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Credit: James Beard Foundation

Delaware boasts three semi-finalists in the prestigious James Beard Foundation awards this year.

Nathan Thayer

Housing for refugees can be difficult to find – but a University of Delaware masters student is trying to help change that.

Photo courtesy: Dover Int'l Speedway

Dover International Speedway is making another significant safety upgrade for its NASCAR races.

Track officials say they are adding approximately 1,800 feet of SAFER barriers to the Monster Mile’s outside walls along the frontstretch and backstretch, including the gates for track entry.

Read House

New Castle’s Read House is hosting tours this Sunday called “Courtship, Letters & Love” – featuring rarely seen love letters and accompanying etiquette rules - and even marriage certificates from the 1800s.

Vernell Brown strides purposefully to class at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is working toward a degree in public health.

At 52, he is more than 30 years older than his classmates. It has been 34 years since his first shot at an Ivy League education was derailed by drugs and alcohol.

Delaware is currently the nation’s third most bike friendly state, according to the League of American Bicyclists. But state officials aren’t satisfied with that ranking. 


So Delaware’s Department of Transportation is hosting a series of public meetings in late February to find out how it can make the state even more bike friendly.   


Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

Delaware saw a record tourism boom in 2015: generating $486 million in tax revenue.

Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

A federal court’s move to temporarily halt President Trump’s travel ban means a Syrian refugee family may be able to arrive in the First State this week as initially planned.

Special Olympics Delaware

It was another successful year for the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge.

3,602 people rushed into the Atlantic Ocean from Rehoboth Beach Sunday afternoon for 26th annual edition of the event, raising $900,000 for Special Olympics Delaware. That's a record amount of money raised in the organization's biggest fundraiser.

That was also $80,000 more dollars raised and about 100 more participants than a year ago.

The Lewes Polar Bear Plunge has now brought in over $10 million for Special Olympics Delaware in its 26-year history.

National Chicken Council

Football won’t be the only thing being consumed in mass quantities this Super Bowl Sunday.


The National Chicken Council expects football fans to eat 1.33 billion wings this Sunday.