Delaware students join National Walkout to protest gun violence

DOVER — Students streamed from Dover High School on Wednesday morning, enduring whipping winds and a 30-degree temperature without complaint. About 450 classmates gathered at Senator Stadium to join tens of thousands nationwide seeking stricter gun laws they believe will quell violence and demanding their voices be heard. Just before the event began at 10:11 […]

Some CR students attend town hall, others join walkout

CAMDEN — It was a start. At least that’s what many of the approximately 200 students who attended a town hall-style meeting with five state legislators at Caesar Rodney High School said on Wednesday. The morning forum sparked dialogue between students and state lawmakers regarding school safety, gun laws and mental health issues. However, the […]

Pot task force releases report amidst turmoil and disputes

DOVER — After serious confusion, including an initial failure to gain a majority of members, a task force looking at issues around marijuana legalization voted to release to the General Assembly and governor a report summarizing six months’ worth of discussions, despite some members questioning the process and whether the group met its goals. Rep. […]

Carney signals imminent negotiations on casino tax relief bill

DOVER — Stakeholders who’ve been advocating for casino reform in the state were pleased to see Gov. John Carney signal that discussions would “immediately” take place. The governor sent Secretary of Finance Richard Geisenberger to speak on his behalf at the Senate Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday. “These discussions have been going on since the […]

Gun control bills advance in state House with wide support

DOVER — A House committee voted Wednesday to release to the full chamber bills raising the age to buy a long gun and creating a clearly defined procedure for removing guns from individuals who have mental illnesses or are judged to be dangerous. Both bills were approved unanimously by the five-member House Administration Committee. The […]

Body found in Silver Lake

DOVER — Investigation was ongoing after a body was found in the east side of Silver Lake early Tuesday afternoon, Dover Police said. According to spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, officers were called to the Lakeview Drive area just after 1 p.m. Dover Fire Department also responded and a body was retrieved from the water. […]

Dover nonprofits voice opposition to proposed public safety fee

  DOVER — Leaders of Dover’s nonprofit organizations voiced such strong displeasure with a proposed “public safety fee” at Tuesday night’s city council meeting that officials agreed to put off action and wait six weeks to revisit the issue. The proposed fee would be imposed on nonprofits in the city that own building structures. Councilman […]

Report: State falling short in preventing harassment

  DOVER — About 10 percent of Delaware executive branch employees have failed to read and acknowledge a required anti-discrimination policy, according to a report released Tuesday by the governor’s office and the Department of Human Resources. Also, only 9,000 employees have undergone voluntary sexual harassment prevention training since 2006. The report, developed by Human […]

Legislation would ban all child marriages in state

  DOVER — A bill filed Tuesday would prevent anyone under the age of 18 from getting married in Delaware, making the First State the only state to completely ban all marriages involving minors. Current state law requires individuals to be at least 18 to get married unless an exception is granted by a Family […]

Corrections Council finds no wrongdoing in inmate’s death

  DOVER — At Tuesday’s Council of Correction meeting, chairman Darryl Chambers noted that he was asked on Feb. 8 by the Department of Correction to independently review the footage of an inmate’s death at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. Mr. Chambers said to the other council members that after carefully reviewing camera footage […]