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Governor John Carney is making a bid to capture the site for Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters.

He is touting Delaware’s central location as well as relatively low tax burden.

Carney said he believes that Delaware has offered a competitive proposal to lure Amazon to the First State.

His plan offers two sites for the 8 million square-foot office space.

This is a $5 billion real estate investment that would bring up to 50-thosuand jobs.

The facility would be a corporate headquarters with jobs offering an average salary of $100-thousand.

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Governor John Carney has called on the Department of Education to draw up a state model anti-discrimination policy for the schools in Delaware.

WBOC reports that among other things the draft that is now available for public comment would allow students to join sports based on their gender identity.

The television station reports that it calls for school districts and charter schools to work with student and their families in providing access to locker rooms and bathrooms based on their gender identity.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney says President Donald Trump's decision to end federal cost-share subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will hurt thousands of low-income Delaware residents.

Carney said in a statement Friday that low-income Delawareans rely on those taxpayer subsidies to make their health insurance and health care affordable.


NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delawareans are doing their best to lend a helping hand to the victims of the recent hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Gov. John Carney is announcing a new website,, where Delawareans can learn about different ways to donate to disaster relief efforts, as well as volunteer their time.

U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Carol Timmons are among other officials who planned to join Carney on Wednesday to encourage contributions to the relief efforts.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Long-awaited beach replenishment projects in Delaware are expected to get underway early next year.

Beaches and dunes in Bethany, South Bethany and Fenwick Island were damaged by strong storms, including a nor'easter in October 2015 and Winter Storm Joaquin in January 2016.

The projects will involve dredging 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from approved offshore borrow areas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $17.2 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Local schools boards in Delaware being given more discretion in how to handle incidents involving students bringing weapons other than guns to school.

A bill being signed Friday by Gov. John Carney moves away from a "zero-tolerance" approach and gives district school boards and charter school boards more discretion on a case-by-case basis in deciding whether to suspend a student for possession of a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is meeting with state government employees to discuss efforts to reduce health care costs in Delaware.

Carney planned to hold a town hall meeting Thursday at Delaware State University to answer questions from employees and discuss the need to reduce taxpayer spending on health care.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new report has given Delaware an "F" grade for its fiscal health.

The analysis from Truth in Accounting claims the state had an $8.5 billion gap between assets and liabilities in 2016. The nonprofit group focuses on state budgets.

Truth in Accounting said the burden on Delaware taxpayers rose by $6,600 per person from 2015 to 2016.

The report said Delaware had assets of $2.9 billion and liabilities of $11.4 billion, with most of its bills coming from pension benefits and retiree health care.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Cancer patients in Delaware will soon have more treatment option under legislation being signed by Gov. John Carney.

A bill to be signed Wednesday requires health insurers to cover any medically appropriate drug that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of stage 4 metastatic cancer and other cancers without requiring proof that the patient failed to respond to a different drug or drugs.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware has a new law that allows people with post-traumatic stress disorder to more easily gain access to medical marijuana.

WDEL in Wilmington reported Thursday that Gov. John Carney signed into law the Bravery Bill. It allows PTSD patients to receive a medical marijuana card from any properly licensed physician. Previously, PTSD patients could only get approval for medical marijuana from a licensed psychiatrist.

Carney and other lawmakers noted the prevalence of PTSD among veterans in particular and the relief that marijuana could bring.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is signing legislation aimed at ensuring that individuals with mental and physical disabilities are not denied access to organ transplant procedures based solely on their disability.

The bill being signed Wednesday prohibits health care providers from deeming a person ineligible to receive an anatomical gift or organ transplant, related medical services, or referrals based solely on a physical or mental disability.

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As the decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA rallies are planned at the offices of Delaware Governor John Carney and the state’s Democratic senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons.

Organizers notes that both senators have expressed strong support for the program that allows undocumented immigrants brought to this country by their parents as children to stay in the U.S.

It’s is an executive order that was issued by then President Obama as congress failed to provide comprehension immigration reform.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is signing two bills aimed at improving security within Delaware prisons.

One measure to be signed Friday makes it a felony for an inmate to recklessly injure a correctional officer or prison worker or recklessly hit them with urine, feces or other bodily fluids. Under current law, such acts must be intentional for an inmate to be convicted of a felony carrying mandatory prison time.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Independent investigators say prison administrators dismissed warnings of trouble brewing at Delaware's maximum-security prison in the days leading up to a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking.

Investigators said in a report released Friday that after some inmates at Vaughn Correctional Center became unruly in January, correctional officers told supervisors the instigators should be moved to another building for security reasons. The request was dismissed by higher-ranking officials.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - An independent review team is releasing its final report on a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking at Delaware's maximum-security prison.

The report to be released Friday was ordered by Gov. John Carney after inmates seized a building at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February and took several prison workers hostage, setting off a standoff lasting nearly 20 hours.

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Governor John Carney wants to take another look at the idea of offshore wind generation.

The Delaware Democrat signed an executive order to create a working group to study the issue.

WBOC reports that the move comes after previous efforts have failed.

Rehoboth Beach Mayor-Elect Paul Kuhns told the television station that he personally favors such projects as long as the turbines 12 to 15 miles offshore.

He adds that they might even create some new tourism.

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Governor John Carney has sent a letter to the Trump Administration expressing his opposition to offshore shore drilling along the Delaware coast or anywhere else in the Atlantic Ocean.

The letter was sent to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in which he said there were over 60-thousand jobs involved in the tourist or fishing industries that could be effected.

WBOC reports that the Delaware Democrat said that a 2012 analysis found that more than 10 percent of the state’s total employment, taxes and production value is bound up with the coastal areas.

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The Lower Sussex County branch of the NAACP has called for end to state funding to the Georgetown Historical Society until a Confederate monument is removed from its museum.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the organization has asked State Senator Brian Pettyjohn and state Representative Briggs King to immediately halt the $11,500 grant to the society.

The paper reports that descendants of Delaware Confederate veterans were allowed to erect the monument on the museum grounds.

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Governor John Carney says he believes that confederate flags like the one in Georgetown misrepresent history and that they should follow South Carolina’s lead and take them down.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat’s spokesman Jonathan Starkey clarified Carney’s statement saying that it was inappropriate for public property.

But he went on to say that Delawareans have a right to display flags on their private property even if they are offensive to others.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is signing legislation forming a new state panel to help tackle Delaware's opioid addiction problem.

The legislation being signed Wednesday, which passed the House and Senate unanimously earlier this year, creates the Addiction Action Committee.

The 17-member committee is charged with developing and monitoring a coordinated and comprehensive approach to Delaware's addiction problem, including prevention and treatment. Its first report is due June 1, 2018.

There has been a suspension of 9 employees at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

The incident occurred last week but the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department of Correction is giving up any further details only that it is being investigated.

Last month an inmate at the prison was found guilty of assaulting a correctional officer and received an additional two years behind bars.

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Governor John Carney signed measure that amends Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act that would allow development of 14 former and current heavy industrial sites.

Carney called the law a win-win opportunity for the First State that would make for a cleaner environment as well as provide additional jobs to Delaware’s economy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it has been praised by business groups but has been condemned by environmentalists.

All but one of the industrial sites are located in New Castle County.

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It’s been six months since the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna that resulted in the death of a prison guard.

So far, no charges have been filed against anyone.

That’s has drawn the concern of the Geoff Klopp president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware.

WBOC reports that he said there was enough evidence and enough eyewitnesses and that something needs to be done.

Governor John Carney also said that while he understood the difficulties of bringing charges he too was concerned that none had been brought.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited Delaware charter schools from giving enrollment preferences to children living within a 5-mile radius.

Carney announced the veto Thursday, saying in a statement that he believes sponsors wanted to expand students' options and boost diversity, but the bill "unfairly excludes some of our most vulnerable students."  He says it created a new standard that limits options for at-risk students in the Christina School District portion of Wilmington.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. John Carney is expected to sign a bill intended to make it easier for people to access a potentially life-saving antidote for opioid overdoses.

The governor is hosting a ceremonial bill signing for the measure Thursday at a CVS pharmacy in Dover.

The Department of Health and Social Services said in a statement that the bill will expand community access to naloxone by ensuring pharmacists may dispense it responsibly without legal liability.

Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, is used to reverse drug overdoses.

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Governor John Carney has called on Delaware state educators to come up with anti-discrimination policies for transgender students in the public and charter school system.

The memo was sent to Education Secretary Susan Bunting calling for strong regulations that would prohibit unlawful discrimination against these students.

The new regulations are to be made available by November 1st for public comment.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports it is not clear how the state Department of Education would enforce the guidelines if there is noncompliance.

Governor John Carney is set to sign a measure that would broaden the ability to obtain the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone.

It would allow for over the counter purchase of the drug at pharmacies around the state.

Naloxone is an antidote for opioid overdoses and its use has skyrocketed as drug addiction has spread to around the country.

WBOC reports that in the last year there were 15-hundred uses alone.        

And so far this year alone there have been 866 reported instances in which it has been administered.

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Thousands flocked to Delmarva to celebrate the Fourth of July.

In Hockessin Delaware Governor John Carney walked in parade alongside an antique car even as temperatures soared into the 90’s.

There were other celebrations in Bethany Beach, Smyrna, Newark and Laurel.

In Wilmington, there were many who braved predictions of thunderstorms during the annual fireworks display hour.

On Maryland’s Lower Shore there were fireworks displays from Red, White and Boom in Salisbury to Ocean City where thousands of tourists flocked to celebrate the holiday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to strong-arm Republicans late Thursday as an impasse over a budget for the fiscal year starting Saturday continued to escalate.

Amid public criticism and partisan bickering over a decision by the Democratic-led budget committee Wednesday to zero out spending for an annual package of grants to nonprofit groups, community agencies and volunteer fire companies, Democrats drafted a bill to both restore that funding and increase personal income taxes to pay for it.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have given final approval to a bill opening Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry.

The bill, which easily cleared the House last week, passed the Senate on an 18-2 vote Thursday.

The legislation, supported by Democratic Gov. John Carney, establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, including abandoned and polluted brownfields.