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. 

When she's not in the office, Katie enjoys hiking, running and skiing.

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

A regional board decided earlier this week how to move forward with managing a tiny baitfish called menhaden along the East Coast.

Submitted by Kent County Public Works

Kent County is repairing a part of its treatment system that discharged undertreated wastewater into the Murderkill River this past summer.

Incyte announced Wednesday it has started a clinical trial to treat people with a rare blood cancer, using a drug they bought the rights to develop in 2016. 



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While menhaden will continue to be managed as they currently are for the time being, Delaware and other states across the East Coast will be able to catch more of the oily fish from 2018 to 2019. 

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A regional fisheries board moved forward Monday with how to manage a tiny baitfish found along the East Coast, but the comission barely changed the way it would manage the fish — at least for now.


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University of Delaware researchers are taking a deeper look at microbes and how the environment they are in affects their genetics.


They want to know where these single-celled organisms are and what they’re doing.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

Artesian Water Resources has been given the go-ahead by the state to construct a new wastewater treatment and storage facility north of Milton.

Once it’s finished, poultry giant Allen Harim will stop discharging its treated wastewater into Beaverdam Creek and will send it to Artesian’s facility instead. That water will then be sprayed onto several fields in Milton.

Many residents oppose this plan, worrying their wells will be contaminated.

But a resident who lives next to Beaverdam Creek says this move by the two partners will help clean up the creek.

Delaware Public Media’s Katie Peikes sat down with that resident, Jeanette Wagner, to talk about what she has seen in the creek over the years and what she thinks of Allen Harim and Artesian’s agreement.

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No one has come forward yet to claim “Kiwi” — the stray emu that was wandering around Sussex County and was then brought to a shelter in Townsend.



State environmental officials have cited Mountaire Farms for polluting groundwater near its Millsboro plant.

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An emu wandering around Sussex County for the last month was captured over the weekend and brought to a shelter in Townsend.