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The USSSA Fastpitch World Series got underway last night with hundreds gathered in front of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that teams from across the country paraded around the arena with their banners, flags and uniforms.

It’s the 11th year in Wicomico County for the three-week tournament.

There will be around 400 teams this year with some 6-thousand players.

And they will out under the sun this morning to kick off the series.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to head to Rhode Island for meetings with other governors on healthcare, cyber security and other issues.

McAuliffe is attending the National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence, which runs from Thursday to Saturday.

As chairman of the NGA, McAuliffe will introduce Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before they speak to the group.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A New York judge says it's time for the "saga to end" for TransPerfect Global, a translation services company subject to a sale ordered by a Delaware judge.

A Delaware Chancery Court judge ordered the sale of TransPerfect in 2015, citing "complete dysfunction" and hopeless deadlock between feuding co-founders and sole directors Philip Shawe and Elizabeth Elting, his former fiancee.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond is preparing to unveil its monument honoring African American civil rights advocate Maggie Walker.

Members of Walker's family, city officials and others are expected to attend the unveiling of the statue in Richmond's Jackson Ward neighborhood on Saturday. The event is being held on what would be Walker's 153rd birthday.

Walker was the first woman to charter a bank in the U.S.

Heating Up on Delmarva

Jul 12, 2017

It’s heating up on Delmarva with temperatures expected to hit the mid-90’s.

So far only a heat watch has been issued for tomorrow by the National Weather Service.

Officials say Thursday temperatures could feel like they have reached over a hundred.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that by Friday temperatures are expected to cool down a bit sliding back into the 80’s.

None of these temperatures are expected to reach previous record highs.

But, officials say that Delmarvans should keep hydrated and stay inside.

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Maryland public schools still rank high nationwide, but are facing increasing challenges. While budgets are tight the school systems are facing an increasing number of students who live in poverty. Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller spoke with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about meeting the challenges ahead.

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A candlelight vigil and a prayer service was held at the Billy Gene Jackson Sr. Park in Salisbury this week in the aftermath of a shootout that left two men dead.

The incident occurred outside the Denney’s restaurant near Route 13 bypass early Sunday morning.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a shootout between the two men resulted in the fatal wounding of one while the other was killed by a state trooper.

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The Appoquinimink School District will be shelling out more of its local share for some construction projects after the Delaware state budget cuts.

But the district’s finance director Chuck Longfellow told the Wilmington News Journal that there will be no effect on the taxpayers or school operations.

Under the referendum that provided local taxpayer for the construction local government was to foot 25 percent of the bill while the state was supposed to pick up the other 75 percent.

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LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says there were more than 100 cancelled arrivals at four Washington-region airports on a day when an FAA facility that handles flights had to be evacuated.

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - A new report ranks the city of Martinsville first in the nation in per-capita opioid prescriptions.

WDBJ-TV reports that's according to a Centers for Disease Control report released last week.

The report analyzed prescriptions from 59,000 pharmacies around the country in 2015.

Opioids come in different strengths, so researchers came up with a standard measure comparing them to morphine.

Nationwide, it found the amount of opioids prescribed was the equivalent of 640 milligrams of morphine per person in 2015.

Heatwave Hits Delmarva

Jul 11, 2017

It’s getting hot out there.

Temperatures are expected to hit above 90 degrees over the next few days.

Today Salisbury has hit a record high of 98 degrees.

The Salisbury Daily Times notes that the record high for Wednesday was set in 1925 at 96 and for Thursday in 1908 at 99.

The average this time of year is in the upper 80’s.

So far, no warnings have been issued.

But, this weekend should be much cooler according to meteorologists.

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San Domingo is a small African American community just west of Salisbury, MD. And, there among the tall trees sits what was once the Sharptown Colored School. Built in 1919 it was one of some 5,000 such schools built for African Americans during the time of Jim Crow. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this look at the school and the community it served.

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There will be a medical marijuana dispensary in Salisbury.

The Peninsula Alternative Health facility will be located on Snow Hill Road.

Mary Pat Hoffman, clinical director for the company, told WBOC that there are so many patients suffering from diseases and conditions that other therapies do not touch.

She hopes that the drug will lose its stigma when used for medical purposes.

The dispensary is expected to be similar to a retail pharmacy and could open by September.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's elections commissioner says she will not provide voter registration data to President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud.

Commissioner Elaine Manlove says after being inundated with calls from concerned citizens and talking to her agency's attorney, she has decided not to provide any voter registration data to Trump's commission, including data that is currently available to the public.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say screening and early detection have contributed to a decline in Delaware's cancer mortality rate, which nevertheless remains among the highest in the country.

Officials said in a report released Monday that the mortality rate dropped 15 percent from the 1999-2003 period to the 2009-2013 timeframe.

But at 176.1 deaths per 100,000 people, Delaware's mortality rate was still 5 percent higher than the U.S. rate of 168.5 deaths per 100,000 people for the 2009-2013 period.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State labor officials are eyeing changes to regulations regarding Delaware's prevailing wage law, which was a bone of contention during recent budget negotiations in the legislature.

The prevailing wage law sets pay scales, often driven by union wages, for laborers on public works projects. Republicans say it unnecessarily drives up taxpayer costs on government construction projects.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor and the mayor of Baltimore met to discuss violent crime in the city.

Television station WJZ-TV reports Monday's meeting between Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh lasted less than an hour. Pugh said after the meeting that she asked the governor for help from various state agencies and as well as increased technology to help combat violent crime.


A gun offender registry measure has been delayed by the Wilmington City Council.

The legislation would have included a data base similar to the one for sex offenders to be registered with the police after their release from prison.

They would be required to check in over a three year period.

But Council President Hanifa Shabazz told her colleagues that it would be unreasonable to expect people getting out prison to get all the documents needed for proof of residence with the mandated five day period.

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The $26 million budget cut for public education in Delaware has sent local districts scrambling to see what they can do with less money.

WBOC reports that the Capital School District took an  $1.4 million hit but expects to avoid layoffs even as it balances its budget.

But the President of the Education Board Sean Christiansen told the television station that the cuts could force the district to authorize a referendum – the first in 13 years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy is partnering with Denmark's DONG Energy to build two wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Dominion announced Monday the six-megawatt turbines will be built approximately 27 miles off the coast, far enough that they won't be visible from the shore.

The turbines are expected to power about 3,000 homes and provide operational, weather and environmental experience to open the door to the development of a much larger adjacent site that Dominion says could power half a million homes.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia is the first state in the country to opt-in to a national public safety broadband network.

McAuliffe signed a letter of intent Monday saying that Virginia will allow the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T to move forward with the development of the network.

McAuliffe said the letter marks a "significant step" toward fulfilling a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission that a dedicated nationwide broadband network be created to help public safety agencies communicate during large-scale emergencies.

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A small group gathered over the weekend in front of plaque in downtown Salisbury marking the life of confederate General John Henry Winder.

They were protesting a petition that has been also signed by Mayor Jake Day as a private citizen to remove the plaque.

Jonathan Taylor with a local blog the Eastern Shore News helped organized the protest.

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There’s a change coming to the local airport near the Crossroads of Delmarva.

It’s a name change.

The airport will now be known as the SBY Regional Airport.

That’s replaces the old name: Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.

Bill Chambers, president and CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber Commerce, told the Salisbury Daily Times that this eliminates any confusion about just where the airport is located.

The paper reports that the old name represented a time when the Wicomico County included money for the facility.

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Wicomico County Council President John Cannon says he wants to halt giving any land for the volunteer fire company that broke away from the Salisbury Fire Department.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he said it would violate the fire service agreement with the city which does not designate any land for the new Salisbury Independent Fire Company.

It’s now been designated Station 13.

The fire company left the Salisbury Fire Department after staffing disputes.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New Castle County officials are launching an effort to improve government transparency for area residents.

County Executive Matthew Meyer was scheduled to join board members of the Delaware Coalition For Open Government and other advocates on Monday to launch an interactive government transparency website.

Officials say the new website is the most comprehensive open-government initiative ever undertaken by county government.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Opposition to President Donald Trump is amping up interest in Virginia's typically low voltage House of Delegates contests.

Several groups formed in response to Trump's surprise victory last year, lining up to help Democrats in their bid to flip control of the chamber.

Virginia has the only Republican-controlled state chamber up for grabs in the entire country this year, and many of the groups are looking to make a statement in the Old Dominion ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is doling out more than $1 million in grants to help dozens of dam safety projects across the state.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced $1.15 million will go to dam owners and Virginia localities to help enhance public safety, reduce the risk of dam failures, and prevent property damage from flooding.

The governor's office said in a statement that 72 dam safety and floodplain management projects were selected through a competitive application process requiring approval by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.

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What is revealed by art? Perhaps, writes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill, it is being in the moment.

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The National Folklife Festival is coming to Salisbury. It's set to arrive in 2018 and will stay in the city for three years. Mayor Jake Day told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that three years ago the city wasn't ready. But now, he adds, he sees this as a major boost for the Crossroads of Delmarva.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The artwork of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's wife is being featured in a show in Ocean City.

Yumi Hogan's artwork is being featured at the Ocean City Center for the Arts. The show opens Friday night and is called "Nature's Rhythmic Alliance." It includes 27 of Hogan's abstract landscape paintings. They'll be on view during July and August.

Hogan, who was born in South Korea, met her husband at an art show in Maryland. Her work is a mix of mediums and styles but incorporates East Asian painting techniques.