News Minute: Here is the latest Delaware news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic state Rep. Bryon Short says he will be retiring from the House of Representatives at the end of his term, joining the ranks of Delaware lawmakers opting not to seek re-election this year. Short, who won a House seat in a 2007 special election, said Thursday that he plans to focus on his business endeavors and spending more time with his family. Short is one of six incumbents in the 62-member General Assembly who have announced that they will not seek re-election in November.

CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - State police say a 62-year-old man has died after driving a construction vehicle off a pier in northern Delaware. Authorities say the incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday at Ocean Port LLC in Claymont, a cargo and freight company bordering the Delaware River just south of the Pennsylvania state line. Officials say the man was operating a front-end loader on an elevated pier and, for an undetermined reason, traveled off the pier into the water below.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say residents of a southern Delaware town where high levels of toxic chemicals were discovered in municipal wells can resume using the water for drinking and cooking. Officials said Thursday that a new carbon filtration system in the town of Blades has significantly lowered concentrations of perfluorinated compounds.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have relaxed several fish consumption advisories after learning that concentrations of toxic chemicals are decreasing in a variety of species, including striped bass and bluefish. The News Journal reports that years of statewide contamination clean-up efforts have led to improved water quality, which allows people to eat more fish caught in local waterways

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