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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Democratic Gov. John Carney's request to reconsider her ruling invalidating a state mandate for political balance on Delaware's courts. The judge on Wednesday did revise her December ruling to clarify her decision regarding whether a lawyer had standing to challenge certain provisions in Delaware's constitution regarding the political makeup of state courts. She said the clarification should simplify the record when a federal appeals court considers the case.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - CBS Corp. is asking a judge's blessing of a board move aimed at diluting the stock voting power of its controlling shareholder. In a court filing Wednesday, the mass media company asked the Delaware judge to rule that board approval of a special dividend drastically reducing the voting stake of National Amusements Inc. was "effective and permissible." NAI previously decreed that any dividend must be approved by "supermajority" of the board, a threshold that was not met.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget committee have approved spending $23 million to give state employees $500 bonuses next year, on top of pay raises proposed by Democratic Gov. John Carney. Tuesday's vote came as lawmakers began drafting next year's budget. Carney has proposed spending another $26 million on 2 percent pay raises for school teachers and $1,000 pay increases for other state employees. That does not include $13 million for contractually obligated pay raises for certain workers.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials in Delaware say firefighters had found two train cars on fire from brush caught underneath the train. Officials say that there were more than 190 travelers on board, but no one was injured. A spokesman tells The News Journal of Wilmington that the conductor of the train was traveling from New York to Miami, smelled burning leaves and pulled into an Amtrak Station.

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