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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel is updating Delaware's official government revenue estimate as lawmakers prepare to begin drafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council comes one day before the legislature's Joint Finance Committee begins a two-week series of bill drafting sessions.

The council's current revenue estimate for this year is $44 million higher than its December estimate. The revenue estimate for fiscal 2019, which starts July 1, has increased by almost $51 million since December.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are moving quickly to implement full-scale sports betting in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for states to implement wagering schemes.

After consulting with the state attorney general's office on the impact of Monday's court ruling, state finance officials say they have determined that there are no legal obstacles to moving forward with single-game wagering in a variety of sports.

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Just last week Brigadier General Kenneth “Ed” Brandt announced his bid for the Republican nomination to fill Delaware’s lone congressional district.

But he finds himself fending off questions about whether he is violating military rules that prohibit active Army National Guard personnel from engaging in partisan political speech if active duty extends beyond 270 days.

They can receive an exemption from the U.S. Secretary of the Army.  

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The flu epidemic is setting records in Delaware and across the nation. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at the impact and the reasons for the serious of this year's season. (Donavan Mack provided reportial assistance for this story.)

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware public health officials say the death toll from the flu has risen to 18.

Officials are reporting eight new deaths, six in the past week and two others that occurred earlier in the flu season but were just recently reported.

All of the six individuals who died last week were from New Castle County, and none had gotten the flu vaccine.  All but one had underlying health conditions. The two previous deaths involved Kent County residents, both with multiple underlying health conditions and neither having been vaccinated.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Nearly 1,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Delaware in a single week, the most the state has ever recorded.

On a conference call with reporters Monday, officials said 995 lab-confirmed flu cases were recorded during the week ending Feb. 3. The previous high of 671 came during the 2009-2010 flu season.

Six flu deaths were reported during the week, bringing Delaware's total this season to 10.

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It is now legal to bring firearms into Delaware state parks and forests.

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled that the state’s ban on such weapons was unconstitutional.

The vote on the court was 3-to-2.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the high court ruled that state agencies did not have the authority to impose regulations that violate rights under the state constitution.

The majority wrote this includes the right to bear arms to protect one's self and family outside the home.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Summer may be over, but state environmental officials are reminding Delawareans that the bugs are still biting.

Officials say the recent detection of West Nile virus in caged chickens that are monitored for mosquito-borne diseases serves notice that mosquitoes remain active, especially during unseasonably warm weather.

William Meredith, Delaware's Mosquito Control Section administrator, says concerns about mosquito-borne diseases could continue for several more weeks, with the peak period for transmission lasting into mid-October.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are touting a record-breaking year for Delaware's tourism industry.

The Delaware Tourism Office released a report Tuesday showing 8.5 million visitors came to Delaware in 2015.

In January 2015, began using a new slogan: "Delaware: Endless Discoveries."

Officials say tourism accounted for $3.1 billion of Delaware's gross domestic product and is responsible for 42,000 jobs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are ready to start delving into the state's budget challenges with a series of committee hearings.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee convenes Tuesday for the start of several weeks of agency budget hearings.

After an overview and orientation, the committee will hear a presentation from the Office of Management and Budget.

Other agencies to be considered Tuesday are the Department of Technology and Information and the Department of State.

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