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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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
11:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Dow Chemical Weighs In On STEM education

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
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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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
2:06 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Vance Phillips Will Run Again in Sussex County Despite GOP Opposition

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16 year veteran of the Sussex County Council Vance Phillips is being urged not to run for another term by the county republican chairman John Reilly.

But Phillips says he will run anyway.

In an email Reilly wrote that vote by the local GOP was unanimous.

Phillips is facing a lawsuit which charged him with sexual misconduct including rape.

Phillips denies the charges.

But Reiley wrote that the lawsuit which is set to be heard next year…promises to be “an ugly political battle” that would hurt the GOP.

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Local News
1:55 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

MD Candidates Asked To Back Hike in Tobacco Tax

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Health advocates are starting a campaign to make each General Assembly candidate take a stance on a proposal to raise the cigarette tax from $2 a pack to $3.

The Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative plans to send a letter to every candidate, asking them to sign a statement in support of the tax hike. The group will publish a list of the supporters before June's primary election.

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Local News
1:45 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

MD Disabilities Secretary Retires

MD Disabilities Secretary Catherine Raggio
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Catherine Raggio, the secretary of Maryland's Department of Disabilities, plans to retire at the end of this month after seven years in the position.

The governor's office says the deputy secretary, George Failla Jr., will take over until Raggio's permanent replacement is appointed. Failla has worked in the department since 2008.

Raggio helped start an initiative to increase affordable housing for the disabled, and the program has secured an $11 million federal grant that will establish 150 long-term rental units.

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Local News
1:34 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Delaware Meeting Revised Federal Goals for ACA Sign Ups

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials will provide an update on enrollment in Delaware's health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.

As the open enrollment period for this year expired late last month, officials said Delaware already had met and exceeded a federal target of 8,000 enrollments.

Officials planned to provide more exact figures and demographic data on enrollees to the state health care commission on Thursday.

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1:20 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Pits Agriculture Against the VA State Attorney General

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia is defending the federal and state plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday the state has filed a friend-of-the court brief in support of pollution limits to restore the bay after decades of neglect. The filing is with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Farm industry groups are appealing a federal judge's decision last September to uphold the federal pollution limits.

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Local News
2:28 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

MD Governor Signs Bills

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed his first bill of the year, expanding the state's pre-kindergarten program to another 1,600 children from low-income families.

The ceremony was held Tuesday, hours after the General Assembly session ended.

O'Malley included $4.3 million in next year's budget to fund the expansion, but it took an act of the legislature to put his plan in action.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is running for governor, called the measure another step toward universal pre-K, a major theme of his campaign.

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Local News
2:16 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Curbing High Level Govt Officials From Lobbying in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is considering a bill that would prevent high-level government officials in Delaware from immediately becoming lobbyists after leaving their state posts.

A Republican-sponsored bill to be discussed Wednesday in the House Administration Committee prohibits state agency heads, cabinet officials and members of the governor's executive staff from lobbying for two years after leaving state government.

Violation of the prohibition would be a misdemeanor.

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Local News
2:05 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Echoes of War on The Shore Fracas

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Over the weekend Salisbury Police broke up an outdoor bashed by Salisbury University students.

It occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday where around 500 people were gathered outside the residents at Cedar Crossing dubbed the New Zoo by students.

Students said it was similar to a “War on the Shore” party.

This year the lacrosse game against Washington College was held during spring break when most students were not on campus.

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1:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Opening Up Family Court in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A task force studying the feasibility of opening Family Court civil proceedings in Delaware is putting the final touches on a report to be submitted to lawmakers.

Delaware's constitution says all courts shall be open, but many Family Court proceedings are nevertheless closed to the public because of laws passed by the General Assembly.

Those closed proceedings include hearings involving adoption, termination of parental rights, custody rights and visitation, guardianship, paternity and divorce.

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1:11 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

DuPont Heir Failed To Get Treatment At Clinic For Child Rape

Robert Richard IV
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Du Pont heir Robert Richards IV who raped his daughter failed to complete an intensive program at an inpatient psychiatric clinic in Massachusetts.

It was part of his sentence that allowed him to not to go to prison.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that his attorney said Richards never went to the expensive McLean Hospital near Boston because of inadequate security.

Instead, Richards stayed in Delaware.

In 2009 the prosecution in the case said it would accept no prison time in such child abuse cases because Richards would get the out of state help.

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1:01 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Gun Found in Carry-On Luggage at BWI

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a Virginia man was arrested at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that the man was stopped Sunday afternoon when an officer staffing the X-ray machine spotted the gun in the bag of a man ticketed to fly to Salt Lake City. TSA says the gun was loaded with seven rounds with one in the chamber.

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12:50 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Virginia Eastern Shore Food Pantry Gets Grant from Perdue

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A mobile food pantry serving Virginia's Eastern Shore has received a $10,000 grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

The gift to the Mobile Pantry Program run by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore was announced Tuesday. Perdue Farms is also generating 20,000 pounds of products.

The combined contribution will enable the food bank to distribute nearly 40,000 meals to children, seniors and families in Northampton and Accomack counties.

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