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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are proposing revisions to Delaware's insurance code to ensure that people struggling with opioid addiction get the treatment they need.

Attorney General Matt Denn on Wednesday also called for the creation of a new oversight committee to help identify and target medical providers who are over prescribing painkillers.

Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro and Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay expressed their support for the legislation, as did parents who have lost children to drug overdoses.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general, who has criticized an effort by a committee established by lawmakers to overhaul the state's criminal code, is proposing a more narrowly tailored approach focusing on drug laws.

Attorney General Matt Denn on Thursday unveiled legislation aimed at making Delaware's drug laws less complicated and more fair while increasing penalties for repeat convictions for drug dealing.

Denn said the revision will result in a more straightforward, coherent criminal drug code to ensure fair and proportional sentences.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is asking the Department of Homeland Security for information about how the U.S. is implementing President Donald Trump's order restricting refugees and immigration in the state.

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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) - The Delaware Department of Justice's Family Division is getting a new director.

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced Friday that Deputy Attorney General Abigail Rodgers Layton has been named the next director of the division. The division's duties include overseeing the adjudication of juveniles in Family Court, prosecuting child dependency and neglect cases, securing and enforcing child support orders and enforcing truancy laws.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether its ruling declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional can be applied retroactively to a dozen men already sentenced to death.

Wednesday's oral arguments come in an appeal filed by Derrick Powell, who was sentenced to death in 2011 for killing Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer in 2009.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general says he will not appeal a state Supreme Court decision declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional, but that he believes the ruling cannot be applied retroactively to the 13 men currently on death row.

In a statement Monday, Democratic Attorney General Matt Denn's office said he has decided not to appeal the Aug. 2 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are using money taken off the streets during drug seizures to fund the purchase of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone for 23 police departments across the state.

State Attorney General Matt Denn announced the new allocation Thursday of about $50,000 from the state's Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund to purchase 450 naloxone kits.

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The shooting death of Jeremy McDole has revealed that the ability for officers to use lethal force only requires the belief that it is necessary to protect others.

In a 31 page report issued by the state Attorney General’s office on its decision not to prosecute it said that only a belief was necessary whether it was reasonable or unreasonable.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Attorney General Matt Denn has asked for major reforms of the training for officers in the Wilmington Police Department.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Results of a Wilmington police investigation into a high school restroom fight that left a 16-year-old girl dead have been turned over to state prosecutors, who will decide whether criminal charges should be filed.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Dennis Williams confirmed that findings of the police investigation into the death of Amy Joyner-Francis were submitted to the attorney general's office Thursday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The six Democrats vying for their party's nomination to fill Delaware's vacant lieutenant governor's seat are introducing themselves to votes and outlining their platforms.

The candidates gathered Thursday evening for a forum at Delaware State University, mostly sticking to their talking points while answering questions about how they see the role of lieutenant governor and what they would do in office.

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Delaware lawmakers are considering a measure that would end requiring school officials to report to police incidents of bullying in which there are no injuries.

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn has proposed to eliminate the requirement that all fights be reported to law enforcement authorities.

WBOC reports that he points out there 130 students were sent to the police involving non-injury incidents.

The measure also requires the schools to inform parents that the Attorney General’s office is available if they believe an issue is not being addressed.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Leaders of the legislature's budget-writing committee have failed in their effort to get quick approval from colleagues on spending some $29 million in mortgage settlement money.

Lawmakers have spent months trying to determine how to spend Delaware's remaining share of money from nationwide settlements involving Bank of America and Citigroup to resolve allegations that market misconduct contributed to the financial crash in 2008.

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The family of Jeremy McDole is suing the city of Wilmington after he was shot to death by police while in a wheel chair because he was paralyzed with a gun by his side.

The suit alleges that the deadly shooting result of racial discrimination claiming that if McDole had been white police might not have shot him.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the 28-year McDole was shot a number of times by four officers three of whom were white and the fourth was Hispanic.  

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There is an effort in Delaware to have the $29 million left over from the financial crisis settlement to go to the Delaware State Housing Authority.

The Delaware Housing Coalition’s Nonprofit Housing Agenda is made up of 16 groups.

And it said that giving the funds to the agency would ensure that all of the money would go toward housing.

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There were protesters out in Wilmington’s business section blocking roadways during the lunch yesterday.

They were protesting the fatal police shooting of Jeremy McDole and the failure to bring criminal action against the officers.

There were around 30 in all who shouted “No Justice, No Peace” as they made their way down Fourth Street.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the family has called on Mayor Dennis Williams, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and the city police Chief Bobby Cummings to step down.

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Wilmington could lose $1.5 million in state money if they do not come up with how they are using their police officers.

Attorney General Matt Denn and Delaware lawmakers have put the money aside until they get some answers.

The funds were to go for 20 weeks of foot patrols and overtime by Wilmington county and state police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that another $75-thousand was allocated to the state police for studying crime in Wilmington.

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The family of Jeremy McDole who was shot and killed by police while he was in a wheel chair are calling for the resignation of Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams.

At a rally outside police headquarters in Wilmington on Saturday protesters also called for the resignation of police Chief Bobby Cummings.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that some of the protesters shouted “Don’t Shoot Me” at officers who stood watch over the crowd.

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Congressman John Carney pulled in more than $200-thousand at a fundraiser in Wilmington this week as he takes aim at the governor’s race.

The Delaware Democrat’s one night event at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington included two major Democratic notables Governor Jack Markell and Attorney General Matt Denn.

In addition the First State’s two Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons were also on hand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the big money and big Democratic names are expected to scare off any Democratic challengers.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attorney General Matt Denn is eyeing changes to Delaware's criminal justice system.

Denn, who took office in January, was set to unveil a series of proposed reforms Thursday in a speech to the Wilmington Rotary Club.

Denn's office says some of the proposed reforms would change longstanding positions of the Department of Justice. 

Among other things, Denn is looking at ways to be more just and fair toward some non-violent and repeat offenders, while maintaining efforts to close what he says are loopholes in Delaware's gun crime laws.

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Delaware state senator Bethany Hall-Long has decided to make a run for Lt. Governor.

The Middletown Democrat filed papers yesterday adding another name to the already crowded field for a primary that is still a year away.

Hall-Long is a nursing professor at the University of Delaware.

She told the Wilmington News Journal that she made the decision after getting numerous calls for her to make a stab at the Lt. Governor’s office.

Currently the position is vacant after Matt Denn became the state attorney general.

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The Delaware NAACP wants an independent investigation into the police shooting of Terrance Fletcher.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that initially the mayor had said that Fletcher pointed a gun at the Dover officer after being chased.

It was then, the mayor said, the officer shot Fletcher.

But the paper says the Dover police would not even confirm the mayor’s account or describe the circumstances of the shooting.

The News Journal reports that the white officer, whose name has not been released, shot the 21-year old in the torso.

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In the fight against heroin addiction the Delaware Attorney General want to slash the cost of the drug’s anti-dote.

Delaware officials say 10 lives have been saved this year since the antidote Naloxone for heroin overdoses was put in the pockets of officers in the Ocean View, Middletown and New Castle County police departments.

These included a 35 year old Wilmington man who was found unconscious by his roommate and a 32- year old woman in Ocean View who was given it twice within a 10 hour period.

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn wants to come up with standard regulations for how doctors and other health care providers dispense opiate drugs.

It’s part of his effort to fight the abuse of painkillers as part of an effort to fight the rise of heroin use in the state.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware officials want regular state reviews of deaths that resulted from the use of heroin or other drugs.

They want to develop a best practices formula for detox treatment that would substitute drugs like suboxone and methadone.

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The New Castle County police will begin using body cameras as the nation reels from another officer involved shooting caught on camera.

The department has begun a pilot program and becomes the largest in the state to use them.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state Attorney General Matt Denn said it is his intent that every officer in the state will wear one.

The Delaware NAACP which has pushed for their use praised New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and other local leaders for moving ahead with the program.

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There was disappointment by Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn after lawmakers decided to use some of the $61 million from a financial settlement to fill the state’s budget shortfall.

Denn wanted the money to go for such things as police foot patrols in Wilmington and helping families who are facing foreclosure.

The Wilmington New Journal reports that Denn also wanted the money to go toward subsidizing low-income schools and housing programs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The attorney for a Dover police officer is blasting prosecutors' efforts to continue to pursue assault charges against him after a grand jury declined last year to indict him.

Cpl. Thomas Webster was arrested and released on bond Monday after a second grand jury indicted him on assault.

Webster was placed on leave in 2013 after reportedly kicking Lateef Dickerson, a suspect in a fight, breaking his jaw and rendering him unconscious.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill reviving attempts to abolish capital punishment in Delaware after an earlier failed effort is teed up for its legislative hearing.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider the legislation, which mirrors a bill that passed the Senate in 2013 by only one vote before dying in a House committee.

The legislation would remove execution as a possible punishment for first-degree murder, leaving life in prison without the possibility of parole as the only sentence.

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Delaware lawmakers were resistant to a proposal by Attorney General Matt Denn to use the $36 million from a financial settlement for social programs.

These ranged from housing programs and low-income schools to community policing and substance abuse.

During an appearance before the General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee yesterday both Democrats and Republicans suggested they were more interested in funding other kinds of programs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are set to hear from Attorney General Matt Denn on his proposal to direct almost $37 million from a major bank settlement to economically distressed and crime-stricken areas in Delaware.

Denn will attempt to sell his proposal to the Joint Finance Committee on Thursday.

Denn's plan includes spending about $16 million on substance abuse treatment programs, after-school and summer programs for children, re-entry programs for criminal offenders, and community policing efforts.

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