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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing a plan to use extra state revenue from federal tax cuts to give a tax break to low- and moderate-income families.

Northam outlined his proposal to reporters Friday, ahead of a speech to state legislative committees next week.

Northam says recent changes in federal tax law have so far largely benefited corporations and high-income people. He wants to make the earned-income tax credit fully refundable, which he says could mean a windfall of "several hundred dollars" for about 400,000 families in Virginia.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials in Delaware say seven students have graduated from a new employment training program that prepares them to become certified nursing assistants.

The students graduated from the eight-week program, called Generation, on Tuesday. Gov. Jack Markell gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Democratic proposal to raise motor vehicle fees to pay for road and infrastructure improvements in Delaware is headed to the Senate floor for a vote.

The bill was released from a Senate committee after a hearing Wednesday with the support of its four Democratic members.

The legislation increases the tax on car sales from 3.75 percent to 4.25 percent. Penalties for late license and registration renewals, along with several other fees, would increase substantially.

The increases would take effect Oct. 1 and generate about $24 million annually.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation that would raise Delaware's minimum wage by $2 an hour over the next four years.

Supporters of the bill want to see the minimum wage rise in four increments to $10.25 per hour by 2019.

State lawmakers passed legislation just last year raising the hourly wage from $7.25 to $7.75, with another increase to $8.25  taking effect on June 1 this year.

Supporters have said the higher wage will stimulate the economy and help low-income families.

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The dropout rate for Delaware high school students declined last year to the lowest level in three decades.

2.1 percent dropped out last year as opposed to 2.9 percent the year before.

That amounted to 817 students out of a student body of almost 39-thousand.

The graduation rates also went up to 84.4 percent compared to 79.9 percent the year before.

Meanwhile, low income students saw their graduation rates rise to 78 percent – up from 73.7 percent in 2013.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced $20 million in additional help for low-income Maryland residents to pay higher utility bills from colder weather.

The governor announced Monday the assistance will be made available to all income eligible households that apply for the Electric Universal Service Program in fiscal year 2014.

The administration says households that have already been approved for assistance as of July 1 will see the benefit automatically post to their account.