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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney and state Delaware Education Secretary Susan Bunting have set up a new Teachers Advisory Council to gather feedback from educators on policy decisions.

Bunting invited two teachers from each of the state's 19 school districts and six charter school educators to join the group. The council, announced Tuesday, will met bi-monthly to discuss a variety of issues affecting teachers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have unveiled legislation to ban the sale of semi-automatic guns that resemble military weapons.

The bill introduced Thursday was proposed by Democratic Gov. John Carney in the wake of last month's Florida high school shooting, which left 17 people dead.

Seven states and the District of Columbia have banned assault-style weapons, including neighboring Maryland and New Jersey. Delaware's legislation is based on the Maryland law, which was recently upheld by a federal appeals court.

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It’s snow time on Delmarva.

In Delaware New Castle County could get as much as 12-to-18 inches before the storm moves off on tonight.

Kent County is expected to see 6-to-8 inches while Sussex County could receive as much as 4-to-6 inches.          

Governor John Carney has issued a state of emergency that will allow Delaware National Guard Units to assist with the response to the storm.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel on Monday boosted Delaware's official government revenue estimate by about $100 million, giving lawmakers more options in fashioning a budget for next fiscal year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council increased its revenue forecast for the current year by $46 million compared to December's estimate. The increase is mostly due to higher projections for personal income tax revenue and abandoned property collections.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - About 1,700 Delaware state employees were paid over $100,000 in 2017, including big names like Gov. John Carney and Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr., but also many police officers and school employees.

The Delaware State News reports that data from the Office of Management and Budget shows that 201 people made $150,000 or more. Of those, 70 worked for the Delaware State Police, 55 were judges and 39 were employed by a school district.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel is updating Delaware's official government revenue forecast for the first time since Gov. John Carney proposed a 3.5 percent increase in the operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is the first since Carney unveiled a $4.25 billion spending plan in January.

In December, the council boosted its revenue forecast for fiscal 2019 by about $24 million, based on higher projections for abandoned property collections.

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Delaware’s House of Representatives has approved a ban on bump stocks that turn a semi-automatic rifle into a near automatic weapon.

The measure was approved by a vote of 25-to-2.

There were 11 Republicans not voting.

WBOC reports that the measure was primarily backed by Democrats who said the device was an attempt to circumvent the federal ban on automatic weapons.

Opponents of the measure argued that it required people who legally bought the device to turn them over to law enforcement.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jay Carney has signed legislation that would ease barriers to attaining aesthetic licenses for those with criminal histories.

A release says the bill signed Thursday gives the Board of Cosmetology and Barbering discretion to grant waivers for certain felony convictions if up to three years have passed since applicants' sentence, instead of five years. Those affected include applicants for licenses to practice cosmetology, barbering, electrology and nail technology.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lawyers for Democratic Gov. John Carney are rejecting the notion that he should be held in contempt for ignoring a federal judge's ruling invalidating a state mandate for political balance among judges.

In a filing Wednesday, Carney's lawyers say the December ruling does not direct him to do, or not do, anything, and that he has discretion to consider political affiliation when nominating judges.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a task force studying issues surrounding the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in Delaware are meeting to discuss a final report about their work.

The panel's scheduled meeting Wednesday comes one week after a vote by members to release a report failed, then was declared by the co-chair to be nonbinding and not required.

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