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State to replace Smyrna Hospital for Critically Ill

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware Hospital of the Chronically Ill, from Google Maps Street View   Delaware will spend $50 million to replace the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna with a state-of-the-art 72,000 square foot facility. The project, which will be funded through federal COVID relief funds, will create 250 to 300 construction jobs. The hospital’s main building originally opened in …

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State to invest $110 million in expanding broadband ‘the last mile’

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

Sussex County legislators gather to look at broadband maps. Clockwise from top, Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Jesse Vanderwende, Rep. Ruth Briggs King, Rep. Charlie Postles and Sen. Dave Wilson.   COVID-19 funds will pay for a $110 million Delaware investment aimed at guaranteeing high-speed broadband internet access for every home and business in the state.  The expansion project, announced Thursday …

DSU’s Tony Allen tapped to head White House HBCU group

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

DSU president Dr. Tony Allen   Among the issues that DSU President Tony Allen wants to help the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities tackle are historic inequities in physical infrastructure funding, more federal research support, and more as well as easier access to financial support for students. All of them are topics he will champion after being appointed by …

Federal COVID-19 unemployment payments end in September

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

  All federal unemployment pay boosts related to COVID-19 end the first week in September. Photo by Yury Kim/Pexels   All pandemic-related unemployment programs provided under the American Rescue Plan Act will expire on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.  With near-universal staffing shortages, some say ending these programs will finally give people the incentive they need to return to work.  Programs …

State auditor plans to track how Delaware spends COVID cash

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines

Gov. John Carney posted this photo of the Delaware City DMV and one of the state’s first mass COVID-19 vaccination events in the winter.    State Auditor Kathy McGuiness announced recently that she hopes to answer questions about how county and local governments and school districts will spend the $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 funds by tracking the expenditures. “One …