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10:26 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Legal Battle Over Dominion Transmission's Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Dominion Transmission is seeking the dismissal of a federal lawsuit challenging the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

A lawyer for the company, John D. Wilburn, says in a court filing that the lawsuit is premature and unfounded.

Five Nelson County residents filed the lawsuit in late September. They say a Virginia law relevant to the pipeline project is unconstitutional.

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10:21 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Troubled Sand-And-Gravel Company Gets Permit in MD

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Michael Davidson has made a successful environmental appeal in Caroline County that could pave the way for a sand-and-gravel pit on land formerly used for recycling.

This comes after his construction and demolition recycling business has been shutout of Delaware where he has been repeatedly sanctioned and was labeled a chronic violator of environmental laws by a state board in late September.

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10:14 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Reward Upped for Shooter of Delaware State Trooper

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Troopers Association is increasing its reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the 2013 shooting of a trooper.

The association announced a $10,000 reward Thursday and increased it to $15,000 Friday. The president of the association says New Jersey troopers came forward to add to the reward.

The State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Troopers Non-Commissioned Officers Association each pledged $2,500 for the reward fund.

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8:58 am
Mon November 24, 2014

UD Student Killed in Car Accident

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A University of Delaware student has been killed during a crash on Route 40.

Friends of Alexis DeFrancesco  and Alex Clark told the Wilmington News Journal that they were less than two miles one of the student’s apartments when their Nissan Altima was struck by a motorist.

Police say the driver failed to stop for a red light on U.S. 40 at Brookmont Drive.

The accident occurred around 1:15 a.m. killing DeFrancesca and sending Clark to Chistiana Hospital in critical condition.

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8:55 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Coast Guard Rescues Two in Chesapeake Bay

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Coast Guard has rescued two men after their boat began sinking in the Chesapeake Bay.

Coast Guard officials got a call around 3 p.m. Sunday reporting that two men were on board a sinking boat near the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse near Annapolis. Coast Guard crews from Annapolis and Maryland State Police responded to the scene and found the boaters in about 20 minutes.

Crews gave the men life jackets and began removing water from the boat, which was then towed to a marina. No one was hurt.

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Local News
1:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Delmarva Democrats: Time for House to Act on Immigration

President Obama Announced Executive Orders on Immigration
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Senator Ben Cardin says that President’s decision to temporarily allow some 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in this country is a sign that the congress should act.

The Maryland Democrat  noted that the Senate voted 18 months ago for a comprehensive immigration bill on a vote of 68-to-32 and that the House of Representatives has failed to act.

Meanwhile, Senator Tom Carper also blasted the House for failing to approve legislation and that the president was justified in being frustrated with Congress in failing to deal with immigration reform.

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12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

MD Health Exchange Running Smoothly

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health department says more than 7,300 health insurance enrollments have been completed since the second open enrollment period began.

The department reported that 7,309 enrollments have been completed by 4:45 p.m. Thursday. About 18,615 applications have begun.

The department says there have been 117,000 visitors to the website since enrollment began Saturday at a Glen Burnie sign up fair.

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12:38 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Easton Restaurant Featured for Susan Stamberg's Cranberry Relish

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Once again, NPR's Susan Stamberg makes her famous Cranberry Relish. This year, the Soup and Salad Shop in Easton has been highlighted for featuring her famous dish. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with co-owner Thomas Anovick about the surprise announcement.

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12:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Essay: Spirit of Thanksgiving

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It's that time of year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And, it's time to set the table, catch a football game. And, of course, the day after, go shopping. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders whether something has been lost during this holiday. 

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12:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

More Virginians on the Road for Thanksgiving Holiday

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia roads could be a little more crowded this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that 1.3 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The auto club says that's an increase of 3.4 percent from last year.

The holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 30.

Nationally, AAA projects 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.

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12:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Loud Boom Puzzles Delmarva Residents

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A loud boom was heard yesterday afternoon in Wicomico County and in  Delaware.

But it’s not clear what it was.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports its Facebook page posted messages saying they had heard the loud noise in Salisbury, Hebron, Fruitland and Eden as well as the Delaware side of Delmar.

Meanwhile, the Delmar Weather Facebook page saw people say they heard the sound in Rehoboth Beach , Georgetown , Selbyville and Laurel.

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12:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Police and Parents Talk Drug Problem in Selbyville

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Last night the Selbyville Police Chief Scott Collins got together with parents in the wake of a recent incident in which a middle school student ingested some heroin on Halloween.

Another incident involved a 4-year old who brought her mother’s backpack into a Selbyville daycare.

While at the daycare she found baggies of heroin in the backpack and began distributing them to other children thinking it was candy.

Collin told the parents that much of what authorities are seeing is access by children to drugs at home.

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11:56 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Training Police to Handle People With Mental Health Problems

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County law enforcement and public-health officials are initiating a crisis intervention team to safely manage people with mental illness.

The event Friday in Westminster adds Carroll County to at least five other Maryland jurisdictions that have embraced the concept.

Team members include law-enforcement officers who have been trained to compassionately manage people who are suffering from a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

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Local News
11:49 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Funding Request for Mental Health Services in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health and social services officials are asking for about $22 million in additional funding next year to serve the mentally ill, developmentally disabled and other vulnerable populations.

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11:43 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Somerset County on Track with Sandy Relief Money

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Somerset County has committed half of the $8.6 million in Sandy Relief money to a number of projects including 11 new homes that could cost close to $2 million to construct.

Another $1.1 million has been earmarked for a study of public housing that saw severe flooding during the 2010 storm.

Somerset County director of planning Gary Pusey said the county is focusing on the county’s purchase of three houses, some $3.2 million slated for home rehabs and $1 million for the county’s Economic Development Commission.

The grant expires in July.

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11:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Fighting Childhood Hunger in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new panel aimed at reducing childhood hunger while promoting proper nutrition and Virginia agriculture.

McAuliffe signed an executive order Thursday establishing the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide.

He named his wife, Dorothy McAuliffe, as the new council's chairman.

The governor said the council will work to make sure that Virginia pursues every federal dollar currently available that promotes nutrition and healthy living.

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Delmarva Today
10:23 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Delmarva Today 11/21/2014

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Today, we get some local reaction to President Obama's Executive Orders concerning immigration.  In the second half, we discuss a proposal to bring six chicken houses in Somerset County that has some residents' feathers ruffled.

Guests:

Salisbury University Political Science Professor Michael O'Loughlin

Matthew Peters, director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Research Center in Easton, Maryland

George Escobar, Direct

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Local News
11:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Lights Galore in Ocean City

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In Ocean City the Winterfest of Lights begin tonight.

Organizers say there will be more than 400 displays and more than 800-thousand LED bulbs.

You can take the Winterfest Express for a one mile trip surrounded by music through 58 acres of lights that feature a 50-foot Christmas tree.

Admission is $5 for guests who are 12 year or older while those younger than that get in for free. 

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11:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Gas Prices Down Below $3 in Delaware

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Gas prices look good for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says that a gallon of gas is averaging $2.85 in Delaware today.

That’s compared to a year ago when it was $3.28 a gallon.

In the First State an estimated 126-thousand people will be traveling 50 miles or more.

That’s up by 4 percent from last year.

And AAA says that 90 percent of them are expected to be on the roads.

Another 7 percent will be flying.

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9:06 am
Thu November 20, 2014

First Flu Related Death This Year in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say the first death related to the flu in the state has been reported.

The Division of Public Health said in an email on Wednesday that the patient is an 83-year-old woman from Sussex County. Officials say she died Monday and lab tests confirmed an infection with influenza A.

There have been 37 cases for the current flu season in Delaware. Last season, there were 1,842 confirmed flu cases in Delaware, with six flu-related deaths.

Public health officials are urging residents to get the flu vaccine.

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8:58 am
Thu November 20, 2014

VA Reviews Rocket Deal after Explosion at Wallops

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials plan to re-examine a spaceport deal with Orbital Sciences Corp. following a rocket explosion that damaged a state-owned launch pad.

Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne Jr. tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration may seek to renegotiate the deal.

McAuliffe also has asked U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine to look for federal funds to help pay for repairs.

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8:53 am
Thu November 20, 2014

VA Lifts Lane Closures for Thanksgiving

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is lifting lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

VDOT will end the closures on most interstates and other roads starting from noon Wednesday through noon Monday. The idea is to keep the highways obstruction free during the busy holiday travel period.

VDOT also advises that based on past traffic data, the heaviest periods of congestion on most roads occur after noon on Wednesday and after noon on both weekend days.

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8:42 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Baltimore Delegate Replaces Conway on Appropriations Committee

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With the defeat of Democratic Delegate Norm Conway by Republican Carl Anderton House Spaker Michael Busch has named Delegate Maggie McIntosh to replace him as chair of the Appropriations Committee.

Conway had been chair of the committee since 2003 and had been instrumental in bringing state dollars to the Eastern Shore.

McIntosh hails from Baltimore City and has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1987.

Speaker Busch called McIntosh one of the most well respected leaders in Annapolis and the right person to take on the budget issues.

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8:23 am
Thu November 20, 2014

6th DUI for Delaware Driver

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover man convicted five times on DUI charges has been arrested for a sixth drunken-driving offense.

Delaware State Police say a trooper pulled over an SUV driving erratically on State Route 10 in Dover on Tuesday night. Police say the man smelled of alcohol and gave a false name.

The trooper soon identified the man as 49-year-old Michael Tucker of Dover and arrested him on charges of DUI, criminal impersonation, driving on a suspended or revoked license, and other charges. It's unclear whether Tucker has an attorney.

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8:16 am
Thu November 20, 2014

MD Senators Vote Against Keystone XL Pipeline

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Maryland’s two senators voted against the Keystone XL pipeline this week when it failed to get the 60 votes required to close debate in the Senate.

Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin joined 37 other Democrats and two independents in opposition to the legislation that would have given the green light to construct the 17-hundred mile project.

The pipeline would bring the controversial Canadian tar sands oil to Texas.

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8:09 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Delmarva Resorts Depend on Overtime for Employees

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Most of the overtime for resort towns along the Delmarva coastline goes to public works, wastewater and the police.

Wilmington News Journal reports that the expenditures can get as high as $13-thousand or the equivalent of an extra day of work.

But city officials say providing overtime is easier and more efficient than hiring an extra person part-time.

Sharon Lynn, city manager of Rehoboth Beach, told the Delmarva Media Group that it means a quicker response and a quicker process than hiring someone.

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7:53 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Finding Jobs for At-Risk High School Graduates

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is among the scheduled speakers at a national awards luncheon for a program aimed at helping at-risk high school students graduate and find jobs.

Markell, who serves as chair of Jobs for America's Graduates, will join board members, supporters, and more than 500 of JAG's youth leaders from across a 32-state network in Washington on Thursday to celebrate the work of the program.

Officials say Jobs for America's Graduates has served more than 1 million youth and is currently assisting some 47,000 young people.

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Local News
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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