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Delaware’s largest health system and one of the largest health insurers in the region announced the start of a new joint venture company Wednesday. Leadership at ChristianaCare and Highmark Health are touting the new partnership as a “seismic shift” in health care.


Two hospital systems are collaborating to bring top quality pediatric care to the state of the art Bayhealth Sussex Campus in Milford.


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The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays supports the recent court settlement between Mountaire Farms and Millsboro area residents over water pollution. But the Center says the agreement could have done more to reduce further pollution.    

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The state announced this week it will no longer take appointments for dental services.

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Nemours is looking at vaccinating healthy young people aged 16 and up, after starting with high-risk teens a few weeks ago. 

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State officials say the federal pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine use will have only a marginal effect on vaccine distribution locally—if it is not an extended pause.

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Delmarva Power is giving away free trees ahead of Arbor Day later this month.


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Delaware will receive more money to deliver vaccine doses through the latest round of federal coronavirus relief. 

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Health care professionals in Sussex County say there’s a lack of resources for people with mental health disorders in southern Delaware. 

Reducing disparities for Black women and babies in Delaware is the main purpose of a virtual summit planned for Tuesday.

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Vulnerable migratory birds can rest a little easier at Mispillion Harbor this year, after conservationists secured another victory.

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A large behavioral healthcare nonprofit in Delaware is getting federal support to help people struggling with addiction.

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The nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases is showing up in the First State as well. 

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As more Delawareans get vaccinated, communities of color are still being left behind.

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Warmer weather has brought a seal colony to Delaware.


Officials with the Marine, Education, Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute say Delawareans may see more seals on First State beaches.

DNREC is launching a new tool to help people understand what can and cannot be recycled.


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The state recently released the first data related to its Healthcare Spending Benchmark and it shows the cost of care continues to escalate in the First State.    

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Antarctica is half a world away from Delaware. But the way its ice melts due to climate change will affect how much sea levels rise all over the world, including the east coast of the U.S.

One University of Delaware researcher is trying to better understand how this melting happens. He sets off to Antarctica next January to do just that.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with coastal physical oceanographer and UD assistant professor Carlos Moffat about his plans for the five-year research and education grant he received from the National Science Foundation.

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Some Delaware high school students are now learning how to use the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR to conduct experiments.

Flood risk is increasing in low-lying, coastal Delaware due to climate change.

But nationwide, flood insurance rates aren’t high enough to cover the growing risk, or even the risk right now. 

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt examines the cost of flood insurance in the First State.

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Bayhealth recently announced new medical residency program’s inaugural class.

The program’s goal is to add more physicians in Southern and Central Delaware, where there’s a lack of primary care physicians for growing and aging population.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke with Bayhealth’s Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Dr. Joseph Deutsch about the program and its mission.  

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The state looks to use part of its public transit fleet to deliver vaccine to people’s homes.

Delaware tested a program involving DART’s paratransit busses earlier this month.

Delawareans are struggling with their mental health more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.


And NAMI Delaware is responding with a “Week of Wellness:” 



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Salt marshes, which line much of Delaware’s coast, are often thought of as “sinks” for global warming-causing carbon. But researchers at the University of Delaware are challenging this understanding.

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Metrics measuring the spread of coronavirus continue to drop in the First State. 

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State officials say visitation has resumed at most of Delaware’s long-term care facilities and most residents in them statewide are now vaccinated.

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The Center for the Inland Bays is looking for volunteers to help with some new projects planned.

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Late last week, the Delaware River Basin Commission voted to ban fracking in the region, ending a long-running battle over use of the controversial method of extracting natural gas.

Contributor Jon Hurdle covered the DRBC vote last week and surveyed reactions to it.

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The state is adding new rules on the use of certain chemicals in its latest attempt to reduce emissions.

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Some called for a Croda chemical plant to remain shut down—ahead of its restart Thursday after its latest permit violations.