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Gov. Carney to release budget proposal amid federal funding uncertainties

Budget uncertainty in Congress is leaving states like Delaware unsure of funding it’s come to rely on. This comes as Gov. John Carney is set to announce his budget proposal this week.

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AMA study highlights the economic impact physicians have in the First State

A new study from the American Medical Association shows the economic impact physicians have in the First State. The study found Delaware physicians directly and indirectly support 25,791 jobs and create about $4.8 billion of economic activity.

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Earlier this month, Delaware announced it intends to sue the EPA over its lack of action to help curb emissions at power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia it claims are creating pollution that’s drifting here.

And while the state says those type of emissions are responsible for 90 percent of the ozone in Delaware – DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin concedes the state can still work to cut emissions in other ways, especially in the area of transportation.

One way the First State has been doing that is with its DART bus fleet.  Federal funds are paying for 16 electric busses it expects to have on the road by summer 2019.

DART is also switching paratransit busses to propane with the goal of operating 130 of them – or half its fleet - this year after a two-year pilot program.

We recently chatted with DART CEO John Sisson about these changes to renewable fueled vehicles.

Emma's Arts Carts

Delaware College of Arts and Design students, faculty, staff and friends recently spent time filling arts kits and writing encouraging notes for 200 children in crisis.

Students in Generation Voice, Delaware Public Media’s youth radio program at Mount Pleasant High School, recently recorded a conversation with a loved one.

Their conversations were inspired by the Great Thanksgiving Listen, a national education project developed by StoryCorps that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder.

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Traditional state highway messages tell motorists to buckle up or to not text and drive, but Delaware’s Department of Transportation is taking a more lighthearted approach to road safety.

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Legendary University of Delaware football coach Tubby Raymond was remembered at memorial service Friday.

About a thousand people showed up at UD’s Bob Carpenter Center to reflect on his life and legacy with the Raymond family.

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Delaware lawmakers are updating their sexual harassment policies after many allegations have popped up in statehouses across the U.S.

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Some Republican lawmakers are trying again to change how Delaware sets its prevailing wage rate. They said the current method inflates the costs of public works projects.

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State officials say progress is being made to boost security, culture and morale at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center and other state prisons.

Delaware lawmakers have confirmed Saundra Ross Johnson to lead the state’s new Human Resources Department.

Johnson has served as acting secretary since July.

Gov. John Carney created the agency last year to address racism allegations in state agencies. Delaware has operated without a dedicated HR agency since the state Personnel Office was split up more than a decade ago.

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State Labor Secretary Patrice Gilliam Johnson is resigning to join Delaware State University.