Delaware Public Media


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

The advent of table games betting in Delaware means the state and its three racinos now offer the widest array of gambling options to customers possible, but will the addition of table games to slots and NFL sports betting generate enough revenue to help Delaware—which gets a sizable cut—and the racinos?

Gambling expansion: early results

Jul 30, 2010

After the first full month of table games at all three Delaware gambling venues, the Department of Finance released numbers showing that July's revenues lagged behind projections.

The state forecast that it would receive $29 million in table games revenue this fiscal year—an average of about $558,000 per week. In July, the state received roughly $1.7 million from table games, or $426,000 per week.

“It's definitely too early to start making judgments," said deputy lottery director Vernon Kirk. "There's just not enough raw data."

What do a former freelance wrestler, a real estate investor, a public relations specialist, and a chiropractic office manager have in common?

They are some of people who serve or hope to serve as Delaware legislators.

In Delaware the decision to run for legislative office, a part-time job with a part-time salary of $41,680, can require soul-searching and financial planning. Many legislators hold down other jobs while serving in Dover.

Recycling wastewater for irrigation

Jul 16, 2010

Recent rain was a welcome sight for Delaware farmers, but Larry Jester isn’t just looking to the skies for help. He's benefitting from a pilot program this summer that recycles Middletown’s wastewater to irrigate crops. Jester says the new water source makes a huge difference.

“It could help save a crop. It could definitely help save a crop,” said Jester.