Wesley takes another step toward merger

DOVER — The boards of trustees for Wesley College and a potential partner approved a merger pending legal review and the signing of a final agreement about three weeks ago. Documents received from the Office of Management and Budget through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate a merger between Wesley and the unspecified institution […]

Health agency details Medicaid, opioid efforts

DOVER — The first round of Joint Finance Committee hearings just about wrapped up this week, with the Department of Health and Social Services presenting to lawmakers across three days. Over the course of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the committee heard about the agency’s many focuses, challenges and budgetary needs, with members from the public […]

State issues update and guidance for coronavirus

DOVER — The Delaware Division of Public Health is working to prepare for a possible coronavirus spread, although no one in Delaware has tested positive for it so far. DPH said Wednesday the state has activated its State Health Operations Center, continues to work with the federal government and local partners and is monitoring asymptomatic […]

Legislative unionization effort stalls

DOVER — Looks like Delaware’s legislative union won’t be going forward after all. But if even the effort is truly dead, it should leave behind some hard feelings in the state capitol. Last month, a group of employees in Legislative Hall announced their intention to form the first nonpartisan union in a state legislature in […]

Employees decry working conditions in juvenile facilities

DOVER — The Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families has made strides in recent years but continues to face difficulties hiring and keeping talented employees in many areas, agency officials said Thursday, while a few employees testified to the stress and even dangers they face at work. Appearing before the Joint Finance […]

DOJ makes pitch for more funding, faces questions about criminal justice system

DOVER — Budget-writing lawmakers heard from some of the key elements of the state’s criminal justice system Wednesday as hearings for the upcoming fiscal year’s spending plan continued. Attorney General Kathy Jennings is seeking about $1.3 million more for the Department of Justice’s operating budget than recommended by Gov. John Carney last month. If granted […]

Harrington upholds manager’s firing

HARRINGTON — Harrington City Council upheld its firing of City Manager Don Williams after a crowded and occasionally contentious public hearing Tuesday. Mr. Williams was terminated by the city last month, officially for failing to preserve electronic evidence relating to the firing of a former city planner in June. That planner, Jeremy Rothwell, accused Mr. […]

Dover resident gets taste of presidential campaigning

DOVER — Regardless of your political leanings, it’s probably not hyperbole to say the 2020 presidential election is likely one of the most impactful in the history of the United States. The country could look very different just a few years from now depending on who wins the White House in November. Whether it’s President […]

Former Harrington manager gets public hearing: Williams to appear before council Tuesday

DOVER — The Harrington city manager who says he was unfairly fired over accusations of abusing the privileges granted by his job will get a public hearing Tuesday. At issue are allegations made in the fall by a former city planner. Jeremy Rothwell, who worked for the city from December 2016 through June 2019, in […]

Safety and homeland security secretary leaving for Department of Justice

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DOVER — Department of Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Robert Coupe plans to step down next month to join the Department of Justice, the state announced Friday. He is set to be replaced by the superintendent of Delaware State Police. Gov. John Carney said Mr. Coupe will soon depart the agency he has led for […]