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MILTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are hoping that thousands of dollars in grants will spur recycling efforts across Delaware.

Officials say more than $714,000 is being awarded this year in recycling assistance grants to schools, businesses and municipalities for projects that develop or expand waste reduction, reuse or recycling activities.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join environmental secretary David Small at Brittingham Elementary School in Milton on Tuesday to announce awards to 13 schools, nine businesses and the communities of Milford and Rehoboth Beach.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are reminding Delaware drivers to share the road with motorcycles.

Officials with the Office of Highway Safety say there been eight motorcycle fatalities on Delaware roads this year, and more than 175 over the past decade.

While the number of fatalities this year is less than the same time last year, officials are reminding motorists and motorcyclists to see and be seen while on the road.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a man found passed out at the wheel of his car has been charged with his 5th DUI offense.

Troopers said in a news release that Tuesday night, a 911 caller reported a man was unconscious in a car on North Union Church Road in Milford.

Police say a paramedic revived the man, who became combative and was arrested. Authorities say the man was taken to a local hospital, and again became combative and tried to flee.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says an equipment problem led to the release of a hazardous chemical from a poultry processing facility on Friday.
Environmental officials say that a mechanical failure in a pump led to the release of more than 200 pounds of anhydrous ammonia from a Perdue Farms facility in Milford.
Company spokeswoman Julie DeYoung says that the anhydrous ammonia was being used as a refrigerant and that the incident was reported to the appropriate authorities.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - State police say a 23-year-old Maryland man has died after a crash on Delaware Route 1 near Milford.

Police say Edgar Molina of Silver Spring, Maryland, was a passenger in a car that drifted off the road early Sunday before the driver overcorrected and ran off the road on the other side. Police say the car hit a utility pole and two trees and rolled over during the crash, just before dawn Sunday.

The driver and another passenger were treated at a hospital and released. Police say Molina was not wearing a seat belt. He died at a hospital.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Fire officials say one person was killed and five others were injured in a house fire in a rural area north of Milford.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio says the injured included an elderly man who suffered severe burns.

The fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames in the mobile home with additions. Chionchio says the body of one resident was found as firefighters searched the home after extinguishing the flames.

At the Banneker Elementary School in Milford they are remembering 10-year old Christina Stevens who was killed in a car accident on Wednesday afternoon.

She died when her 20-year old brother Alexander Jackson lost control of his vehicle striking a ditch and ultimately slamming into some trees on North Old Road in the Ellendale area.

Jackson and two other siblings were injured in the crash.

A memorial was set up in front of Stevens’s desk.

On Thursday morning Milford Superintendent Phyllis Kohel told WBOC that the community was in shock at her loss.

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This morning work crews will shut down a bridge along Washington Street over the Mispillion River in Milford through November 30thfor repairs.

The Delaware Department of Transportation is replacing the existing superstructure with steel beams and a concrete deck.

In addition, there will be minor renovations of the roadway ap­proach and sidewalks as well as repair of cracks and spalls in the concrete abutments and placement of riprap in the stream to prevent scour. 

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware state environmental officials are monitoring dropping water levels in Milford's Silver Lake.

Officials said Friday that engineers and biologists have been at the site since Wednesday, and that a preliminary assessment has found no problems with the dam's embankment. Frank Piorko, director of the Division of Watershed Stewardship, says investigators believe the change in water levels is due to rotted timbers at the pond outlet.

The Food Bank of Delaware is expanding its operations in the southern part of the state.

The organization already helps to feed more than one of every four Delawareans.

And the non-profit will start a $2.8 million expansion at its Milford branch to serve the state’s fastest growing needy population.

Chief Executive Officer Patricia Beebe said that residents of Kent and Sussex counties are depending on the Food Bank to increase its effort to provide hunger-relief and job training in the southern part of the state.