More than half a million Americans have some form of metastatic cancer. (Photo by apomares/iStock Getty Images)

Metastatic cancer patients could get expanded treatment coverage

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Health

A bill that would expand treatment for a certain type of cancer passed the House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce Committee unanimously Tuesday afternoon. House Bill 364, sponsored by Rep. Cyndie Romer, D-Newark, requires that individual, blanket and group health insurance carriers cover drug treatment for the associated conditions of metastatic cancer in the same way treatment for metastatic cancer is …

Several groups have published voter guides and are holding public forums to inform voters ahead of the 2024 school board elections. (Photo by Maksim Kabakou / Adobe Stock)

School board voter guides include nominees’ positions, more

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

With this year’s school board elections less than a month away, several organizations have once again published voter guides to help those participating make an informed decision on the ballot.  This year’s election is rather light – with just 19 candidates campaigning across eight races. RELATED: 19 to compete for 8 seats in May 14 school board elections The guides …

Sussex County residents will be the next to receive letters of property reassessment after Kent County sent letters out in late 2023.

Sussex residents to get property reassessment values in fall

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

The homeowners of Sussex County can expect to receive the long-awaited letters of property reassessment this fall. “Kent County is actually a year ahead of us, so ours is not going to be complete until this time next year,” said Chris Keeler, director of assessment for Sussex County, “So it’ll be spring of 2025 before the project is completed, and …

The proposed bill would outlaw six-pack plastic rings starting July 1, 2025.

Environmental bill would ban six-pack plastic rings in 2025

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

As cities and states across the county have been taking measures in recent years like banning plastic bags and styrofoam to help prevent waste and sustain the environment, Delaware has a new bill to consider that would further that effort. Senate Bill 263, sponsored by Sen. Trey Paradee, D-Dover, would prohibit the sale of beverages packaged in rings or other …

Appoquinimink's second and last chance to pass this referendum is April 23. Photo of Appoquinimink High School.

Appo VP: ‘Ugly cuts,’ 45 kids in class if referendum fails 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

  NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect correct taxes on assessed homes. The vice president of Appoquinimink School District’s Board of Education warned the community that disaster will ensue if the district’s second attempt at a referendum fails this month.  “We have to cut 91 positions. That’s about 5% of our staff,” said Vice President Richard Forsten, who …

William Penn's first cohort will start the pathway program next year as juniors. (From left: Del Tech President Mark Brainard, William Penn Allied Health students, Bank of America Delaware President Chip Rossi, Colonial School District Superintendent Jeff Menzer.)

William Penn, Del Tech launch pathway to expand nursing pipeline

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A newly-funded career pathway partnership between a state college and a high school aims to tackle the national nursing shortage while giving students college credits to advance into a career in health care. Delaware Technical Community College and William Penn High School in the Colonial School District announced Monday the launch of the Patient Care Technician/Nursing Pathway Program. The partnership …

Delaware will have a normal annual cicada season in 2024. (Getty Images)

Here’s the buzz: No big Cicada deal for Delaware

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

While parts of the country will be swarmed with the convergence of two periodical cicada broods, it’s a regularly scheduled appearance for the insect in Delaware. “The double brood this year involves 13-year cicadas and 17-year cicadas,” said Chris Wade, the pesticide section administrator at the Delaware Department of Agriculture. The closest brood to Delaware will be in South Maryland …

Rendering of St. Michael's after construction is complete.

St. Michael’s: $1M for construction, more affordable child care 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A $1 million federal allocation puts a Wilmington nursery and early childhood education center serving vulnerable families on the doorstep of its $6.5 million in capital projects.  St. Michael’s School & Nursery now has $5.5 million raised for its construction needs, which the school started on about a year and a half ago in late 2022.  The most recent funding …

The partnership for mental health support is between ChristianaCare and the Wilmington Police Department.

Wilm. Council approves $363K for mental health services on cop responses

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Police & Fire

The Wilmington City Council approved a resolution Thursday night that pairs mental health clinicians with police officers to respond to calls for service to support individuals experiencing a crisis.  Resolution 0413, sponsored by Councilwoman Yolanda McCoy, District 6, authorizes the Wilmington Police Department’s grant application to the Delaware Criminal Justice Council in the amount of $363,000.  The funds will be …

Delays at the federal level have led to college-hopefuls having problems with applying for and receiving financial aid. (Photo by Brian A Jackson/Shutterstock)

Del. DOE to provide support, coaching for college financial aid

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

College is more expensive than it’s ever been, but a state agency is trying to financially ease the burden for Delaware students looking to advance their education post-high school. The Delaware Department of Education announced Thursday that it’s offering support to students applying for financial aid for college who have been affected by delayed federal financial aid determinations. “We will …