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Dept. of Correction Commissioner is stepping down

Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps announced Friday he is retiring, effective July 15th. He served as commissioner for about two and a half years, a tenure that included the deadly February 2017 riot at the Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

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This week on "The Green"

Prosperity Now, Racial Wealth Divide in Wilmington

Wilmington a 'microcosm' of larger cities on racial wealth divide, study says

A vast divide in the amount of wealth accumulated by white families and families of color persists in the U.S.— and by some reports, has grown in the past few decades. That divide is reflected in Delaware’s largest city, where the median household income for black and Latino households is half that of white households— according to a study by D.C.-based nonprofit Prosperity Now.

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This week, Governor Markell discusses the opportunity NASA and the National Science Teachers Association provided some Delaware teachers to conduct reduced gravity experiments, and what opportunities like this mean to students in the First State.

Governor's Weekly Message

Gov. Jack Markell discusses teachers who inspire innovation.

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Candidates for political office in Delaware this year are learning the tried and true methods of campaigning may no longer be enough.  The growing influence of social media means rethinking how they reach voters.

The state of Delaware has been working to build its social media presence.  DELAWARE IN FACT looks at some of the mileposts in that effort, and how Delaware and its governor stack-up against their bigger neighbors in the effort to connect with citizens online.

Delaware-based business consultant Phil Woods knows a thing or two about bringing people together online. When he's not overseeing his own business, Spinners Mobile Bicycle Repair, Woods manages two new websites he created this year, Where in Delaware and Where in Richmond, where visitors can exchange information on area businesses, events, and attractions. The Delaware site helps people looking for everything from dry ice in Rehoboth, to sushi in New Castle, to math tutors in Milford.

Delaware wants to "friend" you

Aug 12, 2010

The General Assembly's winter break was just hours away, and House members still could not agree on whether to fund the controversial expansion of Route 301 in Middletown. Many were reluctant to vote on a complex project they didn’t fully understand.

So Representative Tom Kovach whipped out his cell phone and tweeted.

Delaware opens new sports betting season

Aug 6, 2010

Hoping to whet the appetite of sports gamblers, Delaware kicked off pro football betting today—a full month before the regular season of the National Football League kicks off on September 9. Patrons at the state's three racetrack casinos now can wager on preseason NFL games.

The state and its racinos do not expect preseason betting to be a big revenue generator. Vernon Kirk, deputy director of the Delaware Lottery, anticipates only "modest wagering." But he sees value in getting bettors warmed up now.

This week, Governor Jack Markell’s message focuses on the anticipated impact of animal shelter standards legislation he recently signed into law.

Governor's Weekly Message

Gov. Jack Markell discusses the benefits of animal adoption and Delaware's new animal shelter standards law

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The gambling landscape in Delaware is changing, and could change even more next year.

It took only nine months for Delaware to go from authorizing table games and having them up and running earning the state revenue. A similar change could come in 2011 if the state authorizes additional gaming venues.

Here is more from some of the principals involved in the efforts to expand gambling in the First State.

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After the recent failure in the General Assembly of an effort to expand the number of gambling sites in Delaware, proponents and opponents of expansion are positioning themselves for the next round of battles.

The issue pits job creation against the preservation of existing jobs, according to those with a financial stake in the controversy. But even the political muscle of the state's big-three casinos might not be enough to prevent expansion efforts next year, as state officials seek ways to boost revenues and fend off out-of-state gambling competition.

DELAWARE IN FACT: Table games numbers

Aug 2, 2010