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8:39 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Delaware Officials Celebrate First National Park in State

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating congressional passage of legislation that will lead to the creation of Delaware's first national park.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's congressional delegation and other officials in historic New Castle on Thursday to celebrate the creation of The First State National Historical Park.

the recent congressional approval was inserted into a defense spending package and comes almost 13 years since a committee examined the viability of a national park in Delaware.

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9:17 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Cape May-Lewes Ferry to Get Low Emission Engines

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a federal grant aimed at helping Delaware reduce air emissions from diesel engines.

Gov. Jack Markell will join all three members of Delaware's congressional delegation in Lewes on Monday to announce the $975,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials say the Delaware River and Bay Authority will use the money to upgrade the Cape May-Lewes Ferry with low-emission marine propulsion engines in order to reduce toxic air emissions.

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9:23 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Climate Change Panel Meets as Deadline Approaches

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A panel charged by an executive order from Gov. Jack Markell with studying and preparing for climate change impacts in Delaware is eyeing a reporting deadline on its findings and recommendations.

The Governor's Committee on Climate and Resiliency, which meets Wednesday, is scheduled to submit its report by Dec. 31.

The committee's responsibilities include overseeing development of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way that benefits the economy.

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8:19 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Plastic and Glass Bottles Get Cheaper in Delaware

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Just in time for the holidays, plastic and glass drink bottles in Delaware are about to get a little bit cheaper.

A temporary four-cent tax on many bottles expired as scheduled on Monday. The tax was part of a universal recycling law passed by lawmakers in 2010 and funded programs meant to get more people to recycle.

Gov. Jack Markell joined lawmakers and environmental officials Monday to tout the success of the recycling law. Under the "single-stream" law, various recyclables are placed in a single container and taken to recycling centers.

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8:15 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Markell Names First Female to Head Superior Court System

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Judge Jan Jurden to become the first female head of Delaware's Superior Court system.

In a statement Monday, Markell praised Jurden's "skill, dedication, and integrity." If confirmed by the Senate, she would succeed James Vaughn as president judge of Superior Court. Vaughn recently became a state Supreme Court justice.

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8:44 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Delaware State Police Consider Body Cameras

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Top Delaware State Police officials are looking at the idea of equipping state troopers with body cameras in the wake of the Missouri shooting of a black teenager by police officer.

Governor Jack Markell says he is open to deploying body cameras on police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that for the last ten years state troopers have used in-car cameras with microphones.

A meeting with the governor is set between Delaware Police Colonel Nathaniel McQueen and Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, who has called for body cameras.

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7:53 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Finding Jobs for At-Risk High School Graduates

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is among the scheduled speakers at a national awards luncheon for a program aimed at helping at-risk high school students graduate and find jobs.

Markell, who serves as chair of Jobs for America's Graduates, will join board members, supporters, and more than 500 of JAG's youth leaders from across a 32-state network in Washington on Thursday to celebrate the work of the program.

Officials say Jobs for America's Graduates has served more than 1 million youth and is currently assisting some 47,000 young people.

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7:38 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Delaware Business Summit Meets in Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware business and political leaders are gathering for a summit to discuss economic development initiatives and efforts to help small businesses compete for state procurement contracts.

Gov. Jack Markell and state economic development director Alan Levin will be among the participants at Tuesday's 2014 Delaware Small Business Summit in Dover.

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7:59 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Delaware Latino Summit Mulls Issues Facing Fast Growing Population

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Governor Jack Markell made a unique presentation for a sitting governor.

He came to the Delaware Latino Summit in Dover and addressed them in Spanish.

He told this fast growing population in the state, that many people are concerned that an ID that showed they weren’t citizens could be used against them.

WBOC reports that a Pew Research estimate in 2010 showed that the First state has between 25-thousand and 35-thousand undocumented immigrants.

In addition, there are 171 unaccompanied undocumented minors were in Delaware as of October.

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7:55 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hispanic Commission Summit in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Hispanic Commission is sponsoring a state summit on issues facing the Latino community.

Thursday's summit at the Delaware Tech campus in Dover is aimed at bringing elected officials, community representatives and others together to discuss a variety of issues.

Breakout sessions will include discussions on economic development, housing, education and transportation.

Invited speakers include Gov. Jack Markell and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams.

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9:55 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Another Justice Quits the Delaware Supreme Court

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Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely will be stepping down as of January 31st.

That’s a year and half before his term actually ends.

It has long been rumored that the Justice would leave the bench and it gives Governor Jack Markell the opportunity to name a fourth Delaware Supreme Court Justice in less than a year.

This has been a historic turnover for the state’s highest court.

In December of last year Chief Justice Myron Steele left the bench.

That was followed by Jack Jacobs and Carolyn Berger earlier this year.

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8:02 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Delaware Budget Requests Begin With the Law

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Government agency heads are asking Markell administration budget officials for additional funding in the next fiscal year.

Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr. told state budget office officials on Monday that the judicial branch would like about $3 million in additional funding in fiscal 2016 on top of the $95 million in general funds that the court system received this year. Strine says more than 80 percent additional funding would to to employee costs and technology infrastructure.

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11:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Colin Bonini Jumps into Race for Delaware Governor

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Just days after the 2014 election, the race for governor in the state of Delaware has already begun.

Delaware state Senator Colin Bonini says he will seek the Republican nomination for the state’s top job.

He is joining Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden who has already expressed his interest in taking on the campaign for government two years from now.

Bonini told the Wilmington News Journal that that while it was important to focus on the winners of this week’s election he was already making his bid for governor.

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7:47 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Delaware Budget Hearings Begin

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware budget officials are starting to lay the groundwork for developing a budget for next fiscal year.

Budget director Ann Visalli and her staff are beginning meetings this week to hear budget requests from various state agencies.

The meetings begin Wednesday with agency hearings that include the agriculture and economic development departments, and the Department of State.

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8:55 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Delaware Monitors 11 for Ebola Symptoms. Scam Warning

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell says there are 11 people who being monitored in the First State for Ebola symptoms.

He joined the state’s top health officials at the 3rd Annual Public Health Preparedness Symposium in Dover last night and said his administration has been preparing for the potential of any Ebola cases for months in order to keep the public safe.

So far, there have been no cases of Ebola in Delaware and the risk of transmission is low.

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9:14 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Delaware Officials Respond to Ebola Outbreak

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are talking about steps they are taking in response to the public health threat posed by the Ebola virus.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf and public health director Dr. Karyl Rattay on Wednesday for a briefing on Delaware's efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak.

The briefing is being held in conjunction with the third annual Public Health Preparedness Symposium hosted by the Division of Public Health.

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7:31 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Glasses for Poor Children in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - School children in some of Delaware's poorest communities are about to get a clearer vision of their future.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons are joining other officials to celebrate the launch of Vision to Learn, a program that provides free eye exams and eyeglasses to students who live in poverty-stricken areas.

Officials say Vision to Learn already has helped more than 25,000 children in California, and that some 6,000 Delaware students could benefit from the program.

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9:18 am
Thu October 9, 2014

James T. Vaughn Jr. to the State Supreme Court

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The Delaware state Senate has confirmed James T. Vaughn Jr. to the state Supreme Court.

Vaughn has been president judge of the Superior Court.

He was named by Governor Jack Markell to fill the vacancy left by Justice Carolyn Berger who retired on September 1st after being passed over for the Chief Justice position.

In a written statement Markell called Vaughn an accomplished and well-respected jurist, second to none.

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7:54 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Delaware Marks 20th Anniversary of Drug Diversion Court

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a milestone for Delaware's Drug Diversion Court, which has become a model for similar courts in other states.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper planned to join state health officials and judicial branch representatives Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Superior Court program.

The drug diversion court was established in 1994 and was among the first such courts in the United States. Officials now say there are 2,700 such courts nationwide.

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11:52 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Beau Biden Polls Well in Delaware

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If Attorney General Beau Biden wants to run again in the First State the public opinion polls are looking good for him.

A new University of Delaware survey found that 60 percent of Delawareans viewed his second term as Attorney General favorably.

Only 24 percent did not.

The poll was taken in mid-September.

In April the Vice President’s son decided not to seek a third term.

His father Joe Biden also has good numbers among Delawareans with 64 percent viewing him favorably to 30 percent unfavorably.

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10:14 am
Tue September 30, 2014

New Protection from Financial Exploitation for Delaware Seniors

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Senior citizens in Delaware are getting a new level of protection from financial exploitation.

Legislation to be signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Tuesday provides a mechanism for banks and credit unions to freeze transactions that they suspect may involve financial exploitation of anyone 62 or older.

The legislation requires financial institutions to report the suspected exploitation to state officials.

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8:57 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Legislation to Boost Coffers of Delaware's Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services Companies

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CHESWOLD, Del. (AP) - New legislation being signed by Gov. Jack Markell will boost the coffers of Delaware's volunteer ambulance and emergency medical services companies.

One bill to be signed Wednesday establishes a new $10 fee on all motor vehicle violations, with the money going from driver's wallets to volunteer ambulance companies statewide.

Another bill increases the share of the gross premium tax on health insurance companies that is distributed to volunteer fire companies from 0.15 percent to 0.21 percent.

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8:49 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Markell Names State Supreme Court Justice

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated the head judge of Delaware's Superior Court system to become the next state Supreme Court justice.

Markell on Tuesday the nomination of Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. to replace Justice Carolyn Berger, who retired Sept. 1.

Vaughn has been a Superior Court for 15 years and has served as President Judge since 2004.

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8:13 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Helping New Mothers in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are highlighting progress in a program aimed at helping first-time mothers to ensure they have healthy babies.

Gov. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn planned to discuss the state's Nurse-Family Partnership program Friday at Children and Families First, a Wilmington nonprofit that is implementing the program with the help of federal funding.

The program involves nurses making home visits to first-time, low-income mothers to teach them how to care for themselves and their newborns.

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8:52 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Complaint Filed Over Lack of Breast Pump Facilities in Delaware

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Governor Jack Markell is being called on to provide additional secure rooms for state workers who need to pump breast milk for their babies.

Nicole DeForest is a secretary with the state’s Division of Facilities Management.

She says that her supervisor told her to use a storage closet to pump her breast milk.

She has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for failing to provide adequate accommodations as required under federal law.

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7:53 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Delaware GOP Treasurer Candidate Spends Big on Media

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican Ken Simpler has spent more than $120,000 in the past three weeks in advance of the GOP primary for state treasurer.

Simpler on Wednesday reported raising about $14,600 in the three weeks ending Sept. 1, while spending more than $122,000, mostly on media buys and advertising.

Simpler, a chief financial officer for a Delaware-based hotel management company who previously oversaw a billion-dollar portfolio as a hedge fund executive, faces businesswoman Sher Valenzuela in the Sept. 9 primary.

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9:03 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Delaware Tightens Security at Schools

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware schools are facing new requirements for conducting safety drills under legislation being signed this week.

Legislation to be signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell moves the compliance date for schools under the 2012 Omnibus School Safety Act to Sept. 10, instead of September 2017. 

The legislation also requires schools to conduct at least one critical incident tabletop exercise annually, rather than every two years. School also will have to conduct at least two lockdown/intruder drills per year, rather one critical incident exercise annually. 

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8:41 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Changes in Delaware's Outdoor Violation Laws

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - People who violate certain environmental laws regarding hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities in Delaware will soon no longer be slapped with criminal records.

But violators will also be paying heftier fines for certain other offenses under legislation to be signed Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell.

The legislation declassifies several minor violations associated with wildlife, fishing, and boating by changing them from misdemeanors to violations, meaning they will not be reported on criminal history records. 

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7:28 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Delaware Cash Management Panel Takes on Conservation and Park Funds

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A little more green is in the future for the board charged with overseeing Delaware's $1.8 billion cash portfolio.

Gov. Jack Markell will sign legislation this week authorizing Delaware's Cash Management Portfolio Board to manage endowment accounts associated with the state's land and water conservation trust fund and parks funds.

The legislation allows use of endowment accounts to hold funds for open space protection and local outdoor recreation, park and trail projects.

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8:18 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Rising Workers Comp. Reviewed by Delaware State Panel

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state panel established to oversee efforts to keep workers compensation rates in Delaware affordable is getting down to work.

The Workers Compensation Oversight Panel is charged with creating a new medical fee schedule that would result in a 33 percent reduction in medical costs for workers compensation cases over three years.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to attend Monday's opening meeting of the oversight panel, which was established by legislation passed this year to address recent steep increases in workers compensation costs for businesses.

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