Verizon workers in Delaware to stay on job without new contract

By Associated Press 8:53am, August 2, 2015 - Updated 11:07am, August 2, 2015
Unions representing Verizon workers in nine states, including Delaware, said their members will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled with the wireless carrier.

Leaders of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced the decision early Sunday after a contract covering 39,000 workers expired. The unions said they're prepared to schedule regular bargaining sessions.

Verizon Chief Administrative Officer Marc Reed said in a statement the company is "disappointed" there aren't agreements but it will continue negotiating.

The unions said Verizon is demanding cuts in jobs and job security and wants to either eliminate the company's 401k benefit match or freeze its defined benefit pension.

Verizon has said the union's proposals are "unrealistic and out-of-touch in today's marketplace."

Ceremony celebrates return, deployment of New Castle Air National Guard airmen

By Taggart Houck 5:08pm, August 1, 2015 - Updated 11:58pm, August 1, 2015
VIDEO: WDEL's Taggart Houck reports.
More than 330 airmen preparing for deployment this fall and winter to locations in Southwest Asia at a ceremony Saturday at the Delaware Air National Guard base near New Castle.

Captain Sean Kelley of Florida is among those who returned. He finished his fourth deployment with the guard; he was stationed five months in Germany, where he flew in and out of Afghanistan picking up patients and taking them for treatment at a German hospital. Some were even transported stateside.

He said he loves what he does, but between family and a civilian job, it can be tough be away for so long.

"Not only do you have your family members taking care of all of your business that you don't handle while you're away, you're employer has the burden of dealing without you," he said. "It's a team effort. Civilian employers are wonderful for letting us do the job and supporting us when we come back."

Now a Floridian, Kelley makes the long trek to return to the Delaware Air National Guard, for which he has served since 2007.

"This is why I commute from Florida just to come up here," he said. "There's some wonderful people here that are doing the job." Kelley said.

Kelley said he plans to return home and to his job at the Veterans Administration after completing a military drill.

At the ceremony, Senator Tom Carper also thanked six airmen, returning from overseas, for their service.

Armed robber hits Newark-area liquor store

By Jim Hilgen 9:52am, August 2, 2015 - Updated 10:58am, August 2, 2015
An armed man made off with cash after sticking up a Newark-area liquor store last night, Delaware State Police said.

State police said the suspect entered Masso Liquors on Capital Trail shortly before 11 p.m. Police said he showed a gun to the clerk and demanded money.

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot, officers said.

He is described as a white male, 20-30 years old, 5'9" to 5'11", 160 to 175 lbs.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the DSP Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302.834.2630.

Peterson, Teheran power Braves past Phils

By Associated Press 6:26pm, August 2, 2015
Jace Peterson had three hits, including a three-run home run, and Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-2 victory over the Phillies Sunday.

Chris Johnson, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Lavarnway all had an RBI for the Braves, who snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak while winning for just the second time in the last 15 road games to avoid a four-game series sweep.

Ryan Howard had two hits, one a double, for the Phillies, who lost for just the third time in 15 games since the All-Star break.

Teheran (7-6) earned his first road win since his season debut on April 6 at Miami.

Delaware State Police ID motorcyclist in fatal accident near Odessa

By Jim Hilgen 11:16am, August 2, 2015
A Maryland man is dead after his motorcycle was hit by a pickup truck north of Odessa, Delaware State Police said.

State police identified the victim as 33-year-old Nicholas Russo of Warwick, Maryland.

Police said the crash occurred around 7:40 p.m. Saturday.

Russo was among a group of motorcyclists, who police said were improperly passing cars on DuPont Parkway near Marl Pit Road. His motorcycle made contact with a vehicle operated by a 31-year-old Newark man, officers said.

Charges won't be filed in connection with the crash, police said.

Dodge Chargers recalled over door slam that makes airbags inflate

By Associated Press 11:14am, August 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler has recalled more than 322,000 sedans worldwide because side air bags can inflate if doors are slammed too hard.

The recall covers certain Dodge Chargers from the 2011 to 2014 model years, mainly in the U.S. and Canada.

Last week, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem. The company said the Charger recall came from an internal investigation launched because of the truck recall.

Fiat Chrysler said the air bag control modules may be too sensitive and need to be recalibrated. The company says it knows of three minor injuries from the problem.

Owners will be notified when they can bring cars in for repairs. In the meantime, the company said people should use caution when closing doors.

DSP: Bethany Beach man found; Gold Alert cancelled

By Jim Hilgen/Frank Gerace 9:18pm, August 2, 2015 - Updated 9:44pm, August 2, 2015
Delaware State Police canceled a Gold Alert for a Bethany Beach man late Sunday night.

Police announced around 9 p.m. Sunday that Stephen A. Brown had been found and was in good condition.

Brown went missingaround 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

Study: Delaware's economic growth lagging behind most of nation

By Taggart Houck 7:40pm, August 1, 2015 - Updated 11:34pm, August 1, 2015
A recent study suggested Delaware's economic growth lagged behind most of the country in 2014.

Statistics released by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis show Delaware's economy grew 1.2 percent in 2014 compared to the national economy in 2014, which grew at a rate of 2.2 percent.

According to the statistics from the department, Delaware's gross domestic product (GDP) ranked 30th in the nation.

There are different ways to measure the success of an economy, but the use of GDP is known as one of the more common ways. It measures the value of goods and services produced in the state.

The report said Delaware's growth has been lagging compared to the national economic growth for at least the last four years.

In 2011, the state's economy grew by 1.2 percent while the country's economy grew by 1.4 percent. In 2013, the state economy grew 0.7 percent, and the national economy grew by 1.9 percent.

Pickup driver may be charged after crash critically injures 1 Greenwood

By Frank Gerace 1:24pm, August 1, 2015 - Updated 11:25pm, August 1, 2015
Delaware State Police said charges may be pending against a Bear-area man after a crash that critically injured the passenger in his pickup truck.

Police said the driver of the pickup was speeding northbound on Route 13 near Marsh Branch Road north of Greenwood around 4:40 p.m. Friday when the truck ran off the road.

The truck hit a "one way" sign and a mailbox before traveling back onto the road and into the center median, hitting an embankment and rolling over several times, police said.

The driver and passenger, neither of whom were wearing seatbelts, were thrown from the truck, officers said.

The passenger, 44-year-old Donald Woods of Newark, was flown to Christiana Hospital, where he's in critical condition, police said.

Police said the driver, who was treated and released from Milford Memorial Hospital, could be charged in connection with the crash, which closed Route 13 in both directions at the scene for about two hours.

Dover Air Force Base reserve wing changes leadership

By Taggart Houck 11:34pm, August 1, 2015 - Updated 11:35pm, August 1, 2015
Colonel D. Scott Durham. (Photo/U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Mercedes Crossland)
The Reserve Wing of Dover Air Force Base is under new leadership.

Colonel D. Scott Durham, assumed command of the 512th Airlift Wing in a ceremony Saturday in an aircraft hangar at the base.

Durham most recently worked in the Pentagon where he served as the deputy director for mobilization in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.

He replaces Colonel Raymond Kozak, who took a position at Travis Air Force Base in California.

Durham is a command pilot with more than 4,900 flight hours.

His wife and three children remained in the Dover area while he served abroad.

He is now in charge of a 1,700-person organization.

Firm reports problem in fail-safe system on jet that crashed, killing Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner

By Associated Press 11:44pm, August 1, 2015
Lewis Katz, the former co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirier. (Photo/file)
The manufacturer of the jet that crashed on takeoff last year, killing Lewis Katz, the co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and six other people, reports a problem with a fail-safe system on the aircraft.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. told the National Transportation Safety Board in May that an interlock system on the Gulfstream IV is supposed to keep throttles from being pushed forward much if hinged tail flaps are locked - but it actually allows much higher runway speeds even if a plane can't take off.

The company, however, blames the crash on the crew failing to disengage the locking system and then not aborting takeoff immediately once a problem was clear.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Federal Aviation Administration is working with Gulfstream on "design changes" to the aircraft.

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