Delaware Public Media

Katie Peikes

Science/General Assignment reporter

Katie Peikes came to Delaware from Logan, Utah, where she worked as a municipal government reporter for a newspaper while simultaneously serving as a correspondent for Utah Public Radio covering science, technology, transportation and features. Originally from Connecticut, she has contributed as an intern to other member stations including WNPR News in Hartford and WDIY in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her interest in science and technology news comes from the opportunities she had to cover environmental stories in Utah. She has published numerous pieces on Cache County’s air quality, water quality, waste management and solar energy.

When she’s not searching for stories or reading about the latest tech and science trends, Katie enjoys hiking, running, skiing and watching Seinfeld reruns.

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The Delmarva Peninsula lies under the Atlantic Migratory flyway, a path waterfowl migrate through. As Europe deals with recent outbreaks of a severe strain of Avian Influenza, some local poultry growers worry that just one infected bird passing through the region could contaminate and kill whole flocks of chickens.

 


 

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Delaware nearly tripled over the last year, and a University of Delaware professor believes the problem centers on a national demand for painkillers.

 

The number of fentanyl-related deaths in Delaware jumped from 42 in 2015 to 120 in 2016, which UD sociology professor Tammy Anderson said is not surprising. She said the trend is not limited to Delaware. Overdose-related deaths - particularly fentanyl - are on the rise across the country. 

 

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Prison reform activists and inmates’ families are frustrated by how slowly the state is moving to review the hostage situation at a state prison that left one guard dead earlier this month.

The last time Connie Runyon said she heard from her son, an inmate in the C building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, was the night the hostage situation began.

 

 

Delaware saw an alarming uptick in overdose-related deaths in 2016, and about one-third are fentanyl-related.

 

And that’s why people like Dave Humes, a board member on Delaware’s atTAck addiction, want to see an increase in education about opioids and access to care.

 

Humes’ son, Greg, overdosed on heroin five years ago.

 

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Delaware State University unveiled its new Renewable Energy Education Center Monday morning, which faculty and state officials hope will put students in line for green energy jobs.

 

DSU received a $720,000 four-year grant from Exelon and Delmarva Power to help them develop the center, which is located inside of the university’s Luna I. Mishoe Science Center.

 

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Poultry is big business in Delaware and issues surrounding it - ranging from the building of new mega-chicken houses to the environmental impact of the industry - are stories we often delve into.

But in the process of that reporting, we don’t often paint a picture of what the day-to-day life of a local poultry farmer is like.

So, this week, as she works on a related story, Delaware Public Media’s Katie Peikes takes us inside a local organic chicken house to get a better feel for its operations.


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Children around the First State can get their pearly whites checked for free this Saturday in Milford.

 

Cavities, tooth decay and other dental diseases are preventable, but not every child has good oral hygiene.

 

An explosion at a Mountaire Farms chicken processing plant in Selbyville has left one employee in critical condition.

Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company chief Matt Sliwa said the fire company and Sussex County EMS responded to a call about an explosion at Mountaire Farms at 3:06 a.m. Thursday.

 

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In response to a massive sewage spill, Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is temporarily halting shellfish harvesting in the Delaware Bay.

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Delaware wildlife officials are now allowing hunters to harvest snow geese to help control population levels.

 

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has implemented a federal Snow Goose Conservation Order, which encourages hunters to harvest snow geese, to help stabilize the geese population.

 

Delawareans will be allowed to hunt snow geese every day except Sunday. There will be no limits on the amount of snow geese a hunter can harvest.

 

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