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11:29 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Delaware Considers Digital License

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware is hoping to be the first to state in the country to allow drivers to use an app on their smartphones as their official driver's license.
 
The Daily Times reports that the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is studying the issue after the Legislature adopted a resolution last week.
 
State officials say digital driver's licenses won't eliminate hard plastic licenses, but would give drivers more options and convenience.
 

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9:09 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Beau Biden: Will He Run For Governor?

Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden (D)
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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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2:21 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Flu Death Toll Climbs to 14 in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Delaware has climbed to 14.

Officials on Thursday reported two new deaths this week and 1,526 confirmed flu cases so far this flu season.

All but one of the deaths involved people over the age of 65, with the other victim being 53.  All 14 had underlying conditions, and five were in long-term care facilities.

The number of deaths exceeds the total for the previous three flu seasons combined, and is more than double the six deaths reported last season.

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12:05 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

First Meeting Set for Panel Examining Delaware Revenues

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A task force charged with conducting a structural review of Delaware's current revenues is holding its inaugural meeting.

The Structural Revenue Review Committee will meet Friday afternoon at the Buena Vista State Conference Center in New Castle.

Member of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Committee, which approves the state's official revenue forecasts, announced the formation of the review panel last month, saying Delaware faces fundamental limitations that constrain its finances.

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7:58 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Incidents Cause Delaware National Guard Air Base to Tighten Security

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Dover, Del. (AP) -- The Delaware National Guard has increased security at an air base after different vehicles approached its gate this week, then left.

A spokesman at New Castle Air National Guard Base in northern Delaware says that in at least some of the incidents, an individual asked for directions. In at least one case, a vehicle turned around before reaching the main gate.

Col. Len Gratteri says the activity is not uncommon, but there were five such incidents. That frequency is what prompted base officials to increase security.

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10:06 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Cold Front Moves In

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Get ready for a cold front.

By tonight the temperature is expected to drop 29 degrees from the daytime high of 64 degrees in northern Delaware.  

By Thursday, it will be colder with a nighttime low of 29 degrees in Wilmington.

It’s first cold blast of weather in the area since last spring.

Another cold front is expected to move through the area on Sunday night that will begin a seven day streak of colder temperatures with some sub-freezing nights.

If there is good news it is that Delawareans are not expected to see any amount of measurable snow.

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11:25 am
Fri October 31, 2014

3 Tons of Trash Picked Up by Volunteers in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A cleanup of coastal Delaware drew more than 1,800 volunteers who collected more than 3 tons of trash.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources said Friday that the volunteers fanned out along more than 80 miles of Delaware coastline on Sept. 20, from Wilmington to Fenwick Island.

The agency says about a third of the trash was able to be recycled, including glass and aluminum cans.

Volunteers found some unusual trash, too. That included an electric saber saw, a bowling ball, a car fender, crab traps and Christmas lights.

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7:45 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Delaware Becoming More Diverse

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The racial and ethnic makeup of Northern Delaware is now headed toward parity by 2060.

That means that it will reflect the kind of diversity that is now found in Philadelphia.

It is part of a long term trend in diversity in counties like Kent and New Castle.

And what had once been virtually all white communities in rural areas like Cecil and Dorchester counties in Maryland have changed dramatically since 1960.

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9:06 am
Tue October 7, 2014

No Ebola Case in Delaware

Dr. Karel Rattay, director of the state Division of Public Health, reassured residents that there were no cases of Ebola in the First State.

The announcement came after a report that a child from Liberia was treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover for possible exposure to the infectious disease.

The only confirmed case in the United States is Thomas Duncan in Texas.

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9:40 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Rabid Fox Bites Millsboro Resident

Delaware health officials say that a rabid fox has bitten a Millsboro resident.

The incident occurred in the Hub Court Mobile Home Park off of Route 113 on Friday.

And the fox tested positive for rabies.

Health officials say that they are getting in touch with those who are believed to have come into contact with the fox and are urging that they get post-exposure rabies treatment.  

Officials are telling residents not to feed stray animals and to never handle such creatures as bats, raccoons, skunks or foxes.

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9:43 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Driver Charged in Bus Crash that Killed Two

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have charged the driver of a tour bus that crashed in New Castle, killing two passengers and injuring dozens.

Troopers said Tuesday that 56-year-old Jinli Zhao of Flushing, New York, has been charged with two counts of the operation of a vehicle causing death of another person.

Fifty-four-year-old Hua'y Chen of New York City and 30-year-old Idil Bahsi of Istanbul, Turkey, were killed in Sunday's crash. Police say 49 passengers were on the bus when it drove onto a curve exit ramp and overturned.

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9:27 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Plan to Reduce Need for Remedial Math Courses in Delaware Colleges

For those entering colleges in Delaware over 50 percent of the state’s public school students have to take remedial courses.

The state education leaders have worked out a plan that would allow students who pass a new math class in their senior year to be automatically guaranteed to take a college course for credit.

The Foundations of College Math would replace the normal fourth year math class and would emphasize the skills they need for college such as algebra, geometry and statistics.

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11:34 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Polls Open for Delaware Primary Election

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Polls are open in Delaware.

Tuesday's primary elections include a GOP contest for the right to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, but the eyes of many political observers are on the state treasurer's race.

Ken Simpler and Sher Valenzuela are competing for the Republican nomination for treasurer. Plans for a Democratic primary were scratched last month when embattled incumbent Chip Flowers withdrew from the race, ceding the nomination to Sean Barney.

The Republican U.S. Senate primary pits Kevin Wade against Carl Smink.

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9:05 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary Election Day in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Candidates for public office in Delaware made their final appeals to voters as Tuesday's primary elections loomed.

This year's primary contests feature two races for statewide office.

Republicans Ken Simpler and Sher Valenzuela are vying for the GOP nomination for state treasurer. The winner of that primary faces Democrat Sean Barney, a former policy director for Gov. Jack Markell.

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8:12 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Delaware Gas Prices Inch Upward

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 4 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago.          

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware was $3.40. That's compared to $3.36 a week ago.           

Motorists in the region are paying 15 cents less than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.55 per gallon. 

The price of gas in the state is 4 cents less than the national average of $3.44 per gallon.

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8:03 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Virginia and Delaware Fail Standards for Protecting Children During Disasters

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Delaware and Virginia along with 19 other states have failed to meet national emergency plan requirements for schools and childcare providers.

That’s the conclusion of the of Save the Children’s 2014 Disaster Report Card.

But the report found that 69 percent of parents in those 21 states mistakenly believe there are plans in place.

Virginia and Delaware failed to have a plan for children with disabilities.

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8:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Delaware Panel Hears Pleas for Hiking Minimum Wage

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The Low-Wage Worker Taskforce in Delaware heard activists and workers tell them that increasing the minimum wage will not hurt hiring in the First State.

The hearing was held at the Chase center in Wilmington where around a 100 people showed up.

Harry Way, who is head of maintenance at a Wilmington McDonalds, told the panel that while he makes $8.25 an hour – 75 cents above the state’s minimum wage --  it was not nearly enough to live on.

He said that sometimes he goes without eating to make ends meet.

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8:15 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Delaware is 3rd in Reducing Rate of Uninsured Under ACA

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A Gallup survey found that Delaware is number three among states with the best rates of getting uninsured people health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

But state official believe the gap may be wider than the survey indicates.

The report found that the state had a 7.2 percent decline for those with no health insurance coverage.

That’s behind Arkansas with 10.1% and Kentucky with 8.5%.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that all the leaders expanded eligibility for Medicaid and implemented their own exchanges.

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1:00 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Delaware Gas Prices Edge Downward

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic says drivers in Delaware and across the country are catching a break on gasoline prices with some of the lowest average retail prices at the pump since mid-March.

According to the auto club's weekly gas price report, the average price for a gallon of gas in Delaware has fallen to $3.42. That's down 3 cents a gallon since last weekend. It's also down 21 cents a gallon compared with the beginning of August last year when Delaware drivers were paying $3.63 per gallon.

The national average on Friday was $3.52 per gallon.

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11:56 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Revenues Continue to Decline for Delaware Casinos

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say competition from casinos in neighboring states continues to squeeze revenues at Delaware's three casinos.

The Delaware State News reports that the Video Lottery Advisory Council met for the second time this year to discuss the state of the gambling industry.

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8:37 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Teacher Compensation Reviewed by Delaware Panel

Governor Jack Markell
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A committee formed by state lawmakers to develop a new compensation system for Delaware's public school teachers is having its first meeting.

Gov. Jack Markell is scheduled to attend Wednesday evening's inaugural meeting of the Committee to Advance Educator Compensation and Careers at the Tatnall Building in Dover.

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10:17 am
Wed July 16, 2014

No State Facilities for Undocumented Children in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell says the state does not have any public facilities equipped to house any of the many unaccompanied children who have flooded across the U.S. border in recent months.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Obama administration has asked Delaware, among other states, for help in housing the kids.

But Markell said Monday he doesn't believe Delaware has any state facilities available that could help.

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12:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Pace of Same Sex Weddings in Delaware, Expected to Slow

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than 2,000 same-sex couples have been married in Delaware in the last 12 months, but court clerks in the state expect the pace to slow going forward.

Delaware became the 11th state to legalize same-sex weddings under a law that took effect in July 2013.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the 12 months ending June 30, court clerks in the state issued 2,092 marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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8:56 am
Fri June 27, 2014

EPA Says Delaware Is Not Meeting Bay Cleanup Goals

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The Environmental Protection Agency says that Delaware failed to meet its own targets for reducing pollution from nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment through last year.

That stands in contrast to Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia which reached all three goals.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued its own report earlier this month that came to the same conclusion.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that nonetheless every jurisdiction fell short in carrying out some of the regulations and monitoring efforts.

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8:31 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Delaware Legislative Panel Approves $45 Millions in Grant Funds

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware legislature's joint finance committee has agreed on a $45 million package of grants for community organizations and nonprofit groups.

The grant-in-aid package, which now goes to the Senate for an initial floor vote, was released by the joint finance committee on Thursday.

The grants package is one of three budget bills, along with the operating budget and capital budget, that lawmakers must approve each year.

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2:09 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Delaware Lawmakers Approve Consecutive Sentencing Reform

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have approved a bill giving Delaware judges the discretion to impose concurrent, not consecutive, sentences on criminals convicted of multiple offenses.

The state Senate gave final approval Wednesday to the legislation, which Gov. Jack Markell proposed as a way of reducing prison overcrowding. The bill passed the state House earlier this month.

Delaware currently is the only state that forces judges to impose consecutive sentences when a defendant is found guilty of more than one crime.

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8:32 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Big Summer Demand Expected at Food Bank of Delaware

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Food Bank of Delaware is preparing for some of its highest demand as school lets out for the summer.

The number of meals reportedly quadruples, for the Food Bank, throughout the First State during the summer.

The charity has a summer food service program to help fill the loss of meals that children receive at school. It serves day care centers, churches, camps and other sites where children need food.

To qualify, at least half the children at a site must qualify for free or reduced price school lunches.

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8:21 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Delaware House Approves Restrictions on Local Taxing Powers

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a bill clarifying the ability of Delaware municipalities to raise taxes.

The bill approved on a 37-to-1 vote Tuesday makes clear that a city cannot impose any tax not expressly authorized by the General Assembly in approving or amending the local government's charter.

The bill was prompted by issues in Dewey Beach, which was the target of a lawsuit last year claiming that its business license fees are so excessive that they amount to unauthorized taxes. 

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10:05 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Proposed Amendment to Delaware's Constitution

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

The proposed amendment, which was pulled from Thursday's House agenda, is aimed at stopping the release of violent offenders who wind up being charged with more violent crimes after being released on bail.

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8:21 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Banning Online Gambling Considered by Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are introducing legislation in Congress that would ban online gambling. The unveiling of the bills sets the stage for an uncertain battle in Congress.

The measures are aimed at reversing a 2011 decision by Attorney General Eric Holder that a 1961 law used in recent years to curb Internet gambling only barred sports betting. The bills introduced Wednesday would broaden the prohibition to where it stood before Holder's ruling.

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