Trump, McConnell huddle; virus aid talks at risk of collapse

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump huddled at the White House Thursday with the Senate’s top Republican, searching for a way forward on vital COVID-19 rescue money, while Trump’s top bargainers returned to Capitol Hill amid increasing concern that negotiations with Democrats might collapse. The impasse in the negotiations is putting at risk more than […]

Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy plunged by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter, and the coronavirus pandemic is still cutting a path of destruction, forcing millions out of work and shuttering businesses. The economy’s stunning contraction in the April-June quarter came as the viral outbreak pushed already struggling businesses to close for a second […]

Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce requests more help for businesses

DOVER — The Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce is urging officials to provide greater clarity and consistency to businesses during the pandemic and is calling for additional state aid. In a letter sent to Gov. John Carney Tuesday, chamber President and CEO Carol Everhart expressed concerns that a host of businesses will […]

As Congress fights, analysts warn economy needs help now

WASHINGTON — As Congress and the White House resume their efforts to agree on a new economic aid package, evidence is growing that the U.S. economy is faltering. And so is concern that the government may not take the steps needed to support hiring and growth. “We’re in a pretty fragile state again,” warned Nancy […]

Tina’s Timeless Threads honored on First Friday for window display

DOVER — Three Bayhealth “nurse heroes” judged the Downtown Dover Partnership Merchant Committee window contest at last week’s First Friday event in downtown Dover. Jameel Karamali, Sue Lemmons and Barbara Studer-Baer toured downtown and reviewed seven windows decorated in the theme of “Summertime in America!” The judges selected Tina’s Timeless Threads as the winner and […]

Question marks hang over Delmarva economy

DOVER — After three-and-a-half months, it is readily evident that the pandemic has hurt local businesses in a big way. But, according to a Delmarva economy expert from Salisbury University, it is too early to assess their fates. “There are so many unknowns that are holding question marks over us, in terms of which businesses […]

Letter to the Editor: Your money or your life?

Dr. John Stapleford’s Commentary on how the shutdown hurts the working poor (“COVID-19 shutdown hurts the working poor,” June 8) seemed to express his great unhappiness. The lockdowns were initiated almost all over the United States, and almost all over the world, to prevent the greater and faster spread of COVID-19. Yes, the shutdowns clobbered […]

New Gordmans stores in Milford, Seaford part of bankruptcy fallout

SUSSEX COUNTY — Economic fallout from COVID-19 has claimed new Gordmans stores in Seaford and Milford, retail links in the parent Stage Stores Inc. chain that has filed for bankruptcy. Houston-based Stage announced May 11 it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, having failed to find a buyer for the chain that includes Gordmans, Peebles, […]

Letter to the Editor: Democracy: A casualty of the coronavirus

Our democracy is the greatest casualty of the coronavirus. Severe restrictions on our civil liberties have been justified as necessary to protect public health. However, the longer these restrictions last, the less likely Americans will see their democracy again. Continuous executive orders and dire predictions of disease have created a pandemic of fear, which has […]

Treasury announces record borrowing of $2.99 trillion

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WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department says it will need to borrow a record $2.99 trillion during the current April-June quarter to cover the cost of various rescue efforts dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Treasury said Monday that the $2.99 trillion it plans to borrow this quarter will far surpass the $530 billion quarterly borrowing it […]