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Ellendale area residents will go to the polls tomorrow to determine whether a small area along North and South Old State road west of the city limits will turn to Artesian Resources for their water.

The move is part of an effort to deal with the high nitrate problem they have with their shallow wells.

Sussex County Engineer Hans Medlarz told the Wilmington News Journal that the referendum is for a far smaller district than the one that was sought last year.

That plan was defeated by a 13 vote margin and would have provided central water to about 200 residences.


A box has been found containing DNA samples of around 16-hundred Delaware convicted criminals which were never entered into the national data base.

That database allows authorities to connect criminals with crime scene evidence.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the samples are from 2001 through 2012.

The paper reports that the discovery was kept a secret for years despite assurances that the transfer to the new Division of Forensic Science would be transparent.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration for efforts he says are intended to undercut the nation's health care law.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday is the latest in a broad effort by attorneys general in various U.S. states pushing back against a "sabotage" of the Affordable Care Act following years of failed GOP attempts to fully repeal the Obama-era law.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Some families and placement agencies in Maryland say they struggle to find and place in-home nurses as the state underpays them.

The Baltimore Sun reports in-home licensed professional nurses make significantly less in Maryland when working in someone's house instead of a hospital or nursing home. Placement firm BAYADA Home Health Care says Medicaid covers about $35 per hour for those nurses in Maryland, compared with $46 in Delaware and $50 in Washington.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware is moving closer to adopting new electronic voting machines that incorporate a paper trail, ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

The Delaware State News reports the task force charged with approving a contract to replace the current machine unanimously approved the new ExpressVote XL machines Tuesday. The Joint Committee on Capital Improvement will meet Monday to review and vote on selecting Election Systems & Software as the vendor.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An amended class-action lawsuit has been filed seeking to end Virginia's enforcement of its law suspending driver's licenses for people with unpaid criminal or traffic court debt.

News outlets report the Legal Aid Justice Center filed the complaint Tuesday in federal court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the lawsuit to the lower court in a May ruling to allow the plaintiffs to revise it after it had been dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police say an off-duty Delaware police officer is the person who sparked a fatal highway crash that killed one person.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports state police say Dover police Officer Frederick Pierce rear-ended a car last week when he didn't notice slowed traffic. That crash caused a series of other cars to crash.

Delmarva may be able to avoid the heavy damage of Hurricane Florence as the storm has shifted southward more towards the Carolinas.

Scott Schuman with the National Weather Service told the Salisbury Daily Times that the region appears to have been spared major problems.

A moderate storm surge is expect along the Maryland and Virginia coasts.

But expect high winds of up to 35 mph as the storm approaches the coastline.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health official say they have confirmed another human case of West Nile virus, marking the state's fifth case this year.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports this case involving a 57-year-old New Castle County man makes this Delaware's highest number of confirmed cases since 2015.

Officials says the man's case still is awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials confirmed this year's first Delawarean case of the virus in early August.

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There were three more resignations from the Sussex Technical School District board this week.

They were Teresa Carey, Judy Emory and George Torbert.

This leaves four active members.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the board is reviewing some of its financial procedures including large purchases and change orders.

One of the issues has been the 2012 decision to buy property from local develop Michael Horsey for nearly twice what he bought it for just two weeks earlier.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wants to further expand a program that encourages students to study math, science and technology.

Hogan is meeting Thursday with senior executives from IBM and Maryland businesses leaders to advocate for further expansion of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School program. It's known as P-TECH for short.

The program enables students to graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year associate degree in a STEM field in six years or less. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's House speaker has scheduled a meeting later this month to continue work on a court-ordered legislative map.

GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox announced Wednesday that a House committee will meet Sept. 27.

Republicans also filed a motion Wednesday asking a federal court to reject Democrats' request that federal judges redraw 11 state House districts found to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

A federal court ruled in June that lawmakers illegally packed black voters into 11 districts and ordered lawmakers to draw a new map by Oct. 30.


As Hurricane Florence approaches the mid-Atlantic region the president of Somerset County Commissioners is recommending that Smith Island resident should leave the island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that who want to depart the U.S. Coast Guard is sending a vessel that will arrive at Tylerton dock at 12:30 p.m. today.

It will leave a 1:30 p.m.

In addition, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be at Ewell at 12:30 p.m. to pick up those who want to leave.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware public health officials are reporting a record number of deaths from suspected drug overdoses in August.

Officials said Tuesday that the 39 deaths reported last month is the highest since they began tracking deaths from suspected overdoses in late 2013. The previous monthly high was 27 deaths in April.

Officials suspect many of the overdoses involved fentanyl, a highly toxic synthetic opioid far more potent than heroin.

Last year, about 60 percent of the state's 345 overdose deaths involved fentanyl, while 40 percent involved heroin.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police say there doesn't appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding a body found in a Maryland river.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports a body was found floating in the Wicomico River Tuesday afternoon and was later removed. The Salisbury Police Department tweeted there appears to be "nothing suspicious at this time."

An investigation is ongoing. The newspaper says no additional information was released as of late Tuesday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court is being asked to overturn a judge's decision terminating the disability benefits of a woman who is in the country illegally and was injured at work.

Justices are to hear arguments Wednesday regarding the judge's ruling, which upheld a decision by the state Industrial Accident Board.

Magdalena Guardado's attorneys say the board erred in terminating her total disability benefits, and that the judge erred in upholding that decision.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -Virginia's governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a press conference Monday that the evacuation order set to begin Tuesday at 8 a.m. applies to parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore. State officials say 245,000 people live in the affected area.

Northam says the evacuation zone includes the most flood-prone coastal areas.

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The Republican nominee for Delaware’s lone House of Representatives seat has found himself hit with “a fat-shaming” video.

It’s a video that Scott Walker shared on Facebook back in February of this year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that his 41-second video features shot from a cell phone that focuses on an ad with a plus-size model in the window of a Forever 21 store.

On the video Walker is heard calling the model very obese and telling the viewer that this is unhealthy.

He then goes on to say, “To me, that’s discrimination against women.”

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Liberty University and Hampton University will each host a U.S. Senate Town Hall featuring Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican challenger Corey Stewart.

The first Town Hall will be held at Liberty's Center for Music and the Worship Arts on Sept. 20. The second event will be held at Hampton's Convocation Center on Oct. 3. Each event will be produced for television and broadcast live through a partnership with the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An independent congressional candidate in Virginia is appealing a court's decision to remove her from the race.

Shaun Brown filed an appeal Monday with Virginia's Supreme Court. She says a Circuit Court judge in Richmond lacked the authority to remove her from the ballot because election officials had already certified her candidacy.

The judge ruled Wednesday that Brown can't run because petitions to place her on the ballot contained forged signatures.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative watchdog agency says the state's elections systems have a number of problems, including an unreliable IT system and a leadership structure susceptible to undue political influence.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission issued a report Monday saying it found no large scale voter fraud in Virginia, but several areas of possible improvement.

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The 78th Annual National Folk Festival in Salisbury was held this weekend despite the rain. And, local officials said they were pleased with this first for the city. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has some of the sights and sounds that celebrated the traditions of the Eastern Shore.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the potential impact of Tropical Storm Florence.

The order issued Saturday by Gov. Ralph Northam helps mobilize resources to prepare for the storm, mitigate any damage and streamline the process Virginia uses to send assistance to other states.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor wants a federal court to begin the process of redrawing 11 House districts found to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered, saying he believes lawmakers tasked with the job are at an impasse.

Gov. Ralph Northam sent a letter Friday to Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox, urging Cox to ask the court to step in. The Democratic governor says "all signs indicate" the General Assembly won't enact a fixed map by an Oct. 30 deadline the court imposed.

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CHRISTIANA, Del. (AP) - Authorities say an incident at a Delaware roller rink prompted multiple calls to police agencies and led to five arrests.

WDEL reported Sunday there was no immediate word about what caused the disorder the night before at a skating center in New Castle County.

State police say they made two arrests. An intoxicated 45-year-old was picked up for disorderly conduct, and a 12-year-old boy was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after he allegedly jumped on an unmarked police vehicle.

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The Wallops Flight Facility saw a third successful parachute test for a mission to Mars.

It was conducted from a Terrier-Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket.

WBOC reports that the launch on Friday lifted the 58-foot rocket into the air at around 9:30 a.m.

It carried the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California.


Still time to get to the National Folk Festival

Sep 9, 2018

There is still time to get to the National Folk Festival.

Despite the heavy downpours earlier in the day the crowds came out on Saturday to enjoy the music and especially the dancing. If you go to the Perdue Dance Pavilion and don’t know the dances they are doing, they will teach you. Yesterday, festival goers were learning old style Appalachian square dancing at the dance pavilion at the National Folk Festival. Mack Samples was doing the calling with the Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack.

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Friday night the Tremé Brass Band got a great party started in Salisbury, Maryland. But don’t just take my word for it. Festival goer Lori Carter described the opening parade this way: “The music! The sound! The excitement, the people just enjoying themselves. And the band, the Tremé Band was just fabulous. And the dancer was awesome. It was a beautiful thing to see, everyone just coming together, and just walking down the street of North Division, just having a ball, a great time. The great American community we are!”