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Longtime Delaware Senator Tom Carper is getting a challenge from a progressive candidate in the Democratic primary.

Her name is Kerri Harris a political newcomer from Dover.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a set of Facebook ads are in the works by the Working Families Party criticizing Carper for his votes on judicial nominees.

The effort by the coalition of New York unions is to take advantage of the nomination of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Some Ocean View residents got hit with a hike in their property taxes of as much as a hundred percent.

Earlier in the year the Town Council had voted to increase them by 50 percent.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that some saw their bills go up further because of the decision to switch from town to county assessed valuations in an effort to save the town $250-thousand over the next five years.

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del. (AP) - A loggerhead sea turtle has laid eggs in Delaware and officials say it's a rare event for the state.

Rob Hossler is wildlife administrator for the state's fish and wildlife division. He tells The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland that the turtle laid eggs Sunday on Fenwick Island's beach. The loggerhead turtle is federally listed as an endangered and threatened species.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Flags are being lowered in Maryland to honor a police officer who died in the line of duty.

State officials announced Wednesday that Gov.  Larry Hogan has ordered the United States and Maryland flags be lowered in honor of Lt. Milton Roach of the Spring Grove Hospital Center Police Department. Officials say Roach died July 4.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a recent focus on crime around Ocean City's boardwalk led to 61 arrests.

Police in the Maryland resort town said in a news release Tuesday that during the plain-clothes operations last month detectives addressed crimes like disorderly conduct, ordinance violations and property crimes. Detectives also focused on robberies in the downtown area.

In addition to the arrests, police say they issued four citations and seized six handguns and other weapons.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-based rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom.

Mayor Gavin Buckley said Wednesday the event dubbed "Annapolis Rising: A Benefit for The Capital Gazette and Free Press" will take place July 28 and will include performances, as well as guest speakers from the journalism community.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia Beach have made an arrest in the apparently random shooting of six people walking in a Fourth of July crowd near the oceanfront.

Virginia Beach police spokeswoman Linda Kuehn tells news outlets that 21-year-old Ladarius Malik Trisvan of Emporia was arrested Tuesday. He's accused of shooting into the crowd shortly after midnight on July 5th. Four men and two women were wounded.

Kuehn says police aren't aware of a motive, and do not believe the six were targeted.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy is reporting a recent 10-fold increase in spending aimed at influencing Virginia politicians. That spending came as the utility was pushing for a new law that could lead to higher electric bills.

Newly filed lobbying disclosure forms show Dominion spent more than $1 million on lobbyists, entertainment, meals and communications from May 2017 to the end of April 2018. That's about 10 times what the company said it spent in last year's filing.

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BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) - A contract between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a Virginia county says ICE wants to accelerate the opening of a new detention facility.

The Free Lance-Star reported Wednesday that the contract asks for the "accelerated ramp-up" of a Caroline County facility for federal "administrative detainees." The newspaper obtained the contract through a public records request. The county has until July 31 to hire staff and repair the former Peumansend Creek Regional Jail enough to open one 56-bed dorm.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's state-owned lottery program had its best year on record with profits topping $600 million for the first time.

Gov. Ralph Northam's office announced Wednesday that the state lottery had a record $2.14 billion in sales in fiscal 2018.

Officials said lottery players took home $1.3 billion in prizes and 48 tickets won prizes of $1 million or more.

Lottery profits are used to bolster education spending. Virginia's state lottery started in 1988.