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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware state House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill that would make it easier for those with juvenile criminal convictions to have their records expunged.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday modifies discretionary expungement provisions to allow more people, including those with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, to be eligible to have their records cleared.

The person could not have adult convictions or pending criminal charges.

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CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - A proposed office, manufacturing and transit hub in Claymont could bring as many as 5,000 jobs to eastern Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the multimillion-dollar, 425-acre project, dubbed First State Crossing, could attract multiple employers and bringing thousands of jobs to the site.

The St. Louis-based developer, Commercial Development Company, transforms outdated industrial properties into office, manufacturing and retail space.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is helping to celebrate a milestone with the MGM National Harbor resort and casino.

On Wednesday, the governor is offering remarks during the MGM Resorts International's 1,000th member construction workforce celebration.

The $925 million project was projected last year to bring about 2,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs.

The plans for the site include a casino that can hold 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games. Officials said it could open as early as 2016.

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Things are looking up for the First State’s job market.

The unemployment rate in Delaware fell to 5% in January.

That’s down from 6.1% during the same period last year.

There's another piece of good news.

The Gallop organization listed Delaware in the top ten for job creation.

Wages also rose in January.

The weekly earnings went up to $726 a week from an even $700 in December.

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - More than 200 new jobs are coming to Maryland over the next three years as the result of a solar power company's expansion.

Officials with Astrum Solar on Tuesday announced plans to triple its 14,400 square-foot facility in Howard County, and add 240 new jobs by 2017.

Astrum Solar Vice President Cory Byzewski said the company was committed to helping the state through job creation as well as through the environmental and financial benefits of solar power.

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - A national solar power company is announcing a major expansion in Maryland.

Officials with Astrum Solar, which is headquartered in Howard County, will detail the project on Tuesday during a news conference.

Representatives from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and the Howard County Economic Development Authority will also be on hand to talk about the hundreds of new local job opportunities created by the expansion.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is representing Delaware at a national conference focused on creating more job and career opportunities for young people.

Markell is among the scheduled speakers for Thursday at the 2015 National Opportunity Summit in Washington where Vice President Joe Biden also is scheduled to speak.

The event is hosted by Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan, national coalition of more than 300 businesses, nonprofits groups, educational institutions and community leaders working to expand economic opportunity.

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Delaware lawmakers were resistant to a proposal by Attorney General Matt Denn to use the $36 million from a financial settlement for social programs.

These ranged from housing programs and low-income schools to community policing and substance abuse.

During an appearance before the General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee yesterday both Democrats and Republicans suggested they were more interested in funding other kinds of programs.

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A Newark based network management company aimed at creating jobs in Delaware has been given a million dollars by the state’s Council on Development Finance.

SevOne was launched by the University of Delaware graduates in conjunction with the school system’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research program.

The Delaware Strategic Fund Performance grant of $956-thousand will give SevOne between $4-thousand and $7-thousand for each new job the company creates.

The money is tied to a job’s starting salary.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A newly released labor report shows Delaware's unemployment rate fell from 6.4 percent in October to 6 percent in November.

The report, released on Friday, says Delaware added 3,200 new jobs in November, and that the unemployment rate in the state has dropped significantly in the past few years. The report says Delaware was named fourth in the nation in job growth over the past 12 months, trailing only North Dakota, Utah and Texas. The report says employers in Delaware added 12,300 new jobs between November 2013 and October 2014.

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A new report found that the Firefly Music Festival held in Dover brought in $68 million for the regional economy earlier this summer.

The University of Delaware study found that each festival-goer spent around $850 for goods and services.

The survey interview around 900 attendees about their purchases at the festival and off-site businesses along with 5-thousand people who were contacted on line.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that study said the festival created 579 full-time equivalent jobs along with wages and salaries of $23 million.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is among the scheduled speakers at a national awards luncheon for a program aimed at helping at-risk high school students graduate and find jobs.

Markell, who serves as chair of Jobs for America's Graduates, will join board members, supporters, and more than 500 of JAG's youth leaders from across a 32-state network in Washington on Thursday to celebrate the work of the program.

Officials say Jobs for America's Graduates has served more than 1 million youth and is currently assisting some 47,000 young people.

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The unemployment rate in Maryland has seen an uptick again.

After more than two years of decline it has risen above the national average with the number of jobless going up by more than 28-thousand since April.

While Wicomico County, where the jobless rate is 7.6 percent, and Salisbury have a higher rate than the state they have also seen a recent steady increase in employment.  

The nation has an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent with Delaware at 6.5 percent and Virginia at 5.6 percent.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Maryland lost 9,000 jobs in July.

The government says the state unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in July, up from 5.8 percent in June.

Some 5,500 of the jobs lost were in state and local government.

The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reports that the manufacturing sector added about 400 jobs.

The Daily Record reports that Maryland was one of 30 states have an increase in the unemployment rate for July.

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Energizer Holdings will be closing up shop in Montreal Canada and consolidating its feminine care into the company’s plant in Dover.

The Canadian facility plant which makes Stayfree and Carefree brands will shut down sometime in 2017.

Production will be phased into the Dover plant beginning in 2015.

Currently the Dover facility has 475 employees while the Montreal plant has 430.

But the company said it is unclear know how many new jobs will be created in Delaware or whether the physical plant will be expanded for the additional production. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's two U.S. senators and four of the state's eight representatives are urging drug maker Pfizer Inc. to make sure that its proposed merger with AstraZeneca PLC doesn't eliminate Maryland jobs.

They sent a letter Monday to Pfizer Chairman Ian Read, following a similar plea last week from the governors of Maryland and Delaware.

AstraZeneca employs about 3,100 people in Maryland and about 2,600 in Delaware.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has released an outline of a plan aimed at growing Maryland's economy if he becomes governor.

Brown, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, released the five-point plan on Tuesday.

At the top of the list is using innovative financing to pay for infrastructure. Brown led an effort to better define public-private partnerships in the state last year.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Banking giant JPMorgan Chase is asking Delaware officials for $1.5 million in taxpayer money to help pay for costs associated with a planned expansion of its workforce.

The Council on Development Finance was scheduled to consider the request at a meeting Monday in New Castle.

JPMorgan Chase asking for a strategic fund capital expenditure grant of up to $1.5 million.

Markell administration officials say the money would be used to support the creation of up to 500 new jobs.

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BOWIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is scheduled to talk about a plan to create jobs.

Gansler, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, is taking his plan to Prince George's County on Wednesday. He is scheduled to hold a roundtable discussion with business owners and workers at Jason's Family Barber Shop in Bowie.

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49 new jobs are expected to come to the Millsboro plant as Mountaire Farms expands its operations.

The jobs are expected to pay around $25,000 a year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that company was just approved for an $87-thousand grant from the Delaware Strategic Fund tied to the jobs and a $129-thousand grant from the Delaware Strategic Fund Capital Expenditure for capital improvements.

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There was a face off on CNN’s Crossfire between Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Rick Perry.

The Texas Republican has been running ads criticizing Maryland’s business environment and inviting businesses to move to the Lone Star state.

Perry charged that Maryland lost 47-thosuand jobs in July while Texas created over 18-thousand.

But O’Malley fired back noting that the state tops the nation for median income while Texas comes in at 25th.

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The pharmaceutical company Jubilant Cadista could bring 200 jobs to Wicomico County over the next 5 years.

The company is expected to spend $10-million to expand its facility by 96-thousand square feet.

Dave Ryan, executive director of Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development, says the project will also being construction jobs.

And, because the firm owned by Jubilant Life Sciences Limited develops and sells generic pharmaceuticals outside the region money will be brought back into the region.

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While Washington struggles with immigration reform there’s a new report that says Maryland get a big economic boost from such legislation.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining officials with GE Aviation to tout the addition of about 70 jobs at the company's Newark plant.

GE Aviation says it plans to add 70 jobs at the Newark site.

Markell is scheduled to join officials Tuesday in announcing a $27 million investment to support increased production of ceramic matrix composites, lightweight materials that can withstand high temperatures.

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Data Centers LLC based in Pennsylvania is looking at building a message date storage and management facility in Newark that could create over 300 jobs mostly in the technology sector.

The 900-thosuand square foot building would house computer servers and offices in the western corner of the former Chrysler assembly plant.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - With the approval of $1.1 million in state grants, GE Aviation says it plans to add dozens of jobs at its Newark plant.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the company, which has 88 permanent employees in Newark, plans to add 62 jobs by 2016. The state Council on Development Finance has approved $1.1 million in grants to renovate and expand the 110,000-square-foot facility.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates has passed Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to create a grant process to help get people the skills for jobs that are in high demand.

The House passed the bill 115 to 23 on Tuesday. The Senate already has approved the measure.

It makes $2.5 million available for the Employment Advancement Now Initiative. The program will encourage regional training collaborations among businesses, nonprofits, colleges and local governments.

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DOVER, Del.(AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is preparing tl talk about how to create jobs, improve Delaware's economy and strengthen public schools.

Those were among the topics the governor planned to touch on Thursday at a luncheon speech to the Wilmington Rotary Club. State lawmakers, meanwhile, are continuing to review Markell's proposed $423.5 million capital budget for construction projects, equipment upgrades and economic development, and transportation improvements.