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The state has settled recent violations with a controversial chemical company in the New Castle area.



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Delaware’s Division of Public Health is changing how providers should prioritize distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Gov. John Carney joined three other Delaware River Basin governors Thursday in permanently banning fracking for natural gas in the region.

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The Blood Bank of Delmarva and Red Cross are asking for blood donations.

Both say recent winter weather has left the region’s blood supply is dangerously low. 


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Kent County has repaired the pipe that caused a sewer break along the St. Jones River.

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The State of Delaware is fighting to keep its suit against fossil fuel companies over climate change in state court. 


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Delaware has another instance of PFAS pollution on its hands. 

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A seal pup was rescued from the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park over the weekend. 

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Scientists at ChristianaCare have developed an app that can scan for potential mistakes caused by the cutting edge gene-editing technique known as CRISPR.

As one might expect, digital doctor visits exploded over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke to Highmark Senior Medical Director Dr. Timothy Law about why, in some respects, this is a good thing, and what it may mean for the medical industry going forward.

Delaware opened registration for second vaccine doses to those who received their first shot on or before on January 18th Thursday.

Hours after beginning online registration through Curative at 10 a.m., all slots in all three counties were gone.  

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Delaware’s commission for investigating drug overdoses has a list of recommendations for Gov. Carney and state lawmakers.

Gov. Carney signed legislation updating Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standards Wednesday.

It requires the one utility regulated under the program to provide 40 percent renewable energy by 2035. 

Congress recently moved to invest in the nation’s estuaries, including two in the First State.

Starting next week., Delawareans get another chance to sign up for health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act.


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Healthcare payers and providers in First State recently launched a regional partnership to find out if there is a link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a decrease in preterm births.

A $300,000 grant from Highmark Delaware and other health care payers is funding research at Nemours Children’s Health System, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Yale and Northwestern Universities.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke with Nemours neonatologist Dr. Jay Greenspan about the collaboration.

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New Castle County started analyzing its sewer water for COVID-19 last spring.

Late last year, it moved that analysis to the University of Delaware’s Center for Environmental and Wastewater-based Epidemiological Research (CEWER).

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with CEWER director Kali Kniel about this work.

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Delaware is receiving its first payout from legal action taken in response to the national opioid crisis. 

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Walgreens presented its plan for COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce vaccine roundtable Thursday.


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State officials say they are able to store and distribute as much COVID-19 vaccine they receive from the federal government.


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Gov. John Carney’s office announced a revised vaccination plan Tuesday.

It includes measures aimed at reaching more people over the age of 65 and tracking vaccine distribution among minority populations. 

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Healthcare payers and providers in Delaware are part of a collaborative effort to find out if there is a link between the pandemic and a decrease in preterm births. 

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New Castle County and Delaware State University cut the ribbon on the new genomics testing lab on the DSU’s Wilmington campus.


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The state confirms the first cases of the more contagious UK variant of COVID-19 in Delaware.

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The state is officially tweaking its guidance around giving Delawareans second doses of the coronavirus vaccine. 

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The Wilmington VA plans to administer COVID vaccine at an event in Dover this Sunday. The event prioritizes veterans over the age of 75 and those with complex medical conditions.

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The average number of daily COVID-19 cases in the First State remain on a downward trajectory.

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Delaware gets a failing grade from the American Lung Association on its efforts to restrict flavored tobacco products access.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are on a downward trend in Delaware in recent days.

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Delaware is still struggling with a shortage of coronavirus vaccine — but an end may be in sight.