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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials have agreed to give $4.5 million in taxpayer money to online retail giant Amazon.

The Council on Development Finance voted Monday to give Amazon a strategic fund grant for its plan to establish a distribution facility on the site of a former General Motors assembly plant in Newport.

Amazon raked in $11.6 billion in profit last year.

The company says it plans to spend $50 million for new equipment and machinery, including $48.5 million in equity.

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Asbestos has become an issue as workers tear down the old General Motors plant on Boxwood Road.

The plant was shut down in 2009 and will be replaced by a distribution center.

But union officials have thrown up picket line charging that when the structure’s skeleton is finally torn down dust will drift beyond the property itself.

And the union says it has video taken by a member who went undercover to show what is being done.  

The site has been the focus of the union and local activists concerned about the asbestos.

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Fisker Automotive is talking about moving forward with building its hybrid vehicles.

And the firm is looking at five states including Delaware.

Fisker entered into a partnership with a California company to provide the software to relaunch its plug-in hybrid car.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that company officials are hoping that it will provide the basis for arrangements that will allow the Fisker to own the technology for its cars.

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Some of those former employees who worked at the General Motors Boxwood plant have moved to a facility in Baltimore.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a company official has confirmed that several Boxwood workers who are now at the Lordstown plant in Ohio will be returning to the region at the Baltimore facility.

The move comes under the contract the car company has with the United Auto Workers Union.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Chinese auto parts conglomerate that wants to buy failed electric-vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive says it will build cars in Delaware if there's enough consumer demand.

Wanxiang Group Corp. outlined its intentions in a court filing late Wednesday as it pushes for a competitive auction of Fisker's remaining assets.