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WBOC Goes Radio

Aug 14, 2015
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WBOC is returning to radio.

The television station has bought the Princess Anne FM Station WOLC 102.5 FM.

75 years ago the television station began its life as WBOC-AM when radio was coming of age.

WOLC has been a Christian radio station called Joy!

As for format that has not yet been decided.

The station says that it will reflect the WBOC brand and that WBOC’s news, weather and sports will be a key component of the broadcasting schedule.

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Mayor Jim Ireton held a community meeting less than 24 hours after another shooting in Salisbury – the third in eleven days.

The Mayor called the meeting after the shooting deaths of 17 year old Rakim Russell and 21 year old Dommier Deshields in early August.

But by August 12th 24-year old Shawn Woodford was shot in the back.

WBOC reports that the meeting was joined by Maryland Attorney General.

Ireton said that stopping violence is a community effort that must begin with children.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Delaware State Police is inviting members of the public to participate in a Citizen's Police Academy.

The State Police says the academy will begin on Oct. 15 and last for six sessions. The sessions will take place Thursday evenings and last from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Most classes will take place at the Delaware State Police 911 center in Georgetown.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign legislation that can help people charged with violating certain laws regarding the state park system from having criminal records that could jeopardize their job prospects.

The bill to be signed Friday declassifies several minor violations associated with state parks by changing them from unclassified misdemeanors to class D environmental violations.

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The City of Newark is looking at cutting back residential development at the Newark Country Club.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that Club officials charge that rezoning the 120 acre property is not lawful.

Club officials say that this is an effort to preserve the land for less than market value or push the Club into bankruptcy.

The town council is considering rezoning the land to require twice the minimum size of a lot for any new home on one of the city’s biggest open spaces.  

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's corn crop is expected to increase 5 percent this year compared to the 2014 crop.
    
Production of soybeans also is anticipated to be higher, but forecasts of winter wheat, barley and cotton are expected to drop.
    
The forecast is based on Aug. 1 conditions as surveyed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
    
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the average corn yield is expected to be 157 bushels per acre, up 12 bushels from 2014.
    

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked a federal appeals court to allow him to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McDonnell filed the motion Thursday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel of the court unanimously upheld McDonnell's convictions in July. The full 15-member court said Tuesday that it won't reconsider that panel's ruling. The court didn't say whether McDonnell will be allowed to remain free pending further appeal.

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Local developers Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson are donating the Plaza Gallery to Salisbury University.

The SU Foundation will facilitate the takeover of the 60-thousand square-foot building that was once owned by the F. W. Woolworth Company during the heyday of downtown Salisbury.

The university says that the structure with its annex amounts to a $4.4 million gift.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach says that this allows the university to establish a greater presence in the downtown area that has already seen growth.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Immigrant activists are scheduled to protest Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to comply with a federal program to notify federal authorities about when and where people facing possible deportation will be released from jail.

The protest is scheduled for Thursday at the governor's mansion in Annapolis.

Maryland corrections officials say the state is notifying federal officials about release dates and times of any inmate who has been identified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as an immigration enforcement priority.

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28-year old Holly Boyce from Greenwood died in a car crash on U.S. Route 13 in Seaford yesterday afternoon.

Police say she rear ended a tractor trailer around noon just south of Cannon Road.

Police say that a 2010 Freight Liner Cascadia was pulling an enclosed trailer going south on Route 13.

When it began to turn onto Cannon Road Boyce did not realize it was slowing down and slammed her 2007 Buick Lucerne into the back of the trailer.

Boyce was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash closed route 13 for around three and a half hours. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for former shareholders suing over the collapse of Wilmington Trust are renewing their demand for internal bank documents following last week's indictment of several former bank executives.

In a letter this week, attorneys for the shareholders told a federal judge that the indictment relies on and even quotes from documents that defendants in the lawsuit, with the support of state and federal banking regulators, have refused to provide. The documents are being withheld based on what regulators describe as the bank examination privilege.

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There will be no adult entertainment in Millville.

That was the unanimous opinion of the town council which voted to ban such businesses from the city limits.

The August 11th decision also banned massage parlors and taprooms.  

WBOC reports that the decision to bar the massage parlors may have been the result of a prostitution outfit operating in two such businesses in Rehoboth Beach last year.

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The shovels will be hitting the dirt for an estimate $208 million in road construction in Kent County over the next five to six years.

The money from the state and federal governments will go to provide the infrastructure for the increasing number of residents in the county.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that among the projects is one that would provide a director route to West Dover along U.S. Route 13 near Camden.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police have recovered the body of a man who disappeared after his sailboat sank in the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says a charter boat came across the body of 46-year-old Adrian Perez on Wednesday morning.

Perez was from Upper Marlboro. He was fishing with his son, another man and that man's three children on Sunday when his boat sank near the Bay Bridge. Police say the people on board didn't have time to put on life jackets. A nearby boater pulled the other five people from the water.

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A new detox center will be opening in Harrington next month for those seeking the escape their drug addiction.

The 15-thousand square foot structure will provide 12 short-term beds for 23 hour observation and another 16 for those who need extensive care for a week.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that around 30 to 100 spaces will be for outpatient care such as counseling.

Yesterday afternoon Governor Jack Markell showed up for a press conference at the facility.

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The nation’s highest court could be hearing a challenge to the Delaware election law.

At issue is the disclosure of donors to groups doing political advertising which was upheld by a federal appellate court.

The Washington-based Center for Competitive Politics says it intends to appeal a decision that the Delaware disclosure law is constitutional in a lawsuit brought by the conservative group Delaware Strong Families.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia elections official says a proposed revision of the state's voter registration form needs more work.

Media outlets report that Virginia State Board of Elections chairman James Alcorn notified elections officials across the state on Tuesday that he is removing the proposal from the board's September agenda. He said in an email that the proposal needs reworking and input from "the broader elections community."

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket carrying student experiments has been launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore.

NASA says it launched the Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday from the Wallops Island Flight Facility. The rocket descended by parachute into the Atlantic Ocean after flying to an altitude of about 97 miles.

NASA says in a news release that the launch was witnessed by more than 60 university and college students and instructors from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is halfway through six rounds of chemotherapy.

The Republican governor announced Tuesday on his Facebook page that he had good news and great news. The good news is he has completed his fifth-straight day of chemotherapy. He added that the great news is he's finished the third of six scheduled rounds.

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Governor Jack Markell put his signature on a measure called the Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III Child Protection Act.

It would beef up background checks for private schools and summer camps.

The requirements would use finger prints for a national criminal background check.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it would ban those with a criminal conviction for a felony sexual assault or a misdemeanor crime involving a child from such employment.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A law school in Baltimore says it will offer a new course examining the unrest in the city following the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody earlier this year.

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Bad weather has delayed the widening of Route 26.

The project was to be completed by June 24th of next year.

Yesterday Delaware Department of Transportation advisory group awarded an additional 43 days pushing the completion date back to September 7th of next year.

WBOC reports that Project Manager Mike Delp from the construction firm said that the extensions were to be expected since none had been included in the contract.

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Ocean City officials have begun discussing an alternative to banning leases of rental properties that are less than 12 months long along with creating special zoning.  

That was the recommendation by the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission in June.

Yesterday officials began to hammer out an alternative at the City Council work session that would impose better controls on what can be done on rental property.

The Salisbury Daily times reports that the proposal would also create a special Rental License application for short-term rentals.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wilmington-area developer Joseph M. Capano, whose family was embroiled in the notorious killing of a governor's secretary by his brother Thomas, has died.

Brother-in-law Lee Ramunno said Capano died of an apparent heart attack at his home Monday. He was 62.

Capano was one of four sons of the late developer Louis Capano.

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HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are discussing plans for $4.5 million in new funding to tackle substance abuse in Delaware.

State lawmakers approved the funding in the budget for fiscal 2016, which began last month.

Gov. Jack Markell sought the funding in his January budget proposal, noting that 185 Delawareans died from a suspected drug overdose last year and nearly 10,000 adults sought public treatment for addiction.

Markell planned to make an announcement about expanded substance abuse services on Wednesday at the site of a new detox center in Harrington.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials in Delaware say seven students have graduated from a new employment training program that prepares them to become certified nursing assistants.

The students graduated from the eight-week program, called Generation, on Tuesday. Gov. Jack Markell gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is launching a supplemental food program for older residents.

Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Rona Kramer will officially kick off the initiative in Baltimore on Wednesday called "My Groceries to Go!"

It's a partnership between the department and the Maryland Food Bank with funding from the U.S. Agriculture Department.

The program promotes healthy eating and nutrition education while providing 40 pounds of nutritious food each month.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick city officials are considering a proposal to remove from City Hall a sculpture of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.

The plan proposed last week by Alderman Donna Kuzemchak (koo-ZAM'-chak) is on the agenda for Wednesday's workshop meeting of the Board of Alderman. No decision is expected.

Supporters of the proposal say they equate the bust of Roger Brooke Taney (TAW'-ney) with the Confederate battle flag.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers and Democratic elected officials are asking Virginia's legislative Republican leaders to reconsider plans to replace a newly seated Virginia Supreme Court justice.
 
But GOP leaders say they're unmoved by those pleas. They say they still plan to replace Justice Jane Marum Roush with Rossie D. Alston Jr. during a special session that starts Aug. 17.
 
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Roush late last month, to the displeasure of GOP leaders who said they were not properly consulted about the pick.
 

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles says his agency will gather more information and listen to citizens as it develops rules for fracking in the state.

Grumbles fielded questions at a public meeting Tuesday in Garrett County in far western Maryland, where most of the state's shale gas resources lie.

He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he's committed to a transparent process and to good stewardship of the Deep Creek Lake watershed.

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