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Those driving through the Lewes area this morning are warned to expect delays and road closures for a procession that honors a fallen Delaware State Trooper.

The visitation and funeral will be held at the St. Jude Apostle Catholic Church for Master Corporal William Matt at 9:30 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

WBOC reports that the Delaware Department of Transportation says state police and Sussex County Fire Police will be on hand to direct the traffic flows from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The battle over the Delaware state budget ended just in time for the new fiscal year.

It came when Democrats and Republicans hammered out increase in the minimum wage of $9.25 an hour next year along with provisions that included a training wage.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state budget was helped by an extra $390 million to allow Governor John Carney to sign a $4.2 billion spending plan along with a $49 million supplemental bill for state pay raises and one time bonuses.

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An amendment to Delaware’s constitutional amendment to limit spending in good years to save money for lean years has failed in the General Assembly.

It was backed by Governor John Carney but was never called up for a vote before the end of the legislative session.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that multiple sources said the Democratic leadership in both houses made the decision not to bring up the amendment for a vote.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware House has given final approval to a $4.27 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting Sunday.

The budget bill passed unanimously Tuesday and now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney, who is expected to sign it Thursday.

The bill represents a 4 percent increase over this year's budget. It includes $26 million for pay raises of $1,000 for most state employees and 2 percent for teachers, and millions more than Carney proposed in areas including disability services, special education and school transportation.

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(News Journa/AP) Delaware’s capital budget is expected to grow by 30 percent under legislation from the Joint Capital Improvement Committee.

The $769 million spending plan now heads to the full Assembly for a final vote.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports even that figure is not enough to meet the state demands that range from infrastructure to construction.

Although it is not the largest capital budget in the state’s history.

The budget is funded with nearly $189 million in tax revenue.

That’s compare to only $30 million two years ago.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Private-sector workers in Delaware could be forced to join a labor union in order to get or keep a job under legislation passed by the General Assembly.

The Democratically led House on Thursday voted 25-13 to approve the bill, which cleared the Democrat-led Senate last month. The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney.

The bill permits private sector labor organizations and employers to enter into union security agreements to the extent allowed under federal law.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final approval to a bill authorizing 12 weeks of paid family leave for teachers and other state government workers.

The measure was approved 16-4 Wednesday despite concerns about hardships on school districts who would need to find long-term substitutes for teachers on extended maternity leave.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney for his signature and will make Delaware one of only a handful of states offering paid family leave.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Senate has approved a $4.27 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The budget bill passed on a 19-1 vote Wednesday and now goes to the House.

The bill, which represents a 4 percent increase over this year's budget, includes $26 million for pay raises of $1,000 for most state employees and 2 percent for teachers.

It also includes millions more than Democratic Gov. John Carney proposed in areas including disability services, special education and school transportation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland will recall the four members of the National Guard he sent to the U.S.-Mexico border and will not deploy other resources until a federal policy of separating immigrant children from their families is rescinded.

Hogan made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.

The Republican governor says he has ordered four crewmembers and a helicopter to immediately return from where they were stationed in New Mexico.

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The effort to ban the sale of assault weapons in Delaware has died in the state Senate.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that two Democrats along with Republicans killed an effort to bring the measure to the floor for a vote.

State Senator Bryan Townsend, a co-sponsor of the measure, said that it was unfortunate that the bill did not even get a chance to be debated.

Tuesday’s vote was the second defeat and gun control advocates in the wake of a series of mass shootings including the one that took place at a Parkland high school.

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