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Del. child care worker registry open; $1,000 bonuses going out

Charles Megginson Education, Headlines

Delaware child care workers can now enroll in a registry that will allow them to receive their $1,000 direct relief payment from the state, the Department of Education announced Friday. Payments are available to all child care professionals who are at least 18 years of age, work in licensed Delaware child care programs, interact directly with children for at least …

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Pro-business group rebrands to focus on judicial fairness

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware will announce that it is rebranding during a Tuesday rally designed to pressure Gov. John Carney to appoint a Black justice to Chancery Court. The group’s name will change to Citizens for Judicial Fairness, to reflect its growth into an organization with a national focus in highlighting gaps in representation and fighting for equity …

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Carney calls up National Guard to staff state home for disabled

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  Gov. John Carney on Sunday issued an executive order asking members of the Delaware National Guard who are healthcare workers, to staff the Stockley Center in Georgetown. The center, which houses the disabled, is facing staff shortages due to a recent increase in COVID-19 community levels and industry-wide staffing shortages. The 50-bed Medicaid-certified Intermediate Care Facility serves people with …

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Science of reading bill sails through Senate, awaits Carney’s signature

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  A bill aimed at combating the sharp decline in Delaware’s literacy rates since 2002 swept through the General Assembly. It unanimously passed the Senate Tuesday, following a unanimous vote in the House last week. “I predict that in 10 years we are going to be in the top 10 states in reading proficiency because of what we’re doing here …

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Carney tests positive for COVID-19

Betsy Price Headlines

  Gov. John Carney announced Monday night that he tested positive for COVID-19 through an at-home antigen test. He took the test after experiencing mild symptoms. He is now isolating, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend. “I am feeling well and will continue to work remotely, but unfortunately will have to miss a few in-person events,” Carney …

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Delaware’s top doctor to step down

Charles Megginson Headlines, Health

Dr. Karryl Rattay will leave her post as director of the Delaware Division of Public Health on June 30.  Rattay took the job in 2009 during the swine flu pandemic. She is currently the nation’s longest-serving public health director. “It has been the greatest honor of my lifetime to serve Delawareans in this role,” Rattay said Friday. “I am grateful …

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Paid family and medical leave ‘the law of the land’ in Delaware

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Rep. Debra Heffernan, the bill’s House sponsor, holds SS1 for SB 1 after it was signed by Gov. John Carney Tuesday. (Charlie Megginson/Delaware LIVE News) Delaware has become the 11th state to offer a paid family and medical leave program to new parents, caregivers, and those with serious illnesses. Flanked by lawmakers and activists, Gov. John Carney on Tuesday signed …

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Winterthur’s Jackie Kennedy exhibit now open

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Winterthur’s new exhibit is touted as the behind-the-scenes story of the White House restoration in 1961-62. Winterthur Museum will be sprinkled with a bit of fairy dust from Camelot throughout the rest of the year. The estate on Saturday opened its new exhibit, “Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House,” touted as the behind-the-scenes …

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Dolly Parton serenades book celebration party at Wilmington Library

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Dolly Parton talks to a crowd of politicians and librarians Thursday at the Wilmington Library.   Delaware politicians and librarians told superstar Dolly Parton Thursday that they will always love her and her Imagination Library program, which sends one free book each month to 21,515 state children. During an invitation-only program at the Wilmington Public Library, the state officially thanked …

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Once controversial Kalmar Nyckel tall ship celebrates 25th anniversary

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Delaware’s tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, sails to the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Tuesday. Photo by Deborah Webb.   The Kalmar Nyckel celebrated her 25th anniversary Tuesday with the crew sailing Delaware’s tall ship through the 4th Street drawbridge to its foundation’s shipyard, and then giving a two-cannon salute after the national anthem was played. About 200 people watched it sail …