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Delaware governor isolating after positive COVID-19 test

May. 17, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms. Carney, who turns 66 on Friday, has received the coronavirus vaccine and two booster shots. Carney's office said in a news release...

State auditor loses bid to have procurement charge dropped

May. 16, 2022 19:29 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss a criminal charge accusing Delaware’s embattled state auditor of deliberately breaking up payments for a contract she entered into with a former campaign consultant in order to avoid compliance with state procurement law. In a...

Delaware's public health director to step down in June

May. 15, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s top public health official, who has led the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced that she will leave her job next month. The News Journal reports that Dr. Karyl Rattay, the country’s longest-serving public health director,...

Ceremony honors Delawareans lost to COVID-19

May. 14, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The clock said 3:42 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning and the hallways of the hospital were empty when James Frisa passed away due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. His wife, Carol Frisa, was left in those quiet hallways with her daughter and her daughter’s...

Ex-trooper can pursue sex discrimination, harassment claims

May. 13, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Delaware State Police by a former female trooper who alleges that she was the target of sexual harassment and retaliation. Nicole Hantz claims that she was subjected to a hostile work environment,...

Lawmakers want state control of gun sale background checks

May. 13, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation that would put state law enforcement officials in charge of background checks for gun purchases. A bill filed Friday would resurrect Delaware’s Firearm Transaction Approval Program, which was eliminated...

Fate unsure: Cannabis legalization bill goes to Delaware gov

May. 12, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's state Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill legalizing possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults for recreational use. The legislation cleared the Democrat-led Senate on a 13-7 party line vote. Sen. Bruce Ennis of Smyrna, a...

Pandemic sparks autobiography for Delaware State professor

May. 08, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Like many individuals, Dr. Charlie Wilson was scared at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. He had a vast collection of memories and anecdotes that he wanted to leave behind for his four sons. However, it turned out that he managed to avoid an unwanted...

Marijuana legalization bill clears Delaware House

May. 05, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware House voted Thursday to approve a bill legalizing possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults for recreational use. The legislation cleared the Democrat-led House on 26-14 vote and now goes to the Senate, which is also controlled by...

Constitutional amendment on bail clears first hurdle

May. 05, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware state Senate gave initial approval Thursday to a proposed constitutional amendment under which criminal offenders other than those charged with murder could be held without bail. The measure, which passed the Senate unanimously and now goes to the...