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The fight over legislation in Delaware to encourage redevelopment of vacant industrial sites along the coast has drawn opposition from environmentalists and civic groups.

Nearly two dozen groups are challenging the bill that supporters say would allow for the redevelopment of 14 current and former industrial sites.

Most are located in New Castle County.

A leading opponents is June Peterson the widow of former Republican Governor Russell Peterson who said that if her husband were alive today he would oppose the legislation.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - New Castle County is spending $718,000 to buy land for a new paramedic station in one of the fastest growing areas in the state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that county council approved the purchase last week following years of discussion over where to expand emergency services in the southern part of the county.

The money will be used to buy five acres of land south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, where officials hope to improve response times as the area continues to grow.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force Base held a memorial service for an airman who went missing last month.
Officers, airmen and the friends and family of Senior Airman Keifer Huhman attended the service Friday afternoon to remember the life of the lost 21-year-old airman.

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Delaware’s U.S. Route 301 toll road is about to get an infusion of federal cash.

The Department of Transportation signed off on a loan from the Federal Highway Administration that would allow for private credit markets to provide funding for state infrastructure.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its part of $470 million for construction of an expressway that would run through the Middletown area.

The paper reports that the loan comes on the heels of an announcement that DelDOT has come up with private investors to finance $212.5 million worth of bonds.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say 1,145 people have enrolled in the state's new health insurance exchange and paid their first premiums under the federal health care reform law.

Officials on Thursday also reported that 5,732 Delawareans have been identified as potentially newly eligible for Medicaid coverage, including expanded coverage that is part of the Affordable Care Act.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a 26-year-old man accidentally fell to his death from the Roth Bridge.

Cpl. John Day says the man's car broke down early Tuesday in southbound lanes of the bridge across the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Day says the man called for a tow truck and a friend came to pick him up. As the man and his friend traveled southbound, they noticed that the tow truck had arrived and the man tried to cross to the other side.

BEAR, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are holding a public workshop on a plan to widen Route 1 from north of Route 273 to the Roth Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware canal.

Tuesday evening's workshop at Wilbur Elementary School in Bear involves the presentation of a noise study of the road project.

The project calls for adding a travel lane in each direction to Delaware's major north-south artery, widening existing bridges to accommodate the new travel lanes, and reconfiguring supporting interchanges.

BEAR, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Transportation is planning public workshops in Bear to hear input on a multi-year plan to widen Del. 1.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the $180 million plan would add one lane in each direction to the highway between Del. 273 and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal's south side. Construction is not likely to start on the 9.5-mile stretch before 2015.