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Less than a week after a Nor'easter swept through Delaware, two University of Delaware students were taking measurements of a beach with robots to understand how the storm changed the shape of the coast.


Department of Health and Human Services

Tuesday is the deadline to sign up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act.

Forgotten Cats

If you’re a cat owner, you may want to make sure your pet’s vaccines are up to date. A highly contagious virus has shown up in Dover.


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An asthma treatment created by AstraZeneca has been granted six months of an extended patent protection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company said in a statement Thursday.

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An increase to the oyster quota in the First State isn’t expected to threaten the state’s oyster stock.


Delaware’s registered oyster harvesters will see a 7 percent increase in the state’s oyster quota, which is being raised to 11,438 bushels this year. The increase was decided Wednesday night at the Advisory Council on Shellfisheries.


Courtesy of Tomasz Sienicki, Wikimedia Commons, 2005.

Delaware still has a lot of work to do in curbing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.


That includes Delaware’s tax on tobacco. The 2017 State of Tobacco Control report says the tax is not as high as it could be.


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Monday’s storm brought a lot of wind, rain and some road closures, but Delaware’s beaches remained intact.


State shoreline and waterway administrator Tony Pratt was in Sussex County all day Monday through high tide Monday night, and he said he noticed little to no beach erosion.

Delaware’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has had a positive effect on public health according to a recent report.

Delaware and eight other states launched RGGI in 2009, seeking

to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by selling allowances and investing the proceeds in clean energy development.

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A ship that sailed to the beaches of Iwo Jima during World War II and rescued seven people during one of the world’s largest-ever recorded storms will soon sit at the bottom of the Atlantic, a couple dozen miles off the coast of Delaware and Maryland. 



Kaiser Family Foundation



Delaware is one of only six states (including New Hampshire, West Virginia, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois) using the Affordable Care Act’s state-partnership model to offer Obamacare health insurance coverage.   


That could be good news for Delawareans if the ACA is repealed.