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Delaware Public Media's coverage of First State politics and government, including the General Assembly. Coverage is led by Delaware Public Media's political reporter Sarah Mueller.

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The New Castle County Attorney says the veto issued by New County Castle Executive Tom Gordon of council staff pay raises is, in fact, valid.

Gordon vetoed an ordinance in late March that would have allowed high level council employees to receive pay increases tied to the Consumer Price Index.

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Attorney General Matt Denn is joining with a group of lawmakers to offer four bills aimed at better protecting Delawareans’ digital privacy.

Denn says its critical his office and the General Assembly address these emerging privacy issues.

“The internet is an area where the state just hasn’t kept up with technology both in terms of protecting safety and also in terms of protecting basic privacy interests. So these bills are an effort to try and catch up to where the technology has gone.”

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After a rash of youth suicides in Kent and Sussex Counties in 2012, state lawmakers are looking to mandate prevention education for all public school workers.

Everyone would be required to have no less than 90 minutes of training annually. Additionally, each school would allow students to report at-risk kids anonymously.

New Castle County Exec's veto called into question

Apr 15, 2015
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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon’s veto of a proposed ordinance was called into question at Tuesday’s County Council meeting.


Gordon vetoed an ordinance in late March that would have allowed high level council employees to receive pay increases tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Gray fox hearing slated for elementary school

Apr 15, 2015
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Elementary school children lobbying to keep Delaware’s state wildlife animal from being hunted will have home field advantage next week.

Fourth graders at Joseph McVey Elementary School in Newark have been urging state lawmakers to let up on their efforts to allow the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to regulate the hunting and trapping of the gray fox.

Incumbents carried the day in Tuesday’s Newark City Council elections.

Voters in Districts 1, 2 and 4 all returned their current representatives to their council seats for new two-year terms.

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New Castle County unveiled its brand new state-of-the-art Fusion Center at the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Operations Center just south of Wilmington.

The joint information technology center will provide data - including crime tracking - in real time and utilize local facilities’ live camera feeds to better coordinate various emergency services in the event of a major incident.

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With the official announcement that Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic nomination for president, many have begun to coalesce around her campaign.

But there are some holdouts – including Delaware’s congressional delegation.

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A US Department of Agriculture grant will help Delaware provide job training for clients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

$18.8 million in federal funds will support the pilot Work Opportunity Networks to Develop Employment Readiness (Delaware WONDER) program over the next three years.

Three slots on Newark City Council are up for grabs Tuesday.

Voters in Districts 1, 2 and 4 head to the polls to decide who will hold those seats for the next two years.

In each race, an incumbent is seeking to fend off a challenge.