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New Castle County will soon deploy a technology that uses sound waves to detect if a sewer line is clean or dirty. County officials demonstrated the technology in Bear Thursday morning.



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A wayward harbor seal many Delawareans know as “Phil” was successfully rescued Monday.



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Climate change and coastal storms could put Delaware’s beach tourism industry in jeopardy and a new report from Delaware Sea Grant looks at ways to address that.



Ozone pollution continues to be a threat to Delaware, according to a report from Environment America Research & Policy Center.



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Delaware shellfish enthusiasts are a step closer to raising oysters and clams as lottery applications are now available for shellfish farming leases in the Inland Bays.



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Newark Charter Junior/Senior High School student Vyshnavi Kosigishroff grew up in a family of scientists. When she was eight years old, she began to take an interest in Delaware’s factories, emitting plumes of toxic chemicals into the air every day. 


One day, she turned to her dad and asked him what the toxic chemicals were, and he told her about air quality and ozone.



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State health officials say Delaware has seen three new flu-related deaths.

The Division of Public Health reports all three deaths linked to the flu came in the final week of March.

Starting this week, doctors in Delaware have new rules governing how they prescribe opiates.


The regulations are designed to curb opiate addiction, and apply to both chronic and short-term pain management.  


Delaware Department of Agriculture

Surveys from the U.S. Department of Agriculture predict Delaware’s principal crops, including corn and soybeans, will occupy more than 400,000 acres of Delaware farmland this year.


Often used as chicken feed, corn and soybeans help drive Delaware’s robust poultry industry.

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More Atlantic white cedar trees will soon be growing in Delaware’s Ponders Tract as part of an effort to turn the former plantation into a more diverse forest.


The Nature Conservancy and 18 volunteers planted 600 Atlantic white cedar seedlings at the Ponders Tract in Ellendale last week.


The Atlantic White Cedar is an evergreen species. It’s native in Atlantic border states from Maine to Florida.