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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) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed an executive order establishing a state cybersecurity advisory council.

Markell says the council will help support efforts by the state Department of Technology & Information to prevent, detect and respond to cyberattacks.

The panel also will help coordinate cybersecurity initiatives among public- and private-sector entities and promote infrastructure security.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Jack Markell's nominations for cabinet secretaries to lead Delaware's education and safety and homeland security departments.

With Wednesday's confirmation votes, former Wilmington public safety director Jim Mosely will succeed retiring Safety and Homeland Security Lewis Schiliro.

Steven Godowsky, a longtime education administrator, will replace Mark Murphy as education secretary.

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Congressman John Carney pulled in more than $200-thousand at a fundraiser in Wilmington this week as he takes aim at the governor’s race.

The Delaware Democrat’s one night event at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington included two major Democratic notables Governor Jack Markell and Attorney General Matt Denn.

In addition the First State’s two Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons were also on hand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the big money and big Democratic names are expected to scare off any Democratic challengers.

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A free black man convicted of helping slaves escape to freedom in the 19th century is to be posthumously pardoned by Delaware's governor.

Ocea Thomas of Atlanta said in a telephone interview Tuesday that she received a phone call this weekend letting her know that Gov. Jack Markell would pardon Samuel Burris, a free black man and conductor on the Underground Railroad who died in the 1860s and is one of Thomas' ancestors.

Phone and email messages left Tuesday for Markell's spokeswoman, Kelly Bachman, weren't immediately returned.

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The graduation rates are going up in Delaware.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education found that rates rose from 80 percent in the 2012-2013 school years to 87 percent in the last school term.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that’s the largest increase in the nation.

School officials told the paper that this is the result of the efforts in high schools to home in on students having difficulty in school and making sure they get the assistance they require.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Environmentalists, government officials and academics are gathering at the University of Delaware for a two-day meeting to discuss issues involving the Delaware River watershed.

Gov. Jack Markell was scheduled to deliver Monday's keynote address at the Delaware River Watershed Forum gathering.

Congressman John Carney and National Wildlife Federation President Collin O'Mara also were scheduled to attend the third annual event.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation that clarifies how and when authorities can confiscate firearms from and prohibit the purchase of guns by people accused or convicted of domestic violence.

The legislation to be signed Friday also expands the definition of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to include substantive dating relationships and people who are or were cohabitating.

The bill signing is in conjunction with Markell issuing a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's governor and the mayor of Wilmington have expressed their condolences to the family of a man shot and killed by Wilmington police.
 
Gov. Jack Markell and Mayor Dennis Williams joined scores of people at a vigil Thursday evening for Jeremy McDole, who was killed Wednesday afternoon. The crowd prayed for healing, unity and justice. But some also vented their anger while the two elected officials listened quietly.
 

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The state of Delaware is launching a 30-45 day pilot program that puts body cameras on state and municipal police officers.

Governor Jack Markell said he was convinced that this would help protect citizens and officers alike.

The move comes after a major push by the NAACP in Delaware for the devices following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of a police officer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, said he was pleased with the new program but says more needs to be done.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are celebrating the completion of a statewide effort to improve safety in public schools.

Gov. Jack Markell joined education and law enforcement officials Tuesday to recognize the completion of comprehensive safety plans across Delaware's school system.

Officials say this school year is the first in which every Delaware public school that was in operation as of last year has a comprehensive safety plan in place.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP)- The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections is updating its fiscal forecast.
    
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is set to meet Monday to update revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.
    
The meeting is the council's first since lawmakers passed a $3.9 billion spending plan for the current year on July 1.
    

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is leading a trade mission to Germany in hopes of drumming up business for Delaware.

Officials say a primary goal of the trip, which starts Tuesday, is to strengthen ties with small- and medium-sized businesses in Bavaria, and that Markell will meet with business and government leaders in Munich and Berlin.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A new standardized test linked to Common Core academic standards is proving to be a challenge for Delaware school students.

First year results from the Smarter Balanced test released Wednesday show, on average, that barely half of Delaware students who tested are proficient in English language arts.

Statewide, less than 40 percent of students scored proficiently in math, including less than one-fourth of 11th graders.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A statewide business group says Delaware politicians need to take a hard look at cutting state spending.

The Delaware Business Roundtable issued a study Wednesday warning that unless officials take action, annual operating deficits could balloon to more than $600 million, or 11 percent of expenditures, by fiscal 2025.

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Last night a number of state employees told a hearing held by the Delaware NAACP about workplace discrimination.

The testimony was heard at the Immanuel House of Praise in Seaford where retired corrections officer Matthew Gibbs said during his time he saw favoritism and nepotism in what he called a buddy-buddy system.

WBOC reports that the 31 year Gibbs said there needs to be a better process for getting promotions.

The hearing is part of an effort by the Delaware NAACP in response to complaints it has received about racial discrimination in state government.

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With the start of the school year Delaware public schools will be getting access to the drug Naloxone which reverses the effects overdose effects from heroin and other drugs.

The Department of Health and Social Services will be distributing the donation of 2-thousand Evzio injection units to the Department of Education, addiction treatment centers and participating law enforcement.

Delaware officials say 185 people died from suspected overdoses in the state last year.

Many of them were the result of heroin or prescription drugs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A coalition of pastors and the NAACP that is investigating accusations of discrimination in state government is beginning to seek testimony at hearings in Kent and Sussex counties.
 
The Wilmington News Journal  reports that the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of churches in the Dover area, and the Central Delaware NAACP have joined black pastors in New Castle County to conduct the hearings starting Tuesday.
 

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A special election for a Newark seat in the Delaware House of Representatives is set for Sept 12 which could end the ability of Democrats to achieve the three-fifths vote needed for such things as tax increases.  

So far, the Republican Eileen O-Shaughnessy-Coleman has raised $23,611 out distancing her Democratic rival David Bentz who has picked up nearly $16-thousand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have dumped money into the campaigns as they struggle over the Democratic supermajority.

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Governor Jack Markell has vetoed a measure that would have made it a felony rather than a misdemeanor for a health care worker to have intentional sexual contact with a patient.

The governor said that he found some of the language in the bill too vague and could be enforced in unpredictable ways.

In addition, he said that it did not take into account that the doctor-patient relationship may be different in one context and another.

He added it also made no distinction between consent and no consent.

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Openly carrying firearms in the city buildings and other functions in Bethany Beach may soon be banned.

At a work session this week Mayor Jack Gordon said the prohibition got the unanimous back from the town council.

Those with concealed weapons permits would still be allowed to carry their arms but they must be kept out of sight.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the action was prompted by an incident at a Newark City Council meeting where residents openly carried weapons into a meeting.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy for a discussion on how to boost the economies of East Coast states.

Monday's discussion is part of the ongoing Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments in Wilmington.

The annual forum brings policy makers from Eastern states and Eastern Canadian provinces together with business leaders and policy experts to share ideas and approaches to public policy issues.

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Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy is stepping down and will be replaced by Steve Godowsky.

Godowsky was the former superintendent of the New Castle County Vo-Tech System.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its sources say Murphy’s departure was expected.

Governor Jack Markell praised Murphy’s work and the results that are being seen in the classroom especially in graduation rates and more students going to college.

Murphy also oversaw a number of reforms that were tied to the federal Race to the Top program.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign legislation that can help people charged with violating certain laws regarding the state park system from having criminal records that could jeopardize their job prospects.

The bill to be signed Friday declassifies several minor violations associated with state parks by changing them from unclassified misdemeanors to class D environmental violations.

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A new detox center will be opening in Harrington next month for those seeking the escape their drug addiction.

The 15-thousand square foot structure will provide 12 short-term beds for 23 hour observation and another 16 for those who need extensive care for a week.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that around 30 to 100 spaces will be for outpatient care such as counseling.

Yesterday afternoon Governor Jack Markell showed up for a press conference at the facility.

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Governor Jack Markell put his signature on a measure called the Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III Child Protection Act.

It would beef up background checks for private schools and summer camps.

The requirements would use finger prints for a national criminal background check.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it would ban those with a criminal conviction for a felony sexual assault or a misdemeanor crime involving a child from such employment.

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HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are discussing plans for $4.5 million in new funding to tackle substance abuse in Delaware.

State lawmakers approved the funding in the budget for fiscal 2016, which began last month.

Gov. Jack Markell sought the funding in his January budget proposal, noting that 185 Delawareans died from a suspected drug overdose last year and nearly 10,000 adults sought public treatment for addiction.

Markell planned to make an announcement about expanded substance abuse services on Wednesday at the site of a new detox center in Harrington.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials in Delaware say seven students have graduated from a new employment training program that prepares them to become certified nursing assistants.

The students graduated from the eight-week program, called Generation, on Tuesday. Gov. Jack Markell gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware cats are a new protected class under animal control legislation being signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell.

Markell was to sign two bills Tuesday, one relating to cruelty to animals, and the other involving dangerous dogs.

One measure allows first responders to use reasonable force to remove an animal confined in a motor vehicle under conditions likely to cause suffering, injury, or death.

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African American pastors in Delaware are investigating – what they say – is racism by state employees.

The interviews are being carried out by the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council and the NAACP.

Eventually they will hand over a report to Governor Jack Markell.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the ministers and NAACP say they have heard accounts from African American workers.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation to consolidate regulations for background checks for people working with children in Delaware.

The bill to be signed Monday consolidates into one section of state code the background check requirements for individuals who want to work or volunteer for child-serving entities.

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