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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state economic development panel is set to vote on a request by Wells Fargo Bank for more than $1.3 million in taxpayer grants to help offset costs associated with relocating and creating new jobs in New Castle County.

The Council on Development Finance was to meet Monday to consider the proposal, which state officials say involves the bank's commitment to add 180 jobs in Delaware by 2018.

Wells Fargo is asking for a Strategic Fund performance grant of up to $1.3 million and a Strategic Fund capital expenditure grant of up to $60,000. 

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Rehoboth Beach has a new noise ordinance that defines what it is and how loud it can be.

The town has established – what is called – a plainly audible standard in residential areas.

WBOC reports that this is a method that is used to identify a noise disturbance.

This is aside from simply measuring the number of decibels.

The measure is an effort to bring down the number of late night disturbances that involve rental units of more than 20 to 30 people

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DUFFIELD, Va. (AP) - In Virginia's southwestern tip lies a produce aggregator that's become a standout success among Appalachian nonprofits by helping farmers in remote areas sell to big grocers.

Appalachian Harvest has grown to a $1.5 million business that derives only a sliver of its budget from grants while delivering vegetables to grocers including Whole Foods, Ingles and Food City.

To develop its business from scratch, Appalachian Harvest has fine-tuned how it helps farmers while expanding from organic to conventional crops and learning a crash-course in trucking.

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LURAY, Va. (AP) - An increase in entrance fees at Shenandoah National Park goes into effect this week.

The fee increases are being implemented in two stages.

Beginning Friday, the fee for an annual park pass will increase from $30 to $40. The fee will increase to $50 on Jan. 1, 2017.

Motorists will pay $20 per vehicle for up to seven days, up from $15. The fee will increase to $25 on Jan. 1, 2017. A similar fee for motorcyclists will increase from $10 to $15, and then to $20 on Jan. 1, 2017.

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Police say a 29 year old man has died from a single gunshot around 4 a.m. Sunday on North New St. in Dover.

Police say they found the body of David Clark on the sidewalk with a gunshot to his upper body.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that police say he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The city police say they are continuing their investigation and said there was no additional information at this time. 

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man.

Police responded to a Middletown home after getting a call around 2 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived, they found people attempting life-saving efforts on the man. Paramedics took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the investigation into how the man died is in its preliminary stages.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The former headmaster of an elite prep school founded by members of the du Pont family was sentenced to 50 years in prison for dealing in child pornography.

Christopher Wheeler was convicted in December on 25 counts of dealing child porn.

Wheeler is a former headmaster at Tower Hill school in Wilmington, whose graduates include DuPont Co. CEO Ellen Kullman, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and television personality Dr. Oz.

Wheeler waived his right to a jury trial after the judge denied a defense motion to suppress evidence seized by police.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a fire at Dover mobile home park has destroyed three house trailers and displaced 16 people.
 
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says blaze was reported around 2:30 a.m. Friday at the Grandview Mobile Home Park on Little Creek Road.  When firefighters arrived, they found one home engulfed and flames spreading to two neighboring homes.  
 
Officials say 16 people, including eight children, were able to escape from the three homes and no injuries were reported.
 

Winning entries from the 2014 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest were published in The Boardwalk. Edit | Remove

Nancy Sakaduski, founder of Cat and Mouse Press, stops is to discuss "The Boardwalk" the second publication from the Rehoboth Beach Reads short Story Contest.

Keith Phillips reads his short story, "The Watch" from the book.

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With more and more laws allowing guns in public places, some have suggested that college campuses be opened up for the right to bear arms. But, Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill ponders mixing the age of innocence with the age of the gun. 

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Hundreds of people marched last night to the Baltimore City Hall to protest the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who suffered a mysterious spinal injury while apparently in police custody.

This week saw a series of marches which have been largely peaceful.

Once incident caught by CNN showed police taking two demonstrators into custody.

Maryland State troopers were on hand to help commuters and traffic congestion.

Governor Larry Hogan said that he had sent 32 troops to the city at the request of the mayor.

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In the ongoing dispute over fire and EMS service Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has some questions about any agreement with the city of Salisbury.

Mayor Jim Ireton has threatened to cut off city fire and EMS service to surrounding county areas by July 1st  if city taxpayers are not given some form of tax relief for those services.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that many of the questions center on funding mechanisms.

The two sides are to meet on April 28th to discuss the issue.

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Few get to work with the Hubble Space Telescope.

But Gerardo Vazquez an astrophysicist at Salisbury University got a chance of a lifetime.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that six years ago one of his ideas got the okay from the scientific committee that oversees the telescope.

And Vazquez even got a chance to work the telescope’s space arm for several years as he labored on his doctorate.

He told the Daily Times that he has been allowed to work on figuring out why the cores of some galaxies are brighter than others.

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Delaware lawmakers have moved to make Naloxone available to school nurses throughout the state to fight the rising use of heroin.

The drug reverses the effects of an overdose.

The state House of Representatives approved the measure yesterday afternoon.

Representative Mike Barbieri said the legislation would not require schools to keep the drug on hand.

Last year Governor Jack Markell signed a law that made the drug available without a prescription.

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Parents and teachers are demanding to know why a popular principal at the East Elementary School in the Lake Forest School District won’t be coming back next year.

They confronted the school board last night after the school board unanimously decided not to renew principal Susan Plavis’s contract. Elementary School Teacher Bridgett Shea told WBOC that she thought Plavis had displayed strong leadership qualities.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The head of the State Highway Administration has resigned to spend more time with her family.

Forty-one-year-old Melinda Peters said Thursday she was leaving the job. She tells The Baltimore Sun that it's time to make her personal life her first priority.

Peters, the first woman administrator of the SHA, was appointed to the post in 2011 by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat. She tells the Sun that her resignation wasn't related the continuing transition under Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who took office in January.

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Charles Smith has been sentenced to 15 year in prison for string of arson fires that hit Accomack County in 2012 and 2013.

He had pled guilty to 65 counts of arson late last year and had testified against his ex-fiance Tonya Bundick.

She has entered an Alford plea to 61 counts for the string of blazes.

Bundick will be serving 17 and a-half years in prison for the crime.

The vast majority of the fires were set in Accomack County but there were no injuries from the blazes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The National Park Service says its Virginia attractions saw nearly 23 million visitors in 2014.

A report released Thursday by the park service shows that those visitors spent nearly $1 billion in the state, resulting in 14,753 jobs.

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War was marked at many national parks in Virginia, including Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park.

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MONTEBELLO, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has acquired 317 acres in Nelson County long-coveted for its scenic view from the Appalachian Trail.

The Roanoke Times reports that the acquisition was made with $760,000 from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The program was established by Congress in 1965. It is due to expire in September and its fate rests with Congress.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have passed a bill allowing the Sussex Technical School District to temporarily raise tax rates on residents.

The legislation approved Thursday and sent to the Senate is aimed at shoring up the finances of Sussex Technical High School, which has seen enrollment increase sharply in recent years.

Republican House Minority Leader Danny Short says the district has been spending $1 million in cash reserves annually to offset growth-related expenses

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An employee in the Somerset School system has been suspended with pay resulting from complaints by parents.

The employee has not been named but was asked to leave the school grounds immediately.

The nature of the allegations have not yet been made public but Superintendent Dr. John Gaddis says there is an investigation by law-enforcement to see if there is a need for criminal charges.

In addition, to the Maryland State Police the Somerset County Department of Social Services has been brought into the investigation.

 

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration plans to identify and conserve at least 1,000 properties across Virginia by the end of the governor's term.

McAuliffe announced the Virginia Treasures initiative on Wednesday during a visit to Pocahontas State Park.

Properties considered as treasures include agricultural lands, habitat for rare or threatened plants and animals, trails, scenic byways, rivers and public gardens.

McAuliffe says the goal is conserve land and expand access to public outdoor recreation.

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Senator Ben Cardin has weighed in with other Senators along the Eastern Seaboard to block offshore drilling along the Atlantic coastline.

Introduction of the legislation comes five years after the BP oil spill in the gulf.

The Maryland Democrat and others believe that offshore drilling could threaten the local economies and environment along the coastline.

Other colleagues joining Cardin included the two Senators from New Jersey -- Robert Menendez and Cory Booker.

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Amid tears and cries for justice protesters walked the streets of Baltimore this week carrying signs emblazoned with the name of Freddie Gray who died from a spinal injury he suffered apparently while he was in custody.

There are two local investigations in addition to a probe by the Justice Department.

25 year-old Gray suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put into the back of a police van. 

Relatives and friends recall Gray as being kind, funny and generous.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are launching a new campaign aimed at reducing underage and binge drinking in Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell and first lady Carla Markell planned to join public health officials and educators at Concord High School in Wilmington on Thursday for the launch of the campaign, which is aimed at young people from ages 12 to 25. 

The new campaign is an extension of an existing program targeting underage drinking but will feature separate messaging for prevention.

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In Somerset County residents can receive free training on how to administer the drug Narcan for an overdose from an opioid.

It is part of a partnership with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to help people if emergency medical services are not immediately at hand.

Narcon can be used to quickly restore the breathing of someone who has overdosed on heroin or certain prescriptions medications such as oxycodone.

WBOC reports that those taking the training would probably be family members or friends of people with a drug problem.

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Parents could soon opt out of standardized testing in the state of Delaware.

A legislative panel has sent to the full state House of Representatives a measure even though education officials warned that it could undermine the integrity of the school system.

The debate turned into a shouting match at one point.

State Representative John Kowalko tried to talk over the chairman of the committee Representative Earl Jaques.

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Christopher Floyd now sits in an Accomack County jail for shooting a man who was trespassing on his property.

The 54 year Floyd was arraigned yesterday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that court documents say he has lived in Pungoteague for around eight years and is currently unemployed.

He was arrested for malicious wounding, the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and reckless handling of a firearm.

Floyd shot and wounded 41 year old Louis Lillston of Greenbush.

He has been charged with trespassing.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are identifying the man killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 near Newark last week.

Police announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Nathaniel Guerrier of Bear was killed in the crash on April 16. Police say the crash remains under investigation.

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