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First State unemployment continues its steady decline

Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped again last month - down a tenth of a point to 4.5 percent in April. It’s the lowest the jobless rate has been in the First State since May 2008. The drop also marks the tenth straight month unemployment in Delaware has declined since standing at 5.9 percent in June 2014.
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This week on "The Green"

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Christina School District tries new approach in new referendum request

After Christina School District residents resoundingly defeated a referendum to increase school taxes in February, Christy Mannering was so upset that she wrote a three-page letter to the board of education and the district superintendent, outlining mistakes she thought they had made in the campaign and what they might have done better.
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This Memorial Day weekend Gov. Jack Markell is using his weekly message to bring awareness to the problem of homeless veterans.

Markell said continuing to support soldiers after they return home is one way of honoring those who did not.

Wilmington University’s baseball team makes its first appearance in the NCAA Division II College World Series this weekend.

The Wildcats open the eight-team, double elimination national championship tournament Saturday when they face Catawba at 3pm.

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A member of Delaware’s Air National Guard offered a unique thank you Friday at Christiana Hospital.

Lt. Col. Barry Orbinati gave a military coin to Physician’s Assistant Ed Knox for recognizing last November that he had an aneurysm and getting him to surgery in time to fix it before it ruptured. The ceremony, called coining, allows military personnel to honor a civilian for an outstanding act.

Knox was on duty November 13th at Christiana Care’s Middletown ER when Orbinati came in suffering from what was believed to be severe migraines.

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The annual Delaware by Hand Memorial Day art show returns to Zwaanendael Park in Lewes Saturday.

More than 50 artists ranging in disciplines from pottery to fine art will offer consumers handcrafted arts and crafts.

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One former high-ranking Wilmington Trust executive facing federal fraud charges pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Wilmington.

The bank’s former chief credit officer, William North, was in court for an arraignment on charges alleging he made false statements to the Federal Reserve and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Wilmington’s 2016 budget is headed to Mayor Dennis Williams’ desk after narrowly passing City Council.

Council voted 7-6 to approve the $151.7 million spending plan, which revised Williams’ original proposal by adding over $600,000 to pay for some recommendations made by the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission.  

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Lawmakers are leaving their options open when it comes to Gov. Jack Markell’s proposal to cut a senior property tax credit to help balance the state’s budget.

The budget writing Joint Finance Committee Thursday put a decision about using Markell’s controversial plan on hold indefinitely. 

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State and local transportation officials gathered at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand Thursday to mark the beginning of the seasonal summer DART bus service to and around Delaware’s beach communities.

DART Resort Transit operates seven routes, seven days a week through September 13 and serves Rehoboth, Dewey, Fenwick, Lewes, Georgetown, Long Neck and Ocean City, Maryland.  Delaware Transit Corporation Public Affairs Officer Julie Theyerl  says the service is a stress free way to get around.

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City, state and federal officials celebrated the achievements of a Nemours Children’s Health System program aimed at lowering asthma-related health problems in Delaware kids by reducing environmental triggers for the disease in public housing communities. 

The program was funded by a two year Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation grant that ends in June.

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AAA is projecting the highest travel volume in ten years for this Memorial Day weekend.

The organization predicts that 102,918 Delaware residents will travel over Memorial Day, representing a 4.7 percent increase over last year.  90 percent will travel by car - up 5.3 percent from a year ago,

AAA spokesman Jim Lardear attributes the increase to the last few winters being so tough and gas prices being so low right now.