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QUANTICO, Va. (AP) First lady Michelle Obama is appealing for donations of toys for older children for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program. Mrs. Obama traveled to a Toys for Tots warehouse near the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, today to deliver some of the more than 500 toys collected during a White House drive.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Appalachian Power has received a new 30-year license to operate the Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project. Appalachian Power's existing 50-year license for the hydroelectric project expires March 31st, 2010.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A survey says Virginia residents aren't well informed about how charter schools work. The Commonwealth Education Poll found that 64 percent of its respondents have heard or read nothing or very little about charter schools; 27 percent have received some information and 8 percent said they have heard or read a lot about charter schools.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Dominion Resources says it's going to spend $253 million to expand natural gas gathering, processing and shipping operations in West Virginia. The Richmond-based power company says it hopes to make the system more efficient and better able to handle large quantities of gas.

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WAMU 88.5

Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
WAMU 88.5

The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

WAMU 88.5

D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

NPR

Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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