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    Jury selection underway as trial approaches for State Auditor McGuiness

    Jury selection gets underway on Thursday in the trial of State Auditor Kathy McGuiness on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to her time in office.  Charges include intimidation of staff, structuring payments to a consultant in a way that would avoid state review, and keeping her daughter on the payroll, even when she was attending college out of state....

    My take: Carney swims against the tide with marijuana veto

    Hello everyone, In expressing shock over Gov. John Carney's veto of legislation that would take away the already minimal civil penalties for possession of a small amount of marijuana, a coalition of legal cannabis backers pointed to a Civiqs poll that shows overwhelming support for legalization. Carney has been steadfast in his opposition and, in his veto message, trotted out the...

    Finance panel votes to restore full senior citizen property tax break

    State budget writers have voted to fully restore a property tax break for older Delawareans. The Joint Finance Committee voted to increase the senior property tax credit from $400 to $500, restoring it to its pre-2017 level. The credit was cut by $100 as part of an effort to close a budget shortfall that year. Lawmakers of both parties have advocated...

    Flags at half-staff after school shooting

    Following shootings on May 24 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, President Joe Biden ordered flags at all U.S. government buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff. Gov. John Carney ordered both the U.S. and Delaware flags at state buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff until sunset on May 28. Carney vowed to continue...

    Med school would boost ‘Eds and Meds’ economy

    Earlier in the month, former University of Delaware president and current Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia chief executive Patrick Harker made some interesting observations about a subject we don't hear much about - the lack of a medical school in Delaware. Harker's speech came at a gathering held at the University of Delaware STAR Campus, the former Chrysler assembly...

    Agilent spending $7 million-plus to upgrade Little Falls labs

    Agilent Technologies Inc., a global analytical instrumentation development, life sciences and manufacturing company, has chosen to modernize and expand its existing Little Falls office and lab campus. Agilent plans to invest more than $7 million to upgrade the functionality of its Little Falls R&D and applications development labs at the three-level, 354,000-square-foot Wilmington-area site. The company’s investment will go toward...

    Governor ends emergency declaration as barge fire is quelled in second day

    Gov. John Carney on Tuesday issued and later terminated  a limited State of Emergency in Kent County due to a barge file that moved into its second day. Carney requested additional resources to support local emergency management agencies – including the Bowers Fire Company and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control – through the Emergency Management Assistance...

    University of Delaware brings back indoor masking

    Citing a growing number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Delaware and areas over the past week, the University of Delaware is reinstating its masking requirement for all indoor spaces. The mandate became effective Tuesday. Delaware was recently listed as having the second-highest percentage growth in new cases among the 50 states. Face masks are to be worn indoors at UD except...

    (Video) ChristianaCare calls on ‘cobots’ to perform non-clinical chores

    https://youtu.be/2iGrdX_kjuY ChristianaCare is the first health system in the region to put Moxi, a collaborative robot — or “cobot”— to work. Moxi will make deliveries and perform d other non-clinical tasks so that nurses and other clinical staff can spend more time focused on what they do best — caring for patients. With a landmark $1.5 million grant from the American...

    Delaware Journalism Collaborative to address community polarization

    News outlets and partners will advance solutions  through reporting, public conversations  The Local Journalism Initiative of Delaware today announced the Delaware Journalism Collaborative. Delaware Business Now is a member of the collaborative. The collaborative is a statewide partnership of local news organizations and community partners committed to working together to improve access to high-quality local news and information in the state. For its...

    Deep disappointment among marijuana legalization backers after Carney veto

    Gov. John Carney's veto HB 371 drew expressions of deep disappointment from a coalition of marijuana legalization backers. Carney cited long-running arguments about the effects of expanding recreational marijuana use in his veto message. “It is a true injustice that Gov. Carney has chosen to veto HB 371. This important legislation would dramatically reduce the number of police interactions, searches, and citations...

    Former Pro-Business group rebranded as Citizens for Judicial Fairness

    Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware has been rebranded as Citizens for Judicial Fairness. A release stated that the change reflects the group’s "evolution to a reform-focused organization advocating for equity and transparency in state courthouses and law firms nationwide, as well as its commitment to remain involved in Delaware for the long-term." The organization was formed during the battle over the sale...

    Giving back: Ukraine relief update, GOLO donation to Nemours; SoDel’s $10,000 to Freeman Foundation

    Members of the General Assembly, Donate Delaware, PAM Health, Charity Crossing, the Delaware Council on Faith-Based Leadership, and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long recently loaded several truckloads of badly needed items for the people of Ukraine. “The brutal assault on Ukraine by Russian forces has left millions of Ukrainians displaced and in need of life-saving resources,” said  Hall-Long. “These brave people...

    Gas prices steady over the weekend

    Delaware gas prices remained steady over the weekend after increasing by 15 cents a gallon over the past week. Motorists are now paying about $4.60 a gallon for regular. That translates into about $70 to fill up a 15-gallon tank. Delaware average gas price PeriodRegularMid-GradePremiumDieselCurrent Avg.$4.601$4.954$5.202$5.981Yesterday Avg.$4.603$4.959$5.214$5.992Week Ago Avg.$4.449$4.802$5.053$5.997Month Ago Avg.$4.006$4.448$4.695$5.082Year Ago Avg.$2.976$3.374$3.627$3.234 Delaware's price at the pump now matches the national figure....

    National Guard called up to relieve staff shortage at Stockley Center

    On Sunday, Gov. John Carney on Sunday issued an Executive Order calling out members of the Delaware National Guard to serve at the Stockley Center in Georgetown. Stockleyis facing a staff shortage due to a recent increase in Covid-19 community levels and industry-wide staffing shortages. Delaware has seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in recent...

    Coast Guard, fire companies battle barge blaze

    The Coast Guard and local fire companies were battling a barge fire about nine miles south of Port Mahon off Kent County on Monday morning. Port Mahon is at the mouth of Delaware Bay. The Coast Guard received a call at approximately 1 a.m. reporting a barge on fire. The barge was reportedly carrying household appliances for scrap. The Coast Guard is...

    Wilmington drawbridge repairs begin Monday

    The Delaware Department of Transportation will make repairs on three drawbridges in Wilmington. From Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26, the Walnut Street Bridge over the Christina River will have single lanes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Double lane restrictions as needed will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Tuesday, May 31st, and...

    Covid cases surge as hospitalizations, deaths stay below winter figure

    In its monthly report, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases. Still, it noted that hospitalizations and deaths remain significantly lower when compared to the winter surge.  Still, Delaware has reported the second-highest increase in new cases among the 50 states, topped only by Connecticut. While no mandates are in place, individuals are...

    University of Delaware raises tuition by 3%

    The University of Delaware is raising its tuition by three percent. The increase will not get as much criticism this time around since high education is not exempt from the current bout with inflation. Colleges and universities have taken heat for a steady stream of tuition increases, even during a lengthy period of low inflation. With room and board, total costs...

    Blue Blaze, PMG move to CSC Station in Wilmington

    PMG Consulting and Blue Blaze Associates, two women-owned small businesses, opened new shared hybrid office space at CSC Station on the Wilmington Riverfront. An open house event on May 12, marked the new partnership of the two companies. PMG’s and Blue Blaze’s corner offices, on the second floor of CSC Station’s coworking innovation hub at 112 S. French St., will serve as a hybrid...