Remembering Mike Drass: Hundreds mourn Wesley College football coach

DOVER — Mike Drass made his living as a football coach but, cliche as it may seem, he was clearly much more. More than a dozen colleagues, family members and friends praised the late Mr. Drass Saturday in a memorial service held at Wesley College, where he worked for 29 years, the last 25 as […]

Townsend: Democrats not supporting clean water bill strongly enough

DOVER — Several lawmakers aired frustrations Thursday over what they see as a lack of investment in clean water by state officials. During a budget hearing involving top environmental officials, a few members of the Joint Committee on Capital Improvement questioned the executive branch’s lack of support for a bill that would create a new […]

Some good news in job data: Del. saw slight gain in 2017

DOVER — Rumors of Delaware’s economic demise have been slightly exaggerated. Revisions in the state’s unemployment data show the state gained 2,900 jobs in 2017, compared to the prior estimate of zero change. For the third month in a row, Delaware’s unemployment rate fell by a tenth of a percent. It now sits at 4.2 […]

Expanded sports wagering to start in June

  DOVER — Delaware announced Thursday it has been given the green light by officials to implement sports betting and hopes to launch new options, including single-game betting, within a matter of weeks. Expanded betting would only be available in the state’s three casinos. “Following Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and consultation with […]

Budget requests far exceed proposal for UD, DSU

  DOVER — Delaware’s three public higher education institutions are asking for a combined $178.9 million for capital projects, $159.4 million more than the governor recommended in January. Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal calls for giving $6.5 million each to the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College, but they say […]

Opioid report ‘a road map’ to combat crisis

  DOVER — For the many Delawareans who have become all too familiar with the state’s substance abuse and mental health resources over the past few years, it’s not news the state could do more. Officials have expanded treatment and begun viewing addiction as a disease rather than a crime, but the state still has […]

Report calls for change in state budgeting with spending limit

  DOVER — A panel examining state budgeting is recommending lawmakers create a cap on annual budget growth, reorganize the Budget Reserve Account to make it easier to tap into in times of need and broaden the tax base by ending some tax breaks and lowering income tax rates. As Delaware has battled with balancing […]

Cautious budget markup starts for state’s lawmakers

DOVER — The good news for the lawmakers responsible for crafting the annual state budget is they aren’t expected to have to make large cuts or find money to balance the budget. The bad news is the extra money they do have is being pulled in several different ways — and could be gone in […]

Democrats target Senate Minority Whip Lavelle over ERA vote

  DOVER — The failure of House Bill 399, the Equal Rights Amendment, in the Senate Wednesday left many people frustrated and disappointed. Both Democrats and Republicans expressed shock over its defeat, and each party blamed the other. The proposal was voted down 11-9, with all but one of the votes in favor coming from […]

Bill creating fee on opioids clears first hurdle

DOVER — Legislation that would create an opioid fee passed out of committee Wednesday, although it will likely be amended to deal with concerns raised by the Department of Health and Social Services and others before receiving a floor vote. Senate Bill 176 would establish a fee on opioids of 1 cent per morphine milligram, […]