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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Summer may be over, but state environmental officials are reminding Delawareans that the bugs are still biting.

Officials say the recent detection of West Nile virus in caged chickens that are monitored for mosquito-borne diseases serves notice that mosquitoes remain active, especially during unseasonably warm weather.

William Meredith, Delaware's Mosquito Control Section administrator, says concerns about mosquito-borne diseases could continue for several more weeks, with the peak period for transmission lasting into mid-October.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are touting a record-breaking year for Delaware's tourism industry.

The Delaware Tourism Office released a report Tuesday showing 8.5 million visitors came to Delaware in 2015.

In January 2015, began using a new slogan: "Delaware: Endless Discoveries."

Officials say tourism accounted for $3.1 billion of Delaware's gross domestic product and is responsible for 42,000 jobs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are ready to start delving into the state's budget challenges with a series of committee hearings.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee convenes Tuesday for the start of several weeks of agency budget hearings.

After an overview and orientation, the committee will hear a presentation from the Office of Management and Budget.

Other agencies to be considered Tuesday are the Department of Technology and Information and the Department of State.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland members of the Electoral College are meeting in Annapolis to cast their votes.

State Board of Elections spokeswoman Donna Duncan says the 10 electors are meeting at 1 p.m. Monday in the Maryland State House.

They're required by law to vote for the presidential and vice presidential candidates who received the plurality of votes cast in the state in the Nov. 8 general election.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Flu season has arrived, with cases of the virus having now been confirmed in all three of Delaware's counties.

The Delaware Division of Public Health said in a statement Monday that a new case has been lab-confirmed recently in Sussex County involving an infant who is now recovering at home. In New Castle County, a 64-year-old male has contracted the flu, as well as a 77-year-old woman who was hospitalized.

State health officials had previously confirmed that two men from Kent County had come down with the bug.

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A taskforce has been formed to investigate recent allegations of fraud, mismanagement and embezzlement at Delaware volunteer fire companies.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials believe the limited reporting by the volunteer fire companies has led to corruption.

The paper reports that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been simply vanished.

And high level officials have been involved in those cases that have come to light.

The volunteer fire companies only have to submit an annual report to the State Fire Commission.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a claim by Delaware that it should get $150 million from uncashed MoneyGram checks.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the high court is weighing the demand by 23 states who say they should get the money.

Those states say the money should go to the place where the transaction occurred while Delaware says it should go to the state where the company is incorporated.

President Debate Broadcast

As many as a 100 million viewers were expected to watch the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump.

A PPP poll found that 51 percent believe Clinton won the debate while 40 percent believed Trump bested the contest.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that its poll of debate watchers that was weighted toward Democrats found 62 percent thought Clinton beat Trump with 27 percent.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials project the cost of handling elections this year will reach $3 million.
    
Media outlets report that much of that money is spent on personnel and transporting voting machines.
    
Officials say the job is never easy or cheap despite the fact that Delaware has only three counties.
    
Besides the general election in November, Delaware held its presidential primary in April. A statewide primary is scheduled for Sept. 13. There are other local contests as well.
    

Women in Politics

Jul 25, 2016
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has been among leading states in electing women to political offices for decades, but the state could have its first all-male congressional delegation in more than 40 years unless at least one of two Republicans or a third-party candidate wins in November in the heavily Democratic state.

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