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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A city treasurer in Delaware says she's studied the numbers, and it's not fair that 94 percent of the city workers getting double-digit raises are men.

Women deserve pay equity, Wilmington Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter said in requesting a 19 percent raise for herself, to more than $135,000.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that such a raise would make Jones-Potter the city's second-highest-paid employee after Robert Tracy, whose police chief salary was raised by nearly $50,000 last year, to $160,000.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Delaware city councilman against other council members over the parceling out of taxpayer money for scholarships and other discretionary spending by each member.

Wilmington City Councilman Samuel Guy filed the lawsuit after learning last year that he was not allocated any money for discretionary spending while other newly elected or re-elected council members who took office last January were.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police say a 5-year-old girl was taken to a hospital after being struck by gunfire.

Police said in a statement Monday night that officers responded around 5 p.m. to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they were directed to a house, where the girl was found suffering from an apparent gunshot graze wound to her lower right leg.

The girl was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital in good condition.

No one was in custody early Tuesday, and an investigation is ongoing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware police will be out in force this weekend in an effort to crack down on drunken driving.

State highway safety officials say more than 100 police officers will gather in Wilmington, Bear, Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Seaford to conduct checkpoints. Police will be conducting checkpoints in five different locations:  two in New Castle County, two in Sussex County and one in Kent County.

Officials say two similar checkpoint operations, in July and September, resulted in 28 DUI arrests.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities are continuing their investigation into a row house fire that left two Wilmington firefighters dead and two others critically injured.

Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony Goode said Monday that the Delaware Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the fire, which broke out around 3:15 a.m. Saturday.

While Goode released few details and did not take questions, he said officials are aware of recent vehicle fires in the area but do not know if there's any connection to the house fire.


It’s something that might be out of a science fiction novel.

The technology is called ShotSpotter and can detect and locate the sound of a gunshot within a few feet.

It then sends a signal to authorities.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Dover police department says at a price tag of nearly $200-thousand a year it’s just not worth it.

Instead, Police Major Marvin Maily told the city council the funds would be better spent on its officers, cameras, equipment and training.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams, who was elected in 2012 after promising to get tough on criminals, says his violence-ridden city can't arrest its way out of its crime problem.

Williams, who campaigned four years against a "hug a thug" approach to crime, said in a Democratic primary debate Wednesday that arresting more people won't solve Wilmington's crime problem, which he suggested was rooted in poverty.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - AIDS Delaware is encouraging people to get tested for HIV.
Monday is National HIV Testing Day. AIDS Delaware says on its website that as a result it will have special testing hours at its Wilmington office. Testing will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone who wants to get tested can make an appointment or walk in. AIDS Delaware says test results are ready in minutes.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police in Wilmington say three boys and a girl ranging in age from 12 to 16 have been injured in a shooting.

Police said in a statement that officers responding to a report of shots fired Tuesday night near Elm and South Van Buren streets found a 16-year-old boy shot in the legs and arm. Police say a 15-year-old boy was found a block away shot in the hand, abdomen and leg and a 13-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy were found shot in a nearby home.

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The State of Delaware is seeing an increasing number of seniors moving into the state while millennials are moving out.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that three decades ago 30 percent of the First State’s population was between the ages of 18 and 34.

That figure has declined to 23 percent.

In addition, 61 percent of the people born in Delaware now live somewhere else.

The News Journal reports that economists say millennials are looking for a better labor market where the can build their lives.