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11:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

MD Comptroller Backs Veto of Delay for Wind Farm in Somerset County

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Maryland state Comptroller Peter Franchot says Governor Martin O’Malley should veto legislation that would delay the construction of the wind turbine project in Somerset County by more than a year.

Franchot said the delay would have a profound impact on the local economy of one of the poorest counties in the state.

He pointed to more than 500 construction jobs, $44 million in tax revenues and $200 million in revenue from new investment.

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11:06 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Delaware A-G Sued by Employees In Overtime Dispute

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three men who worked as detectives in the Delaware attorney general's office have filed a lawsuit claiming that the justice agency and Attorney General Beau Biden have refused to pay them overtime.

Robert Durnan, Gerald Christian and Mark Forbes also allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that they were subjected to retaliatory reassignments or duty restrictions last year after their attorney sought payment for overtime accrued since November 2010. Payroll records show no overtime payments to the men in that period.

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10:44 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Charter Schools Top Agenda for Delaware Education Board

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Charter schools promise to be a major topic of discussion at this month's meeting of Delaware's state board of education.

Action items for Thursday's school board meeting in Dover include several new charter school applications, a request for modification of an existing charter and decisions on formal reviews of three existing schools.

The five new charter applications up for approval all involve proposed schools in New Castle County. A Department of Education committee is recommending approval of four of the five applications.

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2:44 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NAACP Proposal for Police Oversight Board for Wicomico County

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Wicomico County NAACP Branch President Mary Ashanti told the Wicomico County Council that she would like to see a police oversight board with subpoena power.

During the public comments segment of yesterday's meeting, she told the council members the problem is that police are investigating themselves.

This follows three police-involved shootings, two of which were fatal, in February and March in Wicomico County.

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2:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Property Tax Hikes Could Hit Salisbury & Wicomico County Residents

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There's a proposed property tax hike in the $129 million budget release by Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt yesterday.

Pollitt said that his budget is just trying to recover some of the ground that has been lost to the recession.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his budget would increase the property tax rate by 43 cent per $1,000 in assessed property value -- the maximum allows under the state revenue cap.

That would result in a rate of $9.51 or around $951 on a home assessed at $100,000.

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2:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Mizeur and Gansler Hit Campaign Issues

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Del. Heather Mizeur, who is running for Maryland governor, has proposed a state-run retirement savings program to help workers who don't have retirement plans from their employers.

Mizeur, a Democrat, announced plans Wednesday for promoting the health, safety and security of Maryland's elderly population. She also wants to seek more funds for Alzheimer's research and create a registry of long-term care workers found guilty of abuse.

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1:47 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Clean Water Initiative Failing to Get Legislative Support

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a panel that advises lawmakers and officials on drinking water and wastewater issues in Delaware are concerned that a clean-water initiative proposed by Gov. Jack Markell has failed to win much support in the legislature.

The chairman of Delaware's Water Infrastructure Advisory Council said Tuesday that he is disappointed with how Markell's plan has been received by state lawmakers. He encouraged members to contact legislators and urge them to support the plan.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegation Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegate Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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Local News
2:27 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Freeze Warning for Delmarva Peninsula

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The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for all of the counties on the Delmarva peninsuala from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

Sub-freezing temperatures are expected or highly likely and can kill crops and other temperature sensitive plants.

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2:12 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

School in Mourning After Principal and Daughter Killed In Accident

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The Milford Central Academy was in mourning after a deadly accident that took the life of Tricia Martin the principle of the school along with her 10 year old daughter.

The accident occurred mid-morning on Friday evening in Frederica.

Police say she was driving west when her car went off the road hitting a telephone box and embankment.

Police say that the daughter was able to get out of the car only to be hit by a car.

This week emotions were still raw.

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2:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Berlin Celebrates "Coolest Small Town in America" Title

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The weather was warm as hundreds showed up in Berlin this past weekend to celebrate the city being named the coolest small town in America by Budget Travel. Delmarva Public Radio's Erin  McKibben prepared this report:

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1:49 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Governor Signs Bill to Decriminalize Pot

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense, meaning a person could still be arrested for it.

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1:41 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Sandy Relief Funds For Somers Cove Public Housing Units

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The Somerset County Commissioners voted to take $700-thousand from the $8.6 million of Hurricane Sandy relief funds to pay for rehabilitation 16 public units which still have mold and other issues.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that The funds will go to the Crisfield Housing Authority which oversee the Somers cove apartments.

When the hurricane the complex like most the city was hit by severe flooding of up to 5 feet deep.

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1:31 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Salisbury City Council Still Divided Over Pay Hike Proposal

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The Salisbury city council remained split on whether to give pay raises to council members and the Mayor.

During last night's council meeting, Council member Tim Spies said he felt being on the council should be considered a public service and that he would vote against the raise. 

Council President Jake Day said felt similar qualms about taking such an increase in the stipend calling his felling "icky".

He said believes the council members do their jobs out of love and dedication to the city.

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1:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Judge Appointed to Maryand District Court

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A judge from Prince George's County will take over this spring as the top judge of Maryland District Court.

Judge John Morrissey, 49, has been an associate judge for the District Court since 2005. He will take over for retiring Chief Judge Ben Clyburn, who has been District Court Chief Judge since 2004.

Mary Ellen Barbera, the chief judge of Maryland's highest court, praised Clyburn's fiscal responsibility and his efforts to integrate technology into court processes.

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11:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

$35 Million For Fisker Automotive's Unsecured Creditors

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Fisker Automotive's unsecured creditors will get $35 million in cash and stock under a new bankruptcy settlement.

But the News Journal reports that Gov. Jack Markell's office warned Monday that despite last week's settlement, Delaware won't see much for the $21.5 million in economic development incentives it awarded Fisker in 2010.

Markell spokeswoman Kelly Bachman says in a statement that the state is not expecting a substantial recovery of its investment.

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11:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Dow Chemical Weighs In On STEM education

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are joining with the Dow chemical company and Junior Achievement to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math instruction in Delaware's middle schools.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's STEM Council on Tuesday to announce a partnership with businesses to give middle school students more exposure to learning in the four STEM fields.

The STEM Council was established as part of Delaware's Race to the Top education reform effort.

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12:20 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Essay: Spring, A Time for Renewal

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Spring is here and it is a time for renewal. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that sense of rebirth can be found in the very religious holidays that American observe.

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11:58 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Arson Trial for Tonya Bundick Will Be Moved to Virginia Beach

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Tonya Bundick will get a change of venue for her trial on 62 counts of arson for a series of blazes that struck Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.

If she goes to trial the judge said her case would be moved to Virginia Beach.

But the judge did not make a decision on Bundick’s request for separate trials on each of the 62 counts.

The judge said that he wanted to reread testimony by her fiance' Charles Smith, a co-defendant during her last trial.

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11:46 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Wicomico Residents Could See Property Taxes Go Up

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A property tax hike could be coming to Wicomico County in the 2015 fiscal year.

County Executive Rick Pollitt says that with the budget he is reviewing for the next fiscal year a three cent hike is needed just to break even.

The revenue cap would provide an extra penny.

WBOC reports that one of the key concerns is coming up with enough money for road maintenance since the state took away a great majority of their assistance.

In addition, Pollitt says he wants to put more money into education.

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11:36 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Move to Ban Sale of E-Cigs to Minors in Delaware Legislature

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The Delaware House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

The bipartisan legislation makes punishment for such sales the same as for those involving the sale of tobacco to minors.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawmakers were concerned that there are too many unknown health risks to the state’s minors from e-cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate them.

The use of electronic cigarettes has skyrocket among those under the age of 18.

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11:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

United Healthcare Entities Sued by Children's Hospital in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The foundation that owns the Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Delaware and various pediatric physician practices in the region is suing United Healthcare entities in three states for unpaid bills.

Lawyers for the Nemours Foundation filed lawsuits in federal court in Delaware on Wednesday against United Healthcare of Pennsylvania, United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic, and United Healthcare Community Plan of New Jersey.

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11:15 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Government is a Business, Say GOP Hopefuls

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republicans in the governor's race agree the state government is essentially a business and the top administrator is an executive.

During a formal debate Thursday evening at Johns Hopkins University, the Republicans' fifth since January, they repeatedly accused Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration of making Maryland unfriendly to investors.

Ronald George and Charles Lollar both touted their business experience as a credential for leading the state. David Craig compared his position as Harford County Executive to managing an enormous business.

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11:01 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Masters Degree in Nursing Proposed for Frostburg State University

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University System of Maryland is considering adding a master's degree in nursing at Frostburg State University to address a shortage of nursing educators.

A Board of Regents committee has recommended approval by the full board at a meeting Friday in Baltimore. The program would still require approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Frostburg State currently offers a nursing bachelor's degree. The new program would add a master's degree focused on either education or administration.

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Delmarva Today
10:59 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Delmarva Today 04-11-2014

Dave the Potter by Bryan Collier

The 2014 Salisbury University Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival

Guests:

Dr. Ernie Bond, Professor in the Seidel School of Education

Byran Collier, author and illustrator

Frane Lessac and Mark Greenwood, husband and wife publishing team

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10:35 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Fire Hits Commercial Building in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - State fire investigators say a blaze has destroyed a motor vehicle repair facility in Salisbury.

Flames shot high into the air and smoke could be seen for miles as the fire burned at the building occupied by D&D Repairs on Thursday evening.

Salisbury Fire Chief Rick Hoppes says the owner was working inside when the fire broke out, but was able to escape. Firefighters were unable to enter the building because the roof collapsed.

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10:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Sentencing Set for Parent Convicted of "Waterboarding"

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware pediatrician convicted of waterboarding the daughter of his longtime companion by holding her head under a faucet is facing sentencing on assault and endangerment charges.

Melvin Morse faces a maximum of 10 years in prison at Friday's sentencing, but a lesser punishment is likely under state sentencing guidelines.

Each of the five misdemeanor convictions handed down by a jury in February carries a maximum of one year in prison but typically results in probation.

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4:31 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

UMES To Outsource Dining Services

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has decided to outsource its campus dining services.

University President Juliette Bell called this a difficult decision after protests from some 70 employees who would be affected.

But she said that this would fill a void for students who find the dining options limited in the college town.

Meanwhile, the affected employees could reapply for their jobs.

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4:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Up To Governor to Decide Fate of Somerset County Wind Project

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All eyes now turn to Governor Martin O'Malley as to whether he will veto the a measure that would delay the wind farm project in Somerset County by another year. Supporters of the project say this would effectively kill it, but opponents say the delay is needed to assess the impact of the wind turbines on the radar at the U.S. Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush examines the conflict with Jennifer Shutt, who has been covering the legislative session in Annapolis for the Salisbury Daily Times.

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