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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The House's top Republican budget writer says Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine's bid to end tax breaks to help balance an underfunded budget are dead on arrival. Delegate Kirk Cox told journalists Tuesday that rolling back the breaks are tantamount to a tax increase.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) The finalists for The College of William + Mary's new mascot include mythical creatures and royalty. The five finalists announced Tuesday are a griffin, king and queen, phoenix, pug and wren. The deadline for submitting the survey is Jan. 7.

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'Purple Rain' — As Retold In A Language Without A Word For Purple

Prince's '80s-era classic has gotten a modern update — in Niger. Directed by Christopher Kirkley, starring the nomadic Tuareg people, this Purple Rain remake drops the kissing but keeps the attitude.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

Reviving Payoff For Prediction – Of Terrorism Risk

Could an electronic market where people bet on the likelihood of attacks deter terrorism? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about the potential for a terror prediction market.

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