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UVA Names Frist New Head In 20 Years

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The University of Virginia's new president says she has some big shoes to fill.

Teresa Sullivan is UVA's first new president in two decades. She succeeds John Casteen, who not only has kept the university near the top of the collegiate-ranking charts, but has kept the school afloat in tough financial times.

When he became president in 1980, more than a quarter of the university's budget came from state funds. Now, it's just seven percent.

In introductory remarks yesterday, Sullivan called Casteen "a hard act to follow." Sullivan comes to UVA from the University of Michigan, where she serves as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. She steps into her new post on August 1st.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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