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Obama: Biden Is One of Finest Vice Presidents in History

Apr 17, 2014 -- 12:20pm

Any chance of Vice President Joe Biden running for the White House?

That was the question posed by CBS while interviewing President Barack Obama and Biden.  CBS Correspondent Major Garrett asked the vice president if running for president would change anything he’s doing now.

“There is nothing I would do differently if I absolutely knew I wasn’t going to run or absolutely knew I was,” responded the second-in-command.  “There is nothing I would do differently over the next seven, eight, ten months.”

Biden continued saying that he strongly believes in President Obama’s agenda also noting the important mid-term elections.

“If I decided to run, believe me, this would be the first guy [President Obama] I would talk to, but that decision hasn’t been made yet,” added Biden.  “For real.”

What does the president think about a potential President Biden?

“I’ve got somebody who I think will be one of the greatest vice presidents in history,” President Obama told CBS’ Major Garrett.  “He has been a great partner in everything I do.”

The head of state also continued saying that he has worked with a lot of people who would be great candidates for the job.

When asked if a Democratic successor would be like a third Obama term, the president hesitated and clarified that all Democrats are working towards a common goal. 

 

Lopez: Business Tax Hikes Will Hurt Local Farmers

Apr 17, 2014 -- 11:47am

State Senator Ernie Lopez joined Mike and Jake this morning to talk about issues affecting Sussex County.

“What I’m hearing when I go to Wawa, if I walk into Giant, as I’m taking the kids to lacrosse practice, it’s tight out there,” Lopez told Mike and Jake.

Lopez said other lawmakers tried to get him to support the recent business tax hike that increased the annual tax on LLCs and business partnerships from $250 to $300 a year.  He explained to WGMD that many people upstate don’t realized the large number of local businesses in Sussex County.

“What they have been dealing with, a lot of volatility, with margins that are tight,” said Lopez.  “And right now, that level of uncertainty that has been playing out over the last few years on the federal level.  It hasn’t stopped at our border.”

Lopez said many also don’t realize his district, the 6th District, is not just the beaches and hotels of Rehoboth Beach, but the many farms up towards Milton.  The Republican explained that many of those farmers will be impacted by these tax increases.

“A lot of these farmers have within their operations four or five LLCs and, again, it’s something that affects those guys tremendously,” explained the state senator.

The tax increase also raising the minimum annual franchise tax by an extra $100 to $175 each year.

AG Biden to Not Seek Reelection, Looking at Governor's Office

Apr 17, 2014 -- 11:10am

Attorney General Beau Biden will not run for reelection and will look into running for governor. 

In a written statement, the Attorney General says he has been thinking long and hard about the governor’s office and has decided that he would like to seriously consider a run. 

His term ends in 2014.  The governor’s race is in 2016.

Here's Biden's full statement:

For the past eight years, you have given me the privilege of serving as your Attorney General.

Thanks to a group of extraordinary professionals at the Department of Justice and their tireless work -- from protecting our children and getting criminals off the streets, to holding more accountable those responsible for the housing crisis -- I believe we have made Delaware a better place to live and to raise a family.

I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished.

As your Attorney General I have done my best to remain true to the core values I believe define public service – honesty, integrity, and doing right by the people I serve.

Part of doing right by you is being straight with you about my future plans.

Over the past few months, as I’ve been planning to run for reelection, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for Governor in 2016. What started as a thought -- a very persistent thought -- has now become a course of action that I wish to pursue.

After careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not right to ask for your support in 2014, knowing that my focus would be divided between doing my job as Attorney General while at the same time running as a candidate for Governor.

Therefore, I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection as your Attorney General this November.

The Office of Attorney General is a four-year commitment. Its responsibilities are too significant, and the voters’ trust too important not to give it my complete and undivided attention. It should not be, nor can it become, a two-year staging ground for another elected office.

In the meantime, there’s a lot more work to do over the next eight months, and I intend to get it done. After my term is completed, I look forward to meeting with Delawareans and continuing to discuss my plans as a candidate for Governor.

Please know that the opportunity to serve you in this office is and always has been a tremendous honor.


Thank you for the faith you’ve placed in me.

Senator Chris Coons' thoughts:

Beau Biden has been an effective Attorney General and I’m sorry to see him leave this critical law enforcement office. He has a lot to offer our state and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.

Republican Party's response to the announcement:

The Republican Party has disagreed with the Attorney General on many occasions, but he deserves our gratitude for his service to the state. We hope that his health improves.

While the Attorney General sites his desire to focus on the 2016 race for Governor, the reality of the situation is that there is a critical election in 2014. This morning's announcement shuffles the political deck in Dover, and allows for both Republicans and Democrats to present candidates and policy ideas voters desperately need to consider.

Republicans intend to engage in this race and be successful.

DSP Investigating Fatal Wreck Near Little Creek

Apr 17, 2014 -- 9:13am

The Delaware State Police is investigating a fatal wreck that happened last night in Little Creek.

Authorities say Zachary Bowman was speeding south on Route 9 when he lost control and hit a ditch.  The car then overturned several times, ejecting bowman and his three unrestrained occupants from the car. 

Bowman and Reese Carpenter are in serious condition at Kent General Hospital.  Another passenger, Lacey Pfahler, is in serious condition at Christiana Medical Center.  Brandon Maugle was transported to Kent General Hospital where he later died.

Authorities believe alcohol and speed were contributing factors to the wreck.

UPDATED: Dewey Beach Fire Ruled Accidental, Electrical Malfunciton

Apr 17, 2014 -- 8:35am

UPDATED: The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office says the Dewey Beach fire was accidental and caused by an electrical malfunction.  

Officials estimate the damage to be about $50,000.  The home looks to be a total loss.

 

ORIGINIAL [4/16 3:16 p.m.]: Crews from Rehoboth, Lewes and Indian River were called for a house fire on Saulsbury Street in Dewey Beach just before 2:30 this afternoon.  Crews brought the blaze under control and extinguished the fire which is now being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

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Fire personnel from Rehoboth, Lewes and Indian River are on the scene of a fire on Saulsbury Street in Dewey Beach.  On Route 1, the northbound right lane and southbound left lane are closed to traffic because of apparatus on the scene of the fire.  Traffic is very slow moving through that area, so expect delays. 

VP Biden Joins Instagram, Takes Selfie with President

Apr 17, 2014 -- 8:28am

If you are looking for another way to follow America’s #2, he is now on Instagram. 

Vice president Joe Biden is on the photo-sharing site and app under the name ‘VP’.  Among his early uploads is a selfie with President Barack Obama. 

The White House warns comments on the photos may be archived.

 

Dover Bar to End Hip Hop Nights After Stabbing and Brawl

Apr 17, 2014 -- 7:54am

After Friday’s stabbing and Monday’s huge brawl, The State News reports Tom’s Bullpen in Dover is ending hip-hop nights. 

The owner, Thomas Armstrong, tells the paper they were trying different things and the hip-hop nights are a disaster. 

Early Friday morning, a man was stabbed four times on his left side during a bar fight.  Police are still seeking two suspects in that case.

Early Monday morning, five women were arrested after a massive brawl outside of the bar that required officers from multiple departments to clear up.

Both of the incidents came after hip-hop nights.  The bar regularly hosts classic rock bands and will be looking to add country and western nights instead.

Thousands Attend Delmarva Poultry Banquet

Apr 17, 2014 -- 6:59am

Thousands of workers in the poultry industry in the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center last night for the Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet. 

Trade groups say about 565 million chickens were produced on Delmarva. 

Three dozen prices were given out at the banquet.

VA Mobile Van Will Be in Rehoboth Beach Today

Apr 17, 2014 -- 6:10am

A Veterans Affairs Mobile Van will be making a stop at VFW Post 7447. 

The van will be at the Rehoboth Beach post from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

The post’s address is 101 State Road in Rehoboth Beach

Delaware's Democrats Flush With Campaign Cash

Apr 17, 2014 -- 4:56am

The Delaware Democrats seeking reelection to their Washington posts are raising tons of dough. 

The News Journal reports Senator Chris Coons raised $583,000 and has $3 million on hand, despite not having an opponent yet. 

Congressman John Carney does have an opponent, but the Democrat has $771,000 on hand after raising $122,000 last quarter, while his Republican challenger only has $1,164 on hand.

Cambridge Fire Kills Two Pets

Apr 17, 2014 -- 4:12am

Two pets were killed in a Cambridge fire yesterday. 

Fire officials say smoke filled the home and they evacuated the home for safety reasons. 

No one was injured, but a cat and a dog died in the fire. 

Wilmington Man Sentenced as Habitual Criminal

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:46pm

30 years in prison is the sentence for a Wilmington man who has been sentenced as a habitual criminal.  Attorney General Beau Biden says that 27 year old Arthur Carter has shown over and over that he is a danger to those closest to him and to society at large.  Prosecutors petitioned the Court to sentence Carter as a habitual offender after he was convicted of 4 separate and distinct felonies.

UPDATED: Worcester Police Investigate Berlin Murder-Suicide

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:45pm

A suspected murder-suicide this morning in Berlin remains under investigation by Worcester County officials.  WGMD has learned that 90 year old Ada Wright was found dead inside her home – her husband, 89 year old Lester Wright was found with gunshot wounds to the chest.  He later died at the hospital. 

UPDATED: Investigation Continues into Salisbury Home Invasion that left 1 Dead

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:44pm

The investigation into a deadly home invasion on Pemberton Drive in Salisbury continues by Maryland State Police.  Officers were called just after 1am and found an injured man who had been assaulted and then found 72 year old Donald Mariner who was pronounced dead at the scene.  The injured man was taken to PRMC for treatment.  Police are looking for a black man wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.  If you have information – a reward is being offered – call Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

Coons Introduces Legislation Urging Advance Medical Directives

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:42pm

Don’t leave your end-of-life care choices in the hands of distraught family members.  Senator Chris Coons is co-sponsoring a bill that encourages Medicare beneficiaries to create advance directives.  This will tell care givers exactly what the patient prefers for their medical care if they suffer from a debilitating illness or condition or cannot speak for themselves.

DE Farmers' Market Season Opens Friday in Milton!

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:41pm

If you’re looking for the freshest produce – Delaware’s Farmers’ Market season begins this Friday with the opening of the Milton Farmers’ Market.  To find the closest markets – check out the Delaware Fresh app for your mobile devices – which has information on all 27 community-run markets around the state – and more.

Milford PD to Hold Drug Take Back Day on April 26

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:40pm

Milford Police along with the DEA will hold a Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26 from 10 to 2pm at the police department.  Police will collect pills or patches – prescription or not – anonymously – no questions asked.  This gives residents a chance to get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescription or other drugs – and keep them from possibly being misused or abused. 

UPDATED: Gold Alert Cancelled for Dover Man

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:19pm

The Gold Alert for 85 year old Severn Richardson of Dover has been cancelled.  Dover Police found him just after 4:30 at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital. 

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Dover Police have issued a Gold Alert for 85 year old Severn Richardson who was reported missing this afternoon by his wife.   Police say he walked away from his Forrest Avenue home and that his mental condition is a concern for his well-being.  Richardson was wearing a green hat, dirty suit jacket, a red, white  and black checkered shirt, tan pants and grey/blue sneakers.  He is black, about 5’ 9” and 165 pounds.  Call Dover Police if you spot him – 302-736-7111

DEC to Beat the Peak Thursday from 6 to 8am

Apr 16, 2014 -- 1:20pm

Another cold spring morning has the Delaware Electric Cooperative holding a Beat the Peak Thursday morning from 6 to 8am.  Co-op officials ask members to turn off unnecessary lights, avoid using major appliances and hot water until after 8am.  Also if possible – lower your thermostat a few degrees to help Beat the Peak.

Freeze Watch in Effect Late Tonight through 9am Thursday

Apr 16, 2014 -- 1:08pm

      FREEZE WATCH

Now - Thursday, Apr 17, 9:00am

...FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING... ...FREEZE WARNING HAS EXPIRED...

* TEMPERATURES...AFTER HIGHS TODAY IN THE UPPER 40S TEMPERATURES OVERNIGHT WILL FALL TO THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S.

* TIMING...FREEZING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED AGAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT CONTINUING UNTIL SHORTLY AFTER SUNRISE ON THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS...POTENTIAL DAMAGE TO SENSITIVE OR EARLY-BLOOMING VEGETATION. AS TEMPERATURES DROP TO OR BELOW FREEZING...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

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