First for Friday, January 17, 2014

Wage War

One of the first items on the agenda now that the General Assembly is back in session, is to consider raising Delaware’s minimum wage. This as fast food workers in the state, and across the country are fighting for $15 an hour. People say they can’t live off $7.25 an hour, the current minimum wage in the state. Opponents warn an increase will eliminate jobs. In out First Look we explore the issue from both sides.

Treasurer Flowers fires back

State Treasurer Chip Flowers called the media to his office Wednesday to talk about issues he has with Governor Markell and what he calls limits on his office.

First Person: Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers

State Treasurer Flowers was in our First studio to answer in depth the issues he brought up in a news conference earlier this week.

The Tornoe Spin

Rob Tornoe has watched the Chip Flowers saga unfold and while he thinks there are some valid points to Flowers’ concerns about his office, the rest of his complaints are detracting from his message.

Wilmington’s changing riverfront

The new year brings a new day for development along the Wilmington Riverfront. The Westin Hotel, a long-awaited amenity, is poised to be a “game changer” for economic prospects along the riverfront. There’s hope that once it opens this spring, it will spark a new round of development at the riverfront.

Tribute to Lou Angeli

There are groups of fire fighters around Delaware and the region paying tribute this weekend to Lou Angeli. He passed away after a brief illness last month. Lou worked tirelessly for causes connected to fire fighters through his advocacy, and his video camera. He also championed the work done at ground zero on 9-11. First profiled Lou and his photography on the 10th anniversary. We offer our own tribute by looking at that piece.

First Experience: Hometown pride

Milford has a rich ship building past. Now that history is reshaping the downtown area too. First Experience this week takes us on a unique art tour based on the restored luxury yacht: The Augusta. It’s a great way to get outside and see how some local artists turned these fiberglass sculptures into artwork that shows hometown history and pride.

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