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With the winter weather ahead Delmarvans will be depending on forecasters more and more each day.  Delmarva Public Radio's Brian Shane has a look at forecasting and the impact of the changing weather on the peninsula.

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It's the end of the tourist season and merchants are counting their money to see how they did this year. Delmarva Public Radio's Tyler Simpson took a swing along the Ocean City Board to check out the mood as the season wraps up.

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REHBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach commissioners have approved four bid awards to three contractors for construction of the city's ocean outfall wastewater project.

Construction is expected to begin this fall on the controversial outfall project, in which treated wastewater would be dumped into the Atlantic Ocean about a mile from Rehoboth's popular tourist beach.

Commissioners voted Monday to award bids totaling more than $37 million, with the ocean outfall bid awarded to Manson Construction of Seattle for $27.6 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland environmental coalition is criticizing an amendment added to legislation by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris that they say could stop two offshore wind proposals near Ocean City.

The Maryland Climate Coalition said Wednesday the amendment approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week would prohibit the Interior Department from approving project construction plans, despite six years of debate and approval by state lawmakers and regulators.

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A measure by Congressman Andy Harris to require offshore wind turbines to be at least 24 miles off the coast could jeopardize their development in the region.

The amendment by the Eastern Shore Republican was approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

And it comes after Ocean City officials said the sight of the turbines could jeopardize the resort’s tourist industry.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Harris points out that a similar project of the Virginia coast was 27 miles away from the shore.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill opening Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry is facing a final vote in the General Assembly.

The bill, which easily cleared the House last week, is scheduled for a Senate vote Thursday.

The legislation, supported by Democratic Gov. John Carney, establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, including abandoned and polluted brownfields.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is seeking public comment on a plan to use seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor.

The air guns are so loud they can disturb, injure or even kill whales, sea turtles and other marine life. The National Marine Fisheries Service said Monday it is seeking permits under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for five companies to conduct seismic surveys in the mid-Atlantic, from Delaware to central Florida.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee have begun whittling away at Delaware's spending as they work toward a balanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday worked its way through some $33 million in proposed cuts, a fraction of the roughly $240 million they may need to cut if lawmakers can't agree on revenue and fee increases other than hiking corporate franchise taxes paid mostly by out-of-state companies.

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The tourist season is just around the corner with Delmarva resorts gearing up for the kickoff. Delmarva Public Radio's Jamir Wilson prepared this report.

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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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