Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Nov. 16th, 2015

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Mayor Jim Ireton overwhelmed his opponent Roger Mazzullo in last week's City Council elections in District 4. But could he be a lone voice on the council when it comes to rental issues in the city? In part 1 of our interview with the Mayor we talked about those issues and how they will play out on the council.

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Perdue AgriBusiness is moving its offices out of Salisbury with the purchase of property in Delmar, Delaware.

The new building will replace the 45 year old facility at the complex now located on Zion Church Road.

An agreement has been signed with architects George, Miles and Buhr LLC to come up with a design for a structure that will covered some 17-acres on Route 13 just north of Delmar.

Dick Willey, president of Perdue AgriBusiness, said that the Delmar facility will be centrally located and would minimize the impact on current employees.

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The Rehoboth Beach Film Festival is now underway.

Films began showing up on screens on Saturday with a set of new venues.

These include the Bay Center in Dewey Beach and the Metropolitan Community Church in Rehoboth as well as Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.

In addition, film buffs can go to the Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes to talk over the movies that they have seen.

Joe Belancio, the director of programming for the Rehoboth Film Society told WBOC that this year’s offerings include three from Delmarva filmmakers.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland is scrapping a 15-year effort to build a database of ballistic "fingerprints" on hundreds of thousands of handguns.

The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that the system, enacted in 2000, never solved a single case.

The law required gun manufacturers to fire every handgun sold in Maryland and send the spent casings to authorities. State police collected the casings at their headquarters in Pikesville and built a database of ballistic "fingerprints" that could be used to solve crimes.

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Delaware got an F for a lack of resources to investigate potential conflicts of interest for government officials.

The Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity found the financial disclosure forms that are provided to the state Public Integrity Commission are not independently checked.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that open government advocates were shocked by the First State’s poor showing.

State Representative John Kowalko told the paper that Delaware does not deserve a passing grade.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge is set to hear arguments in a civil lawsuit by the attorney general's claiming that elders of a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation failed to report an unlawful sexual relationship between a woman and a 14-year-old boy, both of whom were congregation members.

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Franklin Savage, who has been a Pocomoke City police officer for the last four years, says he was fired after he complained that the state’s attorney repeatedly used the N-word in a meeting last year involving a case he was taking to court.

The Washington Post reports that he was dismissed because his integrity was being questioned after he filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint against the state’s attorney.

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a pickup truck collided with a church van in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital, leaving four people dead, 14 others injured and the pickup truck in flames.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady says three people in the church van were killed in the Sunday crash, including a young child, along with the driver of the pickup truck on a road in Hyattsville.

85 firefighters descended on a blaze in the 1500 block of South Salisbury Boulevard yesterday afternoon at around 4 p.m.

The location contains a number of businesses under the Robinson Family name in Salisbury including a jewelry store and a printing facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the cause of the fire is still not known but it says those inside the building heard a popping sound before being aware of the smoke and fire.

The building is believed to be repairable.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Voters in the city of Rehoboth Beach have elected in a referendum to support restrictions on housing development imposed earlier this year.

The city said that Saturday's balloting concluded with 785 votes, or 53 percent, in favor of the restrictions, compared to 697 votes, or 47 percent, opposed.

Rehoboth's board of commissioners passed an ordinance in July making it harder to build large homes and requiring more green space on front yards.

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IRVINGTON, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Oyster Trail is making its official debut.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and first lady Dorothy McAuliffe will join other dignitaries in Irvington on Monday for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the trail.

Activities along the trail include waterman tours, oyster company tours, restaurants that feature the Virginia oyster, art venues and historic sites and museums.

State officials say Virginia is the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters on the East Coast.

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Not a week goes by when a shooting doesn't spark a conversation about gun control. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that a recent letter from the head of the National Rifle Association got him to thinking about just what the organization wants from him. 

This week on the Delmarva Almanac, meet expressionist painter Maureen S. Farrell. Hear about the local roots of famed Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. Scott Duncan will have the November Garden Planner.  And, Jim Rapp will take us cycling from Blackwater Refuge to Hoopers Island.

UPDATE ON  RECEPTION ISSUES: After months of investigating numerous complaints from DPR listeners - specifically listeners to WSCL 89.5 - and repeatedly checking our transmission systems, DPR has concluded that all DPR transmission systems are functioning normally. The reception issues appear to be the result of at least one other FM station interfering with WSCL's signal (and, therefore, your reception).

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists to an order from Delaware's former environmental secretary granting an air quality permit for a crude oil transfer station at the Delaware City oil refinery.
The court rejected the appeal Thursday, one day after hearing oral arguments.

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Steve White, who served as the chief of the Parsonsburg Fire Company for 20 years, has died at the age of 60.

Interim Fire Chief Eric Tyler said that White had fallen ill in recent months.

A volunteer firefighter told the Salisbury Daily Times that White was seen as an all-around good person and was a key factor in getting the new fire station built.

A special gathering for White is set for tomorrow at the new firehouse to note his passing and accomplishments.

Delaware State Senator will be taking a shot at the Lt. Governor’s office in Delaware.

The 51 year-old Middletown Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal that she has already filed papers with the election commissioner’s office.

That will allow her to begin raising money for next year’s election.

In addition, the paper reports that she has created a website and social media operation with endorsements from fellow Democrats.

The paper reports these include Senate President Pro-Tem Patricia Blevins.

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Last night a Somerset County Planning and Zoning hearing got an earful about concerns over the increasing number of chicken houses in the region.

WBOC reports that residents from Princess Anne called on the county commissioners to deal with issues ranging from noise and pollution to traffic and smells among other things.

A number of residents complained that they have been overrun by the chicken houses endangering their property values.

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There has been a call from local government officials for an investigation into the traffic stop that officially led to the dismissal of former New Castle County Chief Administrator David Grimaldi. 

The Elsmere town Council and New Castle County Council member Lisa Diller want a probe by state Attorney General Matt Denn.

Diller is planning on co-sponsoring a measure that calls for an independent investigation into the dismissal by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon.

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The Rehoboth Film festival could eventually have a new permanent home after the Midway along

Delaware Route 1 decided it could no longer host the event.

The Film Society plans on opening the Cinema Art House at Dartmouth Plaza in Lewes in mid-January.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a $500-thousand theater will offer features ranging from digital projection and multi-purpose screening to tiered seating.

Sue Early, the festival’s executive director, told the paper that there will be mini-festivals and themed programs.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced that all five Maryland casinos reported revenue gains in October.

The agency announced Thursday that state casinos generated an estimated total of $94.7 million last month. This was an increase of $7.9 million, or 9.2 percent, over the same month last year.

Maryland Live, the state's largest casino, generated $54.9 million, a 9.3 percent increase. Horseshoe, the state's second-largest casino, reported $24.6 million in revenue, a 9.8 percent increase.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police say a teenager who reported finding a sewing needle in some candy he received while trick-or-treating has admitted his claim was a hoax.

Officers in Salisbury said Thursday that the 15-year-old recanted his statement that he found the needle Sunday in a piece of Twizzlers when he tried to eat the candy.

Investigators say the youth did not think the prank would go beyond his family, but his parents called police after he claimed he found the needle.

Police say case will be forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Services for review.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials say they've confirmed the state's first case of influenza this season.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Thursday that the first laboratory-confirmed case was diagnosed in an adult in the Baltimore area, who was not hospitalized. Officials say the patient was sickened by a strain that is included in this year's influenza vaccine formulation.

Health officials warn that the contagious respiratory disease can cause serious complications or death and urge people to get vaccinated.

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) - A Kraft Heinz manufacturing plant in Federalsburg is one of seven plants that the company says will close in North America over the next two years.

According to the Delaware State News, Federalsburg Mayor Chuck Planner said Wednesday that he had received a letter from Kraft Heinz that the factory, which employs 89 people, will be closed over the next 12 to 24 months.

Planner says news of the factory's closure came as a shock to both him and the employees.

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The elections results are in and the political landscape  has changed. We'll explore what it means for the future of Salisbury, Maryland.

In the second half, as Confederate flags and symbols begin to disappear, we look at the history of the flag and what it means in culture today.

Guests: Greg Bassett, General Manager and Editor of the Salisbury Independent.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A civilian professor at the U.S. Naval Academy is suing the Navy, accusing it of violating his First Amendment right to free speech.

Attorneys for Bruce Fleming said Thursday that the professor was denied merit pay and funding based on a 2014 reprimand. It stemmed from a 2013 classroom discussion, when Fleming prompted his students to consider the academy's sexual assault program and the potentially one-sided burdens it put on men. Two female students pushed back against his comments in class.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Heavy rains in late September and early October took their toll on Virginia's cotton crop.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service has estimated that 7 percent of the state's cotton crop in poor condition, 26 percent is rated as fair, and the rest is in good or excellent shape. More than half of the harvest is complete.

Spencer Neale is vice president of commodity marketing for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. He said that since growers are still harvesting, it's too early to fully assess the rains' impact on cotton fields.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two East Coast governors want the federal government to determine why applications designed to collect data on Atlantic coast waters to aid in potential energy exploration are taking so long to review.

North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe wrote U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker this week. They want seismic surveying approved to generate data on what oil and natural gas may be under the ocean floor.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrats have picked up one seat in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.

Unofficial results on election night showed that Democratic Delegate Kathleen Murphy was leading the race for the House District 34 seat by fewer than 200 votes. But the race remained too close to call Tuesday evening.