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Coalition of business, education groups to study child care needs

Charlie Megginson Business, Education, Government, Headlines

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Rodel and the Delaware Department will study child care needs. Photo by cottonbro/Pexels A coalition of business and education groups have combined forces to better understand and communicate the economic importance of the child care sector in Delaware. The public-private partnership is comprised of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, …

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Newark pastor unhappy to be denied meeting on court Diversity Project

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Pastor Blaine Hackett, right, leads an April 15 protest march for diversity on the Chancery Court.   A Newark minister upset that he and the Rev. Al Sharpton were denied a meeting to weigh in on the Delaware Bench and Bar Diversity Project says he fears that it will be another example of the good old boys making decisions. “These …

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New grants will help ready sites to lure commercial, industrial business

Charlie Megginson Business, Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney on Tuesday signed a bill that will allow state organizations to have possible commercial sites ready for quick building or move in. Gov. John Carney signed a bipartisan bill Tuesday aimed at attracting new businesses to Delaware by investing in site readiness. Senate Bill 127 establishes a fund to provide economic assistance to qualified businesses and public …

One northbound I95 ramp to close, another to open Sunday night

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  Weather permitting,  one ramp allowing access to northbound Interstate 95 in Wilmington will close Sunday night, Aug. 1, and another will open. That means routes will change by Monday morning for traffic going into and out of the city. Closing will be the Adams Street/Delaware Avenue on-ramp for I95 northbound Opening will be the 10th Street/Adams Street On-Ramp to …

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SPCA will use $500,000 state grant on new $4.5 million shelter

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

  This artist’s rendering shows the design for the Brandywine Valley SPCA’s new lobby. The Brandywine Valley SPCA is preparing to move its New Castle operations to a new facility on Churchmans Road, thanks in part to a $500,000 grant included in the bond bill passed by the General Assembly in June. The new facility will replace its current Old …

Brady announces he will not seek re-election after using racial slur

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Democratic State Rep. Gerald Brady will not seek re-election in 2022, he announced Monday. Brady has represented the 4th district, which includes Greenville, in the House of Representatives since 2007. His statement comes a week after he was caught using a racist slur to refer to women of Asian descent.  He said in a statement Monday that there was no …

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Student activist convinces State Fair to build more accessible bathroom

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A Thursday’s dedication of a handcap-accessible restroom at the Delaware State Fair are, from left, fair Treasurer Doug Crouse, Janet Butler, fair vice president Clark, student activist Jarrett Butler and State Sen. Dave Wilson.   One Delaware student appears to have a jump on a career as a lobbyist, as evidenced by his successful efforts to make the Delaware State …

Delaware will spend $100 million opioid windfall on treatment, prevention

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s share of the opiod settlement will flow into the state over 17 years. Photo by Tanya Nova/Pexels   Most of the $100 million Delaware is getting in an opioid lawsuit settlement will be spent on treatment and prevention of drug abuse. Attorney General Kathleen Jennings talked Thursday in a press conference about how the state will deal with its …

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$80 million Clean Water Act sets up trust to direct cash into projects

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Wetlands in Sussex County. Photo by Joann Kingsley/Delaware Community Lens   A bipartisan bill aimed at addressing wastewater and drinking water issues in Delaware’s underserved communities was signed into law by Gov. John Carney Thursday after six years in the making. House Bill 200, the Clean Water for Delaware Act, creates a framework and funding source which lawmakers say will …

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Bill to mandate police body cameras signed into law

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

    Nate McQueen, secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety, leads applause for police officers during a ceremony that made police body cameras a state law.   Delaware has become the eighth state in the country to mandate the statewide use of body cameras by police officers. Gov. John Carney was joined by members of the House Black Caucus, …