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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.

 


Crisfield, on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore, is probably best known for the annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, a political schmooze fest of legendary proportions. But the town soon will have another claim to fame. It’s about to be the first municipality in the Delmarva region powered by a windmill.

 

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. 

 

 

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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The Division of Public Health is reminding Delawareans it’s not too late to get a flu shot. DPH announced the first Sussex County flu-related death of the season and third overall. 

A recent donation could help researchers in the First State design better treatments for cerebral palsy.

 

Michael and Ericka Hynansky donated $1 million to Nemours AI duPont Hospital for Children in early February to establish the Nicholas T. Bracaglia Cerebral Palsy Research Endowed Fund.

 


Courtesy of the Delaware Department of Agriculture

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.


Courtesy of www.delaware-dental.com

 

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.

 

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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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