News

msa.maryland.gov

Attorney General Brian Frosh says he is looking at whether to join a legal action to halt the President’s travel ban by those from seven Muslim countries as well the suspension of the refugee program.

Hotel du Pont website

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - DuPont will sell the historic Hotel du Pont in Wilmington to the Buccini/Pollin Group.

Dupont and BPG announced in a statement Tuesday that they have reached an agreement and the closing is expected on Feb. 28.

The hotel will continue to operate under the Hotel du Pont name and BPG's hotel management affiliate, PM Hotel Group, will operate the hotel. BPG recently announced the acquisition of the DuPont Building that houses the hotel.

riversideonline

ONLEY, Va. (AP) - A new hospital in Accomack County is getting ready to open next month.

Local news outlets report that the new Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital is nearing completion after nearly three years. It's scheduled to open for business Feb. 25.

The $90 million campus in Onley will replace the present one in Nasswadox and consists of three buildings, including the hospital, cancer center and office building.

Ijtihad.org

The Islamic community is still reeling from President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the refugee program and imposing a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries.  Dr. Muqtedar Khan is a police science professor at the University of Delaware and has done work on national security issues for the U.S. government. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him about the implications of the new executive order.

creative commons

Last night many gathered at the Islamic Center of Delaware denouncing the president’s suspension of the refugee program and the travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Along with pastors, rabbis and imams Governor John Carney and Senator Chris Coons spoke out against the executive orders signed by President Trump.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn is looking into legal action to fight the order.

The paper reports that he called it “A betrayal of basic American values.”

official photo

Representative Andy Harris says he supports President Donald Trump’s suspension of the refugee program and the imposition of a travel ban on immigrants coming from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

In a statement issued by his office the Eastern Shore Republican said that the temporary ban would better protect national security.

He noted that these seven countries were marked for higher scrutiny by the Obama administration.

Harris also applauded the decision to give preference to religious minorities fleeing persecution.

creative commons

Crisfield High School and Academy will be open today after a bomb threat shutdown the facility yesterday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that county school officials said a phone call was received around 10 a.m. yesterday morning.

The Crisfield police searched the building for around two hours.

During that time the students were sent to sit on the bleachers.

Eventually parents were told to pick them up.

creative commons

DOVER, Del. (AP)- State lawmakers are trying again to pass a law allowing Delaware school students to opt out of standardized tests.
    
Bipartisan legislation allowing students to opt out of tests was introduced last week and will be considered by the House Education Committee after lawmakers return in March following a seven-week break for budget committee hearings.
    

virginia.org

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state parks stimulate about $225 million in spending around the state last year.

A new report recently released by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business shows that out-state-visitors to state parks spent about $100 million.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe hailed the report and noted that the various taxes generated by visitors to state parks almost equals the nearly $20 million the state spends in general fund dollars on the parks.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in Maryland are scheduled to discuss some of their legislative priorities for this session.

Members of the Senate and House Democratic caucuses will talk about a package of legislative initiatives on Tuesday.

The caucuses routinely gather early in the state's 90-day legislative session to outline legislation their members will be pushing for this session.

The General Assembly is controlled by Democrats.

public domain clipart

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are ready to start delving into the state's budget challenges with a series of committee hearings.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee convenes Tuesday for the start of several weeks of agency budget hearings.

After an overview and orientation, the committee will hear a presentation from the Office of Management and Budget.

Other agencies to be considered Tuesday are the Department of Technology and Information and the Department of State.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of February 6th , 2017

http://crisfieldpd.com/

Crisfield High School and Academy has been evacuated after receiving a bomb threat.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Somerset County Public Schools got a phone call around 10 a.m. after which students were gathered on the bleachers while police searched the facility.

In the 11 o'clock hour parents were notified that they should pick up their children.

The Crisfield police are investigating the incident and authorities say an announcement will be made later today when the school will be reopened. 

official photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general is requesting information on any detentions in Virginia resulting from President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement Sunday that his request includes anyone with lawful permanent resident status or work or student visas. The Democrat's also requesting information about whether U.S. Customs and Border Protection is complying with an order giving lawful permanent residents detained at Dulles International Airport access to attorneys.

creative commons

We depend upon our ability to see almost to the exclusion of the rest of our senses. But, what happens if you become sightless? And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders what wisdom might flow from it.

Don Rush

There's a winter weather advisory in effect until 10 a.m.

Today -- Mostly cloudy. 80% chance of snow. Little or no accumulation. Highs in the upper 30's. Northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph. with gusts of up to 25 mph.

Tonight -- Partly cloudy. Lows in the Upper 20's. Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20's. West winds of 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow -- Partly Sunny and breezy. Highs in the lower 50's. Highs in the lower 50's. Southwest winds of 15 to 20 mph. with gusts of up to 30 mph.

occupy chicago facebook

BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds gathered at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Sunday to protest an executive order banning refugees from entering the United States.

Protesters carrying signs chanted, "no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here."

On Sunday, social media reports said crowds were spilling out of the international terminal. Protesters held signs that read, "Welcome home," and "No Ban, No wall," among many others.

Delaware

Officials from Delaware also joined a protest against the executive order.

campaign photo

The Princess Anne Town Commissioners have decided to keep Lionel Frederick’s seat open.

It has been on hold since his conviction more than a month ago on extortion charges.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the commissioners decided to hold his seat open until Frederick exhausts his appeals.

If Frederick is successful he would be reinstated.

Meanwhile, Daily Times reports that the town pulled the payment from his $6-thousand salary pending the outcome of the legal process.

Frederick has also been barred from participating in commission business. 

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are introducing legislation to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use.

Supporters are scheduled to talk about the measure on Monday.

One measure would make marijuana legal for adults 21 and older and regulate its production and sale similarly to alcohol.

Another bill would enact taxes on non-medical marijuana.

The General Assembly decriminalized marijuana in 2014. People caught with less than 10 grams are now issued a $100 ticket. The fine increases to $500 for repeat offenses.

official photos

Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons denounced President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees in fiercely worded statements.

Carper, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, questioned Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Delaware Democrat noted that as Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt eliminated the environmental protection unit and raised millions of dollar from the fossil fuel industry.

On today's  program we talk about mystery writers Dashiell Hammett,  Raymond Chandler, and Ross Macdonald with Karen Huston Karydes. In her recently published book Hard-Boiled Anxiety, Karen looks at the life and work of Hammett, Chandler, and Macdonald through a Freudian framework. Macdonald is not too difficult, he tells us that his work is a reflection of his personal life and the Freudian analysis that he went through, but Hammett and Chandler?

Salisbury University website

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of January 30th , 2017

Official photo

Senator Ben Cardin says will not support the nomination of Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education.

The Maryland Democrat said he was deeply troubled by – what he called her lack of support for the nation’s public schools.

Cardin said that the charter school programs supported by DeVos would drain revenue and resources from the public schools.

In addition, he said that he was concerned about her lack of ability to discuss the long-standing issues being debated in education community.

all-free-download.com

There’s a coastal flood warning in effect for Kent and Sussex Counties until 11 a.m.

In Accomack County it will be in effect until 10 a.m.

While the ocean looked a little bit angry the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City officials say there was little flooding being reported.

Winds were expected to move north and northwest with speeds of up to 30 mph with some gusts as high as 35 mph.

Most of the damage from the high winds hit trees.

Don Rush

If you have questions about your Maryland state taxes you’ll be able to get some help from a new call center located on the Eastern Shore.

Yesterday Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot along with other officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony.

He said, “I am very excited to open this call center. It’s the very first one. And we’re doing it on the Shore. Because we care about the Shore. It’s a region that the state of Maryland is lucky to have.”

The center will create some 25 jobs and is located in Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Square complex.

Official photo

Senator Ben Cardin says he will vote no on the nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

The Maryland Democrat said he believed Tillerson’s business orientation could compromise his ability to represent the United States.

He said that during the confirmation hearings the nominee prioritized narrow business interests over national security interests.

Cardin noted that Tillerson declined to characterize Russian and Syrian atrocities as war crimes or the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines as human rights violations.

pool camera

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A leading budget analyst for Maryland's legislature is telling lawmakers they need to do more to address future state spending, especially due to uncertainties about how federal spending decisions could affect the state.

Warren Deschenaux said Gov. Larry Hogan's budget plan makes hard decisions to balance the books for the next fiscal year. But he says the Republican governor's plan to address mandated spending in future years is "relatively weak tea."

official photos

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials are poised to set the date for a special election that will decide the balance of power in Delaware's state Senate.

The 10th District seat was formally vacated last week by Democrat Bethany Hall-Long, who was sworn in as lieutenant governor.

Now presiding officer of the Senate, Hall-Long says she plans file a writ to set a date for the election when the Senate reconvenes Tuesday.

Under state law, the election must be held not less than 30 nor more than 35 days after the writ is issued.

creative commons

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - New research partly blames climate change on the loss of Virginia's saltwater marshland.

William & Mary says in a press release that these environmentally important areas support various birds and reptiles.

Researchers from the university's Virginia Institute of Marine Science say the combination of storms and sea-level rise have pushed Virginia's barrier islands further inland. In turn, salt marshes are buried.

Since 1870, Virginia has lost about 8,000 acres and 10 percent of its back-barrier saltmarsh habitat.

Cape May-Lewes Ferry website

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - Rough weather is keeping the Cape May-Lewes ferry at its dock.

Officials canceled all trips on Monday because of high winds and rough seas.

The boats ply the waters between Cape May in New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware.

Pages