First for Friday, February 20, 2015

Recipe for success

In 2013, a study examined how many Delaware inmates return to prison after being released, the numbers weren’t surprising. In 2009, 76 percent of prisoners were re-arrested within three years. In this week’s First Look, we go inside a Sussex County progam designed to teach prisoners a marketable skill that will hopefully lead to employment.

Delaware Education Desk

There is a showdown looming between the state of Delaware and the Christina School District over how to fix three priority schools. Those are schools which score poorly on state tests, and serve low income students. Here to discuss the situation is John Young, a member of the Christina School Board.

Content Delaware

The story of the Underground Railroad marks an amazing chapter in American history. This week, our video partner Content Delaware offers a look at how the passage from slavery to freedom in the time before the Civil War, went right through Delaware.

First Person: Senator Tom Carper

We are going to talk about Homeland Security in our First Person segment. Senator Tom Carper of Delaware is here. He is the top Democrat, now in the minority, on the Homeland Security Committee. Next week is deadline week for funding that agency, we look at the issues surrounding the potential shutdown.

First Experience: Rick Kirk

Twenty years ago, Rick Kirk decided office work wasn’t for him, and what started out as a hobby has become his life. Rick makes custom furniture in his Wilmington shop. First Experience introduces us to Rick and his beautiful work.

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