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The new upgraded Antares rocket is set to be unveiled at Wallops Flight Facility launch pad this week.

If the hot-fire testing of the rocket works out Orbital ATK expects a launch sometime in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this would be the first liftoff from Wallops since a resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded on the launch pad almost two years ago.

The paper reports that the explosion caused $15 million in damage to the launch pad.

NASA has contracted with both Orbital and SpaceX to bring supplies to the space station.

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The State of Delaware is seeing an increasing number of seniors moving into the state while millennials are moving out.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that three decades ago 30 percent of the First State’s population was between the ages of 18 and 34.

That figure has declined to 23 percent.

In addition, 61 percent of the people born in Delaware now live somewhere else.

The News Journal reports that economists say millennials are looking for a better labor market where the can build their lives.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote this week on a bill banning sales of a popular cough suppressant to anyone under 18.

The legislation to be voted on Tuesday prohibits the sale of dextromethorphan, or DXM, to minors without a prescription.

The measure, which cleared the House unanimously last month, is aimed at youngsters who abuse DXM to get high.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Police say attempted carjackings were the likely motivation at two shooting scenes in suburban Maryland parking lots that left two people dead.

Sixty-two-year-old Eulalio Tordil was arrested Friday after a two-day shooting spree at three separate crime scenes. The first occurred Thursday, when police say Tordil fatally shot his estranged wife, Gladys Tordil, in a high-school parking lot. She had recently obtained a protective order against him and was the first of the three deaths.

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SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) - Federal regulators are considering requests from four companies to look for oil and natural gas in the mid-and south Atlantic Ocean by blasting the sea bed with sound waves.

It's an efficient way to look for energy deposits, but environmental groups fear it could harm marine mammals including whales, dolphins and turtles.

The proposed surveying would range from Delaware to Florida.

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The speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress on Monday annulled last month's vote on the impeachment of embattled President Dilma Rousseff. But shortly afterward, the leader of Brazil's Senate announced he will ignore the lower house leader's decision and press on with the impeachment process.

The political seesawing further complicates the already chaotic struggle for political power in Brazil's government.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislation to increase Delaware's $8.25 minimum wage by $2 over four years has generated sharp discussion in the state Senate.

Bill sponsor Robert Marshall of Wilmington tabled the bill Tuesday after lengthy debate, saying later he didn't know whether it had enough votes to pass.

Supporters say the measure will help struggling low-wage earners. Opponents say it will lead to businesses cutting jobs, hiring fewer workers and even leaving Delaware.

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There was lots of snow this weekend with the highest amount winding up in Kent County Delaware at 16 inches.

In the southern portion of the state around 4 inches.

In Cambridge, the snow registered 13 inches.

Here in Salisbury it was 4.8 inches deep. Residents told Delmarva Public Radio’s Nathaniel Williamson they were relieved at it wasn’t more.

On Wallops Island the snow was around 5.2 inches.

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Gov. Jack Markell has lifted Delaware's state of emergency and driving warning.

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Governor Jack Markell gave is last state of the state address yesterday hailing the changes that have taken place as Delaware emerges from the Great Recession.

The Delaware Democrat said the state must still evolve calling for higher pay for teachers and to meet the changing economy he wanted to expand job training programs.

In addition, he said it was time to revamping health care coverage for state employees.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A death penalty repeal bill that had been languishing in a House committee is headed to a vote by the full House next week after the committee chairman agreed to release it.

Judiciary Committee members voted 6-to-5 last May not to send the bill to the full House after it cleared the Senate on an 11-to-9 vote.

But committee chairman Rep. John Mitchell, D-Elsmere, who opposes repeal, said Thursday that he had signed it out of committee with an "unfavorable" endorsement, allowing the bill to move forward.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is set to give his final State of the State address.

The two-term Democrat, who is prohibited by law from seeking a third term, will address a joint session of the General Assembly on Thursday.

Markell will lay out his vision for the state during his final year in office, calling for Delawareans to build on the accomplishments of his administration and to expect more progress, even in challenging times.

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The new Labor Secretary in Delaware has gotten high praise from a coalition of ministers and the NAACP after accusations have swirled around agency of racist atmosphere in the agency.

Patrice Gilliam-Johnson is African American and has known Governor Jack Markell for decades.

She is chairwoman of the Organizational Dynamics program at Wilmington University.

The appointment comes after 73 year-old John McMahon announced his retirement as his agency faced accusations of racism in a report by the coalition of ministers.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a resolution apologizing for Delaware's role in slavery and wrongs committed against blacks during the Jim Crow era.

The resolution passed on a 38-1 vote Thursday and now goes to the Senate.  Gov. Jack Markell has said he supports the measure.

Chief House sponsor Rep. Stephanie Bolden acknowledged that the resolution is a symbolic measure aimed at promoting "reconciliation and healing."

The resolution states that it is the General Assembly's intent that it not be used in, or be the basis for, any litigation.

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The effort to override Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s veto of a measure that would have allow students to opt out of the state’s standardized test has failed.

Representative John Kowalko tried to get a resolution to suspend the House rules in order to get a vote on opt out legislation.

But it failed by a vote of 13 to 26.

The Newark Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal that he will try to get the legislation onto the regular agenda but he said he was not optimistic.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have approved proposed changes to Delaware's corporate income tax system to eliminate disincentives for multistate firms to hire workers and invest in property in the state.

The legislation, supported by Gov. Jack Markell, was approved Thursday on a 36-to-2 vote and sent to the Senate.

The bill revises a formula that equally factors the Delaware-based percentages of a company's total payroll, property and sales in calculating the state income tax due.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are poised to challenge Gov. Jack Markell's veto of a bill allowing Delaware students to opt out of standardized tests.

The legislation would allow students to opt out of tests without repercussions. It is aimed in particular at the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is tied to Common Core standards championed by Markell.

Rep. John Kowalko, a Newark Democrat, was expected to seek an override vote Thursday, following a rally by supporters of the legislation.

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Delaware Labor Secretary John McMahon is stepping down amidst allegations of workplace racism in his agency.

He announced yesterday that he will be retiring at the age of 73.

The issue of racism in Delaware state government has gotten the attention of Governor Jack Markell who recently received a report by African American leaders that found state employees complaining of a racially hostile environment.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Markell is expected to name a replacement in the coming days and he praised him for his work during the Great Recession.

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Governor Jack Markell wants to make Delaware more tax friendly for business.

So, he has said that he wants to change the way the corporate tax is calculated.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat wants to move from a formula based on the proportion of employees, property and sales in the First State to one based only on in-state sales.

It’s estimated that the change would cost the state around $8.2 billion in the next fiscal year and would total $47 billion over the next three years.

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A coalition of groups has released a report that found rampant racial discrimination for Delaware state employees.

The report was released by the NAACP and other groups this week and came after a meeting with Governor Jack Markell.

WBOC reports that the findings from testimony from state employees ranged from 26 percent complaining about a hostile work environment to 24 percent about recruitment, hiring and promotion problems.

In addition, another 18 percent testified that there was racial discrimination while another 17 percent said they had seen retaliation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are scrapping a state standardized test for high school juniors in favor of the SAT college entrance exam.

Wednesday's announcement comes one week after House Democrats sent a letter to Gov. Jack Markell urging that 11th-graders be allowed to take the SAT in lieu of the state Smarter Balanced assessment, which is tied to the Common Core standards.

The change takes effect this spring.

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Discrimination against state employees was the subject of a closed door meeting yesterday between Governor Jack Markell and a coalition of Delaware leaders from the African American community.

They presented him with a report drawn from testimony by state employees that says there is rampant racism within state government.

The Wilmington News Journal says that the report makes six recommendations on how agencies deal with discrimination in the office.

Last year, the group took testimony from around a 100 state workers across Delaware.

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This coming January 14th the Delaware Parents Teacher Association is planning on holding a rally at Legislative Hall in Dover challenging Governor Jack Markell’s decision to veto a measure that would have allow students to opt out of state standardized tests.

That’s two days after the legislative session begins.

State Representative John Kowalko told the Wilmington News Journal that he is planning on preparing legislation that will override the governor’s decision.

His measure would specifically allow parents to opt their children out of the exams.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has officially decriminalized possession by adults of small amounts of marijuana.

Just past the stroke of midnight on Friday, a decriminalization law signed in June by Gov. Jack Markell took effect.

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A coalition of groups stood in front of Legislative Hall yesterday to hand over a letter to Governor Jack Markell opposing his decision to allow Syrian refugees into the First State.

Karen Gritton, executive director of the group 9-12 Delaware Patriots said that the FBI cannot guarantee an adequate vetting of those coming from the Middle East if they come through some of the embattled countries.

The Concerned Coalition Alliance of Delaware also includes Faith and Freedom Coalition, Central Delaware NAACP and the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Sussex County.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov.  Jack Markell is joining cabinet members and other state officials to announce the appointment of Delaware's 17th poet laureate,

First Lady Carla Markell, Secretary of State Jeff Bullock and Division of the Arts Director Paul Weagraff also will be on hand for Wednesday's ceremony at the Delaware Art Museum.

The current poet laureate, JoAnn Balingit, is retiring after seven years in the post, following her appointment by former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in 2008.

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The Delaware Senate Majority leader David McBride is being treated for colorectal cancer.

The Democrat from Hawk’s Nest told that he would begin six months of chemotherapy treatment following his surgery in November.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that McBride wrote to supporters that the cancer had been detected during a regular screening leading to prompt treatment.

Despite the treatment he said he would be around for the regular Senate term that begins in January.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A nonprofit group is suing Delaware officials over the use of bank settlement money to help balance the state budget.

The Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council filed the lawsuit Monday, several months after asking federal officials to oversee distribution of Bank of America settlement funds.

Defendants in the lawsuit are Gov. Jack Markell, the state treasurer, and the legislature's controller general.

Markell's office did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has announced his support for a resolution that condemns and apologizes for slavery.

On the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, Gov. Markell visited the congregation at Bethel AME Church Sunday morning, saying he joins House representatives in support of a joint resolution that will say Delaware denounces and deplores slavery.

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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.

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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.

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