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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.

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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.

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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 national coalition that includes unions and community groups 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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