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The State of Delaware is seeing an increasing number of seniors moving into the state while millennials are moving out.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that three decades ago 30 percent of the First State’s population was between the ages of 18 and 34.

That figure has declined to 23 percent.

In addition, 61 percent of the people born in Delaware now live somewhere else.

The News Journal reports that economists say millennials are looking for a better labor market where the can build their lives.

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The plan for school redistricting for the Wilmington/Christina area has survived another hurdle.

The Wilmington Education Improvement Commission approved shifting Wilmington students from the Christina School District to the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

The move that would allow students to go to a school closer to home came at the suggestion of Governor Jack Markell.

The News Journal reports that the State Board has to approve the plan along with a vote in the General Assembly.

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As Dow and DuPont merge the agricultural spin will maintain its headquarters in Wilmington.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that a yet unnamed specialty products company will also locate its headquarters in the Delaware town.

This will keep some high-level executive jobs in the state.

The News Journal reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission says more revenue is expected to come from the two companies than DuPont.

The paper reports that combined the two companies are expected to be valued at $32 billion.

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There is another set of layoffs hitting Delaware.

This time 109 employees of Capital One in Wilmington will see some pink slips.

The bank is shutting down its mortgage side of the business to simplify the mortgage operations.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the announcement comes after the company slashed around 21-hundred positions nationwide last year.

The paper says the bank had more than 25-hundred employees in Wilmington by the end of 2015.

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There were protesters out in Wilmington’s business section blocking roadways during the lunch yesterday.

They were protesting the fatal police shooting of Jeremy McDole and the failure to bring criminal action against the officers.

There were around 30 in all who shouted “No Justice, No Peace” as they made their way down Fourth Street.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the family has called on Mayor Dennis Williams, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and the city police Chief Bobby Cummings to step down.

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Wilmington could lose $1.5 million in state money if they do not come up with how they are using their police officers.

Attorney General Matt Denn and Delaware lawmakers have put the money aside until they get some answers.

The funds were to go for 20 weeks of foot patrols and overtime by Wilmington county and state police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that another $75-thousand was allocated to the state police for studying crime in Wilmington.

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The family of Jeremy McDole who was shot and killed by police while he was in a wheel chair are calling for the resignation of Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams.

At a rally outside police headquarters in Wilmington on Saturday protesters also called for the resignation of police Chief Bobby Cummings.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that some of the protesters shouted “Don’t Shoot Me” at officers who stood watch over the crowd.

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Some had feared that Texas was in the running in the competition for a stock exchange with Wilmington.

The News Journal reports that John Wallace, the chairman of the newly created Delaware Board of Trade Holdings Inc., had indeed approached the city of Austin.

But the paper reports that those talks went nowhere and the company wound up going with Wilmington.

Wallace said yesterday that the Delaware town remains the only viable site for the startup exchange.

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Community leaders are demanding the resignation of Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings after the shooting death of 28-year old Jeremy McDole who was in a wheel chair.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Robert Bovell says his resignation is need to “quell the growing distrust of the citizens of Wilmington” for the police department.

McDole was killed during an encounter with police after they received a report that a man had shot himself.

Police ordered him to put down the gun before he was killed.

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Delaware lawmakers have approved $2 million to boost law enforcement efforts in Wilmington and Dover.

But with an ongoing record of shootings in Wilmington they also said they were willing to take away the city’s unilateral police powers.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that such a move would require an amendment to the city’s charter which can be done by the state legislature.

The paper reports that the move by legislators reveals a great distrust between city officials and lawmakers.

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Wilmington saw something in November that it has not seen in five years.

There were no shooting deaths last month.

In addition, 11 shootings took place in November compared to 21 last year.

From November 3rd through the 20th no shootings occurred.

So far this year there have been 138 people shot and 23 killed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that authorities say they do not know why there was a drop in the shootings.

Chief Bobby Cummings told the paper that violence ebbs and flows.

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The New Castle County Council Executive Committee formally came out against using any county money for the private stock exchange in Wilmington.

It was a heated one-hour discussion.

And, Council member George Smiley who sponsored the resolution said he was bothered by any use of county funds.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in July the council approved a $15 million revenue bond for a startup company to construct a stock exchange in Wilmington.

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The proposed Wilmington stock exchange could be getting some startup money from the Wilmington Urban Development Action Grant Corporation.

There is a proposal for $2 million for the Delaware Board of Trade Holdings Inc. which would handle in small and medium sized businesses.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the money would come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that goes towards increasing economic activity in the downtown area.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a high school student was arrested after bringing an unloaded handgun on campus.

Troopers say the 16-year-old showed the gun to other students in a bathroom at John Dickinson High School in Wilmington Tuesday morning.

Police say one of the students reported the incident to school administrators, who removed the youth from class.

Authorities say a search of the teenager's book bag turned up an unloaded .25 caliber handgun.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington city officials have approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 320.

The Wilmington News Journal reports a pay raise is likely for some workers.

The contract calls for the 150 employees in the Public Works, Streets and Water departments to see a 3 percent cost-of-living salary increase. It also calls for a one-time payment of either $2,000 or $4,000 per worker, depending on the hire date.

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The I-495 bridge over Terminal Avenue in Wilmington will experience lane closures for nearly a month to replace a connector provides more flexibility to the span.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the northbound right lane will be shut down beginning today for the next two weeks.

After that the two left lanes will be closed for another two weeks.

Only one northbound lane will be left open.

And, the on-ramp will also be closed off until the work has been completed.

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The Superintendent of the Christina School District will be retiring in February.

Freeman Williams has been in his job for the last three years and he went on a leave of absence in August.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the school board is now exploring a time line in the search for a new superintendent.

The paper reports that the change in leadership comes after the state Board of Education came into conflict with the district over how to improve three Priority Schools in Wilmington.

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A $1 million state-of-the-art skate park will be opened in Wilmington by as early as summer after 15 years in the making.

It would be located on a vacant property owned by the Delaware Authority for Regional Transit and the Department of Transportation under I-95 near the Maryland Avenue ramp.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it includes a number of inclines, rails and obstacles.

Work on the 18-thousand square foot park is set to begin this spring.

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Wilmington restaurants don’t like the idea of food trucks showing up on their streets.

The city plans to carve out designated areas for the mobile kitchens and that has restaurant owners complaining of the competition.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the proposed ordinance will be heard for a final vote on November 19th as a pilot program that would regulate food trucks in the city.

There would be a specific parking spot for the vendors each day during the lunch break.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police in Wilmington say extra officers were called in to a shooting scene after a large crowd gathered and some threw rocks and bottles at officers.
 
Chief Bobby Cummings said after a man was shot in the chest Sunday afternoon, a crowd assembled and several officers were hit by objects. Police said Monday that the 23-year-old man was taken to Christiana Hospital in critical condition. Police say the circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Court records show that a Delaware man in a wheelchair who reportedly shot himself and refused repeated commands to drop his weapon before being killed by police had previously expressed suicidal thoughts and had a history of being combative with police.

Some people who saw 28-year-old Jeremy McDole in the days and hours before he was killed Wednesday said he did not appear to be sad or to be acting strangely.

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After a sharp rise in gun violence more than 300 people gathered in Wilmington yesterday for the “302 Guns Down Benefit and Concert.”

The event’s emcee Iz Belleto told the crowd that it was time for people to put down their guns.

In addition to the concert and benefit a March for Culture of Peace was also planned.

Mayor Dennis Williams said he was impressed by organizer Michaelena DeJesus and decided to co-sponsor the event waiving all of the fees and providing a grant instead.

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Over the next few months different providers will be taking care of animal control in Delaware until January 1st when the state takes over.

During the summer the First State Animal Center and the SPCA in County said it was ending its responsibility for the service early.

The group will still provide temporary service for Sussex and New Castle Counties until the end of the year.

But WBOC reports that Kent County and the city of Wilmington have solicited the services of Chester County SPCA.

The cost to the county is the same as under the old contract.

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A Wilmington clinic that does surgical abortions has decided to end the practice after the state asked for national accreditation.

Premier clinic has ties to a Pennsylvania medical company which has been closed because it would not reveal its connection to an abortion doctor who can no longer legally do the procedure in the state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Kimberly Glunt who sent the letter notifying the state of the clinics decision suggested there was a pro-life mole who was releasing private information.

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First State Animal Center and SPCA has a deal for local governments that is ending their animal control contracts.

First State says it is willing to cover animal control services through June of next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in exchange it wants the local governments to pay for their employee’s severance, unemployment compensation and bonuses.

The price tag: $780-thousand.

Local governments were caught up short when First State decided to end all of its contracts in September instead of fazing them out over 18 months.

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A stock exchange could be coming to Wilmington.

Trade Holdings Incorporated will be coming to the New Castle County Council to ask for a $15 million when it meets tomorrow

The firm wants to create two alternative trading systems that would include one for small and medium businesses that do not qualify for the Nasdaq of the New York Stock Exchange.

The other would take care of U.S. and foreign securities.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the bond would raise money for the technology to set up the exchange.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are beginning to work in earnest on a capital budget for road and construction projects in the upcoming fiscal year.

The legislature's capital budget committee met Thursday to review Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $385 million capital spending plan.

At the same time, lawmakers added roughly $24 million in proposed additional spending items, while acknowledging they don't have a lot of money to work with.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware and Maryland transit officials are discussing the possibility of extending MARC, Maryland's commuter rail line, as far north as Wilmington.

The Wilmington News Journal  reported Monday DART CEO John Sisson says he will talk with Maryland Transit Administration officials next week. The service could begin as early as 2018, after the reconstruction of the Newark train station. The line currently runs from Washington D.C. to Perryville, Maryland.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary will open on June 26, more than four years after lawmakers and Gov. Jack Markell first legalized pot for medicinal use.

The Wilmington News Journal reports The First Compassion Center, located outside of Wilmington, will open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Patient orientations are planned for June 18 and June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials have broken ground for a new hotel in downtown Wilmington, a hotel that will redevelop an office building that is currently vacant.

Mayor Dennis P. Williams and others helped break ground Thursday for the new Residence Inn Marriott located at 1300 North Market Street. The city says the new hotel will convert the building into a 96-room hotel.

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