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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has approved Gov. John Carney's nominee to lead Delaware's environmental agency, more than a month after a vote was postponed amid Republican opposition.

Shawn Garvin, a former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency was confirmed on a 14-to-5 vote Wednesday to lead Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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Two top Delaware Republican legislative leaders are demanding to know how a former high ranking state senator got the job of heading the Office of Animal Welfare.

The demand revolves around former Senate Pro Tem Patricia Blevins who lost her seat in the November election.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that she headed the taskforce that led to the creation of the job she now holds.

Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson and Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle have written to the Health and Social Services Secretary Kara Walker demanding an answer.

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The clock is ticking down for this year’s legislative session in Delaware at the end of June.

The lawmakers are facing a $32 million reduction in funding for capital projects as well as non-profits and charities from the forecast at the beginning of the year.

So they will have to decide which capital improvement projects will get state money that range from construction to infrastructure.

Under the Grand-in-Aid legislation they must choose which charities and non-profits will get funding from the Grant-in-Aid bill.

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The former Delaware Chief Medical Examiner may have been fired and  subject to a criminal investigation but Richard Callery has been paid nearly $75-thousand in for unused vacation and sick time.

That, reports the Wilmington News Journal, is according to Delaware payroll documents.

Since his suspension in February, the paper says, he has garnered nearly $185-thousand.

State officials say that Callery did not properly supervise the state drug lab where evidence disappeared.

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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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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers is coming under attack from Delaware Republicans, who called his office “out of control.”

Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson and Minority Whip Greg Lavelle said they were reacting to a story in the Wilmington News Journal that quoted Flowers as saying that financial records in his office are in disarray or missing.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two state lawmakers are hosting a hearing this week related to problems uncovered recently at a Planned Parenthood clinic that performs abortions in Wilmington.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Greg Lavelle and Democratic state Rep. Gerald Brady will hold the hearing Tuesday at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

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If you want to find out how a Delaware State Senator voted on an issue in committee you might not know much even after the panel adjourns.

That’s the complaint from Phil Drew who is active in Republican politics and lives near Bethany Beach.

He says that there are no ayes and nays.

Instead the measure is sent around for signatures of those who want to release it to the full Senate.

And, that, Drew told the Wilmington News Journal results in lawmakers not being held accountable.

State senator Greg Lavelle seconds that view.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Incumbent Republican lawmakers and candidates for legislative seats are unveiling an agenda for improving state government and Delaware's economy.

State GOP chairman John Sigler joined fellow Republicans on Thursday to announce the 15-point "Making Delaware First Again" agenda.

Delaware State Attorney General Beau Biden is going to wait for an internal probe by the Delaware Department of Correction into an inmate day-labor program that was abruptly shut down in Sussex County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that outraged Republican state representatives Greg Lavelle and Deborah Hudson who called for an independent investigation.

John Fluharty, executive director of the state Republican Party, charged that the Democrats were “clearly kicking the can down the road hoping nobody will be held accountable until after the election.” 

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