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Attorneys for former Governor Jack Markel have asked that a judge to postpone a hearing on the federal lawsuit filed by the family of slain correctional officer Steven Floyd.

They had been scheduled to argue for dismissal in the case that resulted from the 18-hour standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution in February.

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Attorneys for plaintiffs in the prison uprising near Smyrna have submitted a 71-page argument countering a claim by state officials that there is no constitutional right to workplace safety.

The lawsuit has been brought on behalf of the family of Correctional Officer Steven Floyd and other correctional staff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

Floyd was killed during the standoff.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the plaintiffs have argued that the working conditions such as understaffing occurred without any action on the part of two governors.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has ruled against former state treasurer Chip Flowers in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against former Gov. Jack Markell.

In Tuesday's ruling, the judge said Markell's office did not violate Delaware's FOIA law by withholding emails from Flowers simply because they were sent or received by a lawmaker or legislative staffer, without regard to their content or context.

State lawmakers have specifically exempted their emails from the FOIA law.

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Former Governor Jack Markell has wrapped up his bike ride across the country.

The Delaware Democrat arrived a day early in Rehoboth Beach from the west coast.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this was on the governor’s bucket list.

He told the paper that it was a win-win for him getting in shape and seeing the country.

Markell was riding for ”Motivate the First State” which raises funds for seven charities in Delaware.

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A federal lawsuit is set to be filed against former Governors Ruth Anne Minner and Jack Markel and senior prison staff in the wake of an inmate uprising.

And a news conference is scheduled by the widow Lt. Steve Floyd who was killed along with two surviving officers at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the attorneys for the two surviving corrections officers said Floyd was beaten by a number of inmates at the beginning of the uprising.

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DOVER, Del. (AP)- State lawmakers are trying again to pass a law allowing Delaware school students to opt out of standardized tests.
    
Bipartisan legislation allowing students to opt out of tests was introduced last week and will be considered by the House Education Committee after lawmakers return in March following a seven-week break for budget committee hearings.
    

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John Carney will be officially sworn in as governor at Legislative Hall today replacing Jack Markell who defeated him eight years ago in the Democratic Primary.

The event is set to kick off at 11 a.m. with the swearing in of Lt. Governor-Elect Bethany Hall Long.

The ceremony will be held on the east side of statehouse for the first time.

WBOC that will allow officials to take advantage of renovations that were made in the 1990’s.

A Dover city official said this will ease the traffic congestion cutting down on the number of street closures.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Outgoing Gov. Jack Markell is proposing more than $212 million in tax increases to balance a proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
    
The two-term Democrat on Thursday also proposed $56 million in agency and program cuts in his $4.1 billion spending plan, which surely will be revised by incoming Gov. John Carney. Markell also wants to eliminate a property tax credit for senior citizens and force state employees to pay more for their health care, two moves that would save taxpayers about $50 million.
    

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Challenges still lie ahead.

That was the assessment of Delaware Governor Jack Markell as he prepares to exit his office next week with the inauguration of Governor-elect John Carney.

During his final press conference touted progress in education and job growth.

But the biggest challenge facing his successor will be a budget shortfall of $350 million.

Markell said that the problem lies in the kind of revenue the state collects noting that money from personal income taxes has gone up.

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Snow hit the peninsula this weekend with over a foot in some areas.

Ocean View saw around 13 inches with Lewes, Delaware getting 10 inches.

In Salisbury and Snow Hill there was 9 top 10 inches of snow.

Up in Delaware it ranged from Dover with 3 and a half inches and Smyrna with 6 inches to 9.4 inches in in Selbyville.

Governor Jack Markell lifted the state of emergency after Saturday’s winter storm and the Delaware Department of Transportation made good progress in clearing off the roads.

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