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Wilm. Prayer Breakfast includes pleas for peace in Middle East

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

The fighting and loss of life in Gaza and Israel was brought up several times during Thursday morning’s annual Delaware Leadership Prayer Breakfast, attended by more than 500 people. New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, who is Jewish, asked for a moment of silence for those who were killed or suffering as a result of the fighting after Hamas terrorists …

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Amended polystyrene ban bill passes House

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A bill banning the use of polystyrene containers, including Styrofoam, passed the House and will head back to the Senate after three amendments were passed with it. Senate Bill 51, sponsored by Sen. Trey Paradee, D-Dover, would ban the use of polystyrene containers in restaurants, fire companies, and nonprofit organizations, along with single use plastic straws, and beverage, cocktail picks …

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Climate bill passes House after vote on two amendments

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Rep. Rich Collins on Tuesday begged House Democrats to join him in opposing a bill that set greenhouse gas emission limits in Delaware. “I have begged you to stand up one time and not just take this direction that apparently is so overwhelmingly powerful in this chamber,” the Millsboro Republican said. “And I know I’ve lost. I tell you it’s …

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DE Inspector general bill likely to wait ’til next year

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

With some state expenses, such as Medicaid, higher than expected for 2024, legislators who want to create a state office of inspector general plan to wait until next year to introduce a bill to do that. “[I]t does come with a fiscal note, to create a new agency does cost some money,” said Sen. Laura Sturgeon, D-Hockessin. “It’s not astronomical. …

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Committee OKs bill requiring insurance companies to pay for abortions

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A bill that would require Medicaid and other health insurance plans to cover abortion services passed the House Health & Human Development Committee with all Democrats and one Republican voting for it. House Bill 110, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Minor-Brown, D-Newcastle, would make sure that Medicaid and state insurers don’t require deductibles, coinsurances, copayments or any other cost-sharing requirement for …

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60 attend GOP’s Bellefonte town hall about electric vehicles

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

NOTE: This has been edited to correct information in speakers’ presentations. Most of the 60 people who showed up at the Thursday Delaware GOP town hall about a state electric vehicle mandate were clearly and adamantly opposed to it. A few, apparently members of the Sierra Club, which encouraged people to attend, spoke out in favor. One agitated woman who …

Many First State teachers got their wish Monday as the Public Education Compensation Committee decided to move its meetings back to a later start time. (Unsplash)

Teacher’s union gets 1 wish: Pay committee moves meeting 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Delaware’s state teachers union got one of its wishes Monday when the state committee charged with adjusting the salaries of public school workers announced it will push its monthly meeting back an hour. Mark Holodick, education secretary and chair of the Public Education Compensation Committee said at the start of Monday’s regular meeting that starting next month, the committee will …

Rep. Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek, took part in the run. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

Saint Mark’s honors Veterans Day with 20k challenge

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Veterans, students, community members — and even Miss Global USA —  jogged 20 kilometers around the Saint Mark’s High School gymnasium Friday to honor Veterans Day. Danielle Alura, Miss Global USA 2023, kicked off the marathon with a performance of “Amazing Grace.” “I’m here because, number one, I’m American,” Alura said. “I have plenty of family members who have served …

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Charter moratorium bill released after heavy debate

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

After a contentious hearing, a bill that would put a moratorium on both the creation and expansion of charter schools in New Castle County was released by the House Education Committee Wednesday.  The final vote on House Bill 353 was nine in favor and seven against. All nine who voted in favor are Democrats, all seven against are Republicans. In …

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Cannabis legalization may return for a vote in 2022, sponsor says

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Rep. Ed Osienski, D-Newark. It may not be the end of the line for recreational marijuana legalization in Delaware. While Rep. Ed Osienski’s House Bill 305 was defeated in the House of Representatives after a stunning series of events Thursday, the Newark Democrat said he’s still hopeful that cannabis prohibition could come to an end in 2022.  “I hope there’s …