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Shipments of crude oil have been sent from Delaware City Refinery to third-party destinations in 2014.

That admission comes from the facility’s owner PBF Energy after claiming in 2013 that it had only sent one shipment to a destination in New Jersey which was authorized by the Delaware Department Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state decided not to issue a sanction against PBF for a shipment of crude oil to a Philadelphia refinery that same year.

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The First State is facing a $350 million budget deficit as it enters the New Year.

That’s the word from the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council yesterday.

This year the panel said there would be a $150 million shortfall and in the next the next fiscal year it would grow the around $200 million.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Finance Secretary Thomas Cook said that the state was at a crossroads and would have to look at restructuring its revenue portfolio.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is taking part in an international conference in Morocco on issues important to Atlantic Basin countries.

Markell is traveling to North Africa at the invitation of The German Marshall Fund of the United States and Morocco's OCP Policy Center to participate Friday in The Atlantic Dialogues.

The conference, now in its fifth year, brings hundreds of high-level public and private sector leaders together for three days of in-depth discussion on issues including security, economics, migration and energy.

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AstraZeneca will be eliminating 700 jobs in the United States and 120 of those at their Fairfax headquarters in Delaware.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the company said the layoffs were in part to reverse the decline it has seen in U.S. revenue this year.

Governor Jack Markell issued a statement saying that his heart went out to those workers will be receiving pink slips and said the Department of Labor would begin helping them find other jobs.

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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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