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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia has plowed through its snow-removal budget and is now dipping into maintenance funds to keep roads clear across the state. The transportation department has spent its $79 million snow-removal budget and an additional $25 million in a reserve maintenance fund to keep thousands of state trucks and contractors on the road.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) State education groups are voicing opposition to Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to boost charter schools. Virginia's school boards, superintendents and teacher groups say the measure is unconstitutional because it takes away local school divisions' decision-making power.

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) A Yorktown refinery is developing a plan to address raised levels of cobalt that have appeared in groundwater intermittently since 1996. Western Refining plan a public meeting tonight at the Yorktown Public Library to discuss the plan.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia students who plan to attend college can get free help with completing the federal financial aid form. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will help new and returning college students Saturday at 32 sites around the state.

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "
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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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