Students at the University of Delaware would have easier access to abortion pills under a new legislative proposal under consideration in the state. | SPOTLIGHT DELAWARE PHOTO BY JACOB OWENS

Bill would require Delaware universities to offer abortion medication to students

Jose Castaneda PerezHeadlines, Government

A new bill would require two Delaware universities to offer contraception and medication abortion to students on campus. Senate Bill 301 would only apply to Delaware State University and the University of Delaware, given that they’re the only schools with a student health center. If passed, the legislation would impact the over 30,000 students who attend both universities. The legislation comes …

José Ortiz Flores, owner of El Nevado Mexican Grocery, noted that the Latino community has been growing rapidly. | SPOTLIGHT DELAWARE PHOTO BY JOSE IGNACIO CASTANEDA PEREZ

Middletown is booming – and so are its Latinos

Jose Castaneda PerezHeadlines, Culture

A televised soccer match droned on in the background as the smell of fresh mangoes hung heavy in the air. Colorful piñatas and a medley of soccer jerseys swayed above the cramped aisles of La Costena Market on a recent afternoon. Fresh fruit, leather shoes and ceramic piggy banks lined the walls of the small market tucked into a Middletown …

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Middletown-area warehouse developer sues New Castle County

Karl BakerBusiness, Headlines

This story was originally published on Spotlight Delaware.  A development company that has built distribution centers for Amazon and Walmart is suing New Castle County, claiming that government inaction has improperly delayed its controversial plan to construct a nearly 2.4 million-square-foot warehousing complex near Middletown. The lawsuit follows months of outcry in the Middletown area against the development of massive warehouses, and the …

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Southbridge residents await remediation of contaminated park

Jose Castaneda PerezGovernment, Headlines

This story was originally published on Spotlight Delaware.  Regular visitors of Barbara Hicks Park in Wilmington’s Southbridge neighborhood face potential health risks stemming from contaminants in the soil that were discovered nearly two years ago. Despite the discovery, city officials have not yet made a decision on remedial action or established a timeline to clean up the park. Frequent park visitors face …

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New Castle County to manage Hope Center after audit

Jacob OwensGovernment, Headlines

This story was originally published by Spotlight Delaware.  New Castle County is taking over the operations of the Hope Center homeless shelter from a hotel company that had held the contract to manage the facility ever since it launched during the height of the COVID pandemic. The company, Hersha Hospitality Trust, is the same firm that sold the Hope Center building – …

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Governor’s race is seeing big money – from the candidates

Karl BakerGovernment, Headlines

  This story was originally published on Spotlight Delaware.  The three-way race to become Delaware’s Democratic candidate for governor is gearing up to be among the most expensive and competitive in recent history – and much of the money is flowing from the candidates’ own personal bank accounts. In December, Collin O’Mara, Delaware’s former chief environmental regulator, loaned his fledgling campaign $750,000 – …

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Could Congress hinder future Middletown pharma campus?

Jacob OwensBusiness, Headlines

The Congressional committee that pushed for a ban or sale of the social media platform TikTok is now scrutinizing a Chinese pharmaceutical company that happens to be developing a major taxpayer-supported manufacturing campus in Middletown. In January, the committee’s leadership introduced legislation that would prohibit the company called WuXi AppTec – as well as certain other Chinese-owned firms – from receiving federal …

An audit of Delaware's unemployment insurance fund found deficiencies in its processes that make it unauditable, according to a new report. | SPOTLIGHT DELAWARE PHOTO BY JACOB OWENS

Experts: ‘Unauditable’ Delaware unemployment fund brings risk

Karl BakerHeadlines, Government

Delaware’s hefty unemployment insurance fund appears to be poorly managed, in need of more staff, and may not be able to track companies that fail to pay into the system, according to a panel of national accounting experts. But, it does not appear to be at risk of failing to pay jobless claims into the near future. Get the latest …

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Biden visits left Delaware police with $400K bill

Jacob OwensGovernment, Headlines

President Joe Biden’s frequent trips back to his home state have become routine to most Delawareans more than three years into his term, but the scores of trips have also become a drain on state coffers and the downtime of troopers. Last year, Biden returned to Delaware 30 times, or nearly three times the number of visits as those to …

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Bloom Energy plans to move some Delaware jobs to Mexico

Karl BakerBusiness, Headlines

Bloom Energy, the fuel cell producer that a decade ago promised to revitalize the state’s manufacturing sector, announced last week that it will move a slice of its Newark operations to Mexico at the end of 2024. The decision is one part of the California company’s plan to restructure amid increasing debt and continuous financial losses, according to its annual …