Latest Delaware state government News

Delaware attorney general loses appeal bid in opioid lawsuit

Dec. 12, 2019 2:15 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has refused a request by Delaware's attorney general to review a judge's decision dismissing Walgreens as a defendant in Delaware's lawsuit against the drug industry over the opioid crisis. The court issued a ruling Wednesday saying there were no exceptional...

Delaware social services director returns to work

Dec. 12, 2019 4:10 AM EST

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — The director of Delaware's Division of Social Services has returned to work after being on paid for nearly a month while officials investigated a complaint. Ray Fitzgerald was welcomed back to work Wednesday after an investigation found the complaint was unfounded, The News Journal...

Delaware social services director placed on leave

Dec. 11, 2019 6:48 AM EST

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — The director of a Delaware agency that oversees food stamp benefits and determines Medicaid eligibility has been placed on administrative leave with pay, an official says. Delaware Department of Human Resources spokeswoman Karen Smith confirmed the information about Ray Fitzgerald,...

Police say they apprehended woman who escaped from constable

Dec. 8, 2019 1:23 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware say they have taken into custody a woman who escaped from a constable. Delaware State Police said Sunday that 25-year-old Afrika Whaley was taken into custody without incident. On Saturday, Police said Whaley escaped from a security constable after being transported to...

Police say woman escaped from constable

Dec. 7, 2019 5:02 PM EST

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware say they are looking for a woman who escaped from the custody of a constable. Delaware State Police said 25-year-old Afrika Whaley escaped from a constable Saturday after being transported to a behavioral health hospital in Newark. Police said she escaped while...

Cemetery wreaths for veterans branching out in Delaware

Dec. 7, 2019 9:00 AM EST

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — Teresa Ziegler Townsend’s eyes tear up when she thinks about the graves and the columbarium wall at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Overwhelming community response spurred by a National Wreaths Across America promotion in May means that no military veteran buried in...

Supreme Court to hear Delaware courts political balance case

Dec. 6, 2019 2:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to resolve a dispute over Delaware's requirement of a political balance among state court judges. Delaware says the outcome could affect the makeup of regulatory commissions in many states. The justices will hear an appeal from Delaware Gov. John Carney of...

Proposal would allow dogs onto restaurant patios and decks

Dec. 6, 2019 10:44 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A state agency in Delaware is proposing a change in regulations that would allow people to bring their dogs onto restaurant patios and decks. The Delaware State News reported Thursday that the proposed change follows an uproar from some over the state stepping up enforcement of a policy...

Report finds gaps in Delaware prison health care system

Dec. 5, 2019 4:39 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The head of Delaware's prison system insisted Thursday that inmates are getting good medical care, but a new report indicates the correction department's health care system is plagued by poor communic ations, little accountability and a lack of data collection and analysis. The...

State loses bid for high court review of opioid suit ruling

Dec. 4, 2019 2:35 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge who dismissed Walgreens as a defendant in Delaware's lawsuit against the drug industry over the opioid crisis has denied the government's request to certify an appeal to Delaware's Supreme Court. Wednesday's ruling follows the judge's denial in September of the state's request...