First

First for June 30, 2017




Combating the violence
Just six months into the year and Wilmington has already seen nearly 100 shootings and almost twodozen homicides. How do residents feel about what’s happening in their city and what is the new administration doing to combat the violence? In this week’s First Look, we’ll hear from all sides connected with the problem to find out what it will take to gain control of the city again.

In their own words
While police officers are frequently seen in the community, Delaware correctional officers serve almost completely outside of the public eye. Following February’s deadly prison riot at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, lots of questions were asked about conditions inside Delaware prisons. The people most familiar with the answers to those questions, correctional officers, are rarely -if ever- allowed to talk about it with the press. To get around that, the officers union is working on a documentary to tell their side of the story.

Library Futures
There’s an endangered species in Delaware schools these days, the librarian. As budgets get tighter, many principals have decided they can’t afford to keep that position staffed. We visited two school libraries to better understand the problem.

The Tornoe Spin
It’s your pre-Fourth of July edition of the Tornoe spin. Rob takes on everyone’s favorite budget saving measure, school cost consolidation and why is this always such a touchy subject?

Dace on Biz
The American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC is a non-profit group made up of state legislators who push for the ideas of limited government. Basically conservative in nature, the group has released a report ranking the state of the state addresses of all 50 governors. The author of that report is Jonathan Williams, Vice President of ALEC and Chief Economist. He discusses his finding with business contributor Dace Blaskovitz.

First Experience: Ruth Ann Kaufman
Nature, animals, color, these are just some of the things that influence artist Ruth Ann Kaufman. Ruth Ann uses her watercolor skills to create amazing paintings of landscapes, flowers and animals, from tigers in Africa to dolphins in the sea. Our First Experience this week takes you to her Lewes studio to watch how she creates these beautiful works.