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From Spotlight Delaware: Amtrak prepared to spend millions at controversial downtown Wilmington building

By Karl Baker, Senior Reporter This story was produced by Spotlight Delaware, a community-powered, collaborative, nonprofit newsroom covering the First State. Learn more at spotlightdelaware.org Why should Delaware Care?Amtrak is a major employer in the Wilmington area, but its own inspector general also criticized its purchase of the Renaissance Centre, which Amtrak is now investing in further. As a federally chartered corporation,...

Boston Beer reports year-end results that include a write-down of Dogfish Head value

Dogfish Head owner Boston Beer reported a loss in the fourth quarter and a change at the top. The company put an optimistic spin on the year-end results that included a "write-down" impairment charge for Milton-based Dogfish Head..  The impairment of intangible assets reflects a $16.4 million non-cash charge recorded primarily for the Dogfish Head brand. The impairment determination was primarily based on the...

Harrington on Rite Aid closing list

A Rite Aid store in the Kent County town of Harrington is the latest on a closing list filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey The Kent County location was one of 77 stores listed in a court document and follows earlier store closings, mainly in northern Delaware.. Rite Aid filed for Chapter 11 protection due...

Delaware bucks trend toward higher gas prices – for now

Delaware drivers saw lower prices at the pump during the past week. The situation could change as spring approaches and refineries switch over to summer fuel. Nationwide, gas prices rose in the last week of February. The upward trend toward higher gas prices is likely to continue as travelers start heading out of town for spring break, AAA reported. Gas prices were...

Airline notes: Avelo’s San Juan success; American ups luggage fees, Spirit takes on Southwest at BWI

Avelo Airlines is reporting a successful first 100 days for its Wilmington-San Juan, Puerto Rico route. The airline, which usually does not break out traffic by destination, reported nearly 9,000 customers boarded twice weekly San Juan flights with no cancellations. That's worth noting since airlines often cancel flights with few passengers. Avelo, which has one of the best...

My take: Labor market, Kroger-Albertsons and Macy’s

A few odds and ends from the labor market and retailing. First off, we won't see the state's labor market (unemployment) report for January until March, followed by the February stats later in the month. The state's jobless rate is likely to remain fairly steady. The timing of reports has to do with a short month and labor market figures being...

Democrats add change in bill calling for early voting constitutional amendment

House Democrats have filed an amendment to Senate Bill 3 on Thursday ahead of the bill heading to the full House. The House amendment would constitutionally protect early voting in Delaware by requiring the state to offer in-person early voting for 10 days before a general, primary, or special election, including the weekend before Election Day. The amendment came after a Superior Court...

Fusco makes $5 million commitment to Ursuline Academy

Ursuline Academy, an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for students from early childhood through 12th grade, receiveda $5 million commitment from Anthony N. Fusco Sr., a Delaware real estate developer. A release stated that this gift is the largest in Ursuline’s 130-year history and will have a widespread impact across the academy. “Mr. Fusco’s extraordinary generosity has not only...

My take: Trolley Square and crime news

The Trolley Square neighborhood was rocked last weekend by news of a shooting outside the Logan House. Details are few, a long-running policy from Wilmington police that sometimes leads to rampant speculation. To its credit, the landmark eatery and entertainment spot responded that it would work with the city to limit the possibility of a reoccurrence.  Naturally enough, a minor frenzy...

Superstars in Education and Training award winners named

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, The Partnership, Inc., announced the 2024 Superstars in Education and Training award winners. These winners will be recognized during an awards luncheon at the  Navigating Delaware Pathways: An Education and Workforce Development Summit at Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus in Dover on April 16. An award is given to one independent training...

Chemours board places CEO, CFO and Controller on leave as audit continues

A management shake-up at Wilmington-based Chemours Co. and another delay in reporting earnings were announced on Thursday night. The Board of Directors of Chemours appointed Denise Dignam as the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Matt Abbott as the Interim Chief Financial Officer (principal financial and accounting officer. It follows an earlier delay in the reporting...

BetRiver’s sports betting, igaming app off to strong start

Mobile sports betting and IGaming started strongly in Delaware under new vendor Rush Street Interactive, which operates under the BetRivers brand. Delaware Lottery figures showed that mobile gaming revenues rose substantially after BetRivers took over online gaming management from former operator 888 Holdings. BetRivers quietly debuted in late December and introduced online sports betting in Delaware. Revenues rose sharply...

First phase deadline nears for Coolest Thing Made in Delaware contest

The first round of voting for the Coolest Thing Made in Delaware competition, hosted by The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (DSCC) and its affiliate, the Delaware Manufacturing Association (DMA), is nearing an end. This inaugural contest highlights Delaware’s manufacturing sector —which employs 28,000 Delawareans. With over 100 nominations received, more than 50 products from 40 companies across the First State are now competing in the...

Standard Chlorine Superfund site get $42 million in federal fund

The  Standard Chlorine of Delaware Inc. Superfund site near Delaware City will receive Superfund funding. Funding will come from $1 billion for clean-up projects at more than 100 Superfund sites under the Biden Administration's Investing in America agenda. “Today’s funding announcement continues EPA’s historic investment in the remediation of our nation’s most contaminated sites,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz....

Jennings to appeal Superior Court voting decision as Republicans propose constitutional amendment

The Delaware Department of Justice will appeal a Superior Court judge’s ruling ending much of the state's absentee voting and will back legislative efforts to apass constitutional amendment expanding voting access, Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced. In the meantime, State Sen. Gerald Hocker - who led the lawsuit to overturn early voting legislation that...

Delaware home sales market slows slightly in January

The Delaware Association of Realtors reported that January's housing market posted a slight decrease in new listings and homes sold. The inventory of new homes did rise sharply. The median price increased by 4.50%, However, the median listed price increased by only 0.17%. The real estate group stated that pending sales fell by 8%, but active inventory showed 13% growth,...

ChristianaCare partnership to open two micro-hospitals in Delaware County, PA

ChristianaCare, in partnership with a healthcare company, announced plans to open two micro-hospitals in Delaware County, PA.The partnership with  Emerus Holdings Inc. comes as ChristianaCare continues work on a neighborhood hospital at the former Jennersville Hospital site in neighboring southern Chester County, PA. ChristianaCare is based in Wilmington. “We are excited to bring this new model of care to our...

From WHYY: Delaware unlikely to make major changes to school funding formula this legislative session

By Sarah Mueller This story was supported by a statehouse coverage grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Many education advocates cheered the release of recommendations from a blockbuster report last year showing Delaware was underfunding high-needs students by $500 million to $1 billion. But it is unlikely that lawmakers will dramatically overhaul state school funding this legislative session. “I do not think in...

Green hydrogen company gets $1.7 million from state for expansion in Dover

FFI Ionix Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortescue, an Australian green technology and metals company, picked Dover for expanded operations and gained up to $1.7 million in grants from the state. FFI Ionix, which focuses on hydrogen technologies, will relocate from a 15,000-square-foot site in Harrington to 60 Starlifter Avenue in Dover. More than 22,000 square feet of...

Nemours Children’s Health adds services in agreement with Crozier

Nemours Children’s Health, has agreed to an affiliation with Delaware County, PA neighbor Crozer Health. This affiliation marks a step forward in advancing the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and pediatric cardiology services for young patients, including newborns requiring specialized care and children with cardiac conditions. This new affiliation will provide patients with access to Nemours’ services, while...