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Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill recently went to check the shore line of his property as weather reports indicated it could be stormy day. It wasn't just the wind and rain but the rising water line produced by climate change that made him ponder the propsects for our the home we call earth.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A commission assigned to research racist laws from Virginia's past recommended Thursday that dozens of them be repealed, including measures that resisted desegregation, prevented black voters from casting ballots and prohibited interracial marriage.

While most of the measures are outdated and “have no legal effect,” they are still enshrined in law, the nine-member commission of attorneys, judges, scholars and community leaders wrote in an interim report.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A bear has caused an uproar after running through the streets of Wilmington, Delaware. The News Journal reports that police spent part of Thursday morning trying to catch the animal while bystanders rushed to get a look.áSome residents were told to shelter in place.

But by 11:15 a.m., police in Delaware's largest city said the bear left their jurisdiction. It's unclear where the animal went.

The animal had caused widespread excitement in a city - and a state - that rarely sees bears.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing $3.8 billion for Maryland school construction over five years. The Republican governor made the announcement Thursday, along with an initiative aimed at improving accountability in academic performance in schools.

Education funding is expected to be a top issue before the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, which convenes next month for its annual 90-day legislative session.

Lawmakers will take up wide-ranging recommendations from a state commission that include raising teacher pay and expanding prekindergarten.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two former volleyball coaches who claimed they were fired from the University of Delaware based on age and sexual orientation are appealing a judge's ruling in favor of the school.

A federal judge ruled last month that Bonnie Kenny and Cindy Gregory had failed to show that the university's stated reasons for firing them were pretext for discrimination.

Attorneys for Kenny and Gregory filed a notice of appeal on Thursday. Kenny and Gregory are a lesbian couple in their 50s.

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