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The Delaware Department of Labor is expanding unemployment benefits to those affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Secretary of Labor Cerron Cade issued new guidelines to give the state’s unemployment insurance program more flexibility.

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Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January was unchanged from December 2019.

In January 2020, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Delaware was 4.0%, the same as in December 2019.

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New Castle County Government is taking measures to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Effective Monday morning, the county is closing its ten libraries. And all county activities at the Absalom Jones Community Center, and the Hockessin and Garfield Police Athletic Leagues will be suspended.


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Delaware is the latest state to declare a State of Emergency in reponse to tio the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Gov. Carney announced the State of Emergency goes into effect at 8 a.m. Friday morning.

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The Delaware General Assembly is postponing next week’s session at Legislative Hall in Dover in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Insurance companies will be required to cover testing and other services related to the novel coronavirus.

The Delaware Department of Insurance has released a bulletin to insurers regarding COVID-19.

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A fire at the Delaware City Refinery injures two workers.

The fire started around 1:40 Wednesday afternoon according to refinery officials.

In-house firefighters responded immediately and quickly contained the fire, bringing it under control.

The News Journal reports the workers were critically injured and flown to Christiana Hospital.

The refinery says all other the employees and contractors have been accounted for without any injuries.

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A new poll shows support for physican-assisted suicide legislation for certain terminally ill people.

House Bill 140 would give terminally ill adults with under six months to live and unbearable suffering the option to request prescription medication they can use to die peacefully.

Over 5,000 First State businesses may be paying too much for electric service from Delmarva Power.

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New Castle County is sorting through a recent controversy over a the status of a Muslim cemetery in the Port Penn area.

Representatives of the Islamic Cemetery of Delaware met with New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer Wednesday. 


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New Castle County is sending money to the Wilmington Senior Center - money county officials say will help the center make much needed repairs.


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Odyssey Charter School was back before the state’s Charter School Accountability Committee (CSAC) Monday.

The 45 minute meeting in Dover was the furst step in the latest formal review of the Greek-themed charter school .

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The Wilmington Housing Authority is kicking off a program designed to increase public safety and provide energy-use awareness and education.

The Lights-On Campaign is a partnership involving the Wilmington Police Department, West End Neighborhood House and Energize Delaware. The HELP Initiative will administer and manage it.


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Delaware high school students come together at a summit to explore the state’s most pressing environmental issues.

More than 230 students from over 20 schools representing all three counties met at Delaware Tech in Dover on Friday.



Saint Thomas More Academy in Magnolia is closing at the end of the school year.  But it's not necessarily a sign of trouble for other Catholic schools in the area.

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A loophole in the state’s DUI ignition interlock device program is now closed.

Before a person could avoid installing an ignition interlock device in their vehicle under certain circumstances, but now that Gov. John Carney signed House Bill 152 into law that’s no longer the case.

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Playing video games as a sport is becoming big business around the country and world - and the University of Delaware is joining in.

UD President Dennis Assanis led the cheers as the university held a grand opening for its new Esports Arena Friday.


The Delmarva chicken industry is growing, but at a slower rate than in the rest of the country.


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A former Delaware State University official gets 15 months in federal prison for bribery.

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Wilmington officials believe a refurbished William “Hicks” Anderson Center is more welcoming to residents of the neighborhood and the city.

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The state Department of Education is clarifying its reasons for putting Odyssey Charter School on Formal Review.

Education Secretary Susan Bunting explained DOE’s rationale in a letter sent to Odyssey Charter School Board President Josiah Wolcott Wednesday.


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An Odyssey Charter School Board member resigned over controversial remarks at a recent board meeting.

But Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School board members say that is not enough.

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Two students at the University of Delaware are being screened for the new coronavirus.

UD officials were notified by the Delaware Division of Public Health about the screenings for possible cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus.

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Three more flu deaths have been confirmed in Delaware.

The First State has now seen seven flu-related deaths this season, as of February 1.

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Wesley College is receiving additional state funding.

The state’s Higher Education Economic Development Investment Committee approved up to $3 million for private college in Dover.

A former job placement counselor at Connections Community Support gets a year in federal prison for wire fraud.

William Brown was sentenced on January 29th for being part of a multi-year fraud on the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville is undergoing major changes that will close the building for a year.

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Helping low-income residents increase their income and gain self-sufficiency is the goal of support services being offered to Wilmington residents by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development.

The newly designated HUD EnVision Center demonstration is at the Wilmington Housing Authority’s One Stop Shop at Crestview Apartments.

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Pay raises for state employees and educators, and heavy investment schools highlight Gov. John Carney’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget.


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Delaware is the second East Coast state to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to administer a domestic hemp program.