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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

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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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9:30 am
Wed March 12, 2014

More Than 6,500 Delawareans Sign Up On State Health Exchange

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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.

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9:05 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Plan to Provide State Money to Ailing Casinos in Delaware

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A Delaware commission is recommending that the state give casinos $30 million over the next two years in an effort to save the ailing industry.

The Lottery and Gaming Study Commission also recommends that state help cover vendor fees paid by the casinos.

The price tag: $9 million a year beginning in the next fiscal year.

The Wilmington News Journal also reports that the state would give up $7.2 million dollars in the 2016 year by reducing its share of the table game revenue from 30 percent to 15 percent.  

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9:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Number of Food Stamp Recipients Rises Sharply in Delaware

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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.

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8:33 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Workers Compensation Panel Ponders Reducing Rates

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state panel established to address recent rate increases for workers' compensation insurance in Delaware is continuing to look at ways to keep rates down.

The Workers' Compensation Task Force will convene Friday in Wilmington to discuss reform proposals and adopt a fee schedule based on Medicare rate. The panel also was to consider a new rating bureau for insurance carriers.

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8:55 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Delaware Ranks Third in Nationwide Obesity

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A Gallops Well-Being survey found that a third of Delawareans are considered obese ranking it third in the nation.

It came only behind West Virginia and Mississippi.

Meanwhile, in Maryland 24.9 percent of those surveyed were considered to be obese.

Nationally, of those surveyed 27% of Americans were found to be obese.

That has inched up from when Gallup first carried out the survey in 2008 when 25 percent of Americans were considered obese.

 

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10:30 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Sheriff Christopher Makes Bid for Second Term

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Despite a clash with the state legislature and the governor Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher says he intends to file his re-election papers for a second term.   

The Greenwood Republican tangled with state officials by filing a lawsuit over whether a sheriff in Delaware has the power to arrest people.  

After Christopher took office the General Assembly approved a bill that explicitly denied arrest powers to sheriffs in the state.

Instead, they can only perform such duties as serving subpoenas and other papers for the courts.

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9:24 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Nevada & Delaware: Online Poker Across State Lines

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Poker players in Delaware and Nevada will soon be allowed to compete against one another online.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a multi-state Internet gambling agreement on Tuesday that establishes a legal framework allowing residents of the two states to play online poker against each other.

The agreement also allows other states to join the agreement with the approval of existing members.

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9:57 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Delaware Gas Prices Rise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 8 cents more at the pump when compared to 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 $3.32 a week ago.

Motorists in the region are paying 25 cents less than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.65 per gallon.

The price of gas in the state is 5 cents more than the national average of $3.35 per gallon.

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7:59 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Gas Prices in Delaware Drop

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying seven cents less at the pump when compared to a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Delaware was $3.35. That's compared to $3.42 a week ago.

Motorists in the region are paying about the same as a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.36 per gallon.

The price of gas in the region is six cents more than the national average of $3.29 per gallon.

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8:31 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Possible Change in Delaware's Gambling Revenue Sharing

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A reconfiguration of the revenue sharing plan for Delaware's gambling industry could be among the recommendations made by a commission examining how to address competition from neighboring states.

Lawmakers established the lottery and gaming commission earlier this year to examine the competitive marketplace facing Delaware's gambling industry. The panel, which met Wednesday, faces a Jan. 31 deadline for reporting findings and recommendations to the governor and General Assembly.

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1:02 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Last Day for Delaware Photographers Contest

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - It's the last day for Delaware photographers to submit work to a statewide contest of fishing photographs.

Photographers can submit up to three photographs to the contest sponsored by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. All entries have to be postmarked by Tuesday.

The winning photos will be featured in state hunting and fishing guides and possibly other publications.

A similar contest for hunting photos began Sept. 1 and ends Jan. 31.

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9:31 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Delaware Economy Still Shakey, Forecasting Firm Says

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An economic forecasting firm says that Delaware is the only state in the country still facing the potential of falling back into a recession.

That harsh picture comes from Moody’s Analytics after reviewing the state’s employment figures, housing market and industrial production at the end of four years of recession.

The jobless rate in Delaware has stayed at 7.4 percent which matches the national average which has been declining from around 10 percent over the last five years.

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8:28 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Federal Funding to Clear Backlog of DNA Testing in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's congressional delegation is announcing federal funding that will help reduce a backlog of DNA testing in the state medical examiner's office.

Officials planned to gather at the medical examiner's office in Wilmington on Thursday to discuss details of the federal funding for the state Department of Health and Social Services.

Officials say the money will help the medical examiner's office streamline and expedite its processing of DNA evidence in criminal cases.

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8:54 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Shellfish Aquaculture Coming to Delaware

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Delaware's status as the only state on the East Coast that does not have a shellfish aquaculture industry is about to end.

A bill to be signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell creates a new commercial shellfish aquaculture that officials say could provide economic benefits while improving water quality in Delaware's inland bays.

The bill authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to direct and control aquaculture activities within the Inland Bays and to set criteria for leasing sites.

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8:54 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Gas Price Decline in Delaware

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Delaware motorists saw the price for a gallon of gas decline by 5 cents by week’s end coming in at $3.52 a gallon by Saturday.

Jana Tidwell with AAA Mid-Atlantic says that’s good news for vacationers as the summer begins to wind down.

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12:23 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Governor Jack Markell Got Questionable Donations

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Governor Jack Markell gubernatorial campaign in 2007 and 2008 got thousands of dollars in donations from an executive who pled guilty in an illegal Washington DC campaign contribution scheme.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that governor’s office says his campaign donated over $28-thosuand to five Delaware charities to account for the contributions because they may have been improper.

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