WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New Castle County firefighters are calling for a new property tax to help pay for emergency medical services.
But the Wilmington News Journal reports that County Executive Tom Gordon says he'll fight it. State legislation would be needed to allow the county to create a special assessment to pay for emergency medical services.
The company, Standard Register, has told its 76 employees that they are shutting down their manufacturing plant and warehouse in Salisbury.
The rotary printing facility will close by mid-summer with separation packages provided to those losing their jobs.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company said in a press release that the demand for printed forms and documents made at the plant dropped dramatically as electronic forms have taken their place.
The Maryland state legislature is moving toward upping the penalties for hazing on college campuses. A suspension and incident at a Salisbury University spurred lawmakers to act. Delmarva Public Radio's Kyle Bean prepared this report.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has granted an injunction sought by a conservative group fighting a Delaware election campaign law.
The judge on Monday ruled in favor of Delaware Strong Families in its challenge to a 2012 law requiring disclosures by third-party groups working independently of political candidates to influence elections.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A package of tax increases upon which Gov. Jack Markell is relying to help pay for his spending plan for next fiscal year is up for a vote in the state House.
The bill to be voted on Tuesday increases the annual tax on limited liability companies and business partnerships from $250 to $300. It also increases the minimum annual corporation franchise tax by $100.
The bill requires three-fifths votes in the House and Senate. House Democrats postponed a vote last week, when at least one Democrat was absent.
BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland board is scheduled to discuss what the state will do about its badly flawed health exchange website.
The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board of Trustees has a 5 p.m. meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday, when it could officially decide to use technology from another state that has had a more successful exchange rollout. Maryland is one of 14 states with its own exchange.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's secretary of higher education is leaving her post to work for an education foundation.
Danette Howard, who has served as the secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission since 2011, will join the Lumina Foundation as vice president for policy and mobilization. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday that Catherine McCullough Shultz will take over as acting secretary of the commission.
O'Malley says during Howard's tenure, Maryland has improved the quality of its colleges and universities and fought to hold down tuition.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government has added 30 more days for the public to weigh in on its guidelines for seismic testing in Atlantic waters for oil and gas reserves.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says the public now has until May 7 to comment on the rules.
Earlier this year, the agency outlined environmental guidelines intended to protect marine life if the government allows the testing, which would be a first step in the development of an offshore oil industry off Virginia and other states in the Mid-Atlantic and off the southern coast.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The clock is ticking for Delaware residents who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
With the open enrollment period for Delaware's health insurance exchange expiring at midnight Monday, officials are urging those who have not yet signed up to do so.
Health and Social Services officials said there were 18 locations around the state where residents could get help enrolling in the exchange. St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington was offering help right up to the midnight deadline.
Social and cultural critic Camille Paglia says the new world of social media has allowed individual expression while overwhelming individuality. The Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia discusses this phenomena and her new book, "Glittering Images",with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush. Paglia is scheduled to make an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University April 1st at 5 p.m.
MILTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has tripled the speed of its bottling operation in the past year with a new facility and equipment.
The News Journal reports Dogfish Head spent $21 million on the new building and German-made robots to speed more bottles to market.
Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione says it used to take 10 hours to fill 100 cases of beer on the company's original bottling line in 1996. Now he says the same number of bottles is filled every other minute.
Amidst the noise of the modern world be it cable television, social media or just commercialism, it can be hard to find a moment for silent contemplation. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill found it on a simple seashore.
Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” has created a maelstrom in the Cape Henlopen School District where two board members say parents should be able to screen their children’s curriculum for explicit content before they begin classes.
During a meeting last night board members Sandi Minard and Jennifer Burton delivered impassioned arguments saying they were concerned about literature that they said had violence, despair and sexual references.
They said they did not want to ban the book but just alert parents about the material and let them decide.