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10:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Heightened Fire Warning for Lower Eastern Shore

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Lower Eastern Shore residents are being warning that there is a heightened risk of fire because of the lower humidity and sustained winds from the northwest.

The National Weather Service says to expect sustained winds of up to 15 mph with some gusts as high as 25 mph along with humidity values that range upwards of 25 percent.

Officials are urging residents to be cautious in handling potential sources of fire such as machinery and smoking materials.

There is a ban on open air burning in Virginia until 4 p.m.

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9:25 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Explosions from Training Exercises Could Be Heard In Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force base say nearby residents may hear more noise than usual during demolitions training.

The 436th Civil Engineer Squadron's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight will conduct the training Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Officials say residents may hear noise and may experience ground shaking. Noise from the range can travel farther if the weather is overcast.

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9:15 am
Thu April 24, 2014

USDA Informational Meeting to Spell Out Impact of Farm Bill

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NEW MIDWAY, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering Maryland farmers a chance to learn about changes in the 2014 Farm Bill affecting natural resources conservation.

The meeting Thursday morning in New Midway is the first of two in the state hosted by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. The second session is set for May 8 in Princess Anne.

The USDA says the Farm Bill passed by Congress earlier this year consolidates several conservation programs in an attempt to streamline the administrative process and reduce the burden on agency staff.

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9:05 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Lawsuit Over Detention of 3 Non-English Speakers by Salisbury Police

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Three Salisbury City police officers are facing a lawsuit on behalf of three non-English speakers who were held for more than four hours without being offered a reason.

The suit alleges that guns were drawn on them and that they were handcuffed.

The three speak Haitian Creole speakers with little fluency in English.

Frank Natale with Maryland Legal Aid told the Salisbury Daily Times that he’s hoping the two sides can discuss an out-of-court resolution to the suit.

He says no specific monetary damages have been asked for.

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8:53 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Fee Reimbursement For Couple Over Property Condemnation Dispute

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has ruled that the state's Department of Transportation must pay legal and other fees for a Middletown couple who successfully challenged an attempt to condemn their property for a highway project.

The state's high court found Wednesday that state law "clearly contemplates" that the reimbursement rule applies to reasonable attorney, appraisal and engineering fees incurred in a condemnation challenge.

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8:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Delaware Acquires 750 Acres For Preservation Near Bower's Beach

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control yesterday marked the acquisition of 750 acres of land into the Ted Harvey Conservation Area.

The Vance Morris Tract near Bowers Beach is known for its extensive bird and fish habitat.

WBOC reports that there will be specific areas that will be open during the public hunting season.

Senator Chris Coons spoke at the ceremony saying that it was essential to create a much larger parcel for preservation.

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8:24 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Moving The Ospreys From Their Traffic Camera Perch

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SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say they're considering building a nesting platform for ospreys who insist on building and rebuilding nests in front of a traffic camera pointed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The Maryland Transportation Authority tweeted Wednesday that it is consulting with engineers about a platform after removing nests over Route 50 three times. Authority spokesman John Sales says officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.

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8:10 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Delaware High School Graduation Rate Hits 80%

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WASHINGTON (AP) - An annual report on high school graduation says Delaware's high school graduation rate is 80 percent, the same as the nationwide average.

The "Building a Grad Nation" report released Monday shows that in 2012, the latest year for which data is available, schools nationwide posted the highest graduation rate ever. For the first time, the report says, the national high school graduation rate has hit 80 percent.

In Delaware, the graduation rate in 2012 was 80 percent. That's up from 78.5 percent in 2011.

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7:53 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Governor O'Malley Makes Trip to Progressive Meeting in Europe

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is visiting Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

The governor is traveling first to Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of a congressional delegation led by the Faith and Politics Institute examining the historic divides on the island and peace and reconciliation efforts.

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7:42 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Beau Biden's Brother Says A.G.'s Health is Good

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There have been concerns about Attorney General Beau Biden’s health as he gears up for a run for the governor’s chair in Delaware.

But his brother Hunter Biden told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell yesterday that Biden was “doing great”.

The Attorney General went to a cancer facility in Texas recently for a lesion on his brain.

Hunter Biden called it a scare but added his brother is back to work.

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9:51 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Former VA Governor Gets Money from Mitt for Defense Fund

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly released tax records show former Gov. Bob McDonnell's legal defense fund raised nearly $150,000 during the first quarter of this year.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, gave $10,000. Coal baron Richard Baxter Gilliam gave $50,000, the single biggest donation.

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9:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

No Smoking Signs Go Up in Rehoboth Beach

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Rehoboth Beach is gearing up to enforce its no smoking ban with 170 signs to be place along the Boardwalk and in city parks.

In addition, there will be certain locations along the beach where smoking will be allowed.

Commissioner Stan Mills told the Wilmington News Journal that he expected the effort will cost $31-thousand with nearly half paid for by the state of Delaware.

There will also be a web page where visitors can find out where the smoking and non-smoking areas are with a brief explanation of the decision to limit smoking in the resort.

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9:31 am
Wed April 23, 2014

OC Food Pantry Finds New Home

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The Shepherd’s Crook Food Pantry has a new home in Ocean City.

The new facility will open on May 1st at an empty store front located at 205 Baltimore St.

It has been operating out of the Ocean City Health Center’s Annex.

The pantry was once operated out of the basement of the St. Paul’s By The Sea Episcopal Church which was damaged fire last November.

That was the blaze that took the life of Pastor David Dingwall and another man who entered the facility on fire.

Another person was injured.

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8:55 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Lock Fix At Worcester County Jail Behind Schedule

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Those faulty locks at the Worcester County Jail that allowed prisoners to leave their cells have still not been fixed.

County officials discovered the problem six months ago that allowed the inmate to move about in the holding area.

Kim Moses, a county spokesperson, told the Salisbury Daily Times that there had been delays due to retrofitting issues forcing the contractor to reshape the steel locks.

It was back in November that Warden Garry Mumford told county officials of the deficient locks and had been hoping to get the problem fixed by January.

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8:37 am
Wed April 23, 2014

First Coast-to-Coast National Trail Proposed

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Senator Chris Coons says he will introduce legislation that would make the American Discovery Trail part of the National Trails System.

There are a number of agencies that currently oversee 68-hundred mile long trail that runs from Cape Henlopen State Park to Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the cost of maintaining the trail is estimated at $2-million a year.

The Delaware Democrat says the principle opposition comes from those leaders who fear the trail would become an excuse for the state to take privately owned lands.

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8:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Gansler: High-Speed Rail Between Baltimore and Washington

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Attorney General Doug Gansler wants a task force to study options for high-speed rail service between Baltimore and Washington.

Gansler, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, says that if he's elected governor, he'll gather representatives from transportation agencies, housing and environmental advocacy groups and private businesses to submit recommendations.

He says it would boost Baltimore's economy.

There are two proposals in the works for a high-speed rail within Maryland, but they depend largely on the federal government.

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7:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

More Court Briefs Backing EPA Bay Restoration Plan

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says more friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in support of a massive restoration of the estuary.

The leading advocate for the bay's cleanup says one amicus brief has been filed by several cities, including New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A second was filed by Florida conservation groups.

This month, Virginia's attorney general filed an amicus brief in support of the plan.

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10:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Marriage Equality Could Bring Big Dollars to Virginia

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A report by a think tank at UCLA says legalizing gay marriages in Virginia could generate up to $60 million in spending in three years.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that about 7,000 same-sex couples may choose to get married in Virginia within three years of a change in law. In February, a federal judge in Norfolk struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. The decision has been stayed pending an appeal, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Richmond on May 13.

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10:26 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Inmate's Death Ruled Homicide in Sussex Correctional Institution

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - A death certificate states the death of a Delaware inmate has been ruled a homicide.

The certificate provided Steve Hampton, an attorney representing the family of 48-year-old Ronald Shoup of Lewes, shows that the Sussex Correctional Institution inmate "sustained lethal trauma while being restrained multiple times by prison response team."

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10:08 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Bay Grasses Making Come Back

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Scientists say an indicator of the Chesapeake Bay's health - underwater grasses - has reversed a three-year downward trend.

The Chesapeake Bay Program released its annual report on underwater grasses on Monday. The program says the abundance of underwater grasses increased 24 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Underwater grasses are considered critical to the bay ecosystem because they offer food to small invertebrates and migratory birds and shelter for young fish and blue crabs.

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9:59 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Earth Day: Environmental Progress on Delmarva

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With the nation marking Earth Day, Alan  Girard, Eastern Shore director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says much progress has been made in cleaning up the bay and dealing with population growth on Delmarva.

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9:40 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Sparks Fly During Salisbury City Council Session on Redistricting

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Old divisions emerged as the Salisbury City Council took up the Mayor’s proposal to create five council districts replacing the two districts currently in place.

Currently, the city has a plan to expand the minority-majority district from one to two seats while reducing District from four to three.

But the Mayor has never submitted that plan to the judge who would have to approve it under a consent decree hanging over the city.

Opponents say that would still leave a lopsided racial disparity.

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9:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

MD Health Exchange High Tech Cost

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A breakdown of spending on Maryland's troubled health exchange shows that more than $90 million of the nearly $130 million cost so far has gone toward technology expenses.

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9:01 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Dew Tour Returns to Ocean City

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The Dew Tour is returning to Ocean City this summer.

The event set for June 25th - 29th will be celebrating it 10 year anniversary featuring skateboard and BMX competitions during the five day event.

Eric Grill, president of Alli Sports, a division of NBC Sports, cited the continuing support of the resort over the last three years, for its decision to come back to the seaside resort.

Mayor Rick Meehan told the Salisbury Daily Times that his city was thrilled to host the event for another year.

The rest of the Dew Tour schedule has yet to be set.

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8:45 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Revenue Projection Down for Delaware Budget Writers

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Delaware’s revenue forecasting panel says the state’s budget problems just got worse predicting that it will fall $75 million short of previous estimates.

The new projections by the non-partisan Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council means that the state’s governor and lawmakers may have to consider budget cuts as they head toward the June deadline.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Governor Jack Markell is expected to put $20 million back into the general fund that agencies will not spend this year.

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8:35 am
Tue April 22, 2014

EPA To Monitor Ground Water from Superfund Site in Hagerstown

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to learn the extent of groundwater pollution from a Superfund site in Hagerstown.

The agency is asking the mayor and City Council on Tuesday to let it install detector devices in surface water at several city parks.

The EPA would then inject a non-toxic dye at the Central Chemical Superfund site and look for it the dye at the monitoring locations.

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8:21 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Berlin Intersection Made Safer After Fatal Accident

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The intersection of Bay Street and Route 113 in Berlin just got safer.

It now has new crosswalks, signage and a new speed limit that has been lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph.

In addition, town officials say a lit crossing signal will be put in by September.

The improvements come after a deadly crash in November where on teenager was killed while his brother lost his leg.

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8:01 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Osprey's Fight Eviction on Bay Bridge

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A pair of ospreys whose nest had been removed by state transportation workers because it was blocking a traffic camera rebuilt the nest, only to have it removed again.

The back-and-forth between the migratory birds and the Maryland Transportation Authority began Friday when the state agency tried to move the nest on a pole that holds a traffic camera on the Bay Bridge.

Agency spokesman John Sales said officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.

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12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn Jumps into Delaware A.G. Race

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn says he will seek the attorney general's office.

Denn announced Monday that he has filed with the state elections commissioner to be a Democratic candidate in the race this year.

The announcement comes just days after Attorney General Beau Biden announced he would not seek a third term and instead focus on a run for governor in 2016.

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12:15 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Bad Weather Delays Bethany Beach Streetscape

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are blaming the weather for holding up a streetscape project in Bethany Beach.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says harsh weather this winter slowed work on Garfield Parkway near the boardwalk and the project won't be complete before Memorial Day. Work will be put on hold during the summer tourism season and resume in the fall.

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