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First for September 23, 2016




Piper’s miracle
Innovations and breakthroughs in the medical world often come from unexpected places. Our First Look this week focuses on work being done at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Shirley Min introduces us to the center of this inspiration, a little girl named Piper. Shirley reports a medical mystery sent her family searching for answers. Now the hospital will continue looking for more solutions, because of Piper’s condition.

The Classroom
School is underway all across Delaware and the region. At MOT Charter High School they are digging in for the second year of their new expansion. The layout of a school says a lot about the state of education through the decades. Education reporter Avi Wolfman-Arent explains.

Dace on business
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council came out with the first indicator of the state of Delaware’s financial situation since the budget was passed in June. They report that the state has $43.5 million less revenue than the amount on which lawmakers based this year’s budget. Revenue projections in Delaware include unclaimed property, also know as ‘escheat.’ In his monthly segment, Dace Blaskovitz sits down with lobbyist Bob Byrd to talk about all that.

Trail Cemetery
It’s officially fall. Perhaps you’ll be doing some biking along the newly finished Mike Castle trail. When you get to Delaware City, make sure you stop off to reflect on a piece of African American history in a section known as ‘Polk-Town.’

Stand by Me
Stand By Me, a financial organization created by Governor Jack Markell, recently celebrated its 5th year of helping Delaware residents with their finances.
76 percent of Americans reportedly live paycheck-to-paycheck. This financial epidemic is growing by leaps and bounds, and in Delaware work is underway to fix it.

First Experience: Mitch Lyons
Artist Mitch Lyons studied ceramics and print making in college. After graduation he found a way to combine the two. He became the first person to print with clay. Now over 50 years later he’s still working in his craft. Mitch and his clay monoprints make up this week’s First Experience.


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