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Roman Battaglia

Reporter (Report for America corps member)

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.

He was recently a part of the Next Generation Radio Program from NPR, where he reported on immigrant experiences in Sacramento, California. 

After graduating from Oregon State University in June 2019, he worked at Jefferson Public Radio as part of the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. His story covering the role that amateur radio operators play in disaster relief won the Bill Leonard Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting.

When not out in the field, Roman enjoys baking bread and travelling.

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Delaware is one of the last states to hold its presidential primary this year. The election was pushed back twice because of COVID-19.

5 people wearing hardhats and masks in a line at a construction site. Most of them have shovels in hand.
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Sen. Tom Carper visited Dover Monday to help break ground on the city’s new post office. 

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Recalls of lettuce and other leafy greens because of new contaminations seem to be more common.

Recent large outbreaks of salmonella and e-coli in romaine lettuce raise the question- why are these contaminations happening now?

A row of fountain fireworks on a table at a stand in a Safeway parking lot.
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More people are expected to celebrate this 4th of July at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether that’s good news or bad depends on who you talk to.

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Lawmakers convened last night for an unusually short final day of session, holding brief virtual sessions to complete the 150th General Assembly.


The House met for just 25 minutes to gavel into special session and the Senate met a bit longer to mark the end of a historic legislative career.

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The state’s budget bills are all on their way to Gov. John Carney’s desk

House lawmakers passed the final pieces of the 2021 budget Monday, approving the Bond and Grant-in-Aid bills.

Bond Bill co-chair State Rep. Debra Heffernan (D-Bellefonte) notes the state’s capital spending plan is significantly smaller than anticipated.


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The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee will see completely new leadership next year.


Both co-chairs are leaving the state legislature at the end of session.

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Some local governments have worked for years to find funding for law enforcement body cameras - and in some cases waited for the state legislature to step in and help.



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The First State’s Governor's race this year could look just like 2016. 

After a lopsided loss to now Gov. John Carney in 2016, Republican State Sen. Colin Bonini is throwing his hat in the ring for a second time.


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An amendment to Delaware’s constitution seeking to include protections against unequal treatment based on race reaches a key milestone.

House lawmakers passed the amendment Thursday, completing the first leg of its journey.

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State lawmakers passed a bill banning most uses of chokeholds by law enforcement in Delaware Thursday.

Legislation banning law enforcement use of chokeholds makes it a crime for police officers to use one on a suspect unless it’s needed to protect another person.



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The State senate confirmed a new Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Tuesday.

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Residents in the city of Dover’s 1st district will soon see a special election to fill a soon to be vacated city council seat.

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Dover City Council approved the city’s 2021 budget Monday night.


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The Dover Police Department announced a sweeping review of its current policies on Thursday.


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Dover City Council votes on its 2021 budget Monday.


The spending plan includes changes made to account for lost revenue due to COVID-19.


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State offices in Delaware are closing Friday. in honor of Juneteenth.


Gov. Carney announced the move Thursday. 

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The majority of the barricades used to create more space along Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach disappear Wednesday.

The Rehoboth Beach commissioners approved their removal Tuesday, reopening approximately 130 parking spaces along the avenue.

The Delaware State Police memorial with the words "Black Lives Matter" Spraypainted on the memorial
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Delaware State Police is looking for the person that came to its headquarters in Dover Monday night and spray painted the words, “Black Lives Matter” on a memorial for troopers killed in the line of duty.



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New Castle County libraries will now offer a curbside pickup program for those wanting to check out books, movies and more.


A sign reading "We welcome SNAP benefits"
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Grocery delivery is becoming more common - especially during the coronavirus pandemic. The First State is entering a new program that makes that an option for  SNAP recipients.

A large black granite statue sits on a flatbed truck.
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Representing strength, victory, and the vanquish of evil, the Hindu god Hanuman is often depicted in statue form at many hindu temples.


At the Hindu Temple Association in Hockessin, it will be hard to miss.