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Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons calling on the Trump administration to protect the coastline from offshore oil drilling.

The Delaware Democrats joined 25 of their colleagues to urge Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke not to revise the five year plan that protects the East Coast as well as other areas around the country.

Senator Carper warned that expanded drilling would put the coastal communities which depend on tourism at risk noting that oil spills do not respect state boundaries.

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Governor John Carney officially reviewed the troops this past Saturday, the first time that governor of the First State has done so since 1993.

WBOC reports that it took place at Delaware State University’s stadium.

He was joined by Senator Tom Carper and Lt. Gov. Lisa Blunt Rochester.

He told the gathering that he was looking at the finest men and women in the state.

Carney also promoted General Frank Vavala to a four star general becoming the first to reach that rank in the Delaware National Guard.

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Senator Tom Carper says he will vote no on the nomination of Judge Neal Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Citing the refusal of Republicans to consider President Obama’s choice for the bench Judge Merrick Garland last year the Delaware Democrat said he believed it would be inappropriate to approve president’s Trump’s nominee.

He noted that Garland waited 293 for a hearing and vote that never came while a hearing on Gorsuch took place 48 days after his nomination.

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Delaware’s two Democratic senators have gotten an earful from constituents when it comes to President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.

Senator Chris Coons told the Wilmington News Journal that he has gotten dozens of calls in a day.

He said, “They have been ringing off the hooks in Dover and Wilmington and Washington."

Delaware’s senior Senator Tom Carper told the paper his constituents don’t want them to be timid in opposing some of Trump’s nominees.

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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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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds gathered at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Sunday to protest an executive order banning refugees from entering the United States.

Protesters carrying signs chanted, "no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here."

On Sunday, social media reports said crowds were spilling out of the international terminal. Protesters held signs that read, "Welcome home," and "No Ban, No wall," among many others.

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Officials from Delaware also joined a protest against the executive order.

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Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons denounced President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees in fiercely worded statements.

Carper, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, questioned Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Delaware Democrat noted that as Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt eliminated the environmental protection unit and raised millions of dollar from the fossil fuel industry.

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The Delaware congressional delegation be attending the presidential inauguration and will not be joining many of their other Democratic colleagues who have chosen to boycott the ceremonies.

Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons along with Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester plan to show up for the event.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Coons say he believes it is important to witness the peaceful transfer of power that so many other countries do not experience.

But the Delaware Democrat said he understood why his colleagues have decided not to attend.

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AstraZeneca will be eliminating 700 jobs in the United States and 120 of those at their Fairfax headquarters in Delaware.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the company said the layoffs were in part to reverse the decline it has seen in U.S. revenue this year.

Governor Jack Markell issued a statement saying that his heart went out to those workers will be receiving pink slips and said the Department of Labor would begin helping them find other jobs.

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If Democrats take control of the U.S. as a result of this year’s election it could boost the clout of the Delaware delegation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Senator Tom Carper could wind up chairing either the Homeland Security Committee or the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Currently, he is the senior Democrat on those panels.

Meanwhile, Senator Chris Coons could be in line to head up the Select Committee on Ethics.

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - State and federal officials are celebrating a restoration project at Delaware's Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell planned to join Gov. Jack Markell and Sen. Tom Carper on Friday to tout one of the largest federally funded restoration projects on the Atlantic Coast.

The $38 million project restored 4,000 acres of coastal marsh and rebuilt existing dunes and barrier beach to improve natural defenses against storms and sea-level rise.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A company that was awarded a contract two years ago to open Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary near Wilmington has won the bidding to open a similar facility in Sussex County.

Department of Health and Social Services officials confirmed Monday that First State Compassion Center, which opened the New Castle County facility last year, has been awarded the Sussex County contract.

First State Compassion Center is led by Mark Lally, a former state trooper who once served as U.S. Sen. Tom Carper's Sussex County director.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in Wilmington to emphasize the importance of workplace apprenticeships.

Perez was scheduled to join Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons on Monday for a tour of RC Fabricators, a steel manufacturing business, where they will try their hand at welding alongside apprentices.

The tour will be followed by a round-table discussion with local elected officials, community leaders, and program participants on the importance of apprenticeship programs.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he and his wife are "shocked and saddened by the senseless violence" at a gay nightclub in Florida that killed 49 people.

Hogan said in a statement Sunday that they offer their condolences to the family and friends of "the innocent victims of this act of terror" and gratitude to first responders and law enforcement who responded with "bravery and courage."

Authorities say Omar Mateen opened fire early Sunday at the club before being killed in a shootout with police. Another 53 people were wounded.

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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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