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The Sussex County Council has unanimously approved plans for a renewable energy plant on an empty field just outside of Georgetown.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the facility will be able to recycle up to 90-thousand tons of chicken waste a year.

CleanBay Renewables LLC wants to turn the chicken waste into electricity as part of an effort to reduce the amount of phosphorous going into the Chesapeake Bay and its waterways.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and other state officials have accused upstream states of failing to take responsibility for pollution that is pouring into the Chesapeake Bay, after last week's record rainfall.

The Republican governor noted the trees, tires and other garbage now floating in the nation's largest estuary. He called the situation "an economic and ecological crisis."

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, says, "We're literally drowning in Pennsylvania's trash."

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Eastern Shore animal waste technology projects is getting a boost from the state of Maryland.

The Department of Agriculture has awarded $2 million in grants as part of an effort to rein in and manage animal manure.

WBOC reports that Kilby Farm in Cecil County will receive $1.8 million for an anaerobic digester to provide reliable power for the farm.

Meanwhile, Planet Found Energy Development got $220-thousand for a soil blending and bagging system for their anaerobic digestion system.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware public school students made little to no overall progress on state assessments this year.

Test results released Wednesday by the Delaware Department of Education show that 44 percent of students in grades 3 through 8 rated proficient in math this year, down from 45 percent last year. The overall proficiency rate in English remained unchanged at 54 percent.

Meanwhile, only 28 percent of Delaware high school students taking the SAT rated proficient in math, down from 29 percent last year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has launched a new program connecting all emergency rooms to a new program designed to streamline and speed up doctors' access to patient information.

Officials said the Emergency Department Care Coordination Program is the first of its kind in the country.

Gov. Ralph Northam said at a news conference Tuesday that the program is a "huge step in the right direction." Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said the program will give doctors the tools to improve care while cutting unnecessary costs.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has donated to a fundraiser for Capital Gazette shooting victims.

The Baltimore Sun reports Scaramucci told WNAV-AM in Annapolis that it's important "we do everything we can to maintain the institution of the free press and the commitment to the First Amendment."

The hedge fund financier wouldn't say how much he gave Sunday at a benefit that raised more than $10,000 for the Capital Gazette Families Fund.

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An independent challenger is leading in the money race for Wicomico County Executive in this year’s November election.

Salisbury Council President Jack Heath received $4-thousand from Republican Joseph Ollinger who made a bid for the position in 2010 against Democratic Rick Pollitt.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that financial reports show Heath is leading incumbent Republican Bob Culver by over $33-hundred in contribution as of June 10th the most recent reporting period.

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The animal rights group PETA has sent a letter to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company calling for an end to the annual pony swim.

The letter comes on the heels of the death of Butterfly Kisses a pony that died in a freak accident after the swim last month.

Officials say that the pony was killed when it was chased by another in the pen after the swim and hit a fence breaking its neck.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that PETA described the death as needless and proof that to pen ponies and auction them off is reckless and cruel.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Department of Correction officials say more than a dozen Delaware inmates charged in a fatal prison riot last year staged a brief hunger strike this week.

Officials say 14 inmates at Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown began refusing meals at breakfast on Monday.

Department spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said in an email Tuesday evening that the demonstration had ended, and that the all of the involved inmates had eaten and taken their medication as prescribed.

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Delaware Governor John Carney has reached the mid-point in his term and a recent poll found that 52 percent of voters approve of his handling of the job.

The Morning Consults survey also found that 28 percent say they disapprove.

His approval rating is down from the 61 percent he received just after taking the job.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that his poll numbers took an immediate downswing of 10 points with the inmate uprising at the prison facility near Smyrna in which one prison guard was killed and three others taken hostage.

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