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  1. Tight Race For DNC Chair Narrows Ahead Of Weekend Vote

    02.24 / 10:12 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    On the eve of the vote for the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, the crowded field is thinning out. South Carolina Democratic Chair Jamie Harrison dropped out of the race Thursday and endorsed former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. The move comes days after another candidate, New Hampshire Democratic Chair Ray Buckley, exited the race and threw his support to Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. The two withdrawals surely add to Perez and Ellison's vote totals, and solidify the two…
  2. Plan To Disrupt Immigration Raids Will Enlist Songs And Prayers

    02.24 / 10:12 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    In the cavernous basement of St. Thomas Aquinas community center in South Philadelphia, a mock immigration raid is underway. As one woman yells "Help! Help!" — pretending to be taken by federal immigration officers — volunteers being trained to disrupt a raid begin singing and sit down as one, blocking the officers' path. This scene is part of a training by a nonprofit advocacy group called New Sanctuary Movement. The group hopes to leverage a long-standing policy that federal agents won't …
  3. Chemical Weapon Found On Body Of North Korean Leader's Half-Brother

    02.24 / 09:05 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    Malaysian authorities say initial autopsy results show a chemical weapon — VX nerve agent — was used in the fatal poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, older half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. VX is an odorless substance that can exist as liquid or gas. It can kill within minutes if it's passed through the skin. It is 10 times more toxic than sarin and classified as a weapon of mass destruction. Early last week, while Kim Jong Nam was traveling through the Kuala Lumpur International Air…
  4. White House Spokesman Predicts More Federal Action Against Marijuana

    02.24 / 04:40 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    The Justice Department may step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have voted to legalize its recreational use, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer. "I do believe think you'll see greater enforcement of it," Spicer said, during his daily press briefing . He added that the Department of Justice will be looking into the issue further. Spicer's comments offer an indication of how the Trump administration may approach the nation's fast-growing cannabis…
  5. In Eastern Virginia, Mixed Feelings on Trump's Trans Restroom Guidance

    02.24 / 03:38 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    The debate over transgender restrooms is nothing new in Gloucester County, Va. The largely rural county in the eastern part of the state is the home of Gavin Grimm , whose transgender-rights case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. It's an area that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump in November. His administration has issued guidance rolling back protections for transgender students like Grimm — a policy popular with residents like Marshall Butler. The retiree says the county s…
  6. Vice President Pence To CPAC: 'We're In The Promise-Keeping Business'

    02.24 / 02:36 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekk5oSoOuHc Vice President Pence is no stranger to the Conservative Political Action Conference, having addressed the annual gathering nine times when he was an Indiana governor and congressman. But on Thursday night he appeared in his new role to give a vigorous defense of the first month of President Trump's administration and pledge that the priorities their team laid out on the campaign trail would become a reality. "Over at the White House, I like to say…
  7. PHOTOS: The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

    02.24 / 02:36 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    On Thursday morning, law enforcement entered the Oceti Sakowin camp to do a final sweep before officially shutting it down, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline. The Oceti Sakowin camp was the largest of several temporary camps on the northern edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Protesters have been living on this land for months, in support of members of the Standing Rock Sioux. Supporters have said that running…
  8. Private Prisons Back In Mix For Federal Inmates As Sessions Rescinds Order

    02.24 / 02:36 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    New Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era memo that directed the Justice Department to reduce the use of private prisons , NPR's Carrie Johnson reports Sessions writes in the order that returning to the Bureau of Prisons' earlier approach would provide flexibility. "The memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system," Sessions writes. Outside companies currently house…
  9. A U.S. Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS

    02.24 / 00:25 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    The war against ISIS is entering a tough new phase, as Iraqi fighters with growing U.S. assistance push into western Mosul, warns the senior American commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend. "ISIS is a brutal, brutal enemy," said Townsend, speaking in Erbil as Iraq's security forces were about to attack Mosul's airport with help from the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition. He said west Mosul will be more complex and challenging than the eastern side of the city, which was retaken from…
  10. Landowners Likely To Bring More Lawsuits As Trump Moves On Border Wall

    02.24 / 00:25 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    President Trump has promised to build a wall along the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. A third of the border already has a barrier, thanks to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was signed by then-president George W. Bush. That initiative ran into issues with landowners near the Rio Grande. If the wall goes forward as Trump promises, more lawsuits may be coming. Out on the western border between the U.S. and Mexico, straight-line fencing cuts through public lands and big ranches.…
  11. Former Rep. Giffords: Lawmakers Should 'Have Some Courage,' Hold Town Halls

    02.24 / 00:25 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has a message for members of Congress who are citing the possibility of protests as a reason not to hold town meetings: "Have some courage." Giffords, wounded in a 2011 shooting outside a Tucson supermarket where she was meeting with constituents, was responding to a statement by Republican Congressman Louis Gohmert of Texas. Asked why he wasn't holding public meetings, Gohmert said: "Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains…
  12. Major League Baseball Poised To Change Intentional Walk Rule

    02.24 / 00:25 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    In baseball, if a pitcher wants to intentionally walk a batter, he has to actually lob the four pitches outside the strike zone. It's a technique often used to bypass a particularly strong batter, or to set up a double play. But that rule now appears poised to change. The Major League Baseball commissioner's office has proposed a rule change to have the pitcher forgo actually throwing four balls — instead, the bench would simply signal to the umpire that the batter will be intentionally w…
  13. A Citizens' Petition Calls For A New French President: Barack Obama

    02.24 / 00:25 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    The French presidential campaign has been marked by scandal , surprises and upsets as the April election approaches. Now a petition is calling for an even bigger plot twist: the return of President Barack Obama. As in, French President Barack Obama. Earlier this week, the Obama 2017 campaign was launched, calling for the former U.S. president to step forward as a candidate in the French election while there's still time. "Barack Obama has completed his second term as President of the…
  14. A Moment With Zucchero, Italian Pop Star And Amateur Linguist

    02.23 / 23:10 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    In America, there is a rare echelon of pop stars so big they only need one name: Madonna , Cher , Prince . In Italy, that name is Zucchero. It's Italian for "sugar" — and it's the stage name of Adelmo Forniciari, who first made it big in the 1980s and has since sold more than 50 million records worldwide. His latest album is called Black Cat, which includes collaborations with some of pop music's biggest legends, including Elvis Costello and Bono . "Music is my pusher, what can I say? M…
  15. Researchers bank on smell to attract fish to reefs

    02.23 / 22:03 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    Fish can tell by the way a coral reef smells whether or not it’s the perfect home for them, and University of Delaware researchers want to learn more about how that w…
  16. AP scores slowly climbing upwards in Delaware

    02.23 / 21:00 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    Students in Delaware are performing better on Advanced Placement exams. The College Board’s latest report shows about 19 percent of public school students in the state scored a 3 or better on their AP exam in 2016 , which is a one percentage point improvement over 2…
  17. DeVos, Defiant At CPAC, Walks A Fine Line On Transgender Rights

    02.23 / 21:00 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3oxH7ZdWsk President Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struck a defiant tone in brief remarks before conservative activists at a political conference outside Washington, D.C. But she held back on the administration's rescinding of Obama administration guidance to schools on transgender rights. "This issue was a very huge example of Obama administration overreach, one-size-fits-all approach to issues best solved at personal and local level," DeVos told…
  18. Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Anti-Discrimination Law

    02.23 / 21:00 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    The Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down a local law that protected people in the city of Fayetteville from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Arkansas is one of a handful of states where it is illegal for local governments to pass anti-discrimination laws that cover classes of people not already protected under state law. A February 2015 Arkansas law made it illegal for "a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state" to adopt any…
  19. Questions loom ahead of final ESSA draft plan release next week

    02.23 / 21:00 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    Delaware’s Department of Education is set to release its final Every Student Succeeds Act draft plan next week. Some parents like Solange Clarke are anxious to discover what it includes for pre-K and kindergarten e…
  20. Disgusted By Trump, A CIA Officer Quits. How Many More Could Follow?

    02.23 / 21:00 delawarepublic.org Delawarepublic.org - Dover
    Edward Price joined the CIA in 2006 and thought he would work there forever. Instead, he drove out of CIA headquarters on Feb. 14 after signing his resignation letter. "Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional," Price, who goes by "Ned," wrote this week in an op-ed for the Washington Post . Price says he knew he wanted to join the CIA from his early college…