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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Human Relations Commission voted to urge Gov. Jack Markell and state lawmakers to issue a formal apology for slavery.
The Wilmington News Journal reports the 24-member commission voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday. The commission is a state panel charged with promoting positive relationships among racial and ethnic groups.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Delaware education officials to announce the state's second round of Pathways to Prosperity grants.

Monday's announcement involves grants to high schools to offer students the opportunity to gain workplace experience and earn college credit in high-demand fields.

Those fields include finance, health care and information technology.

Markell proposed the initiative in his State of the State address earlier this year as a way to help prepare Delaware's future workforce.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated a public defender who represents juveniles to be a judge at Family Court.

Markell nominated Natalie J. Haskins on Wednesday, according to a news release from the governor's office. She would fill the vacancy left when Judge Alan Cooper died last month.

Haskins, who lives in Wilmington is a graduate of the University of Delaware and received her law degree from American University. She began her career at a Wilmington law firm and also was deputy attorney general.

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In Salisbury local officials gathered at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for a ceremony honoring Veterans Day complete with patriotic music played and sung by students from Mardela High School.

The JROTC was on hand for the lowering of the colors.

Vietnam Veteran Donald Fitzgerald told the WBOC that when he returned from overseas it was a different time with little recognition of his service.

Fitzgerald served with is cousin who died in 1966 in Vietnam while serving in the Marine Corp.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware political leaders are taking time out to commemorate Veterans Day.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's congressional delegation and other officials Wednesday for the state's annual Veterans Day service.

Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Major General Francis Vavala also is participating in the event,  which will include local high school bands, leaders from religious organizations and community members,

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The president of the state Parent Teacher Association in Delaware Terri Hodges is calling on state officials to replace the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests with the SAT’s for high school juniors.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that she called the SAT a proven reliable test.

She adds that the SAT’s could also be used by students to apply for college.

The proposal comes as the First State has found itself embroiled in a debate over the number of tests that students take and how they should be used in schools.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is issuing a posthumous pardon for a free black man from Kent County who was convicted almost 170 years ago of helping slaves trying to escape from their owners on the Underground Railroad.

Descendants of Samuel D. Burris planned to join Markell and state lawmakers on Monday for a ceremony at the Old State House in Dover, the same location where Burris's trial was held.

Officials also will dedicate a new historical marker honoring Burris.


MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - State officials are touting new milestones in the effort to protect Delaware's bayshore region and promote the recreational opportunities it offers.

Gov. Jack Markell plans to join state and federal officials Friday to announce the preservation of a key property at Thousand Acre Marsh. They'll also discuss the launch of a byway, the opening of a new trail and wildlife viewing platform and a new branding design. 

The Delaware Bayshore Initiative promotes the bayshore as a conservation and recreation area.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed an executive order establishing a state cybersecurity advisory council.

Markell says the council will help support efforts by the state Department of Technology & Information to prevent, detect and respond to cyberattacks.

The panel also will help coordinate cybersecurity initiatives among public- and private-sector entities and promote infrastructure security.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Jack Markell's nominations for cabinet secretaries to lead Delaware's education and safety and homeland security departments.

With Wednesday's confirmation votes, former Wilmington public safety director Jim Mosely will succeed retiring Safety and Homeland Security Lewis Schiliro.

Steven Godowsky, a longtime education administrator, will replace Mark Murphy as education secretary.

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Congressman John Carney pulled in more than $200-thousand at a fundraiser in Wilmington this week as he takes aim at the governor’s race.

The Delaware Democrat’s one night event at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington included two major Democratic notables Governor Jack Markell and Attorney General Matt Denn.

In addition the First State’s two Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons were also on hand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the big money and big Democratic names are expected to scare off any Democratic challengers.

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A free black man convicted of helping slaves escape to freedom in the 19th century is to be posthumously pardoned by Delaware's governor.

Ocea Thomas of Atlanta said in a telephone interview Tuesday that she received a phone call this weekend letting her know that Gov. Jack Markell would pardon Samuel Burris, a free black man and conductor on the Underground Railroad who died in the 1860s and is one of Thomas' ancestors.

Phone and email messages left Tuesday for Markell's spokeswoman, Kelly Bachman, weren't immediately returned.

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The graduation rates are going up in Delaware.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education found that rates rose from 80 percent in the 2012-2013 school years to 87 percent in the last school term.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that’s the largest increase in the nation.

School officials told the paper that this is the result of the efforts in high schools to home in on students having difficulty in school and making sure they get the assistance they require.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Environmentalists, government officials and academics are gathering at the University of Delaware for a two-day meeting to discuss issues involving the Delaware River watershed.

Gov. Jack Markell was scheduled to deliver Monday's keynote address at the Delaware River Watershed Forum gathering.

Congressman John Carney and National Wildlife Federation President Collin O'Mara also were scheduled to attend the third annual event.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation that clarifies how and when authorities can confiscate firearms from and prohibit the purchase of guns by people accused or convicted of domestic violence.

The legislation to be signed Friday also expands the definition of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to include substantive dating relationships and people who are or were cohabitating.

The bill signing is in conjunction with Markell issuing a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's governor and the mayor of Wilmington have expressed their condolences to the family of a man shot and killed by Wilmington police.
Gov. Jack Markell and Mayor Dennis Williams joined scores of people at a vigil Thursday evening for Jeremy McDole, who was killed Wednesday afternoon. The crowd prayed for healing, unity and justice. But some also vented their anger while the two elected officials listened quietly.

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The state of Delaware is launching a 30-45 day pilot program that puts body cameras on state and municipal police officers.

Governor Jack Markell said he was convinced that this would help protect citizens and officers alike.

The move comes after a major push by the NAACP in Delaware for the devices following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of a police officer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, said he was pleased with the new program but says more needs to be done.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are celebrating the completion of a statewide effort to improve safety in public schools.

Gov. Jack Markell joined education and law enforcement officials Tuesday to recognize the completion of comprehensive safety plans across Delaware's school system.

Officials say this school year is the first in which every Delaware public school that was in operation as of last year has a comprehensive safety plan in place.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP)- The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections is updating its fiscal forecast.
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is set to meet Monday to update revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.
The meeting is the council's first since lawmakers passed a $3.9 billion spending plan for the current year on July 1.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is leading a trade mission to Germany in hopes of drumming up business for Delaware.

Officials say a primary goal of the trip, which starts Tuesday, is to strengthen ties with small- and medium-sized businesses in Bavaria, and that Markell will meet with business and government leaders in Munich and Berlin.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A new standardized test linked to Common Core academic standards is proving to be a challenge for Delaware school students.

First year results from the Smarter Balanced test released Wednesday show, on average, that barely half of Delaware students who tested are proficient in English language arts.

Statewide, less than 40 percent of students scored proficiently in math, including less than one-fourth of 11th graders.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A statewide business group says Delaware politicians need to take a hard look at cutting state spending.

The Delaware Business Roundtable issued a study Wednesday warning that unless officials take action, annual operating deficits could balloon to more than $600 million, or 11 percent of expenditures, by fiscal 2025.

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Last night a number of state employees told a hearing held by the Delaware NAACP about workplace discrimination.

The testimony was heard at the Immanuel House of Praise in Seaford where retired corrections officer Matthew Gibbs said during his time he saw favoritism and nepotism in what he called a buddy-buddy system.

WBOC reports that the 31 year Gibbs said there needs to be a better process for getting promotions.

The hearing is part of an effort by the Delaware NAACP in response to complaints it has received about racial discrimination in state government.

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With the start of the school year Delaware public schools will be getting access to the drug Naloxone which reverses the effects overdose effects from heroin and other drugs.

The Department of Health and Social Services will be distributing the donation of 2-thousand Evzio injection units to the Department of Education, addiction treatment centers and participating law enforcement.

Delaware officials say 185 people died from suspected overdoses in the state last year.

Many of them were the result of heroin or prescription drugs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A coalition of pastors and the NAACP that is investigating accusations of discrimination in state government is beginning to seek testimony at hearings in Kent and Sussex counties.
The Wilmington News Journal  reports that the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of churches in the Dover area, and the Central Delaware NAACP have joined black pastors in New Castle County to conduct the hearings starting Tuesday.

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A special election for a Newark seat in the Delaware House of Representatives is set for Sept 12 which could end the ability of Democrats to achieve the three-fifths vote needed for such things as tax increases.  

So far, the Republican Eileen O-Shaughnessy-Coleman has raised $23,611 out distancing her Democratic rival David Bentz who has picked up nearly $16-thousand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have dumped money into the campaigns as they struggle over the Democratic supermajority.


Governor Jack Markell has vetoed a measure that would have made it a felony rather than a misdemeanor for a health care worker to have intentional sexual contact with a patient.

The governor said that he found some of the language in the bill too vague and could be enforced in unpredictable ways.

In addition, he said that it did not take into account that the doctor-patient relationship may be different in one context and another.

He added it also made no distinction between consent and no consent.

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Openly carrying firearms in the city buildings and other functions in Bethany Beach may soon be banned.

At a work session this week Mayor Jack Gordon said the prohibition got the unanimous back from the town council.

Those with concealed weapons permits would still be allowed to carry their arms but they must be kept out of sight.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the action was prompted by an incident at a Newark City Council meeting where residents openly carried weapons into a meeting.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy for a discussion on how to boost the economies of East Coast states.

Monday's discussion is part of the ongoing Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments in Wilmington.

The annual forum brings policy makers from Eastern states and Eastern Canadian provinces together with business leaders and policy experts to share ideas and approaches to public policy issues.


Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy is stepping down and will be replaced by Steve Godowsky.

Godowsky was the former superintendent of the New Castle County Vo-Tech System.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its sources say Murphy’s departure was expected.

Governor Jack Markell praised Murphy’s work and the results that are being seen in the classroom especially in graduation rates and more students going to college.

Murphy also oversaw a number of reforms that were tied to the federal Race to the Top program.