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There was a protest of around 25 people outside Governor Jack Markell’s office in downtown Wilmington.

It was held by the NAACP and black ministers who called on the governor to act in response to the widespread allegations of racism in state government.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Reverend Silvester Beaman of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church said there should be zero tolerance such behavior.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining law enforcement officials and lawmakers to celebrate the opening of a new horse stable facility for the Delaware State Police mounted patrol.

The new stables being showcased Tuesday are located on the grounds of the Department of Correction's Central Violation of Probation Center in Smyrna.

The stables are operated through a partnership between state police and the Department of Correction, providing job training opportunities for offenders who are housed on-site.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is meeting with business leaders and educators in Washington to discuss ways to help high school students move from the class room to the workplace.

Deputy federal labor secretary Christopher Lu also was among Friday's scheduled speakers at a luncheon hosted by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The meeting is aimed at strengthening the "School-to-Workforce Pipeline" by bringing business leaders together with more than 100 principals from top-performing STEM and magnet high schools from around the country.

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Governor Jack Markell has gotten private organizations to provide $10 million to provide birth control to women in Delaware.

The money would train medical providers to implant contraceptives and to educate women on various safe methods of birth control.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that funds will also go to provide different forms of contraceptives in doctor’s offices so that the women can get same-day long-acting birth control.

The News Journal reports that $1.7 million in state funding will also be provided to support the program.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of people involved in Delaware's biomedical research community are gathering at the University of Delaware this week to swap ideas and discuss ways to increase basic, clinical and translational research opportunities across the region.

Gov. Jack Markell was among the scheduled speakers Thursday at the inaugural Delaware Biomedical Research Symposium at the University of Delaware.

Thursday's scheduled keynote speaker is Dr. Kathleen Brady, director of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

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As Dow and DuPont merge the agricultural spin will maintain its headquarters in Wilmington.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that a yet unnamed specialty products company will also locate its headquarters in the Delaware town.

This will keep some high-level executive jobs in the state.

The News Journal reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission says more revenue is expected to come from the two companies than DuPont.

The paper reports that combined the two companies are expected to be valued at $32 billion.

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A ten cent increase in Delaware’s gas tax is now up for consideration in the state legislature.

It’s estimated that the increase would raise around $50 million and would go toward infrastructure such as bridges and roads.

Unlike a previous attempt by Governor Jack Markell in 2014 it would expire after a year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this would allow lawmakers to assess the impact of the falling oil prices.

But several Republicans voiced their opposition to the increase.

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Governor Jack Markell announced that he will ask for $2.5 million in federal disaster relief to rebuild the infrastructure along Delaware’s beaches damaged from the recent storms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that funds would go toward repairing the northern end of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach as well as storm water pipes damaged by the waves.

Money would also go toward trails in state parks such as Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Is Delaware ready for its close-up?

A state panel that is meeting Wednesday in Dover is charged with implementing programs aimed at promoting a motion picture and television industry in Delaware.

The panel was formed pursuant to a resolution passed by lawmakers last year and signed by Gov. Jack Markell in July.

Initiatives the panel may look at include providing informational materials pointing out desirable shooting locations within the state, and cooperating with management and labor engaged in the movie and television industries.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Delaware's congressional delegation for a groundbreaking ceremony on a long-awaited road project to ease traffic congestion in southern New Castle County.

Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau also is among those scheduled to attend Friday's groundbreaking for the U.S. 301 project.

The new 301 will be limited-access, four-lane toll road stretching from the Maryland/Delaware state line to State Route 1 north of the Biddles Corner Toll Plaza.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the General Assembly's budget-writing committee are ready to begin delving into Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $4.1 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee was to convene Tuesday to begin a monthlong series of hearings and discussion on individual agency budget requests for fiscal 2017, which starts July 1.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Proponents of a defeated measure to abolish Delaware's death penalty say they'll continue fighting until capital punishment is outlawed.

The legislation failed Thursday in the state House, getting 16 of the 21 votes needed for passage. Twenty-three lawmakers voted against the bill, which cleared the Senate last year by a single vote.

Supporters said they would try to resurrect the measure after a five-week break for budget meetings.

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The battle over Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's $42 billion budget is about to begin in Annapolis as Democrats vow to ensure their priorities are represented in the final document. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Anjali Shastry with the Washington Times who has been covering the opening gambits on the budget.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Just months after fellow Democrats expressed concerns about Delaware's dire financial situation and a potential $160 million shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Jack Markell is proposing to increase the state's operating budget by more than 5 percent.

The $4.1 billion proposal unveiled Thursday includes $18 million in new spending for a general pay increase for state employees, and an additional $16 million for other salary increases, including $9 million in annual pay increases for teachers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill to abolish Delaware's death penalty.

The bill to be voted on Thursday narrowly cleared the Senate last year, but had been languishing in a House committee until the committee chairman agreed last week to release it.

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

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has said he would sign the measure if it reaches his desk.

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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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