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Delaware Gov. John Carney vetoes marijuana legalization bill

May. 24, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney on Tuesday vetoed a bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults for recreational use, drawing the wrath of fellow Democrats who have fought for years to make weed legal. In vetoing the measure, Carney reiterated...

Ex-forensic official loses bid to toss corpse abuse charges

May. 24, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has refused to dismiss corpse abuse charges against a former state forensic investigator accused of improperly handling two bodies on separate occasions. The judge rejected defense arguments that the indictment against James Schaeffer-Patton...

Proposal for state-run pot industry fails again in House

May. 19, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Legislation to establish a state-run marijuana industry in Delaware has again failed to clear the state House. The Democrat-controlled chamber voted 23-15 on Thursday to approve the bill, which fell two votes short of the required supermajority. The proposal...

Judge bars laptop evidence in auditor corruption case

May. 19, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has chastised prosecutors for failing to turn over information to the defense in a criminal corruption case against Delaware’s state auditor, issuing a ruling that also exposed weaknesses in the state’s cyber forensics capabilities. In a ruling...

Bill bans school property tax increases from reassessments

May. 18, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering legislation to prohibit local school boards from taking advantage of court-ordered property reassessments in Delaware’s three counties to increase school district taxes. Under current law, if a county conducts a general...

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,...