First for July 15, 2016

Be our voice
The Republican National Convention begins Monday night. The Democrats come to Philadelphia a week later. Immigration and the Latino vote will be a topic discussed all during the campaign. It’s heightened by the June ruling by the US Supreme Court blocking President Obama’s immigration plan. He wanted to pave a pathway for many unauthorized immigrants to be able to work in the US without fear of deportation. First Look reports on a Lewes civic engagement campaign that is helping to give voice those who can’t vote – it’s called be our voice.

First Person: Delaware Governor Jack Markell
With this session of the Delaware legislature behind us, we want to check in with Governor Jack Markell for a look at the state of the state at the mid-year point. He joins us in the First studios this week for First Person.

Trail Cemetery
The completion of the Mike Castle trail along the C&D Canal not only opens up a great recreation area, but a history lesson too. The African Union Cemetery which is now owned by Mt. Salem Church in Delaware City dates back to 1832 in a community once called Polk-Town. An area where free African Americans lived before and after the civil war. The new trail makes sure those lessons aren’t forgotten.

The Tornoe Spin
Rob Tornoe joins us once again for the Tornoe Spin, with his take on what’s happening. Today we’re talking about an alternative to increasing the gas tax to fund highway improvements. We also discuss a sports cartoon Rob wishes he hadn’t drawn.

First Experience: Constance Costigan
Last week on First Experience we featured artist Michael Krausz, this week we meet Michael’s wife. Constance Costigan is Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus at George Washington University, her work is in major art collections and can be found around the world. First Experience this week visits her Lewes studio.

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