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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill opening Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry is facing a final vote in the General Assembly.

The bill, which easily cleared the House last week, is scheduled for a Senate 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.

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There’s only a week left in the Delaware state legislative session.

And state Senate leaders told the Wilmington News Journal that they do not intend to hold votes on issues like hiking the minimum wage or re-instating the death penalty.

Much of the discussion is being taken up with last minute negotiations over the state budget which is facing a $350 million shortfall.

Legislative leaders say proposed tax hikes are still up in the air along propose budget cuts that proved extremely unpopular during the early going of the budgetary process.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former vice president Joe Biden already has a train station in Wilmington named for him.

Now, local officials are making a splash by naming a swimming pool for him.

Gov.  John Carney was scheduled to join Biden and community members on Monday, when the aquatic center at the Brown-Burton Winchester Park will be renamed in his honor.

As a teenager, Biden worked as a lifeguard at what was known as the Prices Run swimming pool.

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There could be fewer school districts in the future for Delaware.

Some members of the General Assembly are making the suggestion as a way to save some money as the state faces a flood of red ink.

Currently, the state has 19 school districts with nearly 15-thousand students in the Red Clay school system alone.

State Representative Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) chair of the House Education Committee has sponsored a bill that would create a taskforce to see if district consolidation would actually save money.

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Correctional officers in Delaware will be getting a raise and a pledge for safer working conditions.

The deal was struck by Governor John Carney and the union that represents correctional officers.

New hires will get $40-thousand dollars a year – a $5-thousand increase in the next budget year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that will go up to $43-thousand the following year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has overwhelmingly approved a bill opening Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry.

The measure cleared the House on a 34-to-7 vote Tuesday and now goes to the Senate

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

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As Delaware lawmakers struggle to close a nearly $400 million budget deficit, educators are concerned about the hit the state's public schools might take when the wrangling is all over. One of those is Fredericka Jenner, president of the Delaware State Education Association. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with the outgoing president about the proposed cuts could have.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democrats are proposing a new personal income tax bracket starting at $150,000 while Republicans are calling for broad fiscal reform as Delaware lawmakers continue struggling to fashion a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Frustration remained evident among Republican and Democratic legislative leaders Tuesday as the July 1 start of the fiscal year looms closer with no budget agreement in sight.

Republicans say Democrats don't appear to be serious about cutting state spending.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican lawmakers say changes to Delaware's prevailing wage laws need to be part of discussions with Democrats as lawmakers try to hammer out a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Under state law, the Labor Department sets minimum wage rates for laborers and mechanics on certain public works projects. The rates are based on employer surveys in each county and often driven by union wages.

Critics say the prevailing wage needlessly drives up the cost of taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal to open Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The bill cleared a House committee Wednesday despite complaints from environmental groups and other opponents about the lack of public input.

The bill establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, including abandoned and polluted brownfields.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal to open Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry is getting its first hearing in the legislature.

A House committee hearing on the bill was set for Wednesday amid opposition from several environmental groups.

The bill establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, most of them abandoned and polluted brownfields.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - As the battle over abortion rights continues to spread from Washington to state capitals, Delaware lawmakers have taken the lead in ensuring that abortion remains legal if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The state House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill eliminating restrictions on abortion in current Delaware law, which has remained on the books despite being superseded for decades by federal law.

Democratic Gov. John Carney said he'll sign the measure, for which Planned Parenthood lobbied.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney says he is disappointed that no criminal charges have been filed yet following a February inmate riot and hostage taking at Delaware's maximum security prison in which a prison guard was killed.

Carney's comment Tuesday came as he responded to an independent report describing James T. Vaughn Correctional Center as dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed.

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Governor John Carney announced that the First State has joined the coalition to fight climate change despite the decision by the Trump administration to pull out of the Paris climate accords.

In his statement Carney noted that Delaware is one of the most vulnerable to sea level rise with 381 miles of coastline.

He said that this could affect 17-thousand homes and 500 miles of roadways.

Delaware becomes the ninth state to join the U.S Climate Alliance consisting of states, Puerto Rico and local governments.

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Governor John Carney is set to announce a plan to deal with prison safety in Delaware in the aftermath of the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

WBOC reports that a review pointed to problems such as understaffing and poorly trained correctional officers.

During the 20 hour uprising three correctional officers and one counselor were taken hostage and resulted in the death of Officer Steven Floyd.

His family is suing two former governors charging that understaffing and other safety issues led to his death.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An independent review ordered by Delaware's governor after a deadly inmate riot describes the state's maximum-security prison as dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed.

A preliminary report from the review ordered by Democratic Gov. John Carney says prison workers consider communication to be the No. 1 problem at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A new state commission is aimed at promoting the welfare and interests of Delawareans of African and Caribbean descent.

A bill being signed Friday by Gov. John Carney establishes the Delaware African and Caribbean Affairs Commission.

The seven-member body is charged with promoting the interests, culture and historical heritage, socioeconomic relationships, and general welfare of people of African and Caribbean descent in Delaware.

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