If you want to get a good look at this month’s super lunar eclipse the NASA Wallops Flight Facility is offering to give the public a chance to see the celestial event.

In conjunction with the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation the space port will host a viewing of this rare event on Sunday September 27.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will be held at the Center’s Auditorium at around 8 p.m. with telescopes and binoculars to view the eclipse starting at 9:30 p.m.

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The battle over a zoning ordinance that limits the size of new houses is heating up in Rehoboth Beach.

There’s a new group called the Rehoboth Neighbors United which wants voters to approve the new regulations in November 7th’s referendum.

Susan Gay, one of the group’s organizers told WBOC that this is “a turning point” for the city.

She expressed particular concern about the environmental impact of these houses – especially the loss of trees.


There’s a new report by NASA’s Inspector General’s office on the Antares rocket project to send Orbital Science’s resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the study found the first two launches for December and March from Cape Canaveral will be combined with another company’s payload.

The paper says that the report says it is not clear how they will work together.

In addition, the Daily Times reports that two launches at Wallops in 2016 will carry more supplies to eliminate one of the planned flights.

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Last night a Fox News pundit got an unwelcome greeting when she spoke at the University of Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that around 80 students held a silent protest holding up a banner that read #BlackLivesMatter.

Pundit Katie Pavlich has called the Black Lives Matter movement a “violent hate group”.

She was invited by a university organization called Students for the Second Amendment that was formed earlier this year.

The News Journal reports that the audience was made up of about half protesters and half gun rights advocates.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - BAE Systems is laying off about 650 workers at its Norfolk shipyard.

According to media outlets, the company said Monday that the layoffs will be effective Nov. 20. The shipyard employs about 1,500 people.

The company said in a statement that the cuts are the result of a "decrease in Navy repair work, consistent with the Navy's decision to delay several modernization programs and the reduced number of Navy ships homeported in Norfolk."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia agriculture officials report that organic farming is increasing in the state.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Virginia had 167 organic farms in 2014, up from 156 in 2008. Those farms generated $41.3 million in sales, more than double the $19.2 million in 2008.

Eighty-one percent of the organic sales came from crop production. Fourteen percent came from livestock and poultry products such as milk and eggs, and five percent from livestock and poultry animals.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Forty-five local tourism initiatives will share more than $796,000 in state matching grants.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the funding from the Virginia Tourism Corporation's Marketing Leverage Program on Monday. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of two to one. The governor's office says the result will be more than $3.3 million in new marketing to increase visitation to Virginia.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP)- The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections is updating its fiscal forecast.
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is set to meet Monday to update revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.
The meeting is the council's first since lawmakers passed a $3.9 billion spending plan for the current year on July 1.

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Fruitland will be the site of a town hall for a company seeking to open a medical marijuana facility in Wicomico County.

Biocannatix LLC is hosting the meeting tomorrow for its plans to put a location near Hebron that would grow, process and dispense the medical marijuana.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that to back up its plans the company is bringing in Katherine Grimm an industry consultant along with Delegate Cheryl Glenn from Baltimore.

It is not the only company vying for a spot in Wicomico County.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new Maryland law that goes into effect this fall will allow casinos to hire a younger workforce.

On Oct. 1, a new law will drop the minimum age for casino workers from 21 to 18.

The Maryland Live casino has begun its recruitment efforts. Casino officials will be attending job fairs at dozens of colleges and have implemented social media marketing campaigns.

Officials are looking to fill some 200 jobs at the Hanover operation.

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For those engaged in commercial fishing, aquaculture and the horseshoe crab harvest in the Assateague Island National Seashore that activity could be banned.

Park superintendent Deborah Darden told the Chincoteague Town Council last week that she has been told these are activities that should be wound down.

She said that federal regulations say that if Congress does not specifically authorize such activity then it should be banned.

Darden noted that over the last half century that has not been observed.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 6 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware was $2.22. That's compared to $2.28 a week ago.

Motorists in the region are paying $1.08 less per gallon than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.30 per gallon.

The price of gas in the state is 7 cents below the national average of $2.29 per gallon.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment is hosting a manned submersible to be used for deep-sea research.

WBOC-TV reports that students will be able to board the OceanGate-created Cyclops 1, a vessel that can travel almost 550 yards underwater.

The college's acting dean Mohsen Badiey says the school will use the submersible during the fall semester ahead of a potential longer-term agreement and collaboration.

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There were more than 37-hundred people who dove into the 7th annual Delaware Mud Run over the weekend.

The skies were cloudy and the temperatures a bit cool as participants raised nearly $200-thousand at a boot-camp style obstacle course on the former ground of the Frightland attraction off Port Penn Road and Route 13.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that top honors went to the group ABC Nickle GI Jane at more than $5-thousand.

The paper reports that a junior version of the mud run raised more than $100-thousand for the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware.

After a sharp rise in gun violence more than 300 people gathered in Wilmington yesterday for the “302 Guns Down Benefit and Concert.”

The event’s emcee Iz Belleto told the crowd that it was time for people to put down their guns.

In addition to the concert and benefit a March for Culture of Peace was also planned.

Mayor Dennis Williams said he was impressed by organizer Michaelena DeJesus and decided to co-sponsor the event waiving all of the fees and providing a grant instead.

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) - A historic lockhouse along the C&O Canal will be renovated.

Radio station WTOP reports Lockhouse 21 in Potomac, Maryland, will be the seventh lockhouse to be renovated under the Canal Quarters program. The C&O Canal Trust made the announcement Saturday.

The lockhouse, which was built in 1832, is also known as Swains Lockhouse after the family that lived there for years. The trust says it has started raising money for the renovation and that the home will be the first renovated since 2011.

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A Code Orange alert has been issued for today by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

It will affect the corridor up along I-95 in the northern part of the state.

That means the air has become too unhealthy for those with asthma, heart and lung disease as well as for children.

On Saturday the air pollution is expected to moderate.  

By Sunday a cold front is forecast.

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A street performer has just received the first ticket for a by the Ocean City police for failing to sign up for a designated spot.

Lt. Mark Pacini with the Ocean City Police Department told the Salisbury Daily Times that Tony Christ asked the night before the citation what he had to do to get cited.

The paper says that the incident occurred on September 5th at around 8:15 p.m. at the corner of Wicomico Street and the Boardwalk.  

He got a $200 fine.

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Around 40 people including students gathered outside Christiansburg high school this morning to protest the ban on Confederate flags being displayed on clothing and cars at the school.   

This follows the suspension of 20 students who refused to remove Confederate gear, which the school decided to ban because of incidents of racial tension.

Houston Miller, a senior who has been leading the effort and was one of those suspended, said the protests will continue until the school backs down or he'll take legal action.

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Sep 18, 2015

On the first half of today's program, we note the 100th year anniversary of the founding of Beebe Medical Center.

In the second half, we hear some personal stories of how heroin addiction affects lives.

Guests: Jan McCarty- 100th Beebe Medical Center anniversary Co-Chair

Christine Moore, 100th Beebe Medical Center anniversary Co-Chair

Leanne Silicato, 100th Beebe Medical Center anniversary Coordinator

Lynn Wilkins, history Co-Chair

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Salisbury is now accepting registration from residents who want to use the city’s new Skatepark.

The first phase of construction has begun and the structure could be completed early.

The skaters must be at least 18 years old, sign a waiver along and get a Skatepark registration sticker.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that sticker must be shown prominently on the skater’s helmet.

The paper reports that city’s Department of Community Development will have a signup table at the 3rd Friday event tonight in Downtown Salisbury.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware students' performance on a new standardized test linked to Common Core academic standards shows a continuing achievement gap between black students and other subgroups.

Statewide, barely half of Delaware students, 52 percent, showed proficiency in English language arts on the Smarter Balanced assessment. Less than 39 percent scored proficiently in math, including less than one-fourth of 11th graders.


Branden Melton who was arrested after an April crash that killed one person has been charged with manslaughter and other related charges.

The April 14th accident took the life of 19 year old Cassidy Stinton of East New Market.

WBOC says that the initial report said a 2004 GMC pickup truck overturned on Reid road into a ditch with several feet of water in Dorchester County.

Cassidy was taken to Peninsula Regional medical Center in Salisbury where she died from her injuries.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Mint is honoring a national wildlife refuge in Delaware with a new coin.

Officials from the Mint and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are set to launch the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarter at a ceremony Friday at the refuge visitor center Smyrna.

Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are scheduled to be on hand, along with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, and former Delaware Congressman Michael Castle.

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A Virginia student who's leading the fight against his high school's ban on clothes emblazoned with the Confederate flag says he's unsure what the students' next step will be.

Houston Miller was among roughly 20 students suspended from Christiansburg High School on Thursday after holding a rally to protest a new policy banning vehicles with Confederate flag symbols from the school parking lot and refusing to take off clothing displaying the symbol.

Miller said Thursday that he wasn't going to back down and had been organizing another rally for Friday outside the school.

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The increasing number of factory chicken houses brought out around fifty people to a town hall meeting in Somerset County this week.

It was aimed at drumming up support for local regulations that would ensure neighbors and agricultural workers are not negatively impacted by these large operations.

Organizers said there have been some 70 new poultry houses that have been given permits in the county.

Kathy Phillips with the Assateague Coastkeeper told the gathering that poultry production has moved away from mom-and-pop operations.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to scale back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board voted 9-6 to give preliminary approval to amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The board also rolled back some construction standards for new facilities.


DENVER (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley is promising immediate change on marijuana policy if he takes office - even as he met with pot workers in Colorado who could be out of business if O'Malley carries out his plans.

The former Maryland governor met with Colorado officials and marijuana activists and business owners in Denver Thursday. He repeated his pledge to reclassify marijuana under federal drug laws if elected.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - City elected officials have approved a contract with Flying Dog Brewery to sell 31 acres of vacant farmland near Frederick Municipal Airport for $2.55 million.

The city's Board of Aldermen on Thursday unanimously voted to launch a 120-day study period allowing the brewery to determine the feasibility of its $50 million project to open a 150,000-square-foot brewery on the property before the sale is final.

The purchase offer represents the property's full asking price.

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A first-degree murder indictment has been handed down against William Harcum III in the death of his uncle 62-year old Lee Harcum.

There four counts against the 27-year old Harcum whose uncle was killed while working on one of the family’s watermelon fields in Mardela Springs.

Police say that an argument broke out between the two and that the nephew struck his uncle in the head with a tractor hitch pin.