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Income, alcohol and cigarette tax hike bills move to House floor

Nonprofits led the charge Wednesday against efforts to change Delaware’s income tax structure.

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Changes coming to Concord Mall

Concord Mall, struggling to attract shoppers and marquee retailers, is getting a complete makeover.

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Brandywine River Museum of Art, Anonymous Gift, 2013 / © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth retrospective offers hidden gems

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Georgetown Elementary teachers are joining a construction team to build a new playground at the school Saturday.

 

Georgetown Elementary Assistant Principal Travis Bower said their current playground doesn’t have enough structures for children with disabilities.

 

 

Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

UD announced a new partnership with Wilmington’s Department of Veterans Affairs Friday.

 

The goal of the partnership is to leverage UD’s research capacity in areas pertinent to the chronic health issues of veterans – like cardiovascular health and traumatic brain injuries.


Tom Byrne / Delaware Public Media

The General Assembly started its final month of work for the year with plenty on its plate.

This week alone lawmakers were considering abortion, physician assisted suicide and revising the Coastal Zone Act – just to name a few topics.

But at the end of the week,  it was once again the budget that moved center stage, with another somewhat dramatic development in the effort to address the state’s gaping shortfall.

Political reporter James Dawson returned to the Green this week to offer a recap and analysis.

Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

Delaware currently has the highest rate of incarceration in the Mid-Atlantic region – and nearly double the national rate between 1978 and 2015.

And while states like New York and New Jersey have shown a dramatic decline in their prison populations since the late 1990s, Delaware’s population has remained steady. A Department of Correction annual report cites close to 23,000 people in its system as of June 30th of last year.

The ACLU of Delaware hosted a discussion on prison reform this week, featuring David Fathi, Director of the ACLU National Prison Project.  Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly interviewed  Fathi for The Green.

Larry Nagengast / Delaware Public Media

The three-and-a-half-year courtship is over. It’s time to let the creativity begin.

NextFab, the Philadelphia-based “gym for innovators,” will open next Thursday in downtown Wilmington, providing the most significant brick and mortar evidence that the city’s Creative District is more than murals and pocket parks.

Pamela D'Angelo

In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order recognizing the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure. That began a federal-state partnership to restore and protect it, including a plan to revive the wild oyster population through sanctuaries on restored reefs in Maryland and Virginia.

But President Trump's proposed budget eliminates funding for that plan, further complicating an already complicated effort to restore the reefs gutted by a century of overfishing, disease and pollution. 

Pamela D'Angelo reports for Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative.


Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

If you’re a parent or a teacher, you are probably very aware of the latest fad – fidget spinners.  

 

Haven’t heard of them?  Well, they are a small gadget you can spin between two fingers – then try to balance them on one finger or do other tricks. As they spin, you can hear a faint whirring noise.

 

They have grown in popularity at a dizzying rate, catching Delaware schools a bit flat-footed in deciding how to handle them. And complicating the issue was the claim by companies producing them that they are more than toys – that they are a therapeutic tool that can help kids with attention problems. 

 

 


Energy giant PJM is unveiling two new options for its controversial Artificial Island project that greatly ease potential costs to First State utility customers.


Courtesy The Schwartz Center for the Arts

Citing looming state funding cuts to the arts and overwhelming overhead costs, the board of the Schwartz Center announced it will close the theater June 30.

Rachel Baye

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget eliminates all of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s $73 million and reduces or eliminates several other funds used to clean up the Bay and its watershed.

On Thursday, leaders from the six states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed — who together form the Chesapeake Executive Council — signed a resolution calling on Trump and Congress to replace that money in the budget and urging federal agencies to remain active participants in Bay restoration efforts.


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