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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say a cleanup is underway after hundreds of gallons of a highly corrosive chemical spilled at a southern Delaware poultry processing plant.

Officials say the spill occurred about 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Mountaire Farms plant in Selbyville. It involved about 318 gallons of peracetic acid, a chemical commonly used in the food industry as a disinfectant to guard against microbial contamination.

Kent County in Delaware is about to undertake the repair of aging wastewater pipeline along the median of U.S. Route 13 in Dover.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it’s a long promised project that will stretch 2.8 miles and is sure to give motorists along the busy route congestion headaches.

The project calls for inserting a 18-to-20 inch plastic pipe into a 24-inch concrete sewage pipe.

The paper says it will run from West Denney’s Road near Delaware Technical Community College to South Garden Lanes near Burlington.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Motor Vehicle administrator has outlined steps the agency is taking to prevent the kind of computer programing error that caused thousands of voters to use provisional ballots in last month's primary.

Christine Nizer appeared before a joint panel of Maryland lawmakers Thursday and apologized for the error.

She says the error has been fixed.

Nizer says the MVA will conduct weekly audits to make sure all voter registrations through the MVA will be checked to make sure they are transmitted correctly to the state elections board.

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PICKERING BEACH, Del. (AP) - A new fence along a Delaware beach is helping to keep horseshoe crabs from a deadly marsh.

WBOC-TV reports the crabs often climb across Pickering Beach for mating season only to become stranded and baked to death in a nearby marsh. Glenn Gauvry is the president of the nonprofit Ecological Research and Development Group, which works to protect the world's four types of horseshoe crab.

In the first half of today's program. Gretchen Hanson gets recation to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

In the second half, we look at a fiction book, Hope Never Dies, which pairs Barack Obama and Joe Biden for a fun high stakes thriller. 


Anisha Singh, with the Center for American Progress

Tom Jipping, Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia may allow 3,000 new slots-like betting machines at a horse race track and off-track betting parlors around the state.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Virginia Racing Commission recently published draft regulations.

The machines let people bet on past horse races without knowing which horse they are betting on. Virginia lawmakers legalized historic horse race gambling during this year's legislative session as a way to help reopen Colonial Downs.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - For almost half a century, Virginia has used "Virginia is for Lovers" as a slogan to promote tourism in the state.

So when state tourism officials noticed an online retailer using "Virginia is for Gun Lovers," they weren't pleased.

The Virginia Tourism Corp. is now suing the Richmond-based retailer, Recovered Gold LLC.

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Environmentalists are out testing 20 waterways on the Delmarva.

The ShoreRiver Choptank Riverkeepers say that they have been testing for bacteria on the mid-shore and note that a lot shows up after heavy rains and thunderstorms.

Matt Pluta with the environmental group told WBOC that they had found a higher than the passing grade for bacterial even before the recent rains.

The Talbot County Environmental Health Department warned swimmers and boaters to be careful and wait at least 48 hours after a storm before going back into the water.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A surge of mussels in a Maryland river have revived hopes for clearer, cleaner water.

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that swarms of "dark false mussels" have been found in Cattail Creek off the Magothy River. Paul Spadaro is the president of the nonprofit Magothy River Association. He says there's been a population "explosion" large enough to start filtering the water.

Mussels are natural filters and clean local waters as they collect pollutants, including human pathogens found during sewage spills.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia collected $550 million more than expected in revenues last fiscal year.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the surplus Thursday. He said it was an encouraging sign of economic momentum in the state.

The surplus was attributable to increases in income tax payments. A strong stock market and a boost in federal defense spending are likely major factors for that growth.

Lawmakers have already set aside the surplus to replenish the state's rainy day fund.

The extra money comes at a fortuitous time for Virginia.