WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has halted operations at a Delaware cheese plant after an outbreak of listeria linked to the company's cheese killed one person and sickened seven others.
This is only the second time the FDA has shut down a plant after gaining that authority in a 2011 food safety law. The agency said Tuesday that its inspectors found unsanitary conditions at Roos Foods in Kenton, Del., including a badly leaking roof and rusting and deteriorating equipment.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say slightly more than 6,500 Delaware residents have signed up on the state's health insurance exchange as of March 1.
The numbers released by the Obama administration on Tuesday are lower than the roughly 7,000 enrollees as of Feb. 28 that were reported by state officials last week.
Delaware officials noted that the state's total includes those who enrolled directly with their insurance company for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, as well as those who enrolled through the exchange.
The battle over the proposed data center in Newark is expected to revolve around an off-the-grid power plant that would be built for the facility and whether those plant emissions would harm the local neighborhoods.
Legal briefs were filed with the Newark Board of Adjustment for a hearing next week on the city’s January zoning decision that allows for the gas-fired cogeneration plant on the former Chrysler site.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to consider proposed changes to the state budget.
Last week, a Senate budget panel decided to address a downward revision in revenues by tapping into money set aside to shore up the state's pension system in a long-term plan. The Senate is expected to consider the changes Wednesday.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Attorney General Doug Gansler says letting ex-convicts shield their criminal records from prospective employers could be a major step toward making Maryland's prison re-entry rate plummet.
A pending Senate bill would allow shielding for 13 nonviolent misdemeanors, such as drug possession and trespassing. If the convicted person had no new offenses within five years after the sentence was completed, employers and colleges wouldn't be able to look at these criminal records.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Christopher Shank wants to make sure judges can still order treatment for persistent marijuana users if Maryland decriminalizes the drug.
Shank, R-Washington, introduced an amendment Tuesday to a marijuana decriminalization bill currently under consideration in the Senate. Under Shank's amendment, anyone caught with marijuana three or more times would be required to appear in court, and a judge would be allowed to order treatment. But there still would not be criminal charges for possessing 10 grams or less.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a task force charged with reviewing Delaware's election laws for possible changes are finishing up work on a report that is scheduled to be submitted to state lawmakers later this month.
Among the issues still being discussed by the panel, which meets Wednesday in Dover, are allowing no-excuse absentee voting and early voting.
Panel members previously agreed to recommend that the three county elections boards be eliminated in favor of a single state elections board.
The Salisbury Daily Times is holding a Neighborhood town hall meeting tomorrow night at Stop the Violence on Calloway Street.
It is part of the paper’s series called “Coming Together: What is Salisbury.”
The publication says its goal is to connect community leaders and residents in a dialogue on what strengthens neighborhoods.
The panelists range from law enforcement officials including the Police Chief Barbara Duncan and County Sheriff Mike Lewis to NAACP Wicomico Branch President Mary Ashanti and those from the Wicomico County school district.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says supporters of the new Common Core academic standards need to do a better job countering misinformation about the education initiative, which is designed to better prepare students for college or a job by the time they graduate from high school.
Markell and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas visited a Wilmington school Monday to promote the Common Core standards, saying parents and students must not be fooled by what Markell called misinformation and mythology.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former president Bill Clinton says "creative cooperation" is needed among private and public sector entities to help tackle challenges facing the continent of Africa.
Speaking Monday at a conference on Africa sponsored by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, Clinton said issues such as food insecurity, disease and resource management have to be confronted to improve the lives of Africans.
At a Millville, New Jersey glass company plant a noose was allegedly placed on their property where two African Americans from Delaware were working construction last month.
The Millville police are investigating the allegations by 43-year old Kyle Winters of New Castle and 46 year old Vance Thorpe from Wilmington that the noose was placed at the Nipro Glass site where they had been working.
Nipro issued a statement saying that the allegations, if true, were contrary to its policies and training provided to contractors it hires.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state official says legal problems could arise if Maryland tries to force a French rail company to pay reparations to Holocaust victims, rather than leaving negotiations to the U.S. government.
James Knighton, director of governmental affairs for the Maryland Transit Administration, told the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday that the state needs federal funds for its Purple Line light rail project. This is a proposed light rail that would connect Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland congressman says the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to investigate Maryland's troubled health care exchange.
Rep. Andy Harris confirmed in a statement Monday that his office has been notified that the inspector general will begin an investigation into the exchange.
Harris, the state's only Republican congressman, says he has confidence that the nonpartisan and independent inspector general will thoroughly investigate "one of the worst exchange roll outs in the country."
Representative Andy Harris says if the state does not implement the new phosphorous regulations for the agriculture industry properly he will take action on the federal level.
During a meeting with the Eastern Shore delegation in Annapolis last week the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Republican congressman said if the new regulations hurt farmers then he will consider with holding money from the state of Maryland.
The phosphorous management tool would alter the way the amount of phosphorous is applied by farmers.
The Environmental Protection Agency has been testing the water around Delmar to find out why tetrachloroethene has been found in the ground water.
Last week a public notice was sent out to town residents that the degreasing agent known as PCE has been found in low levels in the local water supply.
Tim Ratsep, an administrator for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental control, told the Wilmington News Journal that the state’s threshold for PCE contamination is one part per billion stricter standards than the federal agency.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new analysis shows the number of Delaware residents receiving food stamps has nearly tripled over the past decade.
Date obtained from the Department of Health and Social Services shows the number of food stamp recipients in each zip code. Every county experienced an increase. The growth in the number of food stamp recipients outpaced the 14 percent increase in the state's population.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure before Maryland lawmakers would require companies involved in transporting victims to concentration camps during World War II to pay reparations in order to bid for public-private partnership projects in the state.
The bill is getting a hearing Monday before the House Ways and Means Committee.
Leo Bretholz of Pikesville is a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor who is planning to testify in favor of the legislation.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Women are the focus of a new statewide AIDS public health campaign.
The Virginia Department of Health says the Virginia Greater Than AIDS campaign will reach out to women through conversations and personal stories. It will include public health messages on television, radio, billboards, public transportation, websites and social networking sites.
The department's most recent surveillance data indicates that 6,600 women in Virginia have HIV. By the end of 2013, 48 percent of these cases progressed to an AIDS diagnoses.