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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.