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8:44 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New Castle County Firefighters Seek Property Tax To Fund EMS

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New Castle County firefighters are calling for a new property tax to help pay for emergency medical services.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that County Executive Tom Gordon says he'll fight it. State legislation would be needed to allow the county to create a special assessment to pay for emergency medical services.

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8:26 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Delaware Panel Takes Up Cash Portfolio Board Issue

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state legislative committee is reconvening to begin its review of the board that oversees Delaware's $2 billion cash portfolio.

Members of the Joint Sunset Committee were forced to postpone a hearing on the Cash Management Portfolio Board last month after the board chairman failed to appear.

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8:12 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Wicomico County Sheriff Could Get Raise

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Wicomico County Sheriff  Mike Lewis could be getting a raise after all.

The County Council voted 4-to-2 yesterday to recommend giving Lewis the raise.

That recommendation now goes to County Executive Rick Pollitt where Lewis’s salary would rise by $10-thousand to $95-thousand a year.

The vote came after a change of heart by council member John Hall  who originally opposed the pay bump.

Opponents like Joe Holloway said they based their votes on the ailing economy when the proposal was defeated in February.

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7:51 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Another Justice Retires from the Delaware Supreme Court

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack Jacobs says he is retiring from the bench later this year.

In a letter Monday to Gov. Jack Markell, the 71-year-old Jacobs said he plans to retire effective July 4, more than a year before his current term on the court is set to expire.

Jacobs was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2003 after serving 18 years as in Delaware's Court of Chancery.

Jacobs' retirement gives Markell a second chance to nominate a justice to the state's five-member Supreme Court.

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10:56 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Standard Register Closes Salisbury Plant, 76 Without Jobs

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The company, Standard Register, has told its 76 employees that they are shutting down their manufacturing plant and warehouse in Salisbury.

The rotary printing facility will close by mid-summer with separation packages provided to those losing their jobs.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company said in a press release that the demand for printed forms and documents made at the plant dropped dramatically as electronic forms have taken their place.

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10:40 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Maryland Legislature Expected to Hike Penalties For Hazing

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The Maryland state legislature is moving toward upping the penalties for hazing on college campuses. A suspension and incident at a Salisbury University spurred lawmakers to act. Delmarva Public Radio's Kyle Bean prepared this report.

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10:22 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Baltimore Museum Celebrates the History of the Banjo

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new museum exhibit explores the history of the banjo in Baltimore, home to the first U.S. banjo factory.

The exhibit is called "Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond." It opens Tuesday for about six months at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Co-curator Robert Winans says banjos evolved from stringed instruments originating in West Africa that were made from gourds. He says the slave trade brought the instruments to North America.

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10:08 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Road Work Causes Congestion in Ocean View and Princess Anne

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A major road widening project for Route 26 in Ocean View saw some congestion this week at the coroner of Atlantic Avenue and Central Avenue.

Construction crews had limited the roadway to just one lane as they began relocating a pipeline.  

It the first phase is expected to take up to six weeks and is part of a larger effort that will take three years to finish and will widen more than four miles of Route 26.

WBOC reports that the engineering firm says there will be no lane closures during the tourist season running from May 15th through September 30th.

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9:55 am
Tue April 1, 2014

New Home for Punkin Chunkin May Not Be Delaware

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Punkin Chunkin will not be returning to Dale Wheatley’s farm.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that he has shut the door on that.

He told the paper that he understands the town leaders in nearby Bridgeville are upset but added he cannot afford to be sued if anything goes wrong.

Wheatly is now a defendant in a lawsuit brought by a volunteer during the 2011 Punkin Chunkin when the volunteer was injured in a ATV accident during the event.

And unless another location is found it’s quite possible that this Delaware event may actually leave the state.

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9:43 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Conservatives Win Legal Victory Over Delaware's Election Law

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has granted an injunction sought by a conservative group fighting a Delaware election campaign law.

The judge on Monday ruled in favor of Delaware Strong Families in its challenge to a 2012 law requiring disclosures by third-party groups working independently of political candidates to influence elections.

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9:30 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Easing Evidence for Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two measures to help battle domestic violence have been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

The state Senate gave final approval to the measures on Monday night on unanimous votes. The House of Delegates already passed the bills.

They are headed to Gov. Martin O'Malley, whose administration proposed the legislation.

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9:14 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Delaware Legislature Mulls Markell Tax Hike Plans

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A package of tax increases upon which Gov. Jack Markell is relying to help pay for his spending plan for next fiscal year is up for a vote in the state House.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday increases the annual tax on limited liability companies and business partnerships from $250 to $300. It also increases the minimum annual corporation franchise tax by $100.  

The bill requires three-fifths votes in the House and Senate. House Democrats postponed a vote last week, when at least one Democrat was absent.

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9:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Revamping Maryland Health Insurance Exchange

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland board is scheduled to discuss what the state will do about its badly flawed health exchange website.

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board of Trustees has a 5 p.m. meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday, when it could officially decide to use technology from another state that has had a more successful exchange rollout. Maryland is one of 14 states with its own exchange.

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8:54 am
Tue April 1, 2014

No Attorneys Needed for Bail Hearings Under MD Bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved a bill that would make courts rely on a data formula in determining whether or not to jail people after arrest.

The bill passed 37-9 Monday evening, with one senator abstaining. Several senators have predicted that the bill would face serious opposition in the House of Delegates.

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8:42 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Budget Reconcilation Begins in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers tasked with reconciling the House and Senate budgets have approved a first round of minor compromises. They are saving the toughest decisions for later this week.

Representatives of both chambers gave way Monday afternoon in budget areas where the other side objected to cuts.

For instance, the committee decided to keep intact grants offered by the Maryland Tourism Development Board and funds for the child care subsidy program.

They agreed to eliminate vacant public safety positions and to cut foster care payments.

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8:29 am
Tue April 1, 2014

MD Education Secretary Departs

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's secretary of higher education is leaving her post to work for an education foundation.

Danette Howard, who has served as the secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission since 2011, will join the Lumina Foundation as vice president for policy and mobilization. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday that Catherine McCullough Shultz will take over as acting secretary of the commission.

O'Malley says during Howard's tenure, Maryland has improved the quality of its colleges and universities and fought to hold down tuition.

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8:14 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Extra Time for Public Input on Atlantic Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government has added 30 more days for the public to weigh in on its guidelines for seismic testing in Atlantic waters for oil and gas reserves.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says the public now has until May 7 to comment on the rules.

Earlier this year, the agency outlined environmental guidelines intended to protect marine life if the government allows the testing, which would be a first step in the development of an offshore oil industry off Virginia and other states in the Mid-Atlantic and off the southern coast.

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11:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Delaware Working Up To Midnight Deadline to Sign Up Residents for Health Insurance

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The clock is ticking for Delaware residents who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. 

With the open enrollment period for Delaware's health insurance exchange expiring at midnight Monday, officials are urging those who have not yet signed up to do so.

Health and Social Services officials said there were 18 locations around the state where residents could get help enrolling in the exchange. St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington was offering help right up to the midnight deadline.

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10:11 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Social Critic Camille Paglia: Overwhelmed in A Sea of Social Media

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Social and cultural critic Camille Paglia says the new world of social media has allowed individual expression while overwhelming individuality. The Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of  the Arts in Philadelphia discusses this phenomena and her new book, "Glittering Images",with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush. Paglia is scheduled to make an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University April 1st at 5 p.m.

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9:51 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Details Emerge About Centre at Salisbury Bomb Scare

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More details are emerging from the bomb threat that shutdown the Centre at Salisbury mall on Friday beginning around 10:30 a.m.  

Authorities say the caller who made the bomb threat was a man with a Middle Eastern Accent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say the cell phone that was used was activated shortly before the threat was received by the Sussex County 911 Center and then immediately turned off.

After an eight hour search police found no evidence of an explosive device.

  

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9:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Helicopter To Check Out Delmarva Power Transmission Lines

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power says a helicopter will be inspecting transmission lines over the next few weeks.

WXDE-FM is reporting that the helicopter will fly low over the Delmarva Power transmission system to inspect and document items that may require attention.

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9:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New Flood Maps By FEMA Cause Concern for Delaware Property Owners

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Thousands of property owners in Delaware are grappling with the new changes in the flood maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency which will mean a hike in flood insurance rates.

The rate increase has been capped by lawmakers at 18 percent and in some cases at 25 percent for certain categories.

And FEMA is also offering relief to some while drawing other into new insurance requirement.

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8:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Deadline Looms for Troubled MD Health Insurance Exchange

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Uninsured Maryland residents are facing a deadline to enroll in a health care plan in a state that still has serious computer problems with its online health exchange.

The deadline for enrollment without paying an IRS penalty under the federal health care overhaul is midnight Monday.

People can get help enrolling in person at locations around the state. The Maryland Health Connection website has a list of places around the state.

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8:42 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Pot Bill Set for Hearing by MD House of Delagates Panel

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A House committee is preparing to take up a bill that would eliminate criminal charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

A hearing is planned in the House Judiciary Committee at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Senate has already approved the measure.

A similar bill passed the Senate last year but couldn't make it through this same House committee to receive a full House of Delegates vote.

Also Tuesday, two health care advocacy groups will meet in Baltimore to celebrate recent insurance expansion.

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8:29 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Crisfield Developing Mini-Business Park

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The Carvel Hall manufacturing plant is set to become a new mini-business park in Crisfield.

The industrial site consists of 23 acres of land with the plant occupying around 70-thousand square feet.

The Crisfield acquired the land in 2011 when the former property owner gave it to the city.

Bay Associates Environmental Incorporated has been contracted by the town to remove chromium dust from the plant which used to sell tools and cutlery items.

Mayor Percy Purnell WBOC that businesses will be able to move in as early as June.

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8:12 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Dogfish Head Brewery Speeds Up Assembly Line

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has tripled the speed of its bottling operation in the past year with a new facility and equipment.

The News Journal reports Dogfish Head spent $21 million on the new building and German-made robots to speed more bottles to market.

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione says it used to take 10 hours to fill 100 cases of beer on the company's original bottling line in 1996. Now he says the same number of bottles is filled every other minute.

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3:32 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Essay: Contemplation

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Amidst the noise of the modern world be it cable television, social media or just commercialism, it can be hard to find a moment for silent contemplation. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill found it on a simple seashore.

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12:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

"Brave New World" Rocks Cape Henlopen School District

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Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” has created a maelstrom in the Cape Henlopen School District where two board members say parents should be able to screen their children’s curriculum for explicit content before they begin classes.

During a meeting last night board members Sandi Minard and Jennifer Burton delivered impassioned arguments saying they were concerned about literature that they said had violence, despair and sexual references.

They said they did not want to ban the book but just alert parents about the material and let them decide.

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12:09 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Dip Expected in University of Maryland Enrollment

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BALTIMORE (AP) - University System of Maryland officials expect an enrollment dip at the system's 11 schools this fall for the first time since the 1990s.

The Daily Record reports that the forecasts outlined at a Board of Regents committee meeting Thursday are attributed to a drop in high school graduates and other trends.

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11:49 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation At Centre at Salisbury Mall

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Authorities say the Center at Salisbury mall has been evacuated because of a bomb threat.

WBOC reports that Salisbury Police say a command post has been set up in the parking lot of the Gander Mountain store across the street.

Customers were ushered to the parking lot of the Sears automotive center.

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