Judge: Cabela’s can’t hide behind fed issues in stolen ammo case

Betsy PriceBusiness, Headlines

A U.S. District Court judge has told Cabela’s it has no grounds to have a stolen ammunition lawsuit tried in federal court and sent it back to state courts. The suit began with Cabel’s refusal to answer a subpeona and provide information to the Delaware Department of Justice, which is investigating the theft of ammunition said to have ended up …


Bill to change state tax brackets halted in committee

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A bill that would alter Delaware’s tax code in a way the sponsor says would ultimately lower tax payments for everyone was put to death Tuesday by the House Revenue and Finance Committee. Another was delayed for consideration until the next meeting. Votes for House Bill 233, sponsored by Majority Leader Mike Ramone, R-Newark/Pike Creek, split along party lines in …

Children's Theatre

Children’s Theatre seeks its tribe to help mark 50 years

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

If you ever performed with Delaware Children’s Theatre, helped get shows on to the boards or brought grandkids to enjoy a performance in the historic Victorian building, your tribe is hunting for you. On Jan. 27, the theater will celebrate its 50th season, the stewardship of John and Marie Swajeski and decades of bringing theater to families with the 50th …


DSO guest conductor chose a life of the baton in high school

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

The guest conductor who will lead the Delaware Symphony Orchestra Friday plunged into music after a grammar school test showed he had an aptitude for it. A native of Durham, North Carolina, André Raphel said the schools then gave students a test to determine if they had a musical aptitude and an aptitude for playing a musical instrument. “It was …


State should consider dropping plan for tunnel, designers say

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Designers involved in the construction of a $22 million parking garage across from Legislative Hall have recommended the state cancel plans to build a private underground tunnel  connecting the structures. The tunnel originally was estimated to cost $2 million but will be closer to $3.7 million, partly because its base would lay only 6 feet above sea level in an …


20 Delaware artists given 2024 state fellowship awards

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

A Wilmington composer was given the Delaware Division of the Arts’ top fellowship award in its 2024 list of state artists. Mark Hagerty was named the 2024 Master Fellow, an honor that somes with a $12,000 stipend for the artist. He was chosen from applications of those who previously had won an Establshed Professional Award and covered the fields of …


State worker health insurance to rise 22%, add $50M cost

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The state of Delaware will need at least an additional $50 million dollars in fiscal 2025 to pay for increases in the cost of employee health insurance, which is expected to see premium rises of up to 22%. Ruth Ann Miller, controller general, said the program will have a shortfall of $15 million by April 1 and will need $22 …


House, Senate Republicans showcase bills they plan to push

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday showed a new spirit of cooperation — and a determination to get proposals they consider common sense out in front of the public — by holding a joint press conference. The focus Wednesday was on GOP bills that would curb future governors’ unrestricted use of emergency powers by requiring legislative review and give the …

Madihan Wilson-Anton debates

Passionate House debates focus on Israel, Gaza conflict

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Dueling resolutions about the Hamas attacks in Israel and that nation’s invasion of Gaza drew intense — but civil — reaction on the first day of the 2024 session of the Delaware House of Representatives Tuesday. First up was House Concurrent Resolution No. 80, which noted that the attacks and invasion “resulted in catastrophic and heartbreaking losses of human life. …

Rep. Valerie Jones Giltner

Giltner sworn in as sole Republican woman in Assembly

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Safety and security on many fronts will be some of the main issues that Valerie Jones Giltner, R-Georgetown, will be paying attention to during her first session of the Delaware General Assembly. Giltner, who was sworn in Tuesday as the Delaware General Assembly’s sole Republican woman, won a special election in December to replace Ruth Briggs King. She resigned before …