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Delaware officials order woman to close in-home tattoo shop

A Delaware woman operating a tattoo shop out of her home has been ordered by state officials to close it. The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services says in a Friday statement that the Wilmington woman's unregulated tattoo parlor kept no client records, so officials could not follow the normal protocol of asking individuals to seek medical testing.

Delaware Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Industry

DOVER , Del.- Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn filed suit Friday against some of the nation's largest manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of prescription opioid drugs, alleging that their failures to meet their legal obligations have fueled an opioid addiction epidemic that is devastating individuals, families, and communities across the First State. The 124-page lawsuit seeks to hold them financially responsible for the harm they have caused to the state and its citizens and to require them to change their conduct to help end the epidemic, the Delaware Department of Justice said.

Battleground over fossil fuel drilling comes to heart of Delaware

Delmarva's fight to stop drilling for fossil fuels was thought to be over in 2016 when the Obama administration banned drilling along the eastern seaboard. That fight has been given new life by the Trump administration, and Thursday Dover was the battleground as officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management were in town to collect information from locals to continue the exploratory process.

Delaware Governor Nominates New Labor Secretary

DOVER , Del.- Gov. John Carney has nominated an economic development and tourism official to serve as the next Secretary of the Delaware Department of Labor. Carney's office announced Cerron Cade's nomination Tuesday.

DMV announces new online driver'...

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles has announced it is now offering online driver license and ID card renewals. DMV customers needing to renew their Delaware driver license or ID card may now do so in just a few minutes at their convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Clean Water Surcharge Proposed in Delaware

Taxes this year are expected to consider legislation to add a surcharge of up to $40 or $80 to Delawareans' personal income taxes to fund a trust for projects to improve water quality around the state. House Bill 270 would fund the clean water trust by enacting a surcharge equal to ten percent of someone's personal income tax liabilities, though it would be capped at $40 for individual filers and $80 for joint filings.

Nearly every governor with ocean coastline opposes Whitehouse's drilling proposal

The Trump administration's proposal to open vast portions of US coastline to oil drilling was met with ferocious opposition from a number of the coastal governors it would affect. The Trump administration's proposal to open vast portions of US coastline to oil drilling was met with ferocious opposition from a number of the coastal governors it would affect.

Ron Silverio, Terminally Ill Delawarean at the End of His Life, Unable to Access Medical Aid in Dying

DOVER, Del: Compassion Choices today released a video featuring Ron Silverio, a Dover resident originally from Everett, Massachusetts, who has been battling metastatic prostate cancer since the spring of 2012. This past year, Ron joined thousands of his fellow Delawareans in advocating for the state's legislature to pass HB 160, Delaware's End of Life Options Act.

Raccoon in Angola Crest II, Sussex County tests positive for rabies

Delaware's Division of Public Health is warning Sussex County residents, who live in the area surrounding Angola Crest II, of a positive case of rabies in a raccoon that bit a human earlier this week. Officials say the raccoon was captured and brought to the D.P.H. lab, where test results confirming it had rabies came back on Friday.

County shuts down proposed - right-to-work' ordinance

After an emotional few months of discussions and public testimony, the Sussex County Council on Tuesday voted down a proposed "right-to-work" ordinance. The ordinance, proposed by Councilman Rob Arlett , "prohibits mandatory union membership or payment of certain union fees, involuntary union pay deductions, and acts of coercion or intimidation related to union support or payment."

HB 291

This Act clarifies that the representative appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services to the Human Trafficking Interagency Coordinating Council shall serve as the Council's temporary chair for the purposes of organizing the initial meeting of the members.

Joe Biden given annual award by Delaware Chamber of Commerce

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife have been given an annual award from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. WDEL-FM reports that Biden and Jill Biden were awarded the Josiah Marvel Cup Award at the chamber's 181st Annual Dinner in Wilmington on Monday.

Delaware officials seek public input on EPA plan repeal

State officials want to hear from Delawareans on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to repeal a plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control scheduled a public meeting and listening session on Monday evening at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington to allow Delawareans to express their views on the proposal.

Officials Urge Pet Owners to Keep Animals Inside

The Delaware Division of Public Health's Office of Animal Welfare is urging pet owners to keep their pets indoors during these dangerously cold temperatures. According to OAW, all dogs are required to be inside when the National Weather Service issues a hazardous weather warning.

Voices heard at County's public hearing on right-to-work

Coastal Point a Maria Counts: County officials listen to members of the public weigh-in on the proposed 'right-to-work' ordinance put forth by Councilman Rob Arlett. The Sussex County Council on Tuesday held a public hearing on a proposed "right-to-work" ordinance.

Winter Storm (Blizzard) Grayson - Jan. 4, 2018

With between 6 and 11 inches of snow having fallen in the area and strong winds causing drifts and more, Gov. John Carney issued Level 2 Driving Restriction for Sussex County only, effective at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, with a State of Emergency for Sussex County only, effective at 2 p.m. Level 2 Driving Restrictions mean that no one may operate a motor vehicle in Sussex County, except for those designated as Essential Personnel. Essential Personnel are defined as those who are necessary to maintain core functions of government, and to maintain the health and security of the people of Delaware.

Governor encourages drivers to stay...

In advance of a forecast that includes snow, DelDOT crews are out spraying brine on major roadways in Sussex County. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO A Level One Driving Warning means that any person operating a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways must exercise extra caution, said Jessica Borcky, spokeswoman for the governor's office.

DelDOT Issues Winter Storm Update

DOVER , Del.- The Delaware Department of Transportation said just after 6 a.m. Thursday that it is fully mobilized for today's snow event, and more than six inches of accumulation has already been reported in Sussex County. Due to deteriorating conditions, DART will not operate regular bus services or paratransit in Sussex County; however, services in Kent and New Castle will operate with delays.

How Delaware is lining up to legalize marijuana

Delaware appears to be on the verge of becoming the first state in the mid-Atlantic to legalize retail sales of marijuana for recreational use by adults. In Dover on Wednesday, a governor's taskforce reviewed changes to a proposed bill that also would make the state the first to legalize cannabis sales legislatively.

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