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Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to the Sussex County Democrats’ Jamboree in Lewes this weekend.

Climbing on top of a picnic table he thanked his supporters and those of his son Beau who recently died of brain cancer.

His son had been a regular at the event first attending as a child.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Biden showed up at the Cape Henlopen State Park where he shook hands of around 300 people.

Biden’s appearance was a surprise and not listed on his public schedule.

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Governor Jack Markell put his signature on a measure called the Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III Child Protection Act.

It would beef up background checks for private schools and summer camps.

The requirements would use finger prints for a national criminal background check.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it would ban those with a criminal conviction for a felony sexual assault or a misdemeanor crime involving a child from such employment.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation to consolidate regulations for background checks for people working with children in Delaware.

The bill to be signed Monday consolidates into one section of state code the background check requirements for individuals who want to work or volunteer for child-serving entities.

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Josh Alcorn worked as a political and finance director for Beau Biden.

He now joins the Draft Biden movement which is pushing for the Vice President to run for president.

Alcorn had been involved in developing Beau Biden’s bid for governor of Delaware before the Vice President’s son’s death.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Will Pierce, executive director of Draft Biden 2016, issued a statement saying that he was thrilled with Alcorn’s arrival to the Super PAC.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Money remaining in Beau Biden's political accounts will help fund the new Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the charity, which will continue Beau Biden's work to protect children from abuse, has collected more than $250,000 in donations in its first week. Biden's political committees, Beau PAC and Biden for Delaware, reported balances of about $660,000 as of December 31.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden and his family are welcoming Delaware residents to Legislative Hall to pay their respects to former Attorney General Beau Biden.

Beau Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. He'll lie in honor Thursday in the state Senate chamber, following a processional from Wilmington to Dover.

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President Obama will give a eulogy for Beau Biden this Saturday at the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington.

There will be a public viewing for the Vice President’s son at Legislative Hall today giving the public a chance to pay their respects.

Tomorrow there will be another chance for the public at the church between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the afternoon and again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the evening.

Beau’s widow Hallie is asking that people to give to the new Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children instead of sending flowers.

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This Saturday funeral services will be held for Beau Biden who died over the weekend.

They will be held at the Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington.

Meanwhile, a new charity will be established in his honor.

It will be called the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

Hallie Biden and the Delaware Community Foundation say this will continue the work that he passionately carried out as Delaware’s Attorney General.

WBOC reports that organizers say the new foundation will be out front in defending and protecting the innocent.

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Delaware is in mourning this week after receiving news of the death of Beau Biden from brain cancer at the age of 46. Top state and national officials offered their condolences to Vice President Joe Biden and his family at their loss. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at the politician and man who was such a rising star in the Democratic Party.

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Brain cancer took the life of 46 year old Beau Biden.

The Vice President’s son was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last month but at the time there was no word on why he was being treated.

The former Delaware Attorney General and rising political star in the Democratic Party had been diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago.

He also suffered a mild stroke in 2010.

Biden decided against a third term as Attorney General setting his sights on the governorship next year.

Reactions poured in at the news of his death.

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Former Attorney General Beau Biden’s retreat from public appearances has raised speculation about whether he will actually take a shot at Delaware’s governorship.

Aides to Biden told the Wilmington News Journal that he still intends on running for government next year.

But Delaware Democrat declined to comment on his own.

In addition, Biden also declined requests from the paper to discuss his new job at a Wilmington law firm managed by top Democratic donor Stuart Grant.

His health has also been part of the speculation.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's former attorney general, Beau Biden, is joining the law firm of Grant and Eisenhofer.

The firm announced Monday that Biden has joined the firm.

The firm's office in Wilmington is headed by Stuart Grant, who served as Biden's finance chair during previous political campaigns.

Biden, whose father is Vice President Joe Biden, served as Delaware's 44th attorney general in 2006. The Democrat announced last year he would not seek re-election to a third term. Lt. Gov. Matt Denn won election to the seat in November.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - New leaders are set to take charge in two of Delaware's statewide elected offices.

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn will be sworn in Tuesday as Delaware's new attorney general. Denn entered the attorney general's race last year, just days after incumbent fellow Democrat Beau Biden said he would not seek re-election.

This will be Denn's third statewide office, following his tenures as lieutenant governor and insurance commissioner.

Also Tuesday, Republican Ken Simpler will be sworn in as state treasurer, replacing Democrat Chip Flowers.

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Just days after the 2014 election, the race for governor in the state of Delaware has already begun.

Delaware state Senator Colin Bonini says he will seek the Republican nomination for the state’s top job.

He is joining Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden who has already expressed his interest in taking on the campaign for government two years from now.

Bonini told the Wilmington News Journal that that while it was important to focus on the winners of this week’s election he was already making his bid for governor.

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell says there are 11 people who being monitored in the First State for Ebola symptoms.

He joined the state’s top health officials at the 3rd Annual Public Health Preparedness Symposium in Dover last night and said his administration has been preparing for the potential of any Ebola cases for months in order to keep the public safe.

So far, there have been no cases of Ebola in Delaware and the risk of transmission is low.

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If Attorney General Beau Biden wants to run again in the First State the public opinion polls are looking good for him.

A new University of Delaware survey found that 60 percent of Delawareans viewed his second term as Attorney General favorably.

Only 24 percent did not.

The poll was taken in mid-September.

In April the Vice President’s son decided not to seek a third term.

His father Joe Biden also has good numbers among Delawareans with 64 percent viewing him favorably to 30 percent unfavorably.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A young, pregnant prosecutor described as a rising star at the Delaware Attorney General's Office has died unexpectedly.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that 33-year-old Deputy Attorney General Sarita Wright died Sunday.

The Cecil County Sheriff's Office says paramedics responded to Wright's Elkton, Maryland home after getting a call about someone having a heart attack. Paramedics weren't able to revive Wright.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware House has resurrected and approved a proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

The bill fell three votes short of the required two-thirds majority in a Wednesday vote. That vote was rescinded Thursday, and the bill received one vote more than needed.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes has failed to clear the state House.

The bill fell three votes short of the required two-thirds majority in a House vote Wednesday, but there's a possibility it could be resurrected before the legislative session ends next week.

The amendment, supported by Attorney General Beau Biden, was defeated twice in the state Senate last June before being resurrected and passed in a little-noticed midnight vote on the final day of legislative session.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill giving judges the discretion to determine sentences for criminal defendants who are considered habitual offenders subject to enhanced sentencing because of previous felony convictions.

The measure, opposed by Attorney General Beau Biden's office, passed the Senate on a 12-9 vote Thursday, with Republicans casting all but one of the dissenting votes. It now goes to the House.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Former federal prosecutor Colm Connolly says he will not seek the GOP nomination for attorney general.

Connolly told WDEL ( Wednesday that his oldest child is in college and his three other children will be in high school next year. Connolly, who is in private practice, says it just isn't the right time.

Attorney General Beau Biden, a Democrat, announced last month that he would not seek a third term and instead focus on a run for governor in 2016.

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is pushing back on claims by public defenders that the scandal plagued drug testing lab in the medical examiner’s office is an investigative arm of prosecutors.

The public defenders have filed 112 motions seeking to overturn more than 95-hundred drug conviction from the last three years as a result of thefts of drug evidence at the testing lab.

A Biden spokesman told the Wilmington News Journal that that the Medical Examiner’s office was an independent agency under the Department of Health and Social Services.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attorney General Beau Biden says a recent investigation of a state drug-testing lab overseen by the medical examiner's office shows Delaware needs independent crime laboratory.

Biden said in a statement Thursday that the state needs to build its own crime laboratory.

In February, Dr. Richard Callery was suspended as chief medical examiner amid an investigation of evidence tampering at a state drug-testing lab. The criminal investigation of drug evidence being tampered with, substituted or going missing after being submitted is ongoing.


There have been concerns about Attorney General Beau Biden’s health as he gears up for a run for the governor’s chair in Delaware.

But his brother Hunter Biden told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell yesterday that Biden was “doing great”.

The Attorney General went to a cancer facility in Texas recently for a lesion on his brain.

Hunter Biden called it a scare but added his brother is back to work.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn says he will seek the attorney general's office.

Denn announced Monday that he has filed with the state elections commissioner to be a Democratic candidate in the race this year.

The announcement comes just days after Attorney General Beau Biden announced he would not seek a third term and instead focus on a run for governor in 2016.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three men who worked as detectives in the Delaware attorney general's office have filed a lawsuit claiming that the justice agency and Attorney General Beau Biden have refused to pay them overtime.

Robert Durnan, Gerald Christian and Mark Forbes also allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that they were subjected to retaliatory reassignments or duty restrictions last year after their attorney sought payment for overtime accrued since November 2010. Payroll records show no overtime payments to the men in that period.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State House members are set to vote on a proposed amendment to Delaware's constitution allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

The proposed amendment, backed by Attorney General Beau Biden, is aimed at stopping violent offenders from getting released on bail, only to be charged with committing more violent crimes after being put back on the street.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has refused to discuss details about his health after a recent scare, but one of his doctors is now offering a few details about Biden's surgery in August.

The News Journal reports Dr. W.K. Alfred Yung from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center released a statement Friday saying Biden had a flawless surgery Aug. 20 to remove "a small lesion." Yung says he examined Biden again Nov. 11 and gave him "a clean bill of health."

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Delaware Republicans want the Attorney General Beau Biden to provide the details of a more than two-year independent investigation into campaign finance violations.

The probe by special prosecutor E. Norman Veasey found improper campaign contributions to Governor Jack Markell in 2008.

In addition, the investigation found violations by three state lawmakers for failing to report getting gifts of more than $250 as required by law.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is still refusing to discuss details about a recent health scare that sent him to a Texas cancer center.

In an interview Monday before a state budget hearing, Biden said only that he had an operation, and that he feels "very lucky" and "very grateful."

Biden, who has a long, curving scar stretching from his left ear to the top of his head, wouldn't say whether he is taking medication, repeatedly insisting that he has a "clean bill of health."