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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Dozens of people turned out for a discussion with Gov. John Carney about a bill that would legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana.

The News Journal reports supporters of the measure far outweighed opponents at the meeting in Wilmington on Wednesday.

The governor has voiced opposition to the bill but said he wanted to hear from all sides.

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A lawsuit filed by the family of Steven Floyd a prison guard who died in an inmate uprising along is raising question about whether the riot could have been ended sooner saving his life.

The suit joined by surviving officers of the hostage situation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center claims that Governor John Carney delayed the rescue attempt even though David Pierce the warden at the time was ready make the attempt.

The Wilmington news Journal reports that the governor’s office denies Carney intervened in the decision to make the rescue attempt.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue forecast is meeting to update its projections.

Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is its first since Democratic Gov. John Carney proposed a mix of tax increases and spending cuts last month to balance a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state economic development director is resigning her post to take a job in the private sector.

Gov. John Carney announced the resignation of Bernice Whaley on Tuesday, just days after a working group he established on his first day in office submitted a report recommending the establishment of a public-private partnership that would restructure Delaware's economic development efforts.

Carney thanked Whaley for her service and wished her luck going forward.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney is continuing a series of community meetings to talk to Delawareans about the state's budget challenges.

Carney is scheduled to join Republican state Rep. Lyndon Yearick for a "budget reset" community conversation Monday evening in Camden.

A similar community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Middletown with Republican Rep. Kevin Hensley.

Carney has proposed a mix of tax increases and spending cuts to balance a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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DOVER, Del. (AP/DPR) - Delaware Gov. John Carney says his first months in office have brought into sharp focus the struggles the state must deal with.

Carney, a Democrat, says the General Assembly has been dealing with a nearly $400 million budget deficit.

"If we're going to tackle the tough issues that confront us, we need to get our financial house in order. We need a budget reset, a new plan to set us on a stronger financial footing and make our state more competitive."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is appearing before Delaware lawmakers to outline his political agenda for the next year and his priorities for his first year in office.

Carney, who took office in January, is scheduled to speak to a joint session of the legislature on Thursday.

Among the issues he is expected to address are the budget challenges facing the state and his ideas for creating jobs and growing Delaware's economy.

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The Indian River School District Superintendent Mark Steele says his students will get “slammed” under the state budget proposed by Governor John Carney.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that what would hurt the school system most is the decision to cut $22 million in the Education Sustainment budget.

Carney’s budget has also slashed $15 million from the school operating budgets.

For the district the cuts would amount to $1.7 million for the fiscal year of 2018.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney is proposing a mix of tax increases and spending cuts to balance a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Carney on Thursday unveiled his plan to maintain core government services while closing an estimated $385 million shortfall between expected revenue and expected expenses for fiscal 2018, based on current year funding.


Attorney Stephen Hampton says he represents dozens of inmates who have allegedly been tortured in the aftermath of the uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that led to the death of Officer Steven Floyd.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Hampton wrote Governor John Carney that he has received letters that claim “an orgy of gratuitous violence against every inmate in the building” following the uprising.

In addition he said that supervisors must be aware of the alleged torture.

And he demanded that the alleged violence stop.

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The widow of Officer Steven Floyd killed in the Vaughn Correctional Center says she will not meet with Governor John Carney.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Sandra Floyd issued a statement saying that she has been “threatened by lawyers for the state” demanding repayment for her husband’s funeral expenses.

Her statement comes after a request by Governor Carney to stop by to see how her family was doing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has granted Gov.  John Carney more time to respond to a lawsuit challenging the requirement for political balance on Delaware's courts.

The judge agreed Wednesday to give Carney until Tuesday to respond to the lawsuit.

Attorney James Adams sued Carney last month over a provision in Delaware's constitution that mandates that judicial nominations and judgeships be split between the two major political parties.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has approved Gov. John Carney's nominee to lead Delaware's environmental agency, more than a month after a vote was postponed amid Republican opposition.

Shawn Garvin, a former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency was confirmed on a 14-to-5 vote Wednesday to lead Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

There’s a high wind advisory for Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Accomack Counties until 6 p.m. tonight.

For Kent, Sussex, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties the advisory extends until 8 p.m.


This week’s snow storm wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

But the combination of wind and ice caused 33-thousand New Castle County homes to lose power.

Authorities say residents should expect to see some continuing power outages along with icy roads.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's governor wants to hire 75 prison guards next year following an inmate uprising and hostage taking in which a correctional officer was killed.

Gov. John Carney said Monday that his fiscal 2018 budget proposal will include $2.3 million to hire 50 new guards at the maximum-security Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna and 25 new guards at the Baylor women's prison in New Castle.

Carney also is proposing $1.2 million in new spending next year for equipment, and additional funding for training and recruitment.

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Delaware Governor John Carney says that the state’s property tax is “too competitive”.

His remarks came during an interview on WDEL

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in a written statement Carney stopped short of calling for an increase.

He said he did not believe that the state’s budget challenges should shifted to local and county governments.

But he added Delaware must recognize that the property is very low compared with other states.

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Some cancer patients and survivors showed up outside the Salisbury office of Representative Andy Harris (R-Md).

Their message: Any changes in the Affordable Care Act must maintain adequate and affordable coverage.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the group chanted, ”Keep us covered. Don’t cut our lifeline.”

Of special concern was keeping the provision that would not allow insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of a pre-existing condition.

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Delaware Governor John Carney has re-appointed William Witham Jr. as Resident Judge on the Superior Court in Kent County.

WBOC reports that in his announcement the governor said he was pleased that Witham had decided to serve another term.

In 1999 Witham joined the bench as an Associate Judge and was appointed Kent County Resident Judge 11 years ago.

His re-appointment must still get Delaware Senate approval. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is taking some time away from Delaware to make the rounds in the nation's capital.

Carney was scheduled to join other governors from around the country and meet with President Donald Trump on Monday as part of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.

After meeting with Trump, Carney planned to attend a briefing with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, followed by separate health care briefings with congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A panel formed by Gov. John Carney to study the feasibility of revamping Delaware's economic development efforts is getting down to work.

The Delaware Economic Development Group was formed by an executive order that Carney signed shortly after taking office last month.

Carney was scheduled to speak Friday at the inaugural meeting of the group, which will consider overhauling Delaware's economic development efforts, possibly replacing a Cabinet-level state office with a public-private partnership.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware lawyer says the state's constitution is unconstitutional in requiring a political balance among judges on Delaware's courts.

James Adams sued Gov. John Carney on Tuesday over the provision, which mandates that judicial nominations and judgeships be split between the two major political parties.

Adams says selecting judges partially on political affiliation, and excluding members of minority parties, is unconstitutional. He claims that violates the freedom of political association guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. John Carney has settled on two retired judges to lead an independent review of an uprising at a prison where four Department of Correction staffers were held hostage and one was killed.

Carney announced Tuesday that retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely and retired Family Court Judge William Chapman Jr. will lead the review. It will begin after state police complete an investigation into Lt. Steven Floyd's death.


Seventeen members of the staff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center have quit in the wake of the inmate standoff that left one officer dead.

The Delaware Department of Corrections told the Wilmington News Journal that 8 have already quit with three leaving immediately.

Another six have asked for early retirement this year.

The department said one of those has already left.

Finally, a teacher employed by the facility is also retiring.

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Governor John Carney is ordering an independent review of the hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in which one officer was killed.

The Delaware Democrat said that he was determined to find out how this happened.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the review will follow the criminal investigation by Delaware state police into the death of Lt. Steven Floyd.

In addition, an internal investigation is also being conducted by the Department of Correction.

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There was a solemn crowd at Georgetown’s Circle to pay honor this weekend to 47 year old Lt. Steven Floyd who died during a hostage standoff at the James T. Correctional Center.

In attendance was Delaware Governor John Carney who met privately with the family before joining the others at the Circle.

The Daily Time reports that the governor told the crowd that Floyd was a man who went to work every day in a very difficult and dangerous job.

He added that Floyd did it with courage.

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(AP) - Delaware prison officials say one hostage is dead and a second is alert and talking after authorities went into a building at the state's largest prison where inmates took staff members hostage.

Officials announced in a statement Thursday morning that the building where the disturbance occurred at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is now secure. The prison is in Smyrna, about 15 miles north of the state capital of Dover.

Officials say after police breached the building, one Department of Correction worker was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead.

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Last night many gathered at the Islamic Center of Delaware denouncing the president’s suspension of the refugee program and the travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Along with pastors, rabbis and imams Governor John Carney and Senator Chris Coons spoke out against the executive orders signed by President Trump.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn is looking into legal action to fight the order.

The paper reports that he called it “A betrayal of basic American values.”

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney is showing a spirt of bipartisanship as Republican Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office as president.

Carney's office says he will attend Trump's inauguration on Friday with his guest, Republican state senator Colin Bonini of Dover.

Bonini and Carney squared off in last year's gubernatorial contest in Delaware, but maintained a civil tone toward each other during the campaign.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Joe Biden, who rode the rails between Delaware and Washington almost daily as a senator before becoming vice president, is taking a final train ride to a welcome-home ceremony after attending the presidential inauguration.

Biden and his wife, Jill, were scheduled to board an Amtrak train bound for Wilmington on Friday after attending the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is eyeing a revamp of Delaware's economic development efforts, possibly replacing a cabinet-level state office with a public-private partnership.

In his first official public act after taking the oath of office Tuesday, Carney on Wednesday signed an executive order creating a working group to study the feasibility of replacing the Delaware Economic Development Office with a partnership that includes private sector business leaders.