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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is heading to Washington to meet with other state and local Democratic leaders.

Markell was scheduled to deliver opening remarks to a group called NewDEAL, speaking at the first two sessions of the group's annual conference Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Markell is an honorary co-chair of the organization, which highlights pro-growth progressive leaders with innovative ideas for broad and sustainable economic growth.

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are hoping that thousands of dollars in grants will spur recycling efforts across Delaware.

Officials say more than $714,000 is being awarded this year in recycling assistance grants to schools, businesses and municipalities for projects that develop or expand waste reduction, reuse or recycling activities.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join environmental secretary David Small at Brittingham Elementary School in Milton on Tuesday to announce awards to 13 schools, nine businesses and the communities of Milford and Rehoboth Beach.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Department of Education is asking for a 7.7 percent increase in its operating budget.

Education Secretary Steven Godowsky presented state budget officials Tuesday with a budget request of about $1.49 billion, roughly $107 million higher than this year's DOE operating budget.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware budget officials are continuing to lay the groundwork for the final budget proposal by Gov. Jack Markell.

Budget director Brian Maxwell and his staff will reconvene meetings Tuesday as they hear budget requests from various state agencies.

Among the agencies making budget presentations on Tuesday are the Department of State and the economic development office.

The public hearings will continue through next week.

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Delaware political figures buried the hatchet yesterday at least for a moment.

It’s called Return Day where Republicans and Democrats gathered in Georgetown.

The outgoing Governor Jack Markell declared that the campaign is over and now it’s time to govern.

The Delaware Democrat added that, “The people have no patience for partisan fights.”

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Georgetown Mayor Bill West added it time that “We stop all the political nonsense and become one.”

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is recognizing Delaware's effort to end homelessness among military veterans.

Castro planned to join Gov. Jack Markell, Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and other officials Friday for a Veterans Day ceremony in New Castle.

Also taking part in the ceremony are participants in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware have charged a man with posting threats against Gov. Jack Markell on Facebook.

State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said in a news release that a Middletown woman contacted them on Sunday. Troopers say the woman showed them a post on Facebook that threatened her and Markell.

Investigators say the woman named a man whom she knows as the person who allegedly made the post.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - School students from across Delaware are getting a jumpstart on next week's election.

Gov. Jack Markell, Secretary of State Jeff Bullock, and state Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove planned to join student delegates Friday in Dover for  the 2016 Student Mock Elections.

The mock election is conducted each election year by teachers in partnership with state agencies, the University of Delaware Democracy Project, and the League of Women Voters.

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There were over 350 people who gathered in Georgetown for the 3rd Annual Latino Summit.

The theme was aimed at developing young Hispanic leaders under the banner, ”Connecting through Civic Engagement.”

The summit was held at Del Tech by the Delaware Hispanic Commission put together by Governor Jack Markell.

Commission member Maria Matos said it was important for the community to speak with one.

The summit discussions ranged from health and education to networking opportunities.

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - State and federal officials are celebrating a restoration project at Delaware's Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell planned to join Gov. Jack Markell and Sen. Tom Carper on Friday to tout one of the largest federally funded restoration projects on the Atlantic Coast.

The $38 million project restored 4,000 acres of coastal marsh and rebuilt existing dunes and barrier beach to improve natural defenses against storms and sea-level rise.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are rolling up their sleeves to fight the flu, and encouraging you to do so as well.

Gov. Jack Markell is joining Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf, and state Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in urging Delawareans to get their flu shots.

Markell planned to get his yearly flu shot at a press conference Thursday at which officials also will tout the first drive-thru flu clinic in Kent County.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The governor of Delaware is unveiling the state's new open data portal to give people raw statistics and other information about the Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Gov. Jack Markell is unveiling the data Wednesday evening. The information has been collected by state agencies and will include information such as traffic, state contracts, cancer mortality rates and even the most popular baby names in the state.

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Governor Jack Markell was pushing state-backed affordable house yesterday as he made a tour of some luxury apartments being built in Seaford.

These apartments with their waterfront view of the Nanticoke River stood in contrast to another apartment Markell visited that was a small second floor unit that smelled of urine.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the visit yesterday was part of the governor’s effort to show off the use of state and federal grants and loan guarantees for affordable housing.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is heading to Chile this week to meet with the country's president and other leaders.

Chile will be the governor's first foreign trade trip since he visited Germany a little more than a year ago. He's scheduled to arrive in Santiago on Friday and will be in Chile through Wednesday Oct. 5.

Markell's office says he will meet with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. He's also planning to meet with fruit exporters and shippers and visit Universidad Bernardo O'Higgins.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's long list of official state things continues to grow.

Now, with legislation being signed Friday by Gov. Jack Markell, it is getting an official Tall Ship.

That would be the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of a vessel that sailed from Sweden in 1638, carrying the first permanent European settlers in the Delaware Valley to what is now Wilmington.

If you're wondering about others, they include the golden retriever, the blue hen chicken, the belemnite, Greenwich loam, the stonefly, and peach pie.

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Governor Jack Markell signed a measure yesterday that would allow students with epilepsy and certain muscle disorders to be given medical marijuana oil while on campus.

The drug must be administered by the school nurse as long as a parent or guardian is present.

WBOC reports that the expansion of “Rylie’s Law” will make her life easier and not force her to leave the school campus for 20 to 45 minutes to get the drug.

Her mother Janie Maedler told the television station that this was a big step for children like Rylie who needs the marijuana oil.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Children with medical conditions that can be alleviated with marijuana oil no longer have to choose between going to school and taking their medicine.

A bill being signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell allows designated caregivers to possess and administer, and qualifying children to use, medical marijuana oil in a school bus or on school grounds.

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Governor Jack Markell is getting into presidential campaign mode.

The Delaware Democrat will be in Ohio to stump for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tomorrow.

Markell and top Democrats endorsed Clinton early in the primary season as she faced off against Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was on hand in April to introduce her during a campaign stop in Wilmington.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Texting or otherwise using a hand-held phone while driving is not only dangerous, but it's also about to become more expensive if you get caught.

A bill being signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell increases the penalty for a first offense of texting behind the wheel from $50 to $100. It also increases the penalty for subsequent offenses from between $100 and $200 to between $200 and $300.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A needle exchange program currently confined to the city of Wilmington is going statewide.

Legislation being signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jack Markell authorizes the statewide expansion of the needle exchange program, which is aimed at reducing the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other diseases.

Lawmakers approved the bill earlier this summer on the final night of this year's legislative session.

The program allows drug addicts to exchange used needles and syringes for clean ones provided by the Division of Public Health.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are mandating that child sexual abuse awareness and prevention be taught in schools.

Officials say Delaware is joining more than 25 other states that have enacted legislation requiring the study or development of curricula for educating teachers, students and parents about personal body safety and child sexual abuse awareness and prevention.

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The transmission line project for the Artificial Island Nuclear Power complex that promised to increase the utility bills of Delmarva customers has been suspended.

PJM has ordered a review of the project by February.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan along with Delaware Governor Jack Markell had opposed the project.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the $272 million project would run under the Delaware River and was aimed at stabilizing generation at the complex in New Jersey.

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HARBESON, Del. (AP) - Poultry producer Allen Harim is celebrating upgrades at the company's processing plant in Harbeson.

The company says it has invested about $30 million to date in expansions and renovations and expects to invest a total of about $40 million by the end of next year.

Renovations at the Harbeson site include upgrades to its wastewater system and production lines that will allow production to double to almost 2 million birds a week.

State officials approved some $11 million in low-interest loans for the wastewater system improvements and expansions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware is being formally recognized as an American Indian tribe.

The formal recognition becomes official with Gov. Jack Markell's signature Thursday on legislation passed by state lawmakers on the final day of this year's legislative session.

The action by the state acknowledges the Lenape tribe's history and culture, centered in Kent County, but also means the tribe can be recognized as eligible for the programs and services provided by the federal government to Native Americans because of their status as Indians.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Help is on the way for Delawareans taking care of family members released from the hospital.

Legislation being signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell requires health care facilities to develop processes to maintain records and educate family caregivers about their responsibilities upon discharge of a loved one from a hospital or treatment facility.

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Delaware lawmakers are moving to intervene in the proposed plan for the state’s utility users to pay for a transmission line to the Artificial Island nuclear power plant.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a legislative committee met late last week to act as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gets set to rehear the plan for construction of the controversial power line.

The plan would place 60 percent of the cost on Delaware residents while Maryland would pick up 35 percent.

The Delaware General Assembly voted to reject those percentages last month.

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Frustration has boiled over with a group of Delaware’s African American leaders who have been dissatisfied with the response by Governor Jack Markell to allegations of racism in state government.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Faith in Action Coalition said last week that they have lost faith in Markell to confront the issue.

Over the last year the group has gotten testimony from around 200 state workers of color who claim that they have faced discrimination.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Convicted felons in Delaware have one fewer hurdle to jump before having their voting rights restored.

State lawmakers last month approved a bill that allows felons to vote before they have paid all fines, fees and restitution.

Gov. Jack Markell who included the proposal in his State of the State address in January, planned to sign the legislation Wednesday at the Achievement Center in Wilmington.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed a series of bills regarding pay equity and other women's issues.

Lilly Ledbetter, an Alabama woman whose fight for equal pay led to Congress passing a 2009 law that bears her name, was the featured guest at Thursday's bill signing ceremony.

One new law makes it illegal for employers in Delaware to prohibit employees from talking about how much they are or their co-workers are paid.

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan blasted the cost-sharing plan to improve the Artificial Island nuclear power plant.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they appeared together insisting that they would do whatever it takes to reverse the April decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Hogan said that residents of both states would bear an unfair burden paying for electricity they will be using.

The estimated total cost of the improvements by PJM Company will now total $272 million.

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