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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware police will be out in force this weekend in an effort to crack down on drunken driving.

State highway safety officials say more than 100 police officers will gather in Wilmington, Bear, Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Seaford to conduct checkpoints. Police will be conducting checkpoints in five different locations:  two in New Castle County, two in Sussex County and one in Kent County.

Officials say two similar checkpoint operations, in July and September, resulted in 28 DUI arrests.

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Governor Jack Markell was pushing state-backed affordable house yesterday as he made a tour of some luxury apartments being built in Seaford.

These apartments with their waterfront view of the Nanticoke River stood in contrast to another apartment Markell visited that was a small second floor unit that smelled of urine.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the visit yesterday was part of the governor’s effort to show off the use of state and federal grants and loan guarantees for affordable housing.

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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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SEAFORD, Del. (AP) - Troopers in Delaware say they have identified the driver who was involved in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 17-year-old boy.

Police say that a 26-year-old Easton man contacted investigators, telling them he had been driving during the Thursday crash. No charges have been filed.

The teenager is still hospitalized and, as of late Monday, is listed in critical condition.

Residents of Seaford have voted by 102 to 23 to approve $1.6 million for a new solar array that will hopefully save the resort $57-thousand a year.

WBOC reports that City Manager Delores Slatcher says that $1.1 million will be borrowed while another $500-thosuand will come from a state grant.

In addition, the city will be able to sell $62-thousand in Renewable Energy Credits.

There will also be the cost of maintenance at around $12-thousand in the first year.

The ultimate net plus for the city will be $40-thousand a year.

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HARBESON, Del. (AP) - Federal inspectors have accused poultry producer Allen Harim Foods of using a First Aid station at its Harbeson processing facility to avoid reporting worker injuries.
According to the Wilmington News Journal, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday that Harim provides medical care to its workers through a First Aid station staffed by three emergency medical technicians, none of whom are licensed in Delaware.

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Last night a number of state employees told a hearing held by the Delaware NAACP about workplace discrimination.

The testimony was heard at the Immanuel House of Praise in Seaford where retired corrections officer Matthew Gibbs said during his time he saw favoritism and nepotism in what he called a buddy-buddy system.

WBOC reports that the 31 year Gibbs said there needs to be a better process for getting promotions.

The hearing is part of an effort by the Delaware NAACP in response to complaints it has received about racial discrimination in state government.

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28-year old Holly Boyce from Greenwood died in a car crash on U.S. Route 13 in Seaford yesterday afternoon.

Police say she rear ended a tractor trailer around noon just south of Cannon Road.

Police say that a 2010 Freight Liner Cascadia was pulling an enclosed trailer going south on Route 13.

When it began to turn onto Cannon Road Boyce did not realize it was slowing down and slammed her 2007 Buick Lucerne into the back of the trailer.

Boyce was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash closed route 13 for around three and a half hours.

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) - Fire officials say lightning is to blame for a house fire in Seaford.

WBOC-TV reports the fire took place late Monday night.
Blades Volunteer Fire Company says it took crews about 40 minutes to get the fire under control. Although there were people home at the time of the lightning strike, no injuries were reported.
Firefighters say the damage was mainly contained to the insulation of the home and plastic underground.

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There was a fire at the Perdue AgriRecycle Plant in Seaford last night at around 6:30 p.m.

WBOC reports that a company spokesman said a piece of equipment caught on fire but that the blaze did not spread and caused only minor damage.

There were no injuries and authorities are carrying out an investigation into the incident.

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The state of Delaware will spend a million dollars to bring a fiber-optic data line that connects Seaford Georgetown and Lewes.

In making his announcement Governor Jack Markell said that he hopes the project could be completed by the end of the year.

The Delaware Democrat said that the aim of the effort is to connect the remaining pockets in the state that do not have access to high-speed data lines.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Fibertech will build the data system for businesses and Internet providers who can then buy access.

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$5.6 million in grants is set to revitalize the downtown areas in Dover, Seaford and Wilmington.  

There are thirteen projects in all from a state grant for areas designated as Downtown Development Districts earlier this year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that these include commercial and mixed use as well as residential developments.            

Officials hope that the state funds will generate as much as $114 million in private money.

The grants will provide up to 20 percent of construction costs for those projects that have already been completed.

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Jan 18, 2013

115 new jobs will be coming to Seaford.

That’s the word from Governor Jack Markell during his State of the State address yesterday to a joint session of the General Assembly.

ILC Dover, which makes items like spacesuits for NASA will be getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to bring the Grayling Industry’s manufacturing operations from Mexico to the First State.

State Representative Danny Short called the news an opportunity for vast numbers of people to bet jobs.

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This Thursday the Woodland Ferry will be closed for seasonal maintenance until Saturday.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says that the ferry carries pedestrians and vehicles across the Nanticoke River southwest of Seaford.


      Ed Butler who has spent 25 years in City Hall in Seaford and is currently the town's mayor has announced that he is retiring.

     The Wilmington News Journal reports Butler, who is in his third term as mayor, will step down from his post this spring.

     Butler was elected to the city council in 1986, and had only one contested election during his seven terms.