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2:08 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Delaware State Fair Heads Into Final Day

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The Delaware State Fair is wrapping up this week with appearances by country stars Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum. Governor Jack Markell honored four students as the 2014 Young Environmentalists of the Year. Also on hand this year was Perdue Farms CEO Jim Perdue. And, of course, there were the many visitors who came for the rides and the food. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sent Tom Hunt and Matt Forney to check out the Fair.

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12:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Delaware Families Host Undocumented Immigrant Children

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says 117 children who immigrated alone to the United States have been placed with families in Delaware.

Markell told state lawmakers in a letter Thursday that his administration is prepared to work with nonprofits to ensure that the children's basic needs are met.

He says the children may enroll in Delaware schools while awaiting immigration processing.

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8:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

New Whistleblower Election Law

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If you’re a whistleblower you just got some more protection when it comes to reporting on violations of election laws in Delaware.

Eight bills signed into law by Governor Jack Markell last month includes one that provides protection to whistleblowers who report and refuse to participate in the violation of campaign finance laws.

It’s part of a major election reform that consolidates the three existing county Boards of Elections into a single board.

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10:38 am
Thu July 17, 2014

President Obama Comes to Delaware

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President Obama will be making a stop in Delaware at the I-495 bridge that has been closed for repairs after its support columns were found to be tilting.

The president’s trip is to highlight his effort to get more private sector investment in the country’s infrastructure.

Governor Jack Markell will also appear with the president.

The federal government is paying for part of the repairs on the bridge which state official ordered closed on an emergency basis.

Inspectors found no major problems with the bridge itself.

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9:03 am
Thu July 17, 2014

No Party Endorsement in Delaware's Democratic Primary for Treasurer

State Treasurer Chip Flowers
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Democratic Party leaders have declined to make an endorsement in the Democratic primary for state treasurer.

Party officials said in a statement Tuesday that the executive committee failed to reach a consensus on whether to endorse incumbent Chip Flowers or challenger Sean Barney.

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10:17 am
Wed July 16, 2014

No State Facilities for Undocumented Children in Delaware

Governor Jack Markell
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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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9:42 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Toll Hike Coming for Weekend Drivers in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Weekend motorists on state Route 1 in Delaware will be paying higher tolls starting on Aug. 1.

State transportation officials said Monday that the weekend tolls will increase starting at 7 p.m. that day. The current weekend toll of $2 for regular passenger vehicles will increase to $3.

Drivers of all other vehicle classes, except oversize loads, also will see weekend tolls increase by a dollar.

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9:33 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Small Business in Delaware to Get Expanded Tax Credit

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Small business owners in Delaware will soon be able to take advantage of an expanded tax credit.

Gov. Jack Markell plans to sign legislation Tuesday that doubles the state research and development tax credit available to smaller businesses while maintaining the annual cap of $5 million for the credit as a whole.

Currently, all businesses are entitled to a state tax credit equal to half of the corresponding federal tax credit for research and development activity in Delaware.

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2:10 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

UD Data Center Dead

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware says it is pulling the plug on plans for development of a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site in Newark.

University officials said in a statement Thursday that an internal working group concluded that the proposed facility, which included a 279-megawatt power plant, was not consistent with plans for its science and technology campus.

The Data Centers LLC, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, had proposed a 900,000-square-foot data center complex

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9:01 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Governor Jack Markell to Sign Sentencing Reform Laws

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign three bills giving Delaware judges more sentencing discretion and criminal offenders more opportunities to get back on the right path.

One bill to be signed this week allows prison officials to offer jobs for up to six months to ex-offenders who demonstrate exceptional skills while enrolled in vocational programs, notwithstanding prior felonies.

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9:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Tougher Ignition Interlock Requirement for Drunk Driving in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have given final passage to a bill requiring all people convicted of drunken driving in Delaware to have ignition interlock devices installed on vehicles they drive. 

The Senate passed the measure on a 20-to-1 vote Monday on the final day of the legislative session. The legislation now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.

Currently, interlock devices are required only for first offenders arrested with a blood-alcohol concentration of .15 or higher or who refuse to take a chemical test, and for repeat drunken drivers. 

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7:51 am
Tue July 1, 2014

$421 Million Capital Budget Approved by Delaware Lawmakers

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers have approved a $421 million capital budget for road and construction projects in the fiscal year starting Tuesday.

The spending package approved unanimously in both chambers early Tuesday is a decrease from the $477 million authorization for fiscal 2014.

The budget includes $155 million for transportation projects and about $200 million in new bond authorizations for school construction and other capital improvements.

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7:44 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Limiting Revolving Door for Lobbyists and Lawmakers in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has given final legislative approval to a bill prohibiting former members of the General Assembly from working as paid lobbyists for one year after leaving office.

The bill cleared the House on a 33-to-7 vote Thursday and now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.

Democratic Rep. John Kowalko of Newark has said his bill is aimed at improving government transparency by stopping the "revolving door" that turns lawmakers into lobbyists. Violating the law would be an unclassified misdemeanor.

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11:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Governor Abolishes Office of Medical Examiner

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The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is no more in Delaware.

Governor Jack Markell signed legislation yesterday that replaces it with a new crime testing division that comes under the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

He put his signature on the measure shortly after the state House of Representatives passed the legislation on a 35-to-4 vote.

The law was opposed by trial lawyers and the National Association of Medical Examiners who worried about a conflict of interest because it is being moved over to a law enforcement agency.

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8:12 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Retiring Delaware Suprme Court Feels "Dissed" by Governor

Justice Carolyn Berger
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A retiring Delaware Supreme Court justice says she's stepping down largely because Gov. Jack Markell didn't consider her a legitimate contender for the chief justice job.

Justice Carolyn Berger is retiring in September with four years left in her term.

She tells The News Journal of Wilmington that she "wasn't taking seriously," adding: "I'm not angry. I'm disappointed."

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11:38 am
Fri June 20, 2014

The Firefly Festival Traffic Begins

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The traffic in Dover as the Firefly Music Festival gets underway was not as bad as it was last year.

The Delaware Department of Transportation and festival organizers made a number changes from last year including a longer festival to spread out the arrival times of attendees.

Greg Bostrom, director of the festival told WBOC that for the most part the festival kept traffic off of U.S. Route 13.

Nonetheless even though Thursday went well Delaware officials expect the worst to come on today.

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11:04 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Tolls Are Going Up on Delaware's Route 1

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Driving is about to get pricier for Delaware motorists.

State Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt told lawmakers Thursday that the Markell administration plans to raise tolls on Route 1 by a dollar on weekends to raise more revenue for road maintenance.

The current weekend toll of $2 will increase to $3. The weekday toll will remain at $1.

Bhatt also says his agency will increase borrowing by $20 million next year to pay for road maintenance and repairs.

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7:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Revenue Panel Gives Breathing Room to Delaware Lawmakers

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The state panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections has given lawmakers a little more breathing room as they begin wrapping up work on a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday raised its revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by $16 million compared to last month's estimate.

At the same time, the panel lowered its revenue estimate for the upcoming fiscal year by about $7 million.

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9:07 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Region's Governors Meet on Cleaning Up the Bay

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is hosting the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council.

The council is meeting Monday in Annapolis. The council is scheduled to sign an agreement to update a 14-year-old plan to guide restoration and conservation in the bay's six-state watershed.

Among the issues the plan covers is how the states and the federal government will address the impact of climate change on the nation's largest estuary.

A meeting is scheduled in the statehouse. That will be followed by a news conference at the Annapolis City Dock.

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9:42 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Delaware GOP: Taxpayer Money for Private School Savings Accounts

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican legislators in Delaware want to create "education savings accounts" that would allow families to spend some of the tax money that goes to public schools to send their children to private schools.

The lawmakers tell The News Journal of Wilmington that they don't expect the bill creating the accounts to pass this session. But they say it calls attention to the need for parents to have more control in their children's education.

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7:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Providing Help to Dover's Downtown Redevelopment

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Revitalization of downtown Dover got a boost yesterday.

Governor Jack Markell signed a law that allows cities to get a portion of the area designated as a Downtown Development District.

The measure provides significant incentives for those investing at least $125-thousand into the district.

WMDT reports that Markell’s office said the specific requirements and benefits for the program will be provided in the coming weeks.

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7:58 am
Wed June 4, 2014

New Powers for Delaware State Board of Ed Over Charter Schools

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Board of Education could gain new power to restrict charter schools if they will affect surrounding school districts.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the General Assembly gave final approval to a bill Tuesday night. It would allow the Board of Education to restrict geographic areas, grades and the academic emphasis of charter schools.

The House passed the bill 24-13, despite Republican opposition. The bill awaits Gov. Jack Markell's signature.

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11:32 am
Fri May 30, 2014

UD Money Withheld Over Delays in Data Center Project

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are withholding $3 million from the University of Delaware in hopes of spurring progress on a proposed data center project on university-owned land in Newark.

Supporters of the project, including Gov. Jack Markell, say it would bring hundreds of construction jobs to Delaware, in addition to the data center jobs at the former Chrysler auto plant site.

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9:43 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Pfizer Drops Offer for AstraZeneca

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Pfizer has decided not to make a takeover offer for AstraZeneca.

And that has state Delaware state officials expressing relief that AstraZeneca’s thousands of jobs in the state will be untouched.

The announcement yesterday came after the AstraZeneca rejected the proposed purchase price of $119 billion from Pfizer, the world’s second largest drug manufacturer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that under British law Pfizer cannot make another bid for another six months but with one exception -- it can do so as soon as 90 days if AstraZeneca invites another offer.

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8:28 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Lawmakers To Trim Delaware State Budget This Week

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the Delaware legislature's budget writing committee will be getting back to work after the long holiday weekend as they continue to fashion a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The Joint Finance Committee is set to reconvene Tuesday as members continue to work through a list of about $37 million in suggested changes to Gov. Jack Markell's proposed budget that administration officials developed amid recent steady revenue declines.

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8:24 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Delaware Budget Writers Give State Employees Raise

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget writing committee has unanimously approved a pay raise for most state employees despite a $41 million gap between projected revenue and Gov. Jack Markell's spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Joint Finance Committee members on Tuesday voted to approve a $500 pay increase for most state employees effective Jan. 1. Overall personnel costs, including increased pension contributions and adjustments to teacher pay, would increase by about $22 million over the current year.

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7:46 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Revenue Downgrade Poses Challenge to Delaware Budget

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are getting down to the business of drafting a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee will convene Tuesday to being marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.8 billion operating budget, which is about 3 percent higher than this year's spending plan.

But lawmakers have a few hurdles in approving Markell's proposal.

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8:55 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Pfizer CEO on AstraZeneca Aquisition: No Job Guarantees in MD & DE

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The CEO of drugmaker Pfizer Inc. is telling the governors of Delaware and Maryland that it's premature to speculate about the potential jobs impact of a merger with British rival AstraZeneca PLC.

Govs. Jack Markell of Delaware and Martin O'Malley of Maryland sent a joint letter to Pfizer chief Ian Read last week expressing concerns about the possible acquisition of AstraZeneca. The company employs some 2,600 people in Delaware and 3,100 in Maryland.

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8:44 am
Fri May 9, 2014

MD & DE Governors Concerned Over Pfizer Aquisition of AstraZeneca

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Delaware are voicing concern about Pfizer Inc.'s efforts to acquire AstraZeneca PLC.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell sent a letter on Thursday to Ian Read, the chief executive officer of Pfizer

The two governors say they are concerned about the potential impact such a deal could have on jobs in Maryland and Delaware. AstraZeneca employs about 3,100 people in Maryland and about 2,600 in Delaware.

O'Malley and Markell also sent letters to several federal officials in the United States.

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7:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Delaware Environmental Secretary Is Moving On

Delaware Environmental Secretary Collin O'Mara
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary, Collin O'Mara, is resigning to become director of the National Wildlife Federation.

Officials with Gov. Jack Markell's administration confirmed Thursday that O'Mara will leave the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in July to lead the Reston, Virginia-based group.

The 35-year-old O'Mara was tapped by Markell to lead Delaware's environmental agency in 2009, making him the youngest state cabinet official in the nation at the time.

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