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MEDIA — Changes keep a'coming to Delaware County as county council hired a human resources specialist to revamp hiring practices and as it prepares to host an ethics reform hearing next month.

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MEDIA — The solid Democratic Delaware County Council met for more than two hours Wednesday and already began making changes by scheduling nightly meetings, live streaming meetings and setting hours during the week to make themselves available to the public and to county employees.

CHADDS FORD — State Sen. Tom Killion, whose district has been held by Republicans since the 1800s, has announced his re-election bid for the seat he has held since 2016, and which straddles the boundaries of two suburban Philadelphia counties that have recently seen Democratic victories at the polls.

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — Democrats officially took control of county government Monday morning with the swearing in of Dr. Monica Taylor, Christine Reuther and Elaine Paul Schaefer, who joined incumbent Democrats Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek on the five-member county council.

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County officials continue their investigation into the Christmas Day overdoses at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility that left one inmate dead. The Jail Oversight Board toured the prison amid reports emerge that a teenage son of one of the impacted inmates delivered the drugs.

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — It was standing room only Friday morning in the John V. Diggins Ceremonial Courtroom, where four new faces joined the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in a historic swearing-in ceremony often fraught with emotion and never lacking for applause.

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CONCORD — One of five inmates who overdosed on Christmas has died, and still another inmate committed suicide on the same day - Christmas Day - at the county's George W. Hill Correctional Facility, according to officials.

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MEDIA — Delaware County Council unanimously approved hiring McGrath Human Resources Group for $102,452 to perform a compensation study of county and court employees with a goal to begin implementing parts of that study by the end of 2020.

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CONCORD — Five female inmates overdosed at the Delaware County prison on Christmas night and had to be revived through administering Narcan, officials confirmed.

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Wawa is taking a proactive approach to help customers who may have been affected by a months-long data breach this year that may have compromised credit card information used at any of the convenience store chain’s 850 locations up and down the East Coast.

Delaware County officials are looking to employ some new tools in tracking a mysterious petroleum smell that keeps popping up along the Delaware River and other potential hazards, Emergency Services Director Tim Boyce said Tuesday.

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MEDIA — It has no proposed tax increase - for now - and only one member of the public voiced concerns with the $358 million county budget being presented. But some county council members found issues of perceptual concern.

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CONCORD — Reorganization of the Garnet Valley School Board began with Magisterial District Judge Wendy Roberts swearing in re-elected members. Greg Chestnut, Maria Deysher, Richard Jones, Tracy Karwoski and Scott Mayer took the oath together.

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MEDIA — Along party lines, Delaware County Council approved DELCORA’s establishment of a Rate Stabilization Trust stemming from their asset sale to Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater. Republicans approved the measure and Democrats opposed it.

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MEDIA — Attorneys representing DELCORA's interests experienced some pushback at Delaware County Council during the first reading of a motion that would set up a Rate Stabilization Trust for ratepayers as a result of its sale to Aqua Pennsylvania.

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Of the thousands of shoppers out there all hours, nobody may have had more seasonal spirit than Lori Norbeck of Wallingford, Sophie Cunliffe of Aldan, Jodan Floyd of Aston and Amy Norbeck of Ridley Park.

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MEDIA — Delaware County Council unanimously chose the three citizen members for the County Jail Oversight Board, including the founder of MVP Recovery, a former community outreach specialist to then-Chester Mayor John Linder and nurse Deb Love, who also served on the Board of Prison Inspectors, which the Oversight Board is replacing.

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A package of bills involving reform for childhood sexual abuse statute of limitations reform now goes before Gov. Tom Wolf as the Pennsylvania House passed the measure Thursday. The state Senate passed it Wednesday.

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State senators may consider legislation as early as today that could alter the Pennsylvania Constitution to broaden parameters for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to seek justice.

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CONCORD — When the region was hit with an EF2 tornado Halloween night, several houses were destroyed and dozens of others damaged. But in additional to the personal toll, the ripple effect was of concern to ancillary services such as the Garnet Valley School District.

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MEDIA — Thirty-nine hours after the polls closed on Election Night, the inumbent and newly elected Democratic Delaware County Council members gathered to make it clear when they govern together, it will be for all.

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The sweep of Democratic victories that has officially locked down all control of county council and the District Attorney’s office - in addition to county row offices it claimed in 2017 - the years-long simmering strength of the party in the county reached a boiling point Tuesday.

Democrats made history by securing four open seats on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Tuesday, according to unofficial election results. Though there had been Democrats appointed to the bench before, none had ever won in a general election before.

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SWARTHMORE — The Democrats swept every county race Tuesday night. The party will have a 5-0 majority on county council, including its first African-American member, their first Democrat Common Pleas judges and the first female African-American and Muslim judge in the county's history.