60-thousand gallon water collection units to recycle run-off.

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8:27 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Virginia Watermen Ask for Long Term Help for Blue Crab

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A group of commercial watermen is asking Virginia officials to implement new measures to strengthen blue crab population management in the state.

The Virginia Blue Crab Industry Panel is seeking formal consideration of its recommendations from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

This summer the commission reduced the harvest of female blue crabs by 10 percent over the next year.

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7:55 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Turtles Ready for Release from Virginia Aquarium

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Aquarium is preparing to release three sea turtles that were hooked this summer by recreational fishermen.

Officials say the turtles named "Ursula," ''Green Goblin" and "Voldemort" were rehabilitated and are set to be released on Monday morning.

WAVY-TV reports that "Ursula" and "Voldemore" are both Kemp's ridley turtles, which are the most endangered turtle species. "Green Goblin" is a green sea turtle.

Officials say the turtles are still too young for their sex to be determined.

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7:45 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Larry Hogan On The Ocean City Boardwalk

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan is scheduled to talk about restoring the state's economy.

Hogan, who is running for governor, will be speaking on the boardwalk in Ocean City on Friday.

He'll be focusing on Worcester County, where the summer unemployment rate is higher than the state average.

He's also scheduled to talk about regulations on businesses on the boardwalk.

Many candidates for office in the state are on the Eastern Shore this week for the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City.ec

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12:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Realignment of Northbound Lanes on Troubled I-495 Bridge Next Week

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Work crews will begin jacking operations for the tilted northbound deck on the trouble l-495 bridge across the Christina River next week.

The realignment should take around five days to complete.

That’s two more than it took to re-open the southbound lanes two weeks ago.

Javier Torrijos with the Delaware Department of Transportation told the Wilmington News Journal that the operation is a bit more complicated for the northbound deck.

DelDOT hopes to re-open the northbound lanes between Exits 2 and 3 by Labor Day.

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11:43 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Teen Website Gets More Oversight Under Maryland Agreement

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There will be more oversight of complaints at the popular teen question and answer website Ask.fm in an effort to deal with harassment and bullying.

Under an agreement with the Maryland Attorney General’s office the website will hire an independent trust and safety officer and will review complaints within 24 hours.

In addition, the company will remove users who have had numerous complaints.

It will also eliminated current accounts and block future ones for those connected to users who have identified themselves as being under the age of 13.

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9:15 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Lane Closure on Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City

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The right lane on eastbound Route 50 just before the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge into Ocean City will be closed today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says work crews will be carrying out repairs and maintenance on the drawbridge.

Covington Machine and Welding of Annapolis is performing the work estimated at $5-thousand.

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9:06 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Nixon and the GOP

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Forty years after President Richard M. Nixon resigned his office, his Republican party is now struggling with  its future. In many ways, he can be seen as a transitional figure getting the backing of the more liberal GOP of the Northeast and the beginnings of the Republican Solid South. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Roger Stone, a political operative who worked for Nixon and who has authored a new book, "Nixon's Secrets", about the former president's role in his party and where the GOP is headed amidst the changing demographics of the 21st century.

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8:45 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Harrassment Complaint Filed Against Delaware Treasurer by Former Aide

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police are investigating a harassment complaint filed against Delaware's state treasurer by his former deputy.

Police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman confirmed Wednesday that police are investigating a complaint against Chip Flowers that was filed last week by Erika Benner.

The complaint was filed a month after Benner first told police that Flowers had been harassing her with texts and phone calls. She says they related to an incident between Flowers and her son as the treasurer was waiting to participate in Dover's Fourth of July parade.

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8:35 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Anthony Brown Gets FOP Endorsement in Governor's Race

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SOLOMONS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the governor's race.

Incoming FOP president Vince Canales says the 20,000-member group endorsed Brown, a Democrat, at its convention Wednesday in Solomons. Canales says 60 percent of members must agree for the group to make an endorsement.

Brown is facing Republican real estate broker in the Nov. 4 general election.

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8:24 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Great White Shark Spotted Near Ocean City

Aaron Caplan Video of Great White Shark
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A great white shark was spotted near Ocean City late last month.  

Aaron Caplan said he was fishing near the resort on July 30th when a shark began circling his boat and bit his motor.

He provided a video of the incident to CNN.

Caplan told WBOC that it was not unusual for the sharks to be seen on shore but not great whites.

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8:02 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Diocese of Wilmington Pays High Price for Bankruptcy

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The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington paid out $15.8 million to lawyers, financial advisors and others who worked on its 2011 bankruptcy.

That’s according to a final report filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court this week.

Anthony Flynn, an attorney for the diocese told the Wilmington News Journal, it was the third highest of around 10 diocesan bankruptcies nationwide.

The diocese paid $77.4 million into a trust fund to resolve the claims of victims in the priest sex abuse scandal that has rocked the church.

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7:48 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Sussex County Could Revise Its Vendor Regulations

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The Sussex County Council is looking at revising its regulations for roadside vendors and produce stands.

One change would provide a temporary use-exception for vendors if they get permission from the property owner.

Currently, street vendors who use parking lots have to apply for a permit which can be expensive.

The next step in the process will be to get the opinions of the council members and then develop language for a change in the county code.

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7:38 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Virginia Governor Initiates a Veterans Workforce Program

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new workforce development initiative with a focus on helping military veterans find jobs.

McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new initiative, which will be led by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.

The governor plans to ask 10,000 businesses to sign commitments for hiring veterans.

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11:32 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Pole Dancer Stirs Controversey on OC Boardwalk

Ocean City Boardwalk
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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A weekend street performance by a pole dancer on the Ocean City Boardwalk is, not surprisingly, getting some attention.

Ocean City officials say they received numerous complaints that the performance by woman in a bikini on a portable stripper pole is inappropriate for the family-friendly boardwalk.

Numerous street performers work the boardwalk for tips. A town ordinance regulating street performers was rescinded in 2012 after a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union argued the rules were an impermissible restriction on free speech.

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10:54 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Hispanics Ponder Influx of Undocumented Children

Festival Hispano
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This past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of Festival Hispano in Millsboro. And, many will see the influx of the undocumented children now coming from Central America and settling in Delaware. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush explored the challenges facing these children.

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10:36 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Rain Takes Toll on Delmarva

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Much of Delaware was drenched in rain yesterday and early this morning with three inches in some locations.

The heaviest showers hit New Castle County just before 10 p.m.

By early this morning just over 3 inches had been reported in Middletown and Blackbird.

Delaware got less rain than had parts of New Jersey and the Maryland Eastern Shore.

In Queen Anne’s county ten inches hit the towns of Queenstown and Grasonville.

WBOC reported that several roads were washed out.

In some places there was four feet of water in Grasonville.

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10:26 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Body of Boy Recovered Off Cape Charles Beach

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The body of an 8 year old New Jersey boy was recovered yesterday by the Virginia state police divers after disappearing off Cape Charles Beach.

Uvihin Ace Horton apparently drowned Sunday afternoon and his body was found in the same area at around 9:20 a.m. in the water just south of the beach.  

Horton had been swimming with his aunt and other family members when they struggled in the water.

Two adults were rescued by a good Samaritan on a personal watercraft but when he went back the boy had disappeared.

   

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10:14 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Courts Could See Principal Dispute in Somerset County

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The Somerset County Board of Education could go to court to get the state opinion that the transfer of principal William Johnson from Washington High School to the Promise Academy was arbitrary and unreasonable.

The board has asked the state to reconsider its decision.

The school district’s attorney Fulton Jeffers told the Salisbury Daily Times that the issue could wind up in circuit court.

As for Johnson, Jeffers says,  he will stay at the alternative school for the moment.

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9:33 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Flags in Maryland to be at Half Staff for Fallen General

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in memory of a general who served at Aberdeen Proving Ground and was killed in Afghanistan.

O'Malley ordered the U.S. and Maryland state flags be lowered from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, the day Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

An Afghan soldier killed Greene and wounded 15 other allied troops on Aug. 5. Greene is the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be killed in combat since 1970 during the Vietnam War.

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9:16 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Delaware Fire Fighting Teams Set to Go West

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Delaware Forest Service officials are sending another crew to help fight wildfires in the western United States.

A 20-person crew was scheduled to gather at Blackbird State Forest early Wednesday to be deployed for a two-week assignment fighting wildfires for the National Interagency Fire Center.

The group will travel first to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before flying to Redmond, Oregon to be pre-positioned for a likely assignment in the Pacific Northwest or Northern California.

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8:45 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Lobbyist Who Worked With Senator Carper Gets Medical Pot Contract

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have entered into a contract with a lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper to operate Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary.

Officials finalized an initial two-year contract Monday with First State Compassion Center, whose president is Mark Lally, a former state trooper who also served as Carper's Sussex County director.

FSCC plans to operate its medical marijuana "compassion center" in a Wilmington industrial park.

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8:34 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Court Hearing on MD Online Absentee Ballots for Visually Impaired

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A hearing is scheduled in federal court in Maryland on a lawsuit seeking to require state officials to provide online absentee ballots for the visually impaired.

The hearing is set for Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore before U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett.

The lawsuit was filed by the Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind.

Attorneys for the state and the plaintiffs are set to discuss ballot security issues.

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8:21 am
Wed August 13, 2014

More Testimony in Mcdonnell Corruption Trial

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms will be on the stand when the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, resumes in federal court in Richmond.

When court ended Tuesday, Sessoms, the president of Town Bank, was testifying about Bob McDonnell's application to refinance a loan on one of the two beach rental properties that McDonnell and his sister own. Sessoms will answer more questions Wednesday, the 13th day of the trial.

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8:01 am
Wed August 13, 2014

800 Names to be Removed from Maryland Sex Offender Registry

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Corrections officials say they have started the process of removing more than 800 names from Maryland's Sex Offender Registry.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Tuesday that other sex offenders are also being reviewed for possible removal for crimes that occurred before 1995.

In May, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that retroactively requiring sex offenders to register for crimes committed before the registry was created in 1995 violates Maryland's constitution.

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7:50 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Revenge Porn Against the Law in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Publishing or distributing so-called "revenge porn" is now a crime in Delaware.

Revenge porn is the term used to describe the practice of posting a nude or sexually explicit photo or video of someone, often a person's former sex partner, on the Internet without their consent.

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11:37 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Deaths of Mother and Two Daughters Ruled Accidental Heat Stroke

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland medical examiner's office says a Hagerstown woman and her two young daughters found dead in a stifling car died from accidental heatstroke.

Spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said Tuesday that the formal cause of death was hyperthermia and environmental heat exposure.

Thirty-two-year-old Allison Pluck was found dead in her closed but unlocked car in a local middle-school parking lot June 16 along with the bodies of 18-month-old Shania Gill and 6-month-old Shameka Gill. Outdoor temperatures peaked near 90 degrees that day.

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11:25 am
Tue August 12, 2014

MD GOP Hopeful Offers Another Tax Break

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan is pledging to eliminate the state income tax on law-enforcement pensions, if he is elected governor.

Hogan is making the proposal Tuesday. He is speaking to the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police in Solomons, Maryland.

Hogan's campaign estimates the proposal would cost about $10 million annually. He believes the cost would be more than offset by encouraging former police to stay in Maryland when they retire and continue to contribute to the local and state economy.

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10:22 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Salisbury City Council Moves Forward With Replacing Terry Cohen

Former Council member Terry Cohen
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The Salisbury City Council took the first steps last night to replace Terry Cohen who abruptly announced she was leaving the council due to personal obligations.

So, now, it will be up to the four remaining council members to choose a new member by early September.

Council President Jake Day said they would be receiving applications with a deadline of August 25th.

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9:41 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Today's Rocket Launch Delayed Until August 16th at Wallops

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - The launch of a Defense Department rocket from Wallops Island has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The launch window for the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket was originally set to open on Tuesday. NASA says the rocket will now launch no earlier than Saturday night.

A second rocket is expected to be launched about two weeks after the first rocket.

The rockets may be visible to residents in the mid-Atlantic region.

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