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DNREC’s new all-terrain wheelchair uses caterpillar tracks

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

DNREC on Friday unveiled a new wheelchair that operates with a continuous track, like a military tank, and is designed to handle mud, sand, snow and water. The Action Trackchair, which retails for about $20,000, was acquired with a grant from the Ford Bronco Wild Fund. It is the state’s first all-terrain wheelchair and will be available to the public …

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Delawareans have won Powerball 285 times for $1.6 billion

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Delaware residents have cashed in $1.6 billion in Powerball lottery winnings since 1992, a national gambling site says. That $1.6 billion is adjusted for inflation, and GambleSpot¬†says it used data from the Powerball website to figure out how many people had won lotteries between 1992 and 2024. The site said Delaware winners have won the Match 5 266¬†times, Match 5 …

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Del. Supreme Court vacates lower court absentee ballot ruling

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The Delaware Supreme Court has thrown out a lower court ruling on absentee ballots in a unanimous vote, saying neither of the plaintiffs had standing to sue. While Democrats celebrated the decision, Republicans pointed out that the decision said nothing about the merits of the case, which focused on whether the state director of elections could choose voting by machine …

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Greenville’s favorite mailman honored with epic send-off

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

It may not be quite as renowned as Taylor Swift‚Äôs Eras Tour, but Eric Garofalo is rocking his Beloved Mailman Farewell Tour in Greenville. Festivities have included parties thrown by neighborhoods, a shower of gifts and cards, and even few bittersweet au revoirs at mail boxes along the route of a man whose presence customers say is so much a …

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Delabear eulogized in resolution urging wildlife awareness

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Delabear, the black bear spotted in Newark Saturday and killed Tuesday night on Route 1 in New Castle, was memorialized Thursday in resolution which urged drivers to be on the lookout for wildlife. House Resolution 33,¬†sponsored by Rep. Sophie Phillips, D-Christiana, and Speaker of the House Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, said the House “mourns the loss of this majestic creature” also …

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DNREC must hold certain in-person hearings, if bill passes

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A bill that would force DNREC to hold public meetings in person and allot at least two hours for public comment on major issues got quite a lot of comment during a hearing Wednesday before being approved. House Bill 434,¬†sponsored by Rich Collins, R-Millsboro, the bill will keep the Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control Department “transparent and citizen friendly” …

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Black bear seen in Newark killed by vehicle on Route 1

Betsy PriceCulture, Government, Headlines

The black bear seen around Newark was struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 1 Tuesday night. The accident happened about 11 p.m. on Route 1 near School Bell Road in New Castle, according to the Delaware Natural Resources Police. Delaware State Police and the Delaware Department of Transportation removed the bear. Wildlife biologists¬† with the Department of Natural …

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Delaware ranked best in nation at tipping

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Here’s another thing that Delaware is first at: Tipping at restaurants. That seems to surprise Food & Wine magazine, which noted in a recent article how small the state is and suggested the higher tipping likely is because Delaware has no state or local sales taxes. Carl Georigi, CEO of Platinum Dining Group, wasn’t surprised ‚Äď but only after he …

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Carney vetoes bill to rework employee benefits committee

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Gov. John Carney on Tuesday vetoed a bill to restructure the state committee that tried to move state retirees from a rich health plan to a Medicare Advantage one to save money. House Bill 282, sponsored by Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark, is one of several that grew out of a year’s worth of committee hearings. It promised to revise the …

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Delaware House to salute 6 departing members

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Among the last week’s work in the 2024 session will be Delaware House of Representatives saluting six legislators who are leaving or have left the Delaware House. They include Rep. Sherry Dorsey Walker, D-Wilmington; Rep. Sean Matthews, D-Middletown; Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark; Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach; Rep. Michael Ramone, R-Newark/Pike Creek; and former Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown. On …