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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Andy Harris says he doesn't support offshore drilling off Maryland's coast.

Harris, the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation, was asked about his position at a recent town hall.

Harris says he supports the concept of offshore drilling, but he opposes it where local jurisdictions don't want it. Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore, said: "since Ocean City and the local jurisdictions do oppose it in Maryland, I oppose it off the coast of Maryland."

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Scientists are tracking a great white shark named Yeti that has been recorded swimming in the Atlantic Ocean off Assateague Island in Virginia.
OCEARCH, an organization that shares real-time data through its global shark tracker, says a tracking device attached to the female juvenile shark pinged off the lower Eastern Shore on Thursday
News outlets report Yeti was tagged Oct. 7 off Nantucket, Massachusetts. The shark weighs 960 pounds and is 11 feet long.

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Voters on the Eastern Shore flocked to the polls during the early voting period that ended yesterday.

Anthony Gutierrez, Election Director for Wicomico County, told WBOC that the goal had been to hit at least 10-thousand.

In Worcester County just over 63-hundred had gone to the polls while in Dorchester County the number was just over 32-hundred.

In Somerset County it was just over 23-hundred.

WBOC reports that election officials say early voting was up 18 percent from four years ago.

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The poultry industry attacked a measure in Annapolis that would make poultry companies responsible for absorbing excess chicken manure.

During a four hour hearing yesterday before a legislative committee Dave Patey with Mountaire Farms blasted the measure saying that it demonstrates that Maryland is becoming unfriendly to business.

Meanwhile, environmental groups staged a protest yesterday saying that the legislation would be better for small farmers because the poultry firms have deeper pockets.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Ruth Starr Rose painted what are considered to be some of the most significant portraits of an African American family on the Eastern Shore. A white woman who lived in Talbot County she rendered these paintings and images at a time when Jim Crow was in full swing. In part 2 of our series Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush explores the activism in her art and her work as one of the most significant artists to depict the stories of Negro spirituals. Her work is on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore through April 3rd.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Ruth Starr Rose painted some of the most iconic images of an African American family on the Eastern Shore during some of the most segregated times in America. However, her images caught a dignity and strength of character not seen in many of the depictions of the time. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at her portraits of the Moaney family in part 1. Her work is being displayed at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture through April 3rd.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Washington College in Maryland says it will be closed through the Thanksgiving holiday while authorities continue looking for a troubled missing student who could be armed.

Sheila Bair, the college president, made the announcement Wednesday. Local and federal authorities are still searching for 19-year-old Jacob Marberger.

The school on Maryland's Eastern Shore first canceled classes Monday, after Marberger's parents called the college to say he had returned home to Pennsylvania. They believe he may have taken a firearm.

Congressman Jim Ireton?

Nov 5, 2015
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Fresh off his victory in Salisbury’s District 4 municipal election Mayor Jim Ireton appears to be eyeing another political job.

This time it’s a challenge to Representative Andy Harris in the Eastern Shore’s First District.

Just a few hours after winning his election on Tuesday he told WBOC that he might just take a shot at the Maryland Republican.

He told the television station that his voice would best be suited in Washington.

At Harris’s congressional office the reaction was not so subtle.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Funding totaling more than $1.5 million is headed to nine localities in Virginia's Tidewater and the Eastern Shore to conduct surveys of historic resources.
The funding announced Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources is from a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief assistance program.
The recipients include seven counties: Accomack, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northampton, Northumberland and Westmoreland. Three towns receiving funding are Surry, Saxis and Colonial Beach.


FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fire that damaged an Eastern Shore poultry house.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says the blaze broke out early Monday at the poultry house on Chipmans Lane in Federalsburg. Officials say there were no birds inside the 42-foot by 400-foot structure at the time.
It took 40 firefighters about 45 minutes to control the fire. No injuries were reported.
Damage to the structure was estimated at $300,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.