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There was little progress in the quality of the bays that run from the Maryland-Delaware state line down into Virginia.

That’s according to the report card put out by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, the Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Essentially the region was given a C-plus in the report for 2014.

The report found that improvements in Newport and Sinepuxent Bays were offset by declines in the Assawoman Bay.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Del. Rob Bell is set to announce his candidacy for Virginia attorney general.
Bell is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday to make the announcement, which has been widely expected.
Bell represents an area just outside Charlottesville and was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2001. A former prosecutor who now works in private practice, Bell unsuccessfully pursued the GOP nomination for attorney general in 2013.

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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach held a meeting with African American students over concerns about minority representation on campus.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the meeting did not last long with Matthew Jackson senior reading a statement.

The group then left with further discussion.

The statement said that the students were “not pointing fingers or casting blame” for the lack of awareness of the black experience on campus.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Dec. 7th, 2015

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Dover, Del. (AP) - A white Delaware police officer charged with kicking a black suspect in the head during an arrest two years ago rejected a plea deal on a lesser charge, lawyers said Monday as a jury was seated in his felony assault trial.

The predominantly female jury for the trial of Cpl. Thomas Webster IV was seated after a lengthy winnowing process. None of the jurors is a black male.

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Amid growing criticism, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he has asked the city's top police officer to step down.

After announcing that he was appointing a task force to look at police accountability, Rahm said that "public trust" in the city's police force has been "shaken" and "eroded" so he has asked Superintendent Garry McCarthy to resign.

Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, who takes office Dec. 8, plans to dismantle the state's successful health insurance exchange and shift consumers to the federal one. It's a campaign promise that has sparked controversy in the state.

Supporters of Kentucky's exchange, called Kynect, have asked Bevin to reconsider. They say the exchange created under Obamacare and an expansion of Medicaid have improved public health by dramatically increasing the number of Kentuckians with health coverage.

There's a place in the city of Tijuana, Mexico, called El Bordo, which has always been somewhat reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic movie scene. The name comes from "the border," which is where it's located: right by the fence that separates the U.S. from Mexico, among the enormous paved canals that run through Southern California like concrete veins. Hundreds of people live in those canals, often in makeshift tents, the smell of sewage made ripe by the hot Tijuana sun. It's a place where many deportees try to get by. It's also a site of heavy drug use.

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If you're a low-income woman, you're more likely to get screened for breast cancer if you live in a state that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act than in a state that didn't.

As soon as Donald Trump announced that he'd gained the endorsement of 100 black ministers from across the country, there were skeptics.

The news came just days after the presidential candidate and businessman said of an African-American Black Lives Matter protester who was beaten up at a Trump event, "maybe he deserved to be roughed up."

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