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The effort to get a statewide right-to-work law in Delaware has failed.  

There was an hour-long hearing yesterday but in the end Representative Ronald Gray could not muster the six votes to get the measure out of committee.

The Wilmington News Journal also reports that opponents were not able to get the same number of votes to table the measure.

With the standoff the Selbyville Republican said he would not try to amend the legislation to get passage.

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Seaford is now a “right-to-work” town after an ordinance was unanimously approved by the city council last December.

Mayor David Genshaw announced yesterday that the measure would attract business to the city.

The ordinance forbids anyone be required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment.

WBOC reports that local union representative John Rodriguez said the ordinance would hurt workers.

He told the television station that he was disappointed there were no public hearings before a vote was taken.

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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.

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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. 

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