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Legislation raising Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 per hour is expected to be introduced soon.

And there is some business support for it.


The Delaware Community Foundation starts receiving applications for its Community Needs Grants Program Monday.


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Wilmington is expanding its Utility Payment Assistance Program to help more people with emergency water utility needs.


The First State fell short of its goal to deliver 18,000 vaccine doses at Dover International Speedway last week.

But the Delaware Emergency Management Agency still deems the mass vaccination event succesful.

Sen. Chris Coons is once again railing against the way Postmaster General Louis Dejoy is running the United States Postal Service - seeking moves to make it more efficient delivering mail, especially bills, medications, and other timely materials. 


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The Small Business Administration is tweaking its Paycheck Protection Program to better help the smallest businesses.

The SBA is taking steps to promote equitable relief, by focusing on those with low and moderate-incomes, and in rural, urban and other underserved areas.



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The state is giving more people access to second COVID-19 vaccine doses at its Dover International Speedway mass vaccination site.


DelDOT updates the public on prep work for the I-95 Rehabilitation Project through Wilmington, while also alerting commuters what is to come prior to construction.


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State officials detail how they’re trying to reach underserved communities to achieve equitable COVID vaccine distribution in the First State.


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The Blood Bank of Delmarva and Red Cross are asking for blood donations.

Both say recent winter weather has left the region’s blood supply is dangerously low. 


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Kent County has repaired the pipe that caused a sewer break along the St. Jones River.

Photo courtesy of Dover Days Facebook

For the second year in a row, Dover Days is canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Delaware’s Office of Unclaimed Property's MONEY MATCH program is reuniting some Delawareans with over $3 million of their money.

The program returns some lost or unclaimed money to Delaware taxpayers without the usual need to file a claim or gather paperwork.

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A COVID-19 vaccination center opens at Dover International Speedway later this week.

The vaccination center is scheduled for six days starting Sunday, February 21st, and is a joint effort of FEMA, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, the speedway and other state and federal agencies.


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More stormy weather is on its way.  Rain, and possibly freezing rain in New Castle County, Monday night and another round of snow and ice is coming later this week.


Delaware opened registration for second vaccine doses to those who received their first shot on or before on January 18th Thursday.

Hours after beginning online registration through Curative at 10 a.m., all slots in all three counties were gone.  

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COVID-19 cases have dropped in Delaware in recent weeks, and state officials point to a few reasons why.


Gov. Carney signed legislation updating Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standards Wednesday.

It requires the one utility regulated under the program to provide 40 percent renewable energy by 2035. 

Starting next week., Delawareans get another chance to sign up for health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act.


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Those who received unemployment benefits in 2020 will not have to report those benefits as income on state income taxes.


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Walgreens presented its plan for COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce vaccine roundtable Thursday.


Courtesy of the office of Sen. Chris Coons

This year’s National Prayer Breakfast will have a different feeling for Sen. Chris Coons.


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State officials say they are able to store and distribute as much COVID-19 vaccine they receive from the federal government.


Courtesy of New Castle County government

New Castle County and Delaware State University cut the ribbon on the new genomics testing lab on the DSU’s Wilmington campus.


Gov. John Carney’s nearly $4.71 billion Fiscal Year 2022 budget plan is a 3.5 percent increase over the current year budget, highlighted by funding for police body cameras, contingencies for COVID costs and a raise for state employees.



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Delaware gets a failing grade from the American Lung Association on its efforts to restrict flavored tobacco products access.

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Gov. John Carney used his State of the State to look back at hurdles the state overcame during the COVID-19 pandemic, while promising to deliver on initiatives he proposed prior to COVID.

New Castle County is using federal CARES Act funding to host AmeriCorps members to help with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The new program is called National Health Corps Delaware.


Brandywine Valley SPCA

The Brandywine Valley SPCA is partnering with an animal shelter in Louisiana for a year-long embed program.



The initiative is supported by Best Friends Animal Society. It’s goal is to develop programs, infrastructure, and long-term revenue sources to reach 90 percent lifesaving rates at Tangipahoa Parish Services in Hammond, Louisiana by the end of the year -- and sustain that level long-term.

Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons

As part President Joe Biden’s inauguration celebration, the two states that he has called home celebrated his rise to the White House.