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The Hartford agrees to pay $650M in Boy Scouts bankruptcy

Apr. 16, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Insurance company The Hartford has agreed to pay $650 million into a proposed trust fund for victims of child sexual abuse as part of the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case. In exchange for the payment, the Boy Scouts and its local councils would...

Human composting legislation considered in Delaware

Apr. 16, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced a measure that would allow composting of human bodies as an alternative to burial or cremation. The bill introduced Thursday would permit a practice that is called “natural organic reduction” but...

Health officials continue to urge testing for COVID-19

Apr. 16, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — There's been a drop in demand for COVID testing. But the Delaware Emergency Management Agency said it will not be scaling back its coronavirus community testing sites. The Delaware State News reported Friday that state officials are encouraging...

Judge halts disgraced police chief from taking council post

Apr. 15, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has issued a ruling that temporarily prevents a former small-town police chief who was convicted of official misconduct from taking office as a town commissioner. Thursday’s ruling by Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden came barely one...

Environmental group sues over protections for 20 species

Apr. 15, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An environmental group filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging the federal government has failed to act on petitions to protect nine species under the Endangered Species Act and hasn't designated critical habitat for 11 other species that are already protected. ...

Delaware AG says ex-police chief not fit for pubic office

Apr. 14, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware attorney general’s office has asked a judge to prevent a former police chief who was convicted of official misconduct from taking office as a town commissioner. Authorities said in Wednesday’s Superior Court filing that they are...

New Boy Scouts bankruptcy plan could exclude local councils

Apr. 14, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America have filed a new bankruptcy reorganization plan that increases the proposed contribution of local BSA councils to a trust fund for child sexual abuse victims but also includes the option of cutting the local councils out of the bankruptcy case...

School funding suit prompts Delaware property reassessments

Apr. 13, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Officials in Delaware’s southernmost county have agreed to reassess property values for the first time in nearly half a century to settle a lawsuit over school funding and woefully outdated property assessments. The Sussex County Council voted...

Final settlements inked in poultry plant pollution lawsuits

Apr. 12, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Monday gave final approval to a $65 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit involving thousands of residents of a southern Delaware community affected by groundwater contamination from a local poultry processing facility. ...

Boy Scouts lawyers eye new bankruptcy reorganization plan

Apr. 12, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for the Boy Scouts of America told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Monday that they plan to file a new reorganization plan after gaining little support for a previous proposal that has been roundly criticized by attorneys for child sex abuse victims. ...