RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says conservation practices by farmers have reduced runoff into the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
A report released Thursday shows farmers have made significant progress reducing sediments, pesticides and other pollutants that flow into the bay. More than 15 million tons of sediment have been reduced annually. That's enough to fill 150,000 cars on a train that would stretch from Washington, D.C., to Albuquerque, N.M.
BOWERS BEACH, Del. (AP) - Officials in Bowers Beach are holding a public hearing to discuss a proposed federal loan of $64,000 for drainage improvements and flood mitigation.
Thursday evening's hearing will allow the public to comment on town plans to accept a Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service loan, repayable over 40 years. The same agency has awarded the town a grant of up to $495,000 for drainage improvements, and state officials have chipped in grants up to $100,000.
A Kentucky artist, who has taken to painting portraits of dogs who have been euthanized, said this group of pictures represents those dogs that were euthanized with the closing of the Safe Haven animal shelter last month.
Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams may have a hard time finding support on the City Council to fire Police Chief Christine Dunning in the wake numerous shootings this year – the latest two murder taking place in recent days.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that seven of the council members say they would oppose such a dramatic shake up.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A reconfiguration of the revenue sharing plan for Delaware's gambling industry could be among the recommendations made by a commission examining how to address competition from neighboring states.
Lawmakers established the lottery and gaming commission earlier this year to examine the competitive marketplace facing Delaware's gambling industry. The panel, which met Wednesday, faces a Jan. 31 deadline for reporting findings and recommendations to the governor and General Assembly.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur says she'll participate in the state's public financing system in next year's governor's race.
Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat, told The Washington Post that she wants to run a grassroots campaign and remove the influence of corporate money from politics. She is proposing banning corporate contributions and donations from those who bid for state contracts.
Mizeur is badly trailing fellow Democrats Anthony Brown and Doug Gansler in fundraising.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is on pace to break its annual gun sales record following record transactions on Black Friday.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Virginia State Police statistics show 3,902 gun transactions in the state on Black Friday. That broke the previous record of 3,856 transactions on the same day in 2012.
As of Monday, gun transactions totaled 431,693. The record is 432,387 set in 2012.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Delaware State University say an investigation into alleged hazing involving the school's marching band has found some instances of minor hazing.
Officials said Tuesday that the hazing activities did not result in any injuries to any members of the band, which includes the marching band, pep bands, jazz ensembles, concert band, and flag and dance teams.