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Sarah Mueller

Final report on Vaughn recommendations indicates progress made

The final progress report on implementing recommendations from the independent review of Vaughn Correctional Center was released Tuesday. Delaware’s Department of Corrections said it’s making measurable progress on 40 of the 41 recommendations laid out last September.

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Officials planning medical van for UD Health Science students

A program is in the works to have students in the University of Delaware’s Health Sciences program ride around in a van, providing care in Wilmington.

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Party perspectives on Election 2010

Jul 15, 2010

The slate of candidates running for office in 2010 is mostly complete now that Delaware's candidate filing deadline has passed.  DFM News sat down with Delaware Democratic Party Chair John Daniello and the Executive Director of the Delaware Republican Party, Seth Wimer, to get their thoughts on topics such as recruiting 2010 candidates, anti-incumbent sentiment, and how the high-profile U.S. congressional races might affect the rest of the ticket. Click here to watch video excerpts. 

Candidates line up to run

Jul 15, 2010

Veteran lawmakers and political hopefuls have thrown their hats into the ring for Delaware's 2010 election, looking to have a hand in steering the state over the next few years.

Bridging gaps in community service funding

Jul 14, 2010

The effort to cut municipal budgets without compromising critical public services has taken a toll on programs that support communities' quality of life: library services, job training, help for the elderly and for children. One volunteer group, New Castle County Pride, has formed several private/public-sector partnerships to help plug the gaps in government services. The group has raised more than $100,000 in contributions and grants to fund several new local initiatives.

Closure through a closed loophole

Jul 14, 2010

LEWES—A new Delaware law will allow alleged survivors of sexual abuse from a health care provider more time to file civil cases against accused offenders.

On Tuesday, Governor Jack Markell signed into law House Bill 326, calling it a clear signal that state government "stands squarely with the victims" in these cases.

No summer vacation for Senator Kaufman

Jul 13, 2010

For a small-state junior U.S. senator who was a lame duck from the moment he took office, Delaware's Ted Kaufman (D) is wielding influence in ways many congressional veterans only could hope for.

As a state agriculture expert—and as a third-generation Delaware farmer—Donald Clifton grapples with the issue of irrigation.

Clifton, Delaware Executive Director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency,  grows corn on his 1,000-acre farm in Milton. He has irrigated one quarter of his land and allows nature to water the rest of it.

Each year Clifton does a cost-benefit analysis to decide whether to expand his irrigation system. So far he has held off.


Jul 9, 2010

How dry is Delaware? How does Delaware stack up against the rest of the country and historically? DELAWARE IN FACT provides the numbers.

Current condition:

  • Kent County and Sussex County are in a "moderate drought"


  • Kent and Sussex County crops are “excessively dry"

Rain needed to end current soil-moisture drought:

  • Northern Delaware: 4.81 inches
  • Southern Delaware: 7.83 inches

Defining drought is difficult

Jul 9, 2010

As farmers struggle with drought conditions and Delaware policymakers struggle with how to support the state's agriculture economy, a key problem is how to define "drought."

DFM News talked with Professor Dan Leathers, deputy dean of the University of Delaware's College of Earth Ocean & Environment, who says the task is more difficult than you might think. 

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GEORGETOWN—A summer drought and this week's blistering heat wave has wrung the water from Delaware's sandy southern farmland. And the crippling weather has hit at the exact time when farmers—especially those who rely on Mother Nature to irrigate their crops—need water the most.

Corn needs the most water during the tassel to early-milk stage, according to Cory Whaley, a Sussex County agriculture agent with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, based in Georgetown.

Cathcart: "No regrets" leaving

Jul 8, 2010

House Minority Leader Richard Cathcart stunned many local political observers this week by announcing that he is retiring from the General Assembly after nearly two decades of service. The Republican lawmaker will not seek reelection as the representative from the House 9th District (Middletown).

Cathcart says the pressures and stress of holding the seat in the the General Assembly and his full-time job as associate vice president of university operations at Delaware State University led to his decision.