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The water advisory has ended at Cove Road Beach where bacteria levels had shown higher than normal levels.

The beach was closed on June 25.

But the results from yesterday’s sampling found those levels have gone down.      

The higher bacteria levels were attributed to storm water from heavy rains.

Wicomico County Health Department officials are reminding swimmers and others involved in water activities to be aware of the impact from heavy rains.  

Roaring Point beach remained open for swimming. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
 
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
 
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is hailing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows about 285,000 Virginians to continue receiving federal subsidies on health insurance plans purchased through on a federal marketplace.
 
The Democratic governor says he hoped the ruling would allow state lawmakers to "put partisan politics aside" and expand Medicaid, another key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say a 6-year-old Sussex County girl is recovering after contracting West Nile Virus.
 
Officials said Thursday that the girl's illness, which resulted in a brief hospital stay, is the first human West Nile Virus case reported in Delaware since 2013.
 
Public Health director Dr. Karyl Rattay said the case is a reminder that mosquito-borne virus is still active in Delaware.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says the state will contribute $168 million to the planned Purple Line rail system in the Washington suburbs instead of nearly $700 million.
 
The governor says the counties of Montgomery and Prince George's will have to put up more money for the 16-mile light-rail project. The total cost is estimated at $2.45 billion.
 
Hogan gave a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss transportation infrastructure.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is holding its first public forum since the agency began an investigation into whether the Baltimore Police Department has habitually violated the civil rights of Baltimore's citizens.
 
The Justice Department held the forum Thursday at the University of Baltimore Law School, where residents were invited to speak individually with agency attorneys about their experiences with the police.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are beginning to work in earnest on a capital budget for road and construction projects in the upcoming fiscal year.

The legislature's capital budget committee met Thursday to review Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $385 million capital spending plan.

At the same time, lawmakers added roughly $24 million in proposed additional spending items, while acknowledging they don't have a lot of money to work with.

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The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Delaware say the confederate battle flag at a Georgetown museum will remain despite the movement to remove it from state capitals and state license plates.

The flag at the Marvel Carriage Museum has been kept up by the organization since 2007.

It’s a nonprofit group that has no connection to the Sussex County government.

Jeffrey Plummer, leader of what’s called Delaware Grays, told the Wilmington News Journal that the flag is simply honoring those veterans who fought for the south.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The Baltimore museum which was founded on June 25, 2005, says it will celebrate its anniversary Thursday with a free open house and cake and ice cream. There will also be performances by a choir and jazz ensemble.

The museum on Pratt Street near the city's Inner Harbor occupies over 80,000 square feet and has exhibitions, an auditorium, classrooms and meeting rooms as well as an oral history recording studio.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The General Assembly's budget-writing committee is relying on cuts to nonprofit groups and money from a nationwide financial settlement to balance a spending plan for the fiscal year starting next week.

The Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday finished work on a $3.9 billion operating budget for fiscal 2016, roughly 2.5 percent higher than the current year's budget.

To help balance the budget, lawmakers agreed to use $25 million in one-time funds from a nationwide settlement involving mortgage-backed securities.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference to discuss transportation infrastructure in Maryland.

The news conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Annapolis. It will be the first public appearance by the governor since he announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The governor's office declined to comment on details about the announcement ahead of time.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The state of Maryland is helping colleges meet the requirements of a new law aimed at improving their response to sexual assaults on campus.

The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced a $71,000 grant Wednesday to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The funds will help pay a lawyer to train colleges, rape crisis centers and police agencies on the new requirements.

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Salisbury is moving to eliminate the housing blight that has been in issue for year.

The city council agreed to back part of an initiative by Mayor Jim Ireton that would add over $37-thousand to next year’s city budget to buy homes being sold at a tax sale.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the city Vacant Homes Registry has 187 homes on its list.

The city is in the process of evaluating a $645 million plan to improve its infrastructure over the next 20 years.

 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's forming a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.
 
McAuliffe said Wednesday on a monthly radio show that the commission will study whether Virginia is holding prisoners unnecessarily long and whether it's doing enough to rehabilitate criminals.
 

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If you need to call 911 on your cell phone in Southern New Jersey, Delaware or Pennsylvania you might be having some trouble getting through.

Delaware officials are encouraging residents who have an emergency to the use a land line to make the call.

The problem also involves calls between land lines and cell phones.

Officials are working on the problem and it not clear when service will be restored.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Wicomico Superintendent of Schools John Fredericksen has announced he will not seek to renew his four-year contract when it ends next June.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Fredericksen announced his decision at a school board meeting Tuesday.

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The storm that moved through the region last night left some 63-thousand customers without power last night in Delaware and Maryland.

Late last night the company was able to bring that figure down to just over 23-thousand in the northern portion of the region.

The crews worked through the night restoring power after severe thunderstorms, high winds and intense rain hit the power grid.

The company also used contractors to help in the work.

But…the weather is still warming up with some temperature having reached the mid-90’s.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

The bill passed on a 17-to-1 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House, where it will be heard in committee Thursday.

The measure allows driving privilege cards to be issued to people in the country illegally who have filed state income tax returns for the preceding two years or who have lived in Delaware and been claimed as a dependent on a state income tax return.

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A Delaware company has won the right to build Ocean City’s newest landmark – a new water tower that will be topped with a blue and green beach ball logo.

The Chicago Bridge and Iron Constructors Incorporated from New Castle got the nod yesterday from the resort’s town council for a bid of nearly $5 million.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that going with the standard logo would have run around $10-thousand less.

Council Secretary Mary Knight told the paper that the town wanted the beach ball sign because it would be iconic.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - An Irish manufacturer of paper and plastic bags will create 87 full-time jobs when it opens its first U.S. plant in Delaware.

AB Group Packaging is expected to open its new manufacturing facility in the Newark area next month. An exact date hasn't been given.  A spokesman says the company is currently in leasing negotiations and an exact site has not been determined.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a revised bill allowing school students to opt out of state standardized testing.

The bill passed Tuesday after lawmakers rescinded a vote just minutes earlier defeating the measure.

The original legislation allowed parents to have children skip annual state assessments without repercussions. It's aimed at the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is tied to Common Core standards being adopted in Delaware and other states. The bill faces a possible veto by Gov. Jack Markell.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials are responding to renewed concerns about Confederate symbols on license plates

Last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Texas' right to refuse to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag and in the wake of a massacre at a black church in South Carolina have brought the issue to the forefront.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a day after he announced  that he is against the use of the Confederate flag on license plates.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Native Americans who object to the Washington Redskins' trademark say their case has been strengthened by a recent Supreme Court ruling on license plates and the Confederate flag.

A judge is hearing arguments Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria on the team's lawsuit.

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Shareholders in the parent company of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland, Maryland, have approved a proposed merger with Las Vegas-based Sartini Gaming Inc.

Lakes Entertainment Inc. of Minnetonka, Minnesota, announced the results Tuesday of a special shareholders meeting held June 17.

The $128 million deal still requires approval by regulators in Nevada and Montana, where Sartini's Big Sky Gaming subsidiary operates. Maryland regulators approved the merger last week.

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Virginia's governor is moving to have the Confederate flag banished from state license plates.
 
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the decision Tuesday, citing the killings at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said states can restrict license plate designs.
 
Virginia vanity plates include one that pays homage to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del. (AP) - A pair of Maryland vacationers has come across a dead hammerhead shark that washed ashore onto Fenwick Island.
 
The shark was found Monday morning by Alex Stevens and Corbin Archie, both from the Baltimore area. The two were walking on the beach behind the Seaside Inn and when they noticed it wasn't moving, they pulled it to the shore. Archie says the shark was a little over 10 feet long and easily over 100 pounds.
 

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service is confirming that a small tornado struck southern Frederick County on Saturday. No injuries were reported from the storm.
 
The agency said Monday night that the twister was an EF-0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 65 mph. Its path was 1.5 miles long and up 75 yards wide.
 
The weather service says the tornado touched down at 7:39 p.m. in far southern Frederick County near the intersection of state routes 28 and 85.
 

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The heat is on.

As temperatures across Delmarva reach into the 90’s the Worcester Commission on Aging Adult Day Care Center in Snow Hill is opening up as a cooling station.

Development Coordinator Debbie Ritter tells WBOC seniors should use fans at home if they do not have air conditioning.

Also, they should be sure to drink plenty of water during the day.

In addition, Ritter says that the elderly should be conscious of how prescription drugs interact with the heat.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has a "very advanced and very aggressive cancer."

Hogan says the cancer is B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He says it may be Stage 4, or at least a very advanced Stage 3.

He spoke at a news conference Monday afternoon in Annapolis, surrounded by members of his family and cabinet.

Hogan, a Republican who took office in January, says he's "shocked" by the news.

He says he's been feeling good and has had few symptoms, but has tumors, a low appetite and some pain. Chemotherapy treatment is planned.

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CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Authorities searching for a 15-year-old boy who disappeared in the water while swimming off Cape Charles have recovered a body.

Media outlets report that the body of Alvaro Lopez-Castaneda was recovered Monday afternoon near the Cape Charles fishing pier.

The Coast Guard had said in a news release a man near the pier told police on Sunday evening that he was in the water with the teenager struggling against a current.

Cape Charles Police Chief Jim Pruitt tells media outlets that family members said the teenager didn't swim well.

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