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State operating budget approved by General Assembly

Despite objections and an attempt to amend it, state lawmakers passed a $3.9 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2016 early Wednesday morning. The operating budget is a 2.6 percent increase over FY 2015.
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State firefighting school gets grant for volunteer training gear

Delaware's state fire school is getting $462,000 in federal funds to buy new training equipment for the volunteer firefighters who battle the majority of blazes across the First State. They staged a demonstration at the school Tuesday with Delaware's Congressional delegation there to watch.
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Republicans and Democrats brokered an infrastructure funding deal just before midnight Tuesday, with lawmakers set to recess for the rest of the year.

Much of the concessions come in the form of new thresholds in which prevailing wage will apply for state projects – something the GOP had been calling for since negotiations started.

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Monday night, a Wilmington City Council committee reviewed a pared down budget amendment to fund Mayor Dennis Williams’ latest policing plan.

The committees failed Monday night to release the amendment to full Council for a vote.

The amendment would tap into the city’s budget surplus, and slash overtime funds by $585,000 to help fund three new positions, a Chief Information Technology Officer and two inspector jobs.  It would also cut two vacant police positions to save an additional $151,000 to offset the cost of the new inspector position in future years.

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An angler in Lewes set a new state record with a blueline tilefish caught earlier this month -- even as regulators scramble to get control of the region's booming tilefish harvest.


The record-setting fish was caught 65 miles off Delaware's coast in Baltimore Canyon. It tipped the scales at 19.7 pounds -- and it's not the only one that local anglers have hauled in recently. Once most common in the Southern Atlantic, blueline tilefish have begun to make a splash further north.


When a SpaceX rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded Sunday, it also blew apart at least 30 student science projects, including two from Delaware.

Meredith Schwartzendruber, a science teacher at Caravel Academy in Bear spent months preparing her students to launch their science experiment on fruit flies into space. They wanted to see how the fruit fly anatomy would be affected by the low gravity environment in the ISS.

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AAA mid-Atlantic is predicting the biggest July 4 travel weekend since 2007.

More than 112,000 Delawareans will travel more than 50 miles for Independence Day between July 1 and 5. That's up 9 percent from regional travel this past Memorial Day -- which had the highest projected volume for that holiday in 10 years.

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A day after torrential rains soaked the Woodlands, a sunny sky greeted fans on the final day of the Big Barrel Music Festival in Dover on Sunday.


Those that stuck out Saturday’s heavy rain were able to get close to the main stage for headliner Miranda Lambert. Fans had much more company for the festival’s closing set by Carrie Underwood.


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Earlier this month, state legislators introduced a bill to control Delaware’s feral cat population.

The bill proposes creating a community cat program that would allow some people to care for free-roaming cats without having to become an owner. 

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First State gas prices fall for the first time in three weeks.

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports the average price for a gallon of regular in First State dropped 6 cents from $2.75 to $2.69 in the past week. 

That price is nearly a dollar less than what Delaware drivers were paying a year ago at an average of $3.67. reports there are just under a dozen stations selling a gallon of regular for $2.59 or slightly less  – several of them are located in Dover.

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As torrential rain soaked the Woodlands, a noticeably thinner but enthusiastic crowd packed into the tented Wildwood Stage to hear country music star Loretta Lynn belt out the hits, including her signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter."

Meanwhile, across the ankle deep mud covered lawn, fans found shelter and line dancing inside the Harvest Moon Saloon.

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The city of Rehoboth Beach approved the use of municipal funds to build an ocean outfall pipe Saturday.

Residents and property owners lined up to vote for or against the construction of a pipe that would transport the city’s treated wastewater a mile out into the ocean. The city’s sewage system currently pumps that wastewater out to the Inland Bays, which has become impaired in part because of nutrients from Rehoboth Beach’s wastewater.