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In 2012, the First State saw only 15 overdose deaths involving fentanyl. That number soared to 42 deaths in 2015.

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Delaware has about 40,000 acres of coastal land protected from federal development, and these areas are designated by a set of maps from 1982 maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife - which are in the process of being updated.

Katie Goerger / Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is limiting the amount of available acres for shellfish farming to appease property owners and farmers.

Enrollment in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act in Delaware continues to grow.

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Delaware is home to over 50 million chickens on 700 registered farms, and the state’s Department of Agriculture has some tips for farmers about protecting these and other animals this winter.

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High ozone levels which cause respiratory issues in the summer months are not a big problem in winter, but that that does not mean everyone can breathe easy this time of year.

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Delaware has its first flu-related death of the 2016-2017 season, so health officials are urging Delawareans again to take precautions this winter.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is banning commercial fishing gear that could drag along the seafloor in part of the Atlantic Ocean - including a portion 66 miles off the Delaware coast.

Deep-sea coral can live for hundreds to thousands of years, but once they are damaged, they can take decades or even centuries to re-grow.

First State Obamacare enrollment is up from this time last year – as the deadline to sign up for January 1 coverage approaches Thursday.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Atlantic menhaden are not overfished in Delaware, but the state is joining several of its neighbors in seeking to improve how the fish is managed regionally.