First for November 20, 2015

Deadly Delaware roads
The signs on Delaware roadways say ‘Heavy Ped Traffic’. It’s a warning to motorists that people will cross busy roadways. It’ll take more than just signs to stop the growing number of car accidents involving pedestrians crossing those busy Delaware streets. With the holidays around the corner, auto traffic will be heavier. First Look focuses on why 2015 is already the deadliest year on record.

Little Mill Creek
Little Mill Creek is a tributary of the Christiana River in New Castle County. For a creek with the word little in its title, it sure has been the cause of some big time flooding for residents in Elsmere and businesses in Wilmington. That is, until now.

State of Play
Stephanie Hansen and Michael Stafford join us this week in the First studios for State of Play. The Syrian refugee issue has become a political issue, both nationally and in Delaware, we break it down a bit this week.

The Good Test
Here is a positive story about testing in education. It takes place in the Seaford School District in Sussex County. Seaford has Delaware’s second-highest percentage of English language learners. To help that population, last year they started giving some of their high school students a test.

The Drumline
A music education can keep kids engaged in school and make it easier to develop language, math and reasoning skills. That’s why educators at the Elbert Palmer Elementary School in Wilmington think the drumline is a springboard to college for many of their kids.

First Experience: The Irish connection
Delaware has some great cultural connections to Europe. Our Dutch connections are well known, as are our English and Irish links. In the early 20th century Elizabeth Bessie Bringhurst and her new husband moved from Rockwood Mansion in Wilmington to Kilwaughter Castle in Northern Ireland. After the first world war, she returned to Wilmington and brought some of that Irish culture with her. That’s where First Experience picks up the story.

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