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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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8:31 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Matt Haley's Death Shocks Delmarva

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Shock has set in for the culinary community of Delmarva.

Award-winning Delaware restaurateur Matt Haley died Tuesday night while being transferred to a medical facility in New Delhi.

Haley’s business partner, Scott Kammerer, said that he was informed by State Department officials yesterday.

Kammerer said that Haley was involved in a high impact collision with a truck on Monday as he began a six week trip through northern Indian and Nepal.

Haley ran several southern Delaware restaurants and received the 2014 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award.

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7:50 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Revenge Porn Against the Law in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Publishing or distributing so-called "revenge porn" is now a crime in Delaware.

Revenge porn is the term used to describe the practice of posting a nude or sexually explicit photo or video of someone, often a person's former sex partner, on the Internet without their consent.

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8:28 am
Mon August 11, 2014

New Housing for Seniors in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Construction is set to begin on a new housing complex that will serve low-income seniors in Wilmington.

Sacred Heart Village II will offer housing to low-income seniors living on Wilmington's East Side.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Monday for the project, which will be funded by federal, state, and nonprofit sources.

Gov. Jack Markell was among those scheduled to speak.

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11:46 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Drunk Driving Means an Ignition Interlock on Your Car in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation that requires all people convicted of drunken driving in Delaware to have ignition interlock devices installed on vehicles they drive.  

The bill to be signed Wednesday cleared the General Assembly in June on the final day of this year's legislative session.

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

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9:20 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Delaware to Allow Police to Carry Heroin Overdose Antidote

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Police officers in Delaware will soon be carrying emergency antidotes that could help save the lives of people who have overdosed on heroin.

A bill being signed into law Monday by Gov. Jack Markell allows trained police officers to carry the drug naloxone, a heroin overdose antidote known by the brand name Narcan.

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8:47 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Audit Critical of Travel by Delaware State Officials

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The Delaware Auditor’s office released a report that found top state officials have not followed travel state policy.

Almost a year ago the state auditor was asked to look into an incident involving former Deputy Treasurer Erika Benner who was caught using a state-issued credit card to make thousands of dollars in personal purchases.

The report cleared the current state Treasurer Chip flowers who also attended the trip.

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7:58 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Animal Welfare Laws Strengthened in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New laws aimed at strengthening animal welfare in Delaware are set to take effect.

One of four bills to be signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Thursday gives the Department of Health and Social Services oversight over animal shelters, including investigating complaints, and requires shelter inspections at least once a year.

Another bill ensures that animal control officers and animal cruelty investigators are adequately trained and certified.

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8:23 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Delaware Governor Signs Bill To Bar Minors From Tanning Beds

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware residents under age 18 soon will no longer be able to use tanning beds.

Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, on Monday signed into law a bill passed this year by the Delaware General Assembly. The law takes effect Jan. 1.

Currently, those ages 14 to 18 can use tanning beds with parental permission.

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9:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

No More Tanning Beds for Minors in Delaware

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Minors will not be allowed to use tanning beds in the state of Delaware.

Governor Jack Markell signed the legislation into law yesterday.

Previously those who were between the ages of 14 to 18 could use the beds with parental consent.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the state Division of Public Health, said it was a matter of preventing skin cancer.

The measure passed with a near unanimous vote in the state legislature.

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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

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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

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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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