First for January 26th, 2018

Up in the air
For a long time, drones were primarily used for military purposes. But as technology advances, the civilian world is discovering new applications for the unmanned aircraft, in what’s predicted to become a multi-billion dollar industry. Consequently, we’re seeing more drone schools pop up, and we take a look at one of them right here in Wilmington, in this week’s First Look.

First Person
Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn filed a lawsuit against drug companies, distributors and two drug store chains for their role in Delaware’s epidemic of opioid overdose deaths. He’s also joined an effort by attorneys general in 22 other states to stop the rollback of Net Neutrality rules.

Spanish Immersion
Earlier this month on First, we featured Delaware’s six-year-old Chinese immersion program that attracts about 1,000 elementary school students. But that’s only a fraction of the young kids in kindergarten through fifth grade learning another language.

The Delaware budget
In Governor Carney’s State of the State message last week he reiterated his thought that state spending can’t be built around one time revenue infusions. Translation: if you want to build a budget that works you have to find a sustainable source of money. This week, the Carney outlined his spending priorities.

First Experience: Steve Tanis
Steve Tanis has been an artist and educator for over four decades. The professor emeritus at the University of Delaware taught both drawing and painting for nearly 30 years. Now retired, he is still going strong. We visited with him in his Arden studio where he is busy working on his latest painting. It’s our First Experience this week.

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