Local News
8:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

NASCAR Driver Calls Assault Charges "Fabrication"

Kurt Busch
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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch says there is no truth to allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll at the Dover International Speedway.

Busch took the stand yesterday during the second day of a hearing in Kent County Family Court.

Driscoll is seeking a court order to keep the race car driver from having any contact with her.

The alleged assault was supposed to have occurred inside Busch’s motorhome and is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Dover Police Department.

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Local News
8:22 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Delawareans React to Change in U.S.-Cuba Relations

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It was like the fall of the Berlin Wall.

That was the reaction of Wilmington Council member Sammy Prado as he watched president Obama announce that the United States would restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Prado’s mother left Cuba in 1961 under a special program for kids.

This week’s announcement now opens up the potential for Delaware students to travel to Cuba as well as opportunities for Delaware businesses on the Caribbean Island.

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Local News
8:17 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Delaware Senator Visits U.S. Troops Fighting Ebola

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Sen. Chris Coons says he is going to West Africa to visit U.S. soldiers who are helping to fight the Ebola outbreak.

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Local News
8:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Improving Low Performance Schools in Red Clay District

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The Red Clay School Board has given the green light to move ahead with trying to turn around its three Priority Schools.

These have been found to have scored the lowest on state tests.

However, in the 6 to 1 vote the board rejected some of the requirements laid down by the state including requiring each teacher to re-apply for their job.

They also turned back a requirement that would have paid the leaders of the schools $160-thousand a year.

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Local News
7:59 am
Thu December 18, 2014

No Big Gifts for Virginia Governor

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Va)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he has not received any big-ticket gifts since taking office this year, a notable departure from what was commonplace under past administrations.

A list of gifts received by McAuliffe was included in the governor's recently filed statement of economic interest. The list shows the governor accepted mostly trinkets related to trade missions. The statement says he didn't receive access to vacation homes or tickets to sporting events that were frequently given to previous Virginia governors.

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Local News
7:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

VA Governor Makes Budgetary Increase Request

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

The governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state's biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers.

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Monkey See
7:54 am
Thu December 18, 2014

The Many Rabbit Holes (Or Should We Say Labyrinths) Of Serial

Sarah Koenig and producer Dana Chivvis in the studio.
Elise Bergerson Serial

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:01 pm

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Local News
7:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Hogan Names Four Cabinet Secretaries

Governor-Elect Larry Hogan (R-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Governor-elect Larry Hogan has named four Cabinet secretaries for his administration.

One of them, Secretary of Juvenile Services Sam Abed, will continue in the post he was appointed to by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley.

On Wednesday, Hogan named Delegate Kelly Schulz to be secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

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World
7:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Correct Name Gets Canadian Woman A Free European Trip

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 12:31 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Era For Cuba? Voices From Miami And Havana

Anti-Castro protester Lazaro Lozano (left) argues with an unidentified pro-Obama supporter in the Little Havana area of Miami on Wednesday.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 12:22 pm

Just hours after the United States and Cuba announced they were moving toward normalizing relations, crowds gathered in Havana and Miami trying to come to grips with a historic shift.

NPR covered the reaction in those two places with two pieces on Morning Edition.

NPR's Greg Allen reported from Miami:

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