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Delaware Governor Jack Markell defended his plans to build a data center and a power plant at the former Chrysler site in Newark.

He told a town hall meeting last night that the projects would bring jobs to the state – especially in these difficult economic times.

Markell said, “We have to stop saying no.”

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says Delaware needs to raise starting salaries for teachers as part of the state's effort to improve public schools.

Markell on Wednesday also called for higher pay for math and science teachers and for educators teaching in difficult school settings.

Markell joined Delaware education and business leaders at the 6th annual Vision 2015 Conference on Education at the University of Delaware.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is taking part in national education summit in New York.

Markell was scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on teacher training Monday afternoon during the 2013 NBC News Education Nation Summit at the New York Public Library.

Markell also was to be interviewed earlier in the day about increasing early learning opportunities in advance of a panel discussion including Harriet Dichter, executive director of the Delaware Office of Early Learning.

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Governor Jack Markell told a group of Delaware taxpayers last night in Lewes that he would not suspend the prevailing-wage laws or back out of incentive agreements with companies like Bloom Energy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that improving the education system will boost the labor pool for local businesses.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is temporarily giving up his official driver and usual mode of transportation for a two-wheeled tour of Delaware.

Markell planned to don sneakers and shorts Friday to host the Governor's 7th Annual Bike Tour of Delaware.

The governor, an avid cyclist, will join with members of his cabinet and other biking enthusiasts for a 60-mile bike ride from Middletown to Dover.

The tour starts Friday morning at the Middletown Park and Ride on Route 299 and ends at Woodburn, the official governor's residence in Dover.

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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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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.


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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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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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.


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.


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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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.