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7:46 am
Thu November 13, 2014

3 Delaware Cities Rank Above National Average for LGBT Inclusion

Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Map
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The Delaware towns of Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Newark have been found to be above average for their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  

That’s according to a report released by the Washington-based Human Right Campaign, a major national gay rights group.

Meanwhile, in their 2014 Municipal Equality Index Wilmington and Middletown fell below the national average.

Overall, Delaware which made same-sex marriage legal last year scored 57 overall on a one hundred point scale.

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7:56 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Economic Development for New Castle County and Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New Castle County and the city of Wilmington are planning to release new strategic plans for economic development.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the county paid consultants $49,500 for its report, while Wilmington paid the same two firms $25,000 for its plan. The same companies crafted an economic development plan for Newark three years ago. They are Wadley-Donovan Growth Tech LLC of New Jersey and Garnet Consulting Services of Connecticut.

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11:25 am
Fri October 31, 2014

3 Tons of Trash Picked Up by Volunteers in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A cleanup of coastal Delaware drew more than 1,800 volunteers who collected more than 3 tons of trash.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources said Friday that the volunteers fanned out along more than 80 miles of Delaware coastline on Sept. 20, from Wilmington to Fenwick Island.

The agency says about a third of the trash was able to be recycled, including glass and aluminum cans.

Volunteers found some unusual trash, too. That included an electric saber saw, a bowling ball, a car fender, crab traps and Christmas lights.

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7:56 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Livable Environment Plans for Downtown Wilmington

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - An organization trying to promote a healthy and welcoming living and work environment in downtown Wilmington is asking a state panel for several hundred thousand dollars.

Downtown Visions is asking for a state Strategic Fund grant of up to $368,000 to expand its safety and patrol services in a targeted section of downtown Wilmington.

The state Council on Development Finance was scheduled to consider the request at its meeting Monday.

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8:13 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Wilmington City Council Rejects Smoking Ban Ordinance

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The Wilmington City Council has decided not to ban smoking in all parks, playgrounds and covered bus stops in the city.

The vote was 6 nays and 5 yeas.

Several council members argued that the ordinance infringed on a personal freedom.

Other towns – especially along coastal Delaware – have banned smoking in parks and beaches.

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8:29 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Police: Highest Paid City Workers in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police officers were the highest-paid city workers in Wilmington last year.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the 14 highest-paid workers in 2013 were police officers, including two retired officers who left the force during the year for other jobs.

The 14 officers' earnings include overtime pay, which boosted their salaries to above $100,000 per year. Seventy-one percent of the city's total overtime was paid to police officers in 2013, totaling roughly $2.9 million.

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10:13 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Delaware Takes Aim at DuPont Over I-495 Bridge Repair

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Delaware environmental officials have sent violation notices out to DuPont Company and Alma Properties LLC for illegally stockpiling soil that damaged the I-495 Bridge across the Christina River in east Wilmington.

This is the first legal move by the state to recover the $45 million price tag for repairing the bridge that was dramatically shutdown after its support columns were found to be titled.

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12:33 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Delmarva Blood Bank Looks for Donors

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Blood Bank of Delmarva is looking for blood and platelet donors.

WDEL-AM  reports that the blood bank is requesting people schedule an appointment at one of four donation centers in the region. In Delaware, they include Wilmington, Christiana and Dover. The blood bank also has a location in Salisbury, Maryland.

Michael Waite, a spokesman for the blood bank, says the greatest need is for O Negative. The group also has a need for O Positive and Positive donors.

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9:12 am
Tue June 10, 2014

I-495 Bridge Southbound Lanes to Reopen By Labor Day (Update)

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's transportation chief says officials are hoping to reopen the southbound lanes of an important interstate bridge by Labor Day.

Officials closed the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River June 2 because supporting columns are tilting. The bridge typically carries about 90,000 vehicles a day.

Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt (SHAY-lin baht) said Tuesday that officials hope the northbound lanes can reopen a few weeks later.

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9:57 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Clearing Dirt Pile Causing I-495 Bridge Tilt Nearly Complete

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The removal of a massive mound of dirt suspected of causing a nearby interstate bridge in Delaware to tilt is almost complete.

Officials have said removing the dirt is the first step in getting the bridge repaired and reopened to traffic, a process expected to take weeks, if not months.

Two backhoes continued to claw away Sunday at the dirt mound beside the bridge, which normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day on the Interstate 495 bypass around Wilmington.

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9:33 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Cracks in I-495 Bridge Footings, Feds Pledge Help (Update)

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Engineers have discovered that the steel piles under the I-495 bridge that has been closed have cracks across the widths of the two concrete footings as result of steel piles having been deformed.

That’s according to the Wilmington News Journal.

Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt also says there is evidence that the structural damage occurred over a shorter period of time noting that it looked much different by Thursday afternoon than it did on Tuesday.

He says it will be weeks to months before the tilted span can be leveled braced and reopened.

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9:21 am
Wed June 4, 2014

I-495 Bridge In Wilmington Closed Indefinitely (Update)

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Highway engineers say a crucial bridge on the Eastern Seaboard's interstate highway system could imperil drivers if traffic is allowed back on it.

The bridge, near Wilmington, was closed Monday when its support pillars were found to be tilting. The Interstate 495 bridge won't reopen anytime soon, and the 90,000 vehicles that cross it every day are being diverted onto the main north highway, I-95, further overloading one of the most crowded arteries in America.


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10:17 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Frontier Airline Flight Suspension Between Wilmington and Detroit in the Fall

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Less than two weeks after starting flights between Delaware and Detroit, Frontier Airlines says it will discontinue the service in the fall.

Frontier announced the decision Monday, saying it is the result of seasonal factors in both cities. The first flights took off from New Castle Airport on April 29 and the airline says it will discontinue the service in September. 

A spokeswoman says the airline expects the route to perform well during the summer peak travel season and it will re-evaluate plans for 2015 based on this year's performance.

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9:09 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Wilmington Considers Smart Parking Meters

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington officials are considering a program to place smart parking meters downtown that would allow visitors to pay with credit cards.

Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz, who represents downtown, tells The News Journal the pilot program would include 200 smart meters. The technology could include a smartphone app that would alert customers when their meter is about to expire. They could then add time remotely.

Shabazz says the city doesn't want $40 parking tickets to discourage people from coming downtown.

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8:29 am
Mon July 15, 2013

JPMorgan Chase Buys Wilmington Building

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A quiet purchase of two downtown Wilmington office towers by JPMorgan Chase this year is adding some certainty to the city's commercial real estate market.

The Wilmington News Journal reports Chase completed the purchase March 26 of two buildings the bank had leased for nearly a decade. The deal is estimated to be worth $87 million.

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9:13 am
Fri June 28, 2013

New TV Station For Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware may soon have a television station.

The News Journal reports that owners of the future KJWP plan to begin transmitting later this year.

The plans are taking shape after a five-year effort to win permission move the station currently known as KJWY from Wyoming to Delaware.

An attorney for station owner PCLLC of New Jersey says the tower will be in Philadelphia, but it's not yet clear where the studio will be. He says the station will be tied to a network, but not one of the major ones.

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12:29 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Wilmington Police Officer Stable But Need Surgery

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington officials say a police officer shot in the face needs surgery but appears to have escaped life-threatening injuries.

The officer, Justin Wilkers, was shot Sunday afternoon after a traffic stop and chase in Southbridge. The three-year member of the department is in serious but stable condition at Christiana Care Hospital.

Police believe multiple people were involved in the shooting, and are investigating it along with state and federal authorities.

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9:11 am
Mon January 14, 2013

DSO Begins Series Next Week

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The Delaware Symphony Orchestra will take the stage next week at the Grand in downtown Wilmington after being off for the last eight months.

It will be the first in a three-concert classical series.

And, the January 25th concert marks the debut for concertmaster David Southorn.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he is the orchestra’s permanent first-chair violinist a position that has been vacant for more than two years.

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9:29 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Free Parking in Wilmington for Holidays

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The city of Wilmington is offering a break on parking at downtown meters for the holiday season.

Starting on Monday, parking will be free at on-street meters beginning at noon each day. Motorists still have a two hour time limit, however.

The parking break will last through Dec. 31.

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3:27 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Light Voter Turnout in Delaware Primaries

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In Delaware voter turnout was light to moderate this morning as residents lined up to cast their ballots in the state’s primaries.

There were reports that balloting was stronger in Wilmington where voters are deciding on who will fill the Mayor’s job as well as most of the city council seats.

Barbara Lippincott, election unit manager with the state, told the Wilmington News Journal that there have been reports of some voters showing up at the wrong polling place due to redistricting.

But she added no votes were lost.


10:27 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Wilmington Mayoral Hopeful Vows to Raise Taxes

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Mayoral hopeful Bill Montgomery pledged to raise taxes during his first year in office if elected to the top job in Wilmington.

The former chief of staff to the current Mayor James Baker predicted there would be a 15 percent hike on property taxes to stave off future rate increases.

The city is facing budget deficits of around $4 million in the next two years.

Montgomery noted that the city has made cuts totaling $11 million with a proposal to eliminate 20 positions over the next 4 years through attrition.

3:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Wilmington Red Light Cameras Rake In the Revenue


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington officials say the number of citations issued by the city's red light camera program jumped 83 percent between fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2012.

City officials tell The News Journal of Wilmington that enhanced enforcement of illegal right turns on red is partially responsible for the spike.

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8:54 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Occupy Delaware Pulls Up Stakes In Spencer Plaza

The last of the tents in Wilmington’s Spencer Plaza have disappeared ending that phase of what has become known as Occupy Delaware.

There were more than 20 tents that sprang up nine months ago as temporary homes for the protesters who hung in through the freezing rain and the searing heat.

But yesterday afternoon they were all gone.

Occupy Delaware decided to vacate the plaza a month earlier than was expected under a settlement reached with the city.

8:47 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Witness in Murder Case Gunned Down in Latest Wilmington Violence

Violence has struck the city of Wilmington again.

This time it left three people dead in a wild shooting incident on Sunday night in the town’s Eden Park.

One of those killed was a witness in a four-year-old murder case against a former fugitive who, authorities say, is now charged with gunning him down.

The Wilmington News Journal learned of the connection from police and friends of Herman Curry who was a witness in the 2008 murder of his friend Christopher Palmer at an unlicensed Wilmington nightclub.

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8:54 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Wilmington Moves Towards Landfill-Gas Fueled Wastewater Plant

Under a deal negotiated with Honeywell International a Wilmington City Council panel moved to approve a $35 million plan for a landfill-gas-fueled plant that would generate power and dry sludge at the city’s regional wastewater plant.

The full council is expected to vote as early as Thursday on the plan for the 20-year construction and operation agreement with the company.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Honeywell projected that the new operation would save Wilmington a total of $16.7 million by 2034.

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9:06 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Another Shooting Death in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a teenage boy has been killed and a child has been critically injured in a neighborhood on the city's west side.

Police says the teen was shot in the chest and was found in an alley near the 1500 block of W. Fourth St., between Delamore Place and Rodney Street, on Sunday afternoon. The teen was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Another boy was shot in the stomach and was in critical condition.

Police say no arrests have been made.

The shootings follow a week of violence in the city that has left several dead.

9:29 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Gun Violence Strikes Wilmington

It’s been a bloody week for the city of Wilmington with three violent deaths in the span of 12 hours.

Last night the Wilmington Peacekeepers marched last night through the violence struck neighborhoods stopping along the way to mark the shooting deaths of victims as young as 16.  

The marchers decried the violence that has killed 12 people in Wilmington so far this year at a clip that outpaces the number killed by this time in 2010, which saw a record number of such deaths.

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9:25 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Gun Buy Back Program Not Renewed by Delaware Senate

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware state Senate has refused to reauthorize a gun buyback program set to expire July 1.

Lawmakers last year approved a pilot program that resulted in more than 2,000 weapons being exchanged for prepaid debit cards worth $100 to $200. The buyback event was so popular that officials exhausted the $100,000 allocated by the legislature, and some people were given vouchers to redeem later.

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8:43 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Delaware Moves to Put Speed Enforcement Cameras Near Schools


DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are considering a bill that authorizes the use of speed enforcement cameras in Dover and Wilmington.

The bill was introduced on Tuesday and was to be heard in committee on Wednesday.

The legislation authorizes Dover and Wilmington to establish pilot programs to use cameras to catch motorists speeding in school zones.

The cameras, similar to the red-light cameras found at intersections throughout the state, would record images of vehicles traveling at least 11 miles per hour above the posted speed limit.

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