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9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Delaware Lawmakers Meet Early on Next Year's Budget

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It’s not too early to start looking at the budget options for Delaware lawmakers.

And, in an expectation of more continue tough financial times ahead legislators have scheduled some early meetings on how to deal with increased costs and an expected drop in revenue.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state revenues are projected to be $55 million short of what was allocated for the fiscal year of 2014 that ends in June of next year.

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9:12 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Fitness Centers to Open at Delaware Public Schools

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating the opening of new, state-of-the-art fitness centers at three schools in Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join the chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils on Wednesday to cut the ribbon on fitness centers at A.I. duPont Middle School in Greenville and Bancroft Elementary School in Wilmington.

The third school, McCullough Middle School, will host a ribbon cutting event Thursday.

The schools were selected to receive grants to support efforts to improve youth fitness and wellness.

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12:02 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Route 113 Bypass Could See Another Delay

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After two days of grueling public testimony plans for the Route 113 around and south of Millsboro could be delayed again if residents and lawmakers can’t agree on a route.

Geogg Sundstrom, spokesman for the Delaware Department of Transportation told the Wilmington News Journal that if there is no the political will put the project out there Governor Jack Markell has made it clear it won’t be built.

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9:16 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Delaware Governor Promotes New Basketball Tournament

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining other state officials to promote a new high school basketball tournament in Delaware.

Officials planned to gather Monday in Rehoboth to announce the successor to Slam Dunk to the Beach, which drew top high school players from around the country for more than a decade until it folded several years ago.

Among the NBA stars who played in the Slam Dunk event are Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and JJ Redick.

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11:07 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Birders Association Moves Their Nest

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - The American Birding Association says it will move its North American headquarters to Delaware City from Colorado next year.

The group, which caters to recreational birders, made the announcement with Gov. Jack Markell Thursday in Delaware City. The association will move into the historic Central Hotel, which is undergoing renovations.

The Central Hotel was originally built in 1830 as a combined dwelling and grain storehouse to serve the wharfs along the new canal.

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11:31 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Sea Level Rise Week in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining other Delaware officials to draw public attention to the threat that rising sea levels pose to Delaware and other coastal states.

Markell planned to sign an executive order Thursday relating to climate impact during an event recognizing Sea-Level Rise Awareness Week in Delaware.

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11:27 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Dover Developer Michael Zimmerman Pleads Guilty in Campaign Contribution Case

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A prominent Dover developer has pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions to Gov. Jack Markell in 2008.

A Kent County judge immediately sentenced Michael Zimmerman to probation on Tuesday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Zimmerman pleaded guilty to making the contributions to Markell during the 2008 governor's race without divulging their true source. He was ordered to pay a fine of $21,600 and perform 50 hours of community service. He apologized and said he understood that what he did was wrong.

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9:31 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Work Protection Measure for Volunteer Fire Fighters in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Volunteer emergency responders in Delaware are benefiting from new measures designed to ensure that they are not penalized in their regular paid jobs for doing their volunteer duties.

Gov. Jack Markell is expected to sign a bill Friday prohibiting employers from firing or taking disciplinary action against employees who miss work because injuries sustained while serving as volunteer emergency responders.

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9:18 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Over $60,000 Spent by Markell on Trip to Israel

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell's recent trip to Israel cost Delaware taxpayers about $62,000.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the cost of Markell's July trip to Israel is similar to the tabs picked up by taxpayers for his trips to Korea and India.

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9:07 am
Tue September 3, 2013

New Education Standards Marked by Governor in Delaware

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MIDDLETOWN, Del.. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Delaware education officials to promote the state's adoptino of common core standards.

Markell planned to join Secretary of Education Mark Murphy at Silver Lake elmenetary school in Middletown on Tuesday night for a common care back-to-school night for education leaders.

State lawmakers, school superintendents, and representatives from school boards and the state teachers union are expected to attend to see how the new standards incorporate higher-level thinking and application.

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8:58 am
Tue August 27, 2013

More ID Needed for Over The Counter Drugs

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delawareans will soon have to give up their personal information in order to buy many commonly used over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines.

Under a bill being signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell, retailers and pharmacists must keep records on anyone buying nonprescription medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

The new law is aimed at cracking down on the production of illegal methamphetamine, for which pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient.

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10:19 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Medical Marijuana Coming Soon to Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has decided to move forward with a medical marijuana program in Delaware after halting plans last year amid fears that state officials could be subject to federal prosecution.

In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Markell proposed a scaled-down pilot program involving one state-licensed "compassion center" that would grow and distribute marijuana to eligible medical patients. A law signed by Markell in 2011 called for three such centers.

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9:14 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Delaware AG Defers Questions About Campaign Finance Investigation

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorney General Beau Biden's office is refusing to answer questions about fellow Democrat Gov. Jack Markell's handling of potentially illegal campaign contributions.

In a letter to Delaware's Republican Party chairman Tuesday, Biden's office reiterated that questions about charitable donations made by Markell's camp equal to the questionable campaign contributions should be directed to an independent counsel.

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9:11 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Markell Drumming Up Global Business in Australia

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is in Australia this week to participate in the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

The annual forum starts Thursday in Sydney, where Markell plans to build on his efforts to include Delaware in discussions about an increasingly global economy.

Some 150 delegates, including CEO's, foreign affairs and trade officials from more than 40 companies, are expected at the meeting.

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12:23 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Governor Jack Markell Got Questionable Donations

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Governor Jack Markell gubernatorial campaign in 2007 and 2008 got thousands of dollars in donations from an executive who pled guilty in an illegal Washington DC campaign contribution scheme.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that governor’s office says his campaign donated over $28-thosuand to five Delaware charities to account for the contributions because they may have been improper.

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9:17 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Governor Makes Appearance at Delaware State Fair

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The Delaware State Fair it about to wrap up.

But before it does there was a visit by Governor Jack Markell who toured the grounds and pressing the flesh as people he hears from people of his state.

It was part of his annual Governor’s Day tour of the fair.

He visited 4-H exhibits, awarded a few ribbons to champion quilters, bakers and vegetable growers and even participated in an egg tossing competition with Miss Delaware. 

The two term Democrat says there is no substitute for retail politics.

 

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9:02 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Markell To Sign Public Benefit Corporation Law Today

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation enabling the formation of public benefit corporations in Delaware.

The legislation to be signed Wednesday allows the formation of for-profit companies that seek to balance the bottom line with social consciousness.

Public benefit corporations are managed not only for the benefit of stockholders, as most corporations are, but also for community and public interests. 

A dozen other states, including New York, California and neighboring Maryland, already recognize public benefit corporations.

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11:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Governor Jack Markell Leads Israeli Trade Trip

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is leading a delegation to Israel with hopes of boosting Delaware's economic ties with the country.

Markell's office said Wednesday that the weeklong trip starts Friday and is aimed at generating interest in incorporating and doing business in Delaware.

Officials say most high-tech Israeli companies incorporated outside Israel are registered in Delaware, and that foreign-owned companies are the fastest growing part of Delaware's franchise tax revenue.

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9:29 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Public Input for Delaware's On-Line Gambling Rules

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have published new regulations for administering Internet gambling in Delaware.

The regulations were posted this week by the state lottery office, which will accept public comment through the end of the month.

Delaware is one of three states to approve online gambling, along with Nevada and New Jersey.

(See: Vote Smart)

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9:03 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Delaware Governor to Sign Good Samaritan Bill

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Good Samaritan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation encouraging people in Delaware to report alcohol and drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted is about to become law.

The so-called Good Samaritan bill was to be signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell after winning unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.

Under the bill, a person reporting an overdose would be immune from prosecution for certain drug crimes even if he or she has been involved in drug-related activity.

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8:32 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Delaware Lawmakers Approve Bill to Tighen Regulations on Abortion Clinics

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers unanimously have approved a bill authorizing tighter regulations on abortion clinics in Delaware following recent problems at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wilmington. 

The bill was approved by the House early Monday with no debate, following Senate passage last week.

The measure allows abortion clinic employees, not just patients, to file complaints for investigations by the Department of Health and Social Services. 

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8:51 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Delaware Senate Approves $3.7 Billion Operating Budget, Casinos Get $8 million Bailout

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 Operating Budget

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a $3.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts Monday.

Senators voted 17-4 Thursday for the spending plan, which now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature. House members voted 40-to-1 Tuesday to approve the budget.

All five dissenting votes in the House and Senate came from Republican lawmakers, who expressed concerns about continued growth in the state budget.

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8:26 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Markell To Eliminate Outdated Regulations

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials plan to eliminate more than 60 state regulations and revise more than 80 others after a yearlong review aimed at ensuring that state government is not imposing unnecessary burdens on businesses and residents.

Gov. Jack Markell signed an executive order last June requiring executive branch agencies to solicit and review public input on regulations that are at least three years old to determine whether they should be revised or eliminated.

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9:20 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Delaware Wrapping Up State Budgets

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware legislative budget writers have approved $44.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, community groups and volunteer fire companies.

The spending plan approved by the Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday is $1.7 million higher than the $43 million recommended by Gov. Jack Markell in January.

The grants bill is the third and smallest budget bill that lawmakers pass each year, along with the operating budget and a capital budget for roads and construction projects.

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9:10 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Government Regulation on Delaware Businesses Reviewed

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is ready to report on a yearlong review he ordered of state agency regulations to ensure that the state government is not imposing unnecessary burdens on businesses and residents.

Markell signed an executive order last June requiring executive branch agencies to solicit and review public input on regulations that are at least three years old to determine whether they should be revised or eliminated.

Each executive agency was required to hold at least one public forum in each county and accept written comments and suggestions.

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9:30 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Budget Bills Work Their Way Through Delaware Legislature

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Grant In-Aid Bill

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers are beginning work on a bill to provide millions of dollars in grants to nonprofit organizations, community groups and volunteer fire companies.

Gov. Jack Markell has proposed $43 million in grants to nonprofit groups and community agencies for the fiscal year starting Monday.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee was to meet Wednesday to begin marking up Markell's proposal.

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9:07 am
Mon June 24, 2013

$3.3 Million for Mental Health Workers in Delaware Schools

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Governor Jack Markell set aside $3.3 million to increase the number of full-time middle school mental health workers to 30.

During his “State of the State” address the Delaware Democrat Markell noted that there were 12 Delaware students who had committed suicide last year.

And, he said, the schools clearly need help in coping with the problems facing these young people.

The administration hopes to put one consultant in each school district.

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10:52 am
Fri June 21, 2013

$8 Million Bailout for Delaware Casinos

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A legislative committee has agreed to give $8 million to Delaware's casinos as it wraps up work on a capital budget for the fiscal year starting July 1

The committee voted unanimously Thursday for a capital spending plan that is tens of millions of dollars higher than the $423 million plan proposed by Gov. Jack Markell in January.

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9:03 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Delaware Governor Asks for Additional Education Funding

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Governor Jack Markell wants $31 million in new funding for Delaware’s public schools.

The largest part of the growth comes from $8.8 million to fully fund the increasing size of enrollment at the schools and another $8.5 million for step increases for school employees…that are given to teachers as they gain experience and education.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state is required to fully fund both programs.

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8:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Last Revenue Projections Before Delaware Budget Finalized

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official financial projections is updating its revenue estimates for the final time before lawmakers pass a new state budget.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council meets Monday. The legislature's capital budget committee also meets Monday to begin work on a spending plan for roads and other construction projects.

Last month, the DEFAC panel boosted revenue estimates by about $20 million, giving lawmakers more money to add to the proposed operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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