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A 73-year-old man has died of West Nile Virus in New Castle County.

That’s makes him the first such death in six years for the First State.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the number of West Nile Virus cases has been climbing over the last three years with five alone in 2018.

Mosquitos spread the disease with the peak of the mosquito season ending with cooler weather next month.

Health officials say that people should use bug repellent when they go outside, wear clothing that covers the arms and legs and eliminate any standing water.

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Governor Larry Hogan has a 22 point lead over his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous in a new public opinion poll.

The Sarah T. Hughes Field Center at Goucher College  found the Republican leading Jealous 54 percent to 32 percent.

Nine percent of the voters were undecided.

The Baltimore Sun reports that around three-fourths of those surveyed said they were set on a particular candidate.

And Hogan led in every region of the state.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Republican Party chairman in Delaware's most populous county has resigned his post, saying he cannot support the party's U.S. Senate candidate.

Peter Kopf, chairman of the New Castle County Republican Committee, submitted his resignation letter last Thursday, saying he is troubled both by Rob Arlett's candidacy and the current leadership of the state Republican Party.

Arlett, a county councilman who served as Donald Trump's state campaign chair in 2016, defeated former PayPal executive Gene Truono in the GOP Senate primary earlier this month.

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Perdue Farms operations in the Carolinas are returning back to normal after the torrential rains and wind from Hurricane Florence.

Last week the poultry company closed three of its processing plants in advance of the storm and move chickens from low lying areas.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that two of the plants are now up and running again with the third ready to restart as soon as the city begins supplying water at the end of the week.

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Ocean City officials have unveiled their safety plans to deal with upcoming car events – especially the unsanctioned H2O event.

WBOC reports that the event has been relocated to Atlantic City but Police Chief Ross Buzzuro still expects large crowds.

The plans include special event zones with lower speed limits along busy roadways and higher fines.

The plans unveiled at a meeting of a city taskforce also announced that resort will keep special zones for Cruisin’ OC.

Another meeting is scheduled after this year’s events to consider any other improvements.

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For nearly two decades Enric Marco was a highly respected figure in Spain, widely known as a Holocaust survivor, Civil War hero and resistance fighter against the Francisco Franco regime. He even held public speaking engagements detailing his experiences in a concentration camp.

But every bit of it was a lie.

In 2005 Marco's masquerade was exposed to the world by historian Benito Bermejo — piquing the interest of novelist Javier Cercas. As Cercas soon discovered, "he had made up everything. Not only about that, I mean — he invented his whole life."

Florence may have concluded its crawl over the Carolinas, but officials are warning residents not to let the fairer weather deceive them. For days, the storm dumped relentless rain — in some places around three feet — and as all that water continues to make its way downstream, rivers keep on rising.

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The New York Philharmonic announced Sunday that it has taken action against two prominent musicians over unspecified "misconduct": the orchestra's principal oboist, Liang Wang, and its associate principal trumpeter, Matthew Muckey.

The orchestra said the decision came after a five-month internal investigation, led by a former federal judge. Both musicians dispute the Philharmonic's findings, and while the musicians' union reviews the orchestra's decision, the two have been placed on unpaid leave.

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Enviromental News

Carmen Lugo has lived in Puerto Rico her whole life, and her whole life she has feared the water that comes out of her tap.

"When I was a child, we used filters," she says, leaning on the doorjamb with her 11-year-old in front of her and two teenage sons sleepy-eyed behind her on a morning in July.

"The water here," she says, pausing as she purses her lips in a tight smile. She chooses her words carefully. "We want to be in good health," she finally says. "My husband, he buys water from the Supermax," referring to a local grocery store.

Coverage of the fires raging through California this summer is hard for anyone to watch, but it's especially difficult for the Cates family.

"My wife can't even watch the news — it singes us to the core," says Chris Cates, a retired cardiologist whose family-owned Segassia Vineyard in Napa Valley, Calif., known for its rich cabernet, was ravaged by fires about this time last year.

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