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The voting is over and the presidential front runners came out the winners last night.

Donald Trump swept the primary states while Clinton won four including Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland Clinton overwhelmed Senator Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 33 percent while Trump trounced his rivals picking up 54 percent of the vote.

In Delaware Clinton beat Sanders by 60 percent to 39 percent while Trump won 61 percent of the vote.

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Delaware beachgoers can expect narrower beaches this summer due to storms and high tides.
 
The Wilmington News Journal reports two nor'easters have affected Delaware beaches - one in early October, and a second hit in January with near-hurricane force winds, record-setting high tides and waves as tall as two-story buildings.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Road crews are set to begin work on a project aimed at alleviating flooding problems on the main road running through the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper were among the guests scheduled to attend a ground breaking ceremony Monday for bridge construction and road improvements on Prime Hook Road.

Flood waters typically inundate and damage the road during heavy coastal storms.

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Delaware congressional lawmakers have sent a letter to the head of the FBI seeking information about the recent spate of bomb threats made against public schools.

Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons along with Representative John Carney say that would like the assistance of the FBI to find out who was behind the threats.

The Delegation noted that not only was Delaware effected but that the Los Angeles School District, the largest in the country, saw 900 schools shut down after receiving threats.

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REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say they intend to pursue federal disaster assistance after this weekend's snowstorm.

Russell Strickland, the director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, announced Monday he has sent the letter of intent to seek assistance to federal officials.

Gov. Larry Hogan says he has directed the agency to work with the federal government and seek all available assistance to support recovery efforts.

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Senator Tom Carper was one of the few who voted against the $305 billion transportation bill calling it “deeply flawed.”

The Delaware Democrat charged that the measure fails to fix the broken Highway Trust Fund which provides money for transportation infrastructure.

The legislation provides funding over the next five years for bridges, highways and mass transit.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Carper said while the bill funds some worthwhile projects…its filled with “a grab bag of budget gimmicks” that will actually increase the federal budget deficit.

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In Salisbury local officials gathered at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for a ceremony honoring Veterans Day complete with patriotic music played and sung by students from Mardela High School.

The JROTC was on hand for the lowering of the colors.

Vietnam Veteran Donald Fitzgerald told the WBOC that when he returned from overseas it was a different time with little recognition of his service.

Fitzgerald served with is cousin who died in 1966 in Vietnam while serving in the Marine Corp.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Carper said in a statement that he called Clinton on Monday to wish her a happy birthday and give her his endorsement. Clinton turned 68 on Monday.

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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) - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is traveling to Delaware in his first public event since negotiating a contentious trade pact involving the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons planned to join Froman on Friday to tout the Trans-Pacific Partnership and highlight how trade benefits local and state economies.

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Senator Chris Coons is a yes vote for the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The Delaware Democrat said that he was convinced the deal puts the world on a path that would limit Iran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years.

He added that despite flaws this was a better strategy for containing the spread of nuclear weapons.

His decision comes despite a barrage of television ads from opponents of the deal in which they quoted the senator’s doubts about the agreement.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's congressional delegation is on a tour for a federal grant aimed at getting more minority students to take up careers in science and technology.

Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Carper and congressman John Carney planned to join officials from Delaware Technical Community College on Tuesday to discuss the grant.

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a five-year grant totaling $2.4 million to DelTech and its partners, Nemours Health and Prevention Services and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

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Senator Tom Carper says he will support the Iran nuclear deal.

The Delaware Democrat called the agreement historic and said that it could keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons for years to come.

In addition, he said it provides an opportunity for that country to rebuild its economy and shed its status as a pariah state.

Carper said he still had doubts about the Tehran government which he said has to be watched closely.

The news came in an op-ed written for the Wilmington News Journal.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wilmington-area developer Joseph M. Capano, whose family was embroiled in the notorious killing of a governor's secretary by his brother Thomas, has died.

Brother-in-law Lee Ramunno said Capano died of an apparent heart attack at his home Monday. He was 62.

Capano was one of four sons of the late developer Louis Capano.

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants to up the tax on gasoline and diesel and introduced a measure last week that would hike it by 4 cents a year over the next four years.

Then it would be indexed to keep up with inflation after that.

The Delaware Democrat said that it was important for those who use the nation’s highways to pay for the construction and maintenance of the country’s roads, bridges and transit systems.

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The avian flu has hit the poultry industry with a vengeance leaving 48 million chickens and turkey dead since last December.

The U.S. Agriculture Department has been moving quickly to round of the birds as quickly as possible and killing them before it spreads.

In the Mid-West the pandemic appears to have slowed.

But during a senate committee hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill Delaware Democrat Tom Carper warned of becoming too complacent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Carper has invited a Delaware animal scientist to participate in a congressional hearing on the avian flu threat, a significant issue for the Delmarva peninsula's poultry industry.
 
Jack Gelb Jr. is among several witnesses scheduled to testify at Wednesday's meeting in Washington of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
 
Gelb is director of the Avian Biosciences Center at the University of Delaware's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
 

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Brain cancer took the life of 46 year old Beau Biden.

The Vice President’s son was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last month but at the time there was no word on why he was being treated.

The former Delaware Attorney General and rising political star in the Democratic Party had been diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago.

He also suffered a mild stroke in 2010.

Biden decided against a third term as Attorney General setting his sights on the governorship next year.

Reactions poured in at the news of his death.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A historic Wilmington church is officially becoming part of Delaware's new National Historical Park.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper planned to join the Rev. Patricia Downing on Monday for the signing of a cooperative easement agreement adding Old Swedes Church to the park.

The church is the oldest in the country standing as originally built and still used for worship. It was built in the late 1690s by descendants of Swedish colonists who crossed the Atlantic aboard the Kalmar Nyckel in 1638.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are applauding the Obama administration's challenge to Indonesia's restrictions on agricultural imports.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has asked the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel to examine Indonesia's import restrictions on a wide range of agricultural products, including poultry.

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Senator Tom Carper will not be attending today’s address to congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He will be joining 40 other Democrats in boycotting the controversial address.

The Delaware Democrat described the Prime Minister’s speech as wholly inappropriate with the Israeli election just two weeks away.

Carper and other Democrats took sharp aim at how the address came about with House Speaker John Boehner inviting the Israeli leader without consultation with the White House.

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Senator Ben Cardin says that President’s decision to temporarily allow some 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in this country is a sign that the congress should act.

The Maryland Democrat  noted that the Senate voted 18 months ago for a comprehensive immigration bill on a vote of 68-to-32 and that the House of Representatives has failed to act.

Meanwhile, Senator Tom Carper also blasted the House for failing to approve legislation and that the president was justified in being frustrated with Congress in failing to deal with immigration reform.

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The U.S. Capitol Police say that four people were arrested yesterday at Senator Tom Carper’s Washington office where environmentalists were protesting his decision to support the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate.

There were sit-ins at both the Delaware Democrat’s office and the office of another Democratic Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado.

Hayden Higgins a volunteer with the group of around 350 environmentalists told USA Today that they wanted to send a message that voting for the pipeline was a form of climate change denial.

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Senator Tom Carper says he will vote to authorize construction of the XL Keystone pipeline despite objections from environmentalists.

The Delaware Democrat says that he battle over the pipeline has virtually made it impossible for congress to address other clean-energy issues.

The $8 billion project would run a pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from northwest Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

The Senate is expected to vote on the pipeline today.          

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a milestone for Delaware's Drug Diversion Court, which has become a model for similar courts in other states.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper planned to join state health officials and judicial branch representatives Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Superior Court program.

The drug diversion court was established in 1994 and was among the first such courts in the United States. Officials now say there are 2,700 such courts nationwide.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have entered into a contract with a lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper to operate Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary.

Officials finalized an initial two-year contract Monday with First State Compassion Center, whose president is Mark Lally, a former state trooper who also served as Carper's Sussex County director.

FSCC plans to operate its medical marijuana "compassion center" in a Wilmington industrial park.

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The Senate approved a strategy to force a solution to the nation’s Highway Trust Fund pushed by Senator Tom Carper.

The Delaware Democrat’s legislation would ensure that the fund would be secure only through December.

That’s in contrast to a House bill that would keep it going through May.

Carper hopes the earlier deadline will force lawmakers to devise a long-term funding solution during a lame duck session of congress at the end of the year.

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants a permanent fix to ensure that the nation’s Highway Trust Fund has plenty of money to take care of the country’s roadways.

Last year the Delaware Democrat opposed a temporary fix that kept the government from going over a fiscal cliff.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this year he is introducing an amendment that would force Congress to provide a long-term solution before Christmas.

The Highway Trust Fund is set to become insolvent this summer if Congress does not act.

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Senator Tom Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee says he’s concerned about the increasing number of companies who are reincorporating overseas.

The Delaware Democrat blames the outflow on “outdated “tax laws that encourage companies to relocate jobs and their money abroad.

Delaware’s lone congressional member John Carney, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, also called for overhauling the nation’s “outdated, complicated and anti-competitive” tax code.

Around two thirds of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in the First State.

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Senator Tom Carper says he wants to increase the federal gas tax as the nation’s Transportation Fund is about to run out of money later this summer.

It’s not a new idea for the Delaware Democrat.

He proposed an increase back in 2010.

Carper wants to raise the gas tax by four cents a year over the next three years.

After that the gas tax increases would be tied to the rate of inflation.

The last time the gas tax was raised was in 1993, when it increased to 18 cents.

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