Wilmington News Journal

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There’s a recommendation that the Delaware Department of Labor be overhauled in the wake of an investigation that found allegations of racism and an unhealthy work environment.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it has learned under a Freedom of Information Act request that the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget has called for changes to deal with a lack of professionalism and cultural insensitivity.

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There’s a rebellion brewing in Rehoboth Beach.

Hundreds are angered by a law that will make it harder for them to build large houses.

And they have handed in a petition to force the town commissioners to take another vote.

They must have gathered 40 percent of the electorate in order to force the vote.

That will force suspension of the ordinance until its reconsideration.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that if there is not a reversal residents vow to force a referendum.

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African American pastors in Delaware are investigating – what they say – is racism by state employees.

The interviews are being carried out by the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council and the NAACP.

Eventually they will hand over a report to Governor Jack Markell.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the ministers and NAACP say they have heard accounts from African American workers.

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It’s still 24 hours before the music begins but campers are already arriving for the Firefly Music Festival.

The festival opens today and there was a small contingent of campers who arrived in Dover by 8 a.m. yesterday.

They waited at a nearby parking lot until the campsites open at noon.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they expect 65-thousand campers for this year’s festival for a total of over 90-thousand expected attendees.

An extra day of camping was added to the four day festival that runs through Sunday.

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While the impending opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Delaware has been hailed by many in the state it may not be able to meet demand.

The First State Compassion Center will open in less than two weeks.

It will be able to grow more than 150 plants and keep more than 15-hundred ounces on hand.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that there are around 340 Delaware residents who have medical marijuana cards.

The paper also reports there are around a hundred more who are applying.

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The New Castle County Police will be getting another piece of equipment in their arsenal.

By the end of the month the county council is expected to approve $52-thousand to add a drone to the force.

It will provide images for police during emergency situations. The Wilmington News Journal reports that the funds will go for staffing find the right model, training four employees and obtaining equipment and spare parts.

Police Captain Pat Crowell told the paper that the drone can be used in searching for missing persons as well as getting an assessment of large crowds.


The former editor of the Wilmington News Journal has died.

John Taylor was 71.

He worked for the paper for 37 years and occupied positions ranging from reporter to the editorial editor.

Taylor left the paper in 2005.

The News Journal says that he had an interest in education and became the assistant to the superintendent of schools for Wilmington’s School system in the late 1960’s to 1971.

David Ledford executive editor of the News Journal has described Taylor as a tenacious journalist who understood and loved Delaware.

Delmarva Power

Apr 4, 2014
Don Rush

Delmarva Power is getting a $15.1 million rate increase from the Delaware Public Service Commission.

The vote was 4-to-0.

That gives the company a profit margin of 9.7 percent.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it is still not clear what the increase will mean for individual customers.


          There will be an outside investigation into the planning, real estate, a record keeping Practices at the Delaware Department of Transportation.

            The probe comes after evidence of poor document security and unexplained gaps in key files…that could impact millions of taxpayer dollars.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt…would not rule out criminal misconduct.