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Harold Wilson's guest this month is poet John A. Nieves, an assistant professor in the English Department at Salisbury University. Professor Nieves discusses his recently published book of poems, Curio. In addition to Dr. Nieves, the program features three students from the University who read and discuss their work: Maxi Garte writes fiction, Emmanuel Flores is a poet, and Tyler Tennant is an essayist.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 3 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 $2.25. That's compared to $2.28 a week ago.

Motorists in the region are paying $1.25 less per gallon than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.50 per gallon.

The price of gas in the state is 17 cents below the national average of $2.42 per gallon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has voted on some of Gov. Larry Hogan's tax relief proposals.

The budget panel approved a scaled-back version of the governor's reduction in the personal property tax. It will be limited to companies with $10,000 or less in taxable personal property. Implementation has been delayed for two years.

While the panel voted against eliminating automatic gas tax increases, it decided to lower a cap for inflationary indexing from 8 percent to 3 percent.

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There’s a $780 million funding deficit over the next six years for repairing the roads and bridges in the state of Delaware.

Lawmakers are considering a number of options including hiking fees and taxes.

But Governor Jack Markell and legislators have not been able to see eye to eye on how to pay for new transportation projects.

WBOC reports that last year the governor had sought a 10-cent hike in the gas tax as well as seeking bonds to find money for the $500 million improvements over the next 5 years.

But, on a bipartisan basis that plan was rejected.

Celebrating Drones

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There were over a couple of hundred people yesterday who showed up for International Drone Day at Brandywine Creek State Park yesterday.

The event was sponsored by Skygear solutions whose headquarters are located nearby in Stanton.   

There were demonstrations that included obstacle course races.

The park is generally a no-drone zone.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it was part of a global event that saw over 150 teams with 40-thousand participants round the world.

 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vietnam veterans are getting some long-delayed appreciation in Maryland.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is signing a bill Monday making March 30 "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."

The bill was introduced by Democratic senator and Vietnam veteran John Astle of Anne Arundel County. It passed both houses of the General Assembly as an emergency bill this session.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Some Dewey Beach residents are accusing town officials of bending the rules in a land deal that could expand Town Hall.

The News Journal reports three property owners filed a complaint with the Delaware Department of Justice over Dewey Beach's purchase of two lots along Coastal Highway for $875,000.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says the country needs new perspectives, and he's criticizing the prospects of another Clinton and Bush seeking the White House again.

The former Maryland governor tells ABC's "This Week" that the presidency is "not some crown to be passed between two families."

He also questions whether former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would take on special interests.

Clinton is a likely presidential candidate and would be the strong favorite for the Democratic nomination.

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Longevity of life may not be as important as its meaning. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders a life well cherished.

Dana Kester-McCabe is the chief cook and bottle washer at the Delmarva Almanac. She is the primary writer, photographer, and producer. She has almost forty years of creative experience through her freelance business Moonshell Productions; working in print, video, and online media. She also is a painter and essayist

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