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9:16 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Larry Dodd to Quit School Board

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Come December 2nd Larry Dodd will only be a member of the Wicomico County Council.

The Republican who won election to the seat this month is stepping down from his position on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision came after Dodd had a conversation with school board attorney Fulton Jeffers about holding the two jobs until incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan could replace him along with making another appointment.

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9:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

O'Malley Moves Forward with Phosphorus Regulations

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Governor Martin O’Malley is going to move forward with the new phosphorus regulations.

An economic study has just been completed showing that the new rules could cost anywhere from $22 million to $50 million depending on the length of time take to implement them.

But the governor said that it’s time to move forward with the solutions endorsed by scientists and experts across the state to improve the health of the bay.

It could take as long as 6 years to implement.

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8:57 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Protesters Arrested at Carper's Washington Office Over Keystonee

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The U.S. Capitol Police say that four people were arrested yesterday at Senator Tom Carper’s Washington office where environmentalists were protesting his decision to support the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate.

There were sit-ins at both the Delaware Democrat’s office and the office of another Democratic Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado.

Hayden Higgins a volunteer with the group of around 350 environmentalists told USA Today that they wanted to send a message that voting for the pipeline was a form of climate change denial.

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8:47 am
Wed November 19, 2014

MD Health Exchange Website Opens Early

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's revamped health exchange website has opened early for people to enroll in insurance plans.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein announced on Twitter that the website was open for individuals to enroll on Tuesday, a day early.

Andrew Ratner, a spokesman for the exchange, says it seems to be working well so far. Ratner says 5,324 people have applied and 1,915 applications have been completed since early Tuesday afternoon.

Ratner says the state decided to open the website early after other aspects of a gradual rollout worked well.

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8:42 am
Wed November 19, 2014

No Blanket Ruling in Delaware Drug Cases

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware Superior Court judge has refused to issue a blanket ruling suppressing evidence in scores of pending drug cases because of an evidence tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

But in a ruling issued late Monday, the judge said prosecutors in individual drug cases will have to meet a higher standard for establishing a chain of custody indicating that evidence has not been tainted.

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8:40 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Bridge Reopened Over Kings Creek in Somerset County

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Motorists in Somerset County will now be able to take the Stewart Neck Road bridge over King’s Creek.

It’s taken nearly a year to replace the old wooden bridge which fell into the water.

That forced motorists to take a 5-mile detour along nearby Revels Neck Road to Route 13.

This week State Highway Administration and Somerset County officials dedicated the reopening of a new steel-and-concrete bridge.

The $1.4 million bridge replaces the old wooden structure whose pilings had rotted away.

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8:26 am
Wed November 19, 2014

17th Century Dorchester County Home Destroyed by Fire

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A home constructed in 1694 on Taylors Island in Dorchester County has been destroyed by a fire.

It occurred at around 10 a.m. yesterday when a blaze broke out on the upper levels of the home on Bay Shore Road.

There was no one inside.

Fire officials told WBOC it took six hours to put out the fire and that it was difficult to get water because there were no fire hydrants nearby.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Dorchester County authorities.

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8:22 am
Wed November 19, 2014

I-495 Bridge Repair Near Completion

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State transportation officials say final repairs to the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River should be completed by late this year or early next year.

Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt says the final cost probably will be a little less than $40 million, with the federal government picking up almost all the tab.

Bhatt said after presenting his fiscal 2016 budget request Wednesday that officials are still pursuing their legal options. Officials say several bridge columns tilted after a large mound of dirt was dumped next to them.

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8:17 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Rallying for Clean Energy in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several groups are set to rally at the State Capitol in Richmond in support of federal proposals for clean power.

The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club says faith-based, public health, student and environmental groups are gathering on Wednesday.

The environmental organization says the groups are demanding action to dramatically scale up clean energy in Virginia.

The rally is scheduled to take place on the heels of a joint meeting of the Virginia House and Senate Commerce and Labor Committees on the Clean Power Plan.

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11:36 am
Tue November 18, 2014

O'Malley Urges No Vote in Senate on Keystone Pipeline

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took to Facebook to voice his disapproval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Democratic governor says in Monday's post that he hopes the Senate rejects a bill that would approve the pipeline. The Senate's vote on the legislation, set for Tuesday, is expected to be close.

O'Malley says the pipeline would produce too much carbon dioxide and wouldn't create nearly enough jobs to justify.

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11:33 am
Tue November 18, 2014

UD Accepts Food Donations to Pay Parking Tickets

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is offering people who've gotten parking tickets on campus to get out of paying their fines while helping those in need.

Beginning Monday, the university will allow parking citations to be paid for with non-perishable food items. Each food item will count as $5 toward the cost of a parking ticket less than 30 days old.

The food drive will run through the end of the semester on Dec. 12.

All donated items will be delivered to the Food Bank of Delaware the week of Dec. 15.

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11:30 am
Tue November 18, 2014

MD Attorney General Doug Gansler to Join Law Firm

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is joining a District of Columbia law firm when he finishes his second term in January.

Gansler announced Tuesday that he's joining BuckleySandler and will play a leading role in its government enforcement and litigation practices.

He also plans to help clients comply with regulatory expectations on cybersecurity and privacy.

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8:18 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Westbound Route 90 Bridge Closed Today for Repairs

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The Ocean City Fire Department wants to remind motorists that the westbound Route 90 bridge will be closed for repairs starting today.

The emergency repairs by the Maryland State Highway Administration will last through Wednesday.

The westbound Route 90 from Coastal Highway to Route 589 will be shut down from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

State workers will be repairing damaged sections of guard rail along the westbound Route 90.

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8:14 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Hogan Still Pursues Tax Cuts Despite Looming Deficit

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars.

Hogan, a Republican, said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press that he would consider calling a special session next year to do more work on the state's finances, if that's necessary.

Hogan, who takes office Jan. 21, says he believes his election this month in the heavily Democratic state sent a message that has been heard.

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8:12 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Senator Carper To Vote for Keystone Pipeline

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Senator Tom Carper says he will vote to authorize construction of the XL Keystone pipeline despite objections from environmentalists.

The Delaware Democrat says that he battle over the pipeline has virtually made it impossible for congress to address other clean-energy issues.

The $8 billion project would run a pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from northwest Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

The Senate is expected to vote on the pipeline today.          

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8:01 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Potential Conflict of Interest for Larry Dodd

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Larry Dodd who was just elected to the Wicomico County Council has a potential conflict of interest.

He also serves on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

For the moment Dodd says he will serve on both bodies at least until 2015.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that with board of education Vice President Donald Fitzgerald’s term ending after 2014 he wanted to make it easier for Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan to make both appointments at the same time.

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7:46 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Phosphorus Regs Could Be In Place Before Hogan Takes Office

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The Maryland's proposed regulations to crackdown on phosphorus could be in place before Governor Martin O’Malley hands over the office to Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan.

The regulations known as the phosphorus management tool were submitted for inclusion in the December 1st Maryland Register and for legislative review.

The General Assembly will have 45 days to review and comment before the Agriculture Department can implement them.

Hogan takes office on January 21st.

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7:41 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Commutation Sought for Convicted Killer in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A convicted killer serving six life terms behind bars is asking for commutation of his sentence.

Robert H. Saunders was sentenced as a habitual offender after being convicted of murder conspiracy and other crimes in 1976.

Saunders is asking the state Board of Pardons, which meets Thursday, to recommend that Gov. Jack Markell commute his sentence.

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7:38 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Delaware Business Summit Meets in Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware business and political leaders are gathering for a summit to discuss economic development initiatives and efforts to help small businesses compete for state procurement contracts.

Gov. Jack Markell and state economic development director Alan Levin will be among the participants at Tuesday's 2014 Delaware Small Business Summit in Dover.

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7:36 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Salisbury Fire Dept. Asks Hike in EMS Fees

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The Salisbury Fire Chief Richard Hoppes wants to increase some EMS Ambulance fees to better match other agencies.

The increases would range from $70 to $144 depending on the circumstance.

The basic Life Support Services would go up from $431 to $500.

In addition, the department wants non-residents to pay more than local residents for EMS ambulance services.

The Salisbury City Council last night asked the department to look at how the fee changes would affect the city’s mutual agreements with other communities.

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7:24 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Schwartzkopf Retains House Leadership in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf of Rehoboth has retained his leadership post among majority Democrats in the chamber, with a slightly smaller caucus to oversee.

In a closed-door meeting Monday night, House Democrats also voted to keep Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Majority Whip John Viola in their posts.

Schwartzkopf, who must still be confirmed as speaker by a simple majority vote by the entire House, says the most important tasks for lawmakers is growing the middle class by creating jobs.

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3:36 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Nov. 24th

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8:41 am
Mon November 17, 2014

New Food Court to be Near Seagull Square

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There may be a new food court on the southern edge of Salisbury University.

Located at the corner of southbound South Salisbury Boulevard and Dogwood Street it would include a group of six or more restaurants along with a beer-and-wine station.

In addition, there would be four retail spaces.

The 12,900 square-foot structure would open in early spring just south of Sea Gull Square and Salisbury University.

 

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8:25 am
Mon November 17, 2014

New Street Crimes Unit in Dover

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Dover police have a new Street Crimes Unit after three people were shot during the first weekend of this month.

It will be staffed by four officers and a sergeant and is part of zero-tolerance approach to law enforcement.

But, Lt. Jason Pires told the Wilmington News Journal that it’s clear that the department needs more police officers.

Sgt. Chad Bernat, who heads the unit, says it will focus on getting drugs and illegal weapons off the streets.

But it will also make arrests for minor violations like public consumption of alcohol.

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8:17 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Corn Crop Forecast Down in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The latest Virginia crop report forecasts gains in soybean, cotton and peanut production.

But corn production is expected to be down compared to 2013.

The report says 49.7 million bushels of corn are expected to be produced this year. That's down 10 percent from 2013.

Corn producers are expected to harvest 350,000 acres, a decline of 10,000 acres from last year.

Peanut production is expected to be 76 million pounds, up 20 percent from 2013. Cotton and soybean production also is up.

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8:16 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Are Craft Brews a Passing Fad?

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A conference at Towson University is focusing on the economic impact of Maryland's craft brewing industry.

The event Monday is the annual outlook conference sponsored by the school's Regional Economic Studies Institute.

The program includes a keynote address from the chief economist of the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Also on tap is a discussion on whether craft beer is a passing fad or a resilient economic development tool.

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8:13 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Delaware to Tout the Great Outdoors

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - State officials are gathering in Sussex County to tout the benefits of being in Delaware's great outdoors.

The fourth annual Sussex Outdoors Summit on Monday will include a discussion of new, expanded uses of the Stockley Center, a state-operated facility for individuals with developmental disabilities on 750 acres of state land south of Georgetown.

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8:02 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Sewer Bill Correction Causes Scandal in New Castle County

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An audit found that a New Castle county official corrected the sewer bills of his friends and family before letting thousands of taxpayers that they had been overcharged.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Ethics Commission found a second county employee, a supervisor, corrected the bills of other county employees before taxpayers had been notified.

The paper reports that neither will be punished because a 13 day deadline was missed to file probable cause.

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7:57 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Operation We Care Underway in Sharptown

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They’re packing boxes in Sharptown.

It’s part of Operation We Care which is filling nearly 600 holiday care packages for the soldiers overseas.

Claire Williams, whose son has been deployed six times overseas, told WMDT that soldiers are used to getting packages from home.

But, she says, these tell them that people in the country appreciate them as well.

Since Operation We Care began seven years ago the number of volunteer has grown and it has allowed them to pack more than 6-thousand boxes for troops over the years.

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10:59 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Cape Henlopen School Board Weighs in on Summer Reading List

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The Cape Henlopen School Board has decided to get more involved in the selection of books for the district’s summer reading list.

During yesterday’s meeting one board member insisted that the new policy include educational significance in the criteria for selection.

Controversy exploded this summer over the selection of “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth about a teenager who discovers she is gay.

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