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Report card: Chesapeake Bay health grade drops to C-minus

May. 19, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The health of the nation's largest estuary dropped from a C to a C-minus last year in an annual report card released Tuesday on the Chesapeake Bay. That is the lowest score and first C-minus since 2011. While several indicators of the bay's health improved last year, the report found...

Maryland, Virginia, D.C. intend to sue EPA on bay pollution

May. 18, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to require two other states to implement plans to cut pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, officials said Monday. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the...

FILE - This Aug. 2, 2011 file photo shows a stone seawall, lower right, on the west side of Tangier Island, Va., which protects the island's airstrip. The fishing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay has reported zero cases of the coronavirus. But the virus would be devastating if it were to reach the island, which has a large elderly population and no full-time doctor. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Secluded Chesapeake Bay island keeps eye on virus from afar

May. 4, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Inez Pruitt has watched the coronavirus spread throughout the world from the relative safety of Tangier Island, a small fishing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. But the virus is now as close it can get without crossing the water, infecting people on the Eastern Shore of...

Hands Across Middlesex Food Pantry volunteer, Mary Ellen Sherwood, pack bags of food for their food pantry distribution Monday April 27, 2020, in Locust Hill, Va. The rural food pantry has seen its membership spike in the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic has walloped the economy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Rural food pantry sees membership spike during pandemic

May. 4, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

A rural food pantry in Virginia has seen its membership spike in the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic has walloped the economy. Fifty new families have joined the pantry's list of about 800 members, pantry chair Dave Cryer said last week. The food pantry is in Locust Hill on the Chesapeake Bay's western...

Virginia avoids ban on catching fish used to make fish oil

Apr. 29, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state of Virginia will avoid a federal fishing moratorium on a species of fish that's used to make fish-oil pills and other products that are rich with omega-3 fatty acids. Such a ban would have impacted the company Omega Protein. It employs more than 200 fishermen and factory...

Study: Electric ferry isn't a feasible alternative to bridge

Apr. 20, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland transportation officials say an all-electric ferry is not a feasible alternative to a new bridge for connecting shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The Capital Gazette reported Monday that an all-electric ferry would cost too much and that there isn't one big enough to do the job....

Rescuers pull 2 boys from Chesapeake Bay after canoe tipped

Apr. 14, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Rescuers pulled two teenage boys from the Chesapeake Bay after their canoe tipped over about 200 yards off shore, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. Bystanders called 911 on Monday afternoon saying two teenagers had fallen out of a canoe, said fire department spokesman Capt....

FILE - This undated file image posted on Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean's Facebook account shows her with her family, including her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, bottom right. Maryland authorities said Monday, April 6, 2020, they have recovered the body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean after she and her son went missing after a canoeing accident. Authorities say they will resume searching Tuesday for her son, 8-year-old Gideon McKean. (Facebook via AP, File)

Online service held for Kennedy family members who drowned

Apr. 12, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A family member said thousands of people attended a virtual memorial service over the weekend for Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and her son, Gideon, extended members of the powerful Kennedy family who died after their canoe overturned in the Chesapeake Bay. The Saturday memorial...

Death of Kennedy Townsend's daughter is ruled an accident

Apr. 10, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say that the death of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean has been ruled accidental after she drowned in the Chesapeake Bay. The Baltimore Sun reports that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner made the determination on Thursday. An autopsy is still pending for her...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Apr. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that are being talked about today 1. U.S. LABELS WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP A TERROR ORGANIZATION The action by the Trump administration was the first time the U.S. has used the designation on a white supremacist group. The Russian Imperial...