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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Delawareans with homes in need of urgent fixes can get help through a new emergency repair program announced Tuesday.

 

The Milford Housing Development Corporation is launching a statewide rehabilitation program for emergency home issues, with help from $600,000 from the Delaware State Housing Authority.

via Linne Industries website

Nutrients at the bottom of a pond allow for algae to grow, but when too much algae spreads across a pond, those nutrients become problematic.

 

 

 

Newark start-up Linne Industries has a solution to control algae bloom populations and mosquitos, ultimately improving water quality.

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Delaware high schools are seeing a decline in high school drop-outs, according to a report from the state Department of Education.

 

During the 2015-2016 school year, 547 of the state’s 40,000 public high school students dropped out - a 1.4 percent rate. That’s down from 2.2 percent the year before, and is the lowest dropout rate the First State has seen in over 30 years.

 

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As a state on the Atlantic seaboard with low elevation, Delaware is especially concerned with coastal issues, and those issues are the focal point of the Delaware Sea Grant program at the University of Delaware.

 

But Delaware Sea Grant and 32 other sea grant programs in the U.S. face an uncertain future under President Trump’s recent budget proposal.  That cuts $250 million in funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants, including the entire sea grant program.

 

Delaware Public Media’s Katie Peikes explains what that would mean in the First State.

 

 


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Third graders in Seaford waded into watershed education Thursday with the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control’s mobile science trailer, learning about the importance of water in nature.

 


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Ospreys are starting to come back to their nesting areas in the Inland Bays.

 

 


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Delaware’s Department of Agriculture has hired a new employee to oversee bees and beekeeping.

 

 


Courtesy of Trump campaign

Delaware researchers say they are worried about President Donald Trump’s recently released budget proposal, which aims at cutting millions of dollars in federal funding for scientific research - with a significant amount coming out of the National Institutes of Health budget.

 

 


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Delaware farmers would take a hit if President Donald Trump’s recently released budget proposal is enacted. 

 

 

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Almost $30,000 is being distributed among 18 urban agriculture and community projects across the First State.

The money comes from the Delaware Department of Agriculture and New Castle Conservation District. It will go to community groups, schools, religious institutions and other organizations.

The goal is to improve nutrition and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

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