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James Morrison

All Things Considered host/reporter

James Morrison has been reporting and producing news stories for NPR member-stations for half a decade. He recently worked as a producer for Capital Public Radio's daily interview show Insight in Sacramento, California. His reporting has ranged from covering city hall to the largest state legislature in the nation, and from arts organizations to indie bands.  James specializes in telling sound-rich radio stories, some of which have been accepted into international competitions. He enjoys reporting all new stories, especially ones that include food and animals.  James has a degree in government-journalism from Sacramento State University and was recently a Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Fellow. When not in the newsroom, he enjoys cooking, cycling, swimming and relaxing with his wife and cats.  

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  A report from the American Lung Association released Wednesday gives all three of Delaware’s counties failing grades for ozone pollution for an eighth straight year.

 

The state did show signs of improvement though. New Castle County and Kent County went from 28th worst in the country for ozone pollution to 35th worst, of 228 metropolitan areas, according to Deborah Brown, president and CEO for the American Lung Association, Mid-Atlantic.

 

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  Delaware Governor Jack Markell announced plans Tuesday to create a new culinary training facility within the state’s largest prison.

 

The Department of Correction is converting an unused dining hall at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center -the state's largest adult, male correctional facility- into a restaurant style kitchen with an attached classroom.

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A Hockessin, Delaware man finished his 43rd consecutive Boston Marathon Monday. 73-year-old Doug White ran the race in 5:02:11, although he admits to clocking much faster times in his youth.  

 

White says he never planned to run the marathon for more than four decades, but felt no reason to stop.

 

He had planned to end his streak on his 40th run of the race, but that was the same year terrorists bombed the finish line. White recalls that incident vividly.

 

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Verizon workers in Dover say they have no plans of ending their strike as it enters a second week.

 

The employees -who are also members of the Communication Workers of America union- have been picketing in front of the Verizon store on Route 13 since last Wednesday.    

 

They’re protesting the company’s outsourcing of jobs and the possible closure of three call centers in Delaware.   

 

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell and a group of state lawmakers introduced legislation this week to allow part-time college students to access state-sponsored college grants.

The Department of Veteran Affairs broke ground on a new outpatient clinic in Georgetown Friday.

 

The new clinic is an expansion of the current Sussex County Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Georgetown and will eventually replace that facility entirely.

 

David Scosik is a Vietnam veteran and president of the Delaware Veterans Coalition -an organization that advocates for veterans. He hopes the expansion will improve wait times and make it easier for veterans to get appointments.

 

New Castle County

Longtime New Castle County Councilman Joseph Reda died Thursday.

 

Reda has served on the New Castle County Council since 2004 - focusing on issues including code enforcement, affordable housing and open space preservation.

Kent County may soon be getting its first medical marijuana dispensary.

 

Levy Court approved an agreement Tuesday that allows New Jersey-based medical marijuana dispensary Compassionate Care Research Institute Inc. to lease space at the Kent County Aero Park in Dover.

Sussex County Council has effectively killed plans for the largest shopping center ever proposed in the area.

Developer TD Rehoboth LLC had asked the county to rezone 114 acres of rural farmland outside of Milton into intense commercial use.  

The council voted 4-1 Tuesday against that request.

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In their weekly message, Republican lawmakers are pushing for legislation to give to the state’s homeowners associations more power.

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