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DELAWARE. The name of one of the original states of the United States of America. For a time the counties of this state were connected with Pennsylvania, under the name of territories annexed to the latter. In 1703, a separation between them took place, and from that period clown to the Revolution, the territories were governed by a separate legislature of their own, pursuant to the liberty reserved to them by a clause of their original charter. 1 Story, Constitution, Sec. 127; 1 Votes of Assembly, 131, and part 2, p. 4, of Pennsylvania.
     2. The constitution of this state was amended and adopted December 2, 1831. The powers of the government are divided into three branches, the legislative, the executive, and the judicial.
     3.-1st. The legislative power of the state is vested in a general assembly, which consists of a senate and house of representatives.
     4.-1. The senate is composed of three senators from each county; the number may be increased by the general assembly, two-thirds of each branch concurring, but the number of senators shall never be greater than one-half, nor less than two-thirds of the number of representatives. Art. 2, s. 3. The senators are chosen for four years by the citizens residing in the several counties.
     5.-2. The house of representatives is composed of seven members from each county, but the general assembly, two-thirds of each branch concurring, may increase the number. The representatives are chosen for two years by the citizens residing in the several counties. Art. 2, s. 2.
     6.-2d. The supreme executive power of the state is vested in a governor, who is chosen by the citizens of the state. He holds his office during four years, from the third Tuesday in January next ensuing his election; and is not eligible a second time to the said office. Art. 3. Upon the happening of a vacancy, the speaker of the senate exercises the office, until a governor elected by the people shall be duly qualified. Art. 3, s. 14.
     7.-3d. The judicial power is vested in a court of errors and appeals,, a superior court, a court of chancery, an orphan's court, a court of oyer and terminer, a Court of general sessions of the peace and jail delivery, a register's court, justices of the peace, and such other courts as the general assembly, with the concurrence of two-thirds of all the members of both houses shall, from time to time, establish. Art. 6.

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Some 15 million Americans get their drinking water from the Delaware River Basin, many from the river itself.
The expected scope of hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River Basin and the prodigious water withdrawals for this process raise important questions and concerns about the cumulative impacts of natural gas exploration and drilling in the Basin.
American Rivers called on the Delaware River Basin Commission to ban any shale fracking in the Upper Delaware watershed until a thorough study of impacts is completed and the pollution potential of shale fracking is fully documented and assessed.
The Corps' reanalysis addressed many of the limitations GAO had identified in 2002 in the Delaware River deepening project's original economic analysis by using updated information to correct invalid assumptions and outdated data, recalculating benefits and costs to correct miscalculations, and accounting for some of the economic uncertainty associated with the project.
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The Delaware River is the longest "free-flowing" river in the eastern United States, according to the National Park Service, which oversees a large part of the river corridor.
The authorities in Pennsylvania were still concerned about rising water on the Delaware River yesterday.
American defeats at Brooklyn, Kips Bay, White Plains, and Forts Washington and Lee compelled Washington to move the remnants of his disintegrating army to the south and west where he could use the Delaware River and its surrounding tributaries to his advantage.
From a young girl standing up to British soldiers at Concord on April 19, 1775 where "the shot heard round the world" was fired, to a young boy and his dog catching a Tory spy after they crossed the Delaware River with George Washington troops on Christmas night in 1776, to a young soldier's decision at Valley Forge, and culminating with a young boy witnessing the inauguration of George Washington as the first American president, all of these fifteen stories are providing with sidebars to make the history of the American Revolution truly come alive.
Like clockwork, the Military Sealift Command's Large, Medium Speed, Roll-on/Roll-off vessel USNS Mendonca traveled up the Delaware River on an exacting schedule.

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