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Sarah Gamard


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Past articles by Sarah:

Delaware General Assembly passes $15 minimum wage, sends bill to Gov. John Carney

The bill gradually raises the minimum wage from its current rate of $9.25 to $15. The minimum wage would increase by more than $1 each year. → Read More

Delaware House postpones vote on recreational marijuana that was scheduled for Thursday

Earlier this week, Democrats said they were still trying to negotiate with Republicans for votes because not all Democrats were on board. → Read More

Delaware lawmakers pass bill to include Black history in schools

Instead of creating new classes, elements of Black history would be woven into subjects like science and the arts. → Read More

Delaware moves closer to requiring body cameras on all police officers. Here's the latest

Lawmakers are likely to pass the bill before their deadline for the legislative session, June 30. → Read More

Plastic bag ban: Delaware stores find 'loophole.' Officials seek crackdown.

Many Delaware stores have replaced single-use plastic shopping bags with thicker plastic bags that officials worry could be worse for the environment. → Read More

Delaware Democrats seek to make it easier to get birth control at pharmacies. What would change

Proponents of the bill argue that the bill would erase unnecessary hurdles, particularly in Kent and Sussex counties where there are doctor shortages. → Read More

Amid pandemic, Delaware economy still inching back toward normalcy, expert says

Patrick Harker, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, outlined some of the state's recovery and how far it still needs to go. → Read More

New Castle County police respond to apparent fatal stabbing in Bear, details not released

New Castle County police were seen stationed along the 400 block of County Road in Bear. The department has not released details about the incident. → Read More

Legal marijuana in Delaware? Why there is renewed optimism it might happen

House Bill 150 by Rep. Ed Osienski, D-Newark, would let people 21 years or older buy up to an ounce of weed from a licensed seller. → Read More

Delaware Senate expected to approve $15 minimum wage. What happens next?

The bill, which would gradually raise the state's $9.25 rate each year until 2025, would still need approval from the House and Gov. John Carney. → Read More

Here's why Delaware could start ticketing drivers who don't remove snow, ice off their car

The bill by Sen. Bryan Townsend, a Newark Democrat, would fine drivers up to $1,500 depending on the vehicle and if the debris causes harm or damage. → Read More

7 takeaways from Gov. John Carney's State of the State speech

The speech came less than a week after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, who has promised to ramp up vaccine distribution across the country. → Read More

Meet the 3 new Delaware lawmakers who made state history for LGBTQ, Muslim communities

New Castle Sen. Marie Pinkney, Glasgow Rep. Eric Morrison and Newark Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton hope to push Delaware politics in unprecedented ways. → Read More

Delaware eases restrictions on restaurants, bars, sports as cases continue to surge: What to know

The state's stay-at-home advisory and mandate that everyone wear a mask when indoors with people who they don't live with are still in place. → Read More

People over 65, frontline workers will get the vaccine next in Delaware

These people likely won't start getting the vaccine until mid to late January due to limited supply of the vaccine, public health officials said. → Read More

Delaware's first delivery of COVID-19 vaccine won't even be enough for those first in line

It could take more than a month to get the COVID vaccine to all of the care workers and long term care residents who are expected to get first dibs. → Read More

Delaware COVID-19 cases break record as state reports more than 900 new cases

The latest case count comes just one week after Thanksgiving and brings the state's 7-day average to an all-time high of 607.7. → Read More

Delaware to issue stay-at-home advisory, indoor mask order; remote-learning suggested

The announcement comes as the state hits another day of record-breaking COVID-19 numbers. → Read More

Delaware adds new restrictions on restaurants, indoor gatherings as COVID-19 cases surge

Starting Monday, Gov. John Carney will limit indoor gatherings to 10 people and limit indoor dining at restaurants to no more than 30% capacity. → Read More

Average daily COVID-19 cases increase to 'significant community spread' in Delaware

Average daily cases is one of the three criteria that state looks at when deciding to reopen schools. → Read More