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7:42 am
Mon January 12, 2015

No Tickets for EZ-Pass Speeders in Maryland

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Transportation Authority has clocked thousands of E-ZPass users speeding through state toll facilities, but the agency isn't issuing speeding tickets.

The agency began recording the speed of E-ZPass drivers in 2002. Last year there were 23,454 speeding violations clocked. But there are no signs at toll booths showing speeds are being monitored.

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7:38 am
Mon January 12, 2015

PBF Wants Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel Production at Delaware City Refinery

Delaware City Refinery
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PBF is seeking a key permit for a $100 million hydrogen plants for ultra-low sulfur fuel production at its Delaware City refinery.

The company would like to begin production by November of next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that news of the application surfaced after environmental groups pressed state officials about a cooling tower system at the plant.

The groups say the recycling tower is important in reducing the refinery’s 300 million gallon per day withdrawals from the Delaware River.

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7:34 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Teachers Union Airs Ad Against Cuts in MD Education

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland teachers' union is launching a petition drive to protect strong investments in schools.

The Maryland State Education Association is kicking off a radio ad campaign and online petition drive on Monday. The ad will run for two weeks in Baltimore, the District of Columbia and other parts of Maryland.

The campaign is calling on Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and state lawmakers to not cut school funding.

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7:23 am
Mon January 12, 2015

GOP Names Robin Frazier as Replacement in MD Senate

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Republican leaders in Carroll County have recommended former county commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier to fill a vacant state Senate seat.

Frazier would fill the seat that's soon to be vacated by Sen. Joe Getty. He's been tapped to serve as policy and legislative director for Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan.

Frazier tells The Carroll County Times that she supports Hogan's agenda of cutting taxes and making the state more business-friendly.

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12:27 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Episcopal Bishop Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter

Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor says an Episcopal church bishop will be charged with vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and other counts in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist.

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12:20 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Affordable Housing for "Freeloaders", says Anne Arundel County Official

Anne Arundel Council Member John Grasso
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An Anne Arundel County councilman is standing by his comments that people shouldn't live in his jurisdiction if they can't afford it.
 
Councilman John Grasso says people seeking government assistance are "freeloaders" who often use their children "as a crutch to describe laziness."
 
Grasso spoke Thursday with The Capital following a Monday council meeting during which he said he had no sympathy for people who had testified about how they've benefited from affordable housing.
 

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12:11 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Man Convicted of Police Shooting, Incompetent to Stand Trial

David Watson
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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Delaware man sentenced to 106 years in prison for shooting into a police officer's home as two children slept has been found incompetent to stand trial in similar shootings in Maryland.
 
David Watson of Laurel faces 60 charges in three shootings at the homes of police officers in Wicomico County.
 
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 26-year-old was found incompetent to stand trial in December. A review hearing has been set in his case in Wicomico County Circuit Court for June 12.
 

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12:03 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Five More Die From Flu in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State health officials say five more people have died from the flu this season, and more than 1,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Delaware.

The Department of Health and Social Services said Thursday that a total of nine people have died from the flu this season. Officials say all but one patient were over age 70, and all had underlying medical conditions.

Officials say this time last season, there were only 107 cases of the flu confirmed in Delaware, and no deaths.

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12:01 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

A Dozen Dogs Seized by Sheriff's Deputies in Accomack County

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A dozen dogs were seized by the Accomack County Sheriff's deputies from a property on Bayside Road yesterday.

Residents had called in expressing their concern about a dead dog and other possible indications of animals being mistreated on the property.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a search warrant issue after the Sheriffs learned of the dead dog along with other problems from a large number of dogs at the location.

Jayanne Walker and Jim Mason told the paper that they had become aware of the situation noting that the dogs were chained up and had no food.

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11:54 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Hotel Appoligizes for Canceling Homeless Reservations

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The Hotel du Pont is apologizing for abruptly canceling the reservations made for around a half a dozen homeless people to spend the night on Christmas.

The reservation were made by Scott Senge as a gift but three hours before check in the hotel told him the reservations were canceled because of safety concerns for other guests.

Yesterday, another report said that the hotel did not believe the homeless would have the proper identification.

The cost of the room was $639.

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11:50 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Big Commercial Development Tries Again in Sussex County

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Plans for the Overbook Town Center are back before Sussex County government officials.

The 114-acre commercial development proposal was withdrawn during the election season but resubmitted for a zoning change late last month.

Developer Louis De Bitonto told the Wilmington News Journal that the project had become tangled up in the upcoming political election.

TD Rehoboth’s plan would build a shopping center on the east side of Highway One north of Lewes.

It would be located on Cave Neck Road near Milton.

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11:14 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Dover High Principal Gets Community Support to Stay

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Controversy is swirling around the decision by the Capital Board of Education not to renew the contract with Evelyn Edney as principal of Dover High School.

The school board decided not to keep her on back in November even though Dover High school came off a state watch list and the state test scores were moving into positive territory.

Local residents at a news conference yesterday told reporters that she should be given a chance to continue what she has started.

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11:08 am
Fri January 9, 2015

NFL Should Have Done More in Ray Rice Case, Says Mueller

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NEW YORK (AP) - A former FBI director hired to look into how the NFL pursued evidence in the Ray Rice abuse case says the league should have investigated the incident more thoroughly before it initially punished the player.

Robert Mueller released the report Thursday, saying that the NFL had substantial information about the case and could have obtained more.

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11:04 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Fate of All-Girls Charter School Again in the Hands of the Courts

Reach Academy for Girls
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Less than a year after attorneys agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging a decision by Delaware education officials to close Reach Academy, the future of the struggling, all-girls charter school is once again before a federal judge.

The judge was to hold an initial hearing Friday in yet another lawsuit by supporters seeking to keep Reach Academy open.

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11:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Johns Hopkins Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

Martin Luther King Jr.
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital are celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of what would have been the civil rights leader's 86th birthday.

The school of medicine and hospital are hosting an annual commemoration of King's life on Friday. The keynote speaker at the event will be the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Morris Dees. King's birthday is Jan. 15. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

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10:54 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Autistic Man Seeks Pardon in Clash with Police

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STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - A Virginia inmate with autism has pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting a correctional officer and plans to seek a pardon from the governor.

Reginald Latson entered the plea in Stafford County Circuit Court on Thursday and was sentenced to six months in prison.

Mental health and civil liberties advocates say the 23-year-old's intellectual disabilities have caused his three clashes with law enforcement since 2010 and had been jailed twice.

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10:47 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Hogan Adds Former GOP Rival to His Administration

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has named four more cabinet appointees.

Hogan announced Thursday that R. Michael Gill is his pick to be secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Gill is chairman and principal of Evergreen Advisors, a mid-Atlantic investment bank.

David Craig is Hogan's choice to be the secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning. Craig, who has most recently served as county executive of Harford County, ran against Hogan for the Republican nomination for governor.

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Delmarva Today
10:25 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Delmarva Today 01-09-2015

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On today's program, we meet the people  behind Headquarters Live, Salisbury's Community Performing Arts Center located in the old Salisbury Firehouse.

In the second half, we visit another well-known Salisbury landmark, Poplar Hill Mansion.

Guests- Brad Gillis and Jim Baeurle with Headquarters Live

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Local News
12:04 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Bad Flu Seaon Forces PRMC to Tighten Visiting Policies

Peninsula Regional Medical Center
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Peninsula Regional Medical Center has decided to modify its visiting policies in the face of one of the worst flu season on Delmarva.

The changes range from allowing only two adults to visit patient care areas and restricting access by children to reducing exposure to expectant mothers.

Hospital officials say 121 people have tested positive for the flu so far this year.

That’s compared to 80 cases during last year’s 2013-2014 flu season.

In addition, there are 26 inpatients with the flu.

That is double what it was last year.

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12:00 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

MD Ranking Slips in Education Performance Report

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new report says Maryland fell two spots from leading the nation in school performance, though it's still ahead of the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region and most of the country.

Education Week's Quality Counts report ranked Maryland No. 3, down from its spot at No. 1 between 2009 and 2013. Massachusetts and New Jersey topped the list.

Citing state officials and Education Week, The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland's downgrade is because of a change in the ranking criteria, not a performance dip.

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11:54 am
Thu January 8, 2015

No Room at the Inn on Christmas

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man says he's devastated after a luxury hotel thwarted his plan to give five homeless people a warm bed and a hot shower on Christmas night
 
Matt Senge of Newark tells WDEL-AM that he booked a two-bedroom suite at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington for $639 on Christmas, and told hotel managers and the reservation clerk about the gift.
 

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8:23 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Allegation of Brutality Against Wicomico County Sheriff's Department

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis
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A 40-year old man is he suffered severe injuries including a fractured vertebrae, a broken hand and a black eye as the result of an encounter with Wicomico County sheriffs.

40-year old Miguel Santos told WMDT that a deputy jumped on his back then threw him onto the ground.

He told the television station that the officer grabbed his head from behind and hit it three times into the concrete.

The incident occurred on January third as a part of a DUI arrest on South Salisbury Boulevard.

Santos admits that he was driving after drinking that night.

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8:18 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Culver Firings Catch Wicomico County Leaders by Surprise

Wicomico County Vice President Matt Holloway (R)
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A rift appears to be breaking between the new Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and some county council members over the firing of Lee Beauchamp who headed the county’s Public Works Department.

Council Vice President Matt Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was disappointed that Beauchamp was gone.

Holloway noted that Culver was listed as a reference for Beauchamp during his application to the county.

Culver said in also dismissing the Finance/Budget director Andrew Mackel he was taking a different.     

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8:09 am
Thu January 8, 2015

New Castle County Takes Aim at Drug Trafficking

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Federal officials have designated New Castle County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The designation by the Office of National Drug Control Policy will enable the county to receive federal resources to help crack down on the illegal drug trade.

With the designation, New Castle joins Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania and Camden County, New Jersey, which already are part of the existing Philadelphia/Camden high-intensity area.

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7:55 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Delaware Gets Federal Early Childhood Education Grant

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say Delaware's Department of Education has been awarded a $1.4 million grant for early childhood education.

The Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant will allow 72 more children to take part in Early Head Start.

The grants are intended to encourage collaboration between Early Head Start grantees and child care providers.

Infants and toddlers in the new program will receive caregiving their physical, cognitive and social development.

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7:47 am
Thu January 8, 2015

No Suit Against Newspaper for Use of MD Official's Name

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EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - A local elected official in Maryland who achieved instant Internet notoriety after he threatened to sue a newspaper for publishing his name now says he won't sue after all.

Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter said in a written statement Wednesday he was wrong when he told a Frederick News-Post reporter in a Facebook post: "Use my name again unauthorized and you'll be paying for an attorney."

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7:27 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Manslaughter Charges Dropped in Ocean City Death

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped manslaughter charges against two men who were in a fight in Ocean City that led to a man's death.

Thirty-seven-year-old Justin Daniel Cancelliere of North Whitehall, Pennsylvania, unconscious in the parking lot of a hotel on Aug. 24. He died later that day at a hospital.

Twenty-seven-year-old Caleb Ochse and 22-year-old Christopher Kendall, both of Ocean City, were charged with manslaughter and other offenses. The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that prosecutors said they were the aggressors in a fistfight with Cancelliere.

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7:22 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Police Justified in Delaware Courthouse Shooting

Thomas Matusiewicz
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office says a police officer was justified in shooting at a man who killed two people at the New Castle County courthouse in February 2013.

In a report released Wednesday, former deputy attorney general Tim Mullaney said Capitol Police Cpl. Steven Rinehart was justified in using deadly force after Thomas Matusiewicz opened fire in the courthouse lobby.

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7:18 am
Thu January 8, 2015

MD Board of Public Works Okays Budget Cuts

Governor Martin O'Malley (Md-D)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a plan to address about $410 million of a budget shortfall for the current fiscal year to better position the state to tackle a deficit in the next fiscal year.

The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 Wednesday for the plan.

It includes about $206 million in cuts. Another $108 million will come from spending transfers. There also are some savings from early retirement offerings and cutting vacant positions.

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11:35 am
Wed January 7, 2015

New Office for Civil Rights and Public Trust in Delaware

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn says the state's Justice Department is being restructured to create a new office for civil rights and public trust.
 
Denn announced the move Wednesday, saying the new office will protect the rights of Delaware residents, enforce laws designed to hold government accountable, and conduct investigations in which the Justice Department's other responsibilities "might present the appearance of a conflict of interest." An example of that is police use-of-force investigations.
 

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