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Lawmakers work to set 2016 budget priorities

The General Assembly’s budget writing Joint Finance Committee is about halfway through its initial set of hearings on Delaware’s FY 2016 spending plan. They wrap up discussion of department and agency operating budgets this week, then begin looking at capital spending starting next week. Delaware Public Media’s political reporter James Dawson is following the debate and offers his perspective on where things stand.

Local doctor offers insight on state of efforts to address childhood obesity

In recent weeks, medical journal The Lancet has published a series of reports on the worldwide obesity epidemic, stressing the need to rethink approaches to a problem that clearly isn’t letting up. One paper on childhood obesity indicated that the average weight in children has ballooned by over 11 pounds in just the last three decades.

Delaware currently ranks as the 16th highest state in terms of childhood obesity, according to a 2014 survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 16.9 percent of First State children between ages 10 to 17 are considered obese. Children diagnosed with obesity experience a variety of health and social problems, including asthma, depression, and increased risk of type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

To learn more about how doctors today are handling child obesity, Delaware Public Media’s Eli Chen talked to Dr. George Datto, the division chief of pediatric weight management at the Nemours/ A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. (More)

Arts Playlist: Local singer-songwriter bringing Nashville friends to town for “Songwriters and Storytellers.”

Delaware singer-songwriter Sol Knopf has been making music ever since his teenage debut at one time Dover favorite, Leone’s Lamplighter on Bradford Street.

Since then, the musician has appeared on the Nashville Network, been in bands with record deals and had several of his songs pitched to country music’s biggest stars.

He’s released two solo CD’s and his latest, Sea Change, has drawn both critical acclaim and national attention for the single, “My Baby Girl.”

And now, Knopf has recruited a couple of his Nashville buddies for a pair of First State gigs. They’ll play the Smyrna Opera House March 13th and Heritage Shores in Bridgeville on the 15th.

In this week’s Arts Playlist, Sol Knopf spoke with Delaware Public Media’s Cathy Carter and brought his guitar to our studios to play a couple of tunes. (More)

History Matters: History Matters: Wilmington’s Southbridge neighborhood

The neighborhood of Southbridge has long been the cradle of Delaware’s black political leadership. It is also a gold mine for African-American history — a gold mine that until recently remained somewhat hidden. Many believe the Underground Railroad ran right through the neighborhood on New Castle Avenue.

In this month’s History Matters, produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Public Media’s Anne Hoffman tells us how a group called Southbridge Connects is trying to make the neighborhood’s history visible to everyone. (More)

Enlighten Me: La Red expands access to dental care where dentists are scarce

La Red Health Center in Georgetown offers dental care to low-income people. Patients receive treatment and pay for their services based on a sliding scale.

For many rural Sussex County residents this is the only opportunity to see a dentist. Last year, the dental clinic served around 1500 patients, though officials say demand for these services outweighs supply.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Anne Hoffman pays a visit to the program. (More)

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