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WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists in Delaware are paying 3 cents less 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 $2.25. That's compared to $2.28 a week ago.

Motorists in the region are paying $1.25 less per gallon than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.50 per gallon.

The price of gas in the state is 17 cents below the national average of $2.42 per gallon.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Some state agencies in Delaware fail to comply with requirements for identifying their Freedom of Information Act coordinators and tracking FOIA requests.

An Associated Press review of state agency FOIA logs shows significant differences in the amount of detail they include, and several agencies didn't meet a statutory deadline of 15 business days to respond to or at least acknowledge requests for the logs.

A 2012 law also requires each agency to identify a FOIA coordinator on its website, but some still do not.

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Things are looking up for the First State’s job market.

The unemployment rate in Delaware fell to 5% in January.

That’s down from 6.1% during the same period last year.

There's another piece of good news.

The Gallop organization listed Delaware in the top ten for job creation.

Wages also rose in January.

The weekly earnings went up to $726 a week from an even $700 in December.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say Delaware's former agriculture secretary is leading a government trade mission to Southeast Asia.
Michael Scuse now serves as undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He will lead representatives from six state ag departments, as well as 21 agribusinesses and organizations, on the trade mission next week.
The delegation will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Manila, Philippines. It will also meet with potential customers from Burma and Thailand while in Kuala Lumpur.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state of Delaware reports two more people have died of the flu, bringing the season's total so far to 23 fatalities.

The Division of Public Health says Delaware is close to exceeding its highest number of lab-confirmed flu cases in 10 years. The state has had 2,172 lab-confirmed cases to date this winter.

Health Secretary Rita Landgraf says the number of new lab-confirmed cases is slowing, although that doesn't mean flu season is over. She says sudden increases in new flu cases are not uncommon, even after a season seems to be slowing down.

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The nation’s top education official defended the administration’s Race to the Top program that saw $119 million go to Delaware for educational initiatives.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the First State’s record a model for the country.

During his visit to the state yesterday that included the classrooms at Howard High School of Technology he touted Delaware’s lowest in-decades dropout rate, more students applying to college and unprecedented investments in Pre-K education.

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Maryland and Delaware will not be participating in oil exploration off the Atlantic Coast.

But the state of Virginia will.

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is opening up the Atlantic Coast for off shore drilling – something that former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley came out against in a New York Times Op-Ed.

He said that the lessons of oil spills like the BP incident in the Gulf have been forgotten.

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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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.


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.

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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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.

Cold Front Moves In

Nov 12, 2014

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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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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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.

No Ebola Case in Delaware

Oct 7, 2014

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.

Rabid Fox Bites Millsboro Resident

Oct 3, 2014

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.

Driver Charged in Bus Crash that Killed Two

Sep 24, 2014
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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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.