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Beau Biden's funeral Saturday in Wilmington

Former Attorney General Beau Biden’s body will be lying in repose at Legislative Hall Thursday, according to a White House announcement. The scheduled General Assembly session will be canceled and the service will be between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
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Beau Biden's legacy runs deep in Delaware

The First State continues to grieve the death of former Attorney General Beau Biden Saturday. The 46-year-old son of Vice President Joe Biden leaves behind a wife and two young children and questions of what might have been --- but he also leaves behind a lasting legacy of public service. Delaware Public Media’s James Dawson looks back on Biden’s impact personally and professionally.
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To balance Dover's budget, City Council weighs property tax hike

Dover's City Council is weighing a 24 percent property tax increase as it works on balancing a budget for the next fiscal year. City administrators see the hike as a lasting way to offset falling revenues and rising staff costs.
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Attorney General Matt Denn has lobbied state lawmakers for months to approve his $36 million plan to help fight the immediate and underlying effects of crime.

But the money, which came from two legal settlements, has been seen by some as a way to help alleviate short-term budget pressures.

Two health insurers are asking Delaware for major rate increases to the Affordable Care Act plans they offer on the state’s marketplace.

 

The state’s insurance department says Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware is seeking a 25.4 percent increase in the individual market, and a 12.7 percent increase for small groups.

 

Aetna, meanwhile, has asked for a 16 percent individual increase and a 6.1 percent increase in the small group market.

Delaware Technical and Community College

Delaware Technical and Community College has doubled its nursing student enrollment in the 13 years since a state report detailed how to solve Delaware's nursing shortage. Now, the school is adding new facilities to accommodate those students.

A new dental health center in Wilmington, and biotech, food safety, biology and chemistry labs in Dover and Georgetown are now joined by the Stanton campus’ expanded nursing center – a 40,000-square foot, state-of-the-art learning facility.

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Mayor Dennis Williams and Police Chief Bobby Cumming unveiled Wilmington’s new policing strategy Monday.

The plan calls for restructuring the Wilmington Police Department from a two-branch set-up to four branches and adding two new inspector positions.

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Minimum wage workers in Delaware will see an increase in their pay beginning Monday.

The second stage of a two-step increase in the hourly rate, approved by lawmakers last year, kicks in on June 1. The new rate will be $8.25 per hour.

 

Governor Markell signed Senate Bill 6 into law in January 2014.

The chief sponsor of that legislation, Sen. Robert Marshall (D-Wilmington West), says the wage increase will help people who are struggling to get by.

  As part of an annual tradition, thousands of recent high school graduates from the Mid-Atlantic will make their way to Delaware’s beaches during the first two weeks of June.

Beginning Monday, the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement along with local and state law enforcement are teaming up for an enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the number of incidents and injuries related to underage drinking.

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First State gas prices continue to rise.

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports the average price for a gallon of regular in First State has increased by 5 cents from $2.62 to $2.67 over the past week.

That price is still nearly a dollar less than what Delaware drivers were paying a year ago at an average of $3.60.

Delawaregasprices.com reports there are just under a dozen stations selling a gallon of regular for $2.57 or slightly less  – mostly in New Castle County.

James Dawson / Delaware Public Media

The First State continues to grieve the death of former Attorney General Beau Biden Saturday.  The 46-year-old son of Vice President Joe Biden leaves behind a wife and two young children and questions of what might have been --- but he also leaves behind a lasting legacy of public service.

Delaware Public Media’s James Dawson looks back on Biden’s impact personally and professionally.

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Jimmie Johnson walked away a winner again on the Monster Mile, capturing Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” at Dover International Speedway.

The victory pushes Johnson’s record for career wins at the track to 10 and makes him one of only five Sprint Cup drivers ever to win 10 times at a single track.

Johnson and the 48 car didn’t get the lead until just 23 laps remained, then survived three race restarts – including a green-white-checkered-flag finish to make it to victory lane.

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Beau Biden, the former Delaware Attorney General and oldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday according to a statement from the family. He was 46.

Biden had been suffering from brain cancer for an undisclosed amount of time, but had been recently hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. since May 19.

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