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BEDFORD, Va. (AP) Jurors are scheduled to begin deliberations today in Bedford in the trial of a former high school administrator from Virginia accused of killing his estranged wife. Thirty-nine-year-old Wesley Earnest is accused of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Jocelyn Branham Earnest in December 2007.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) James Madison University is increasing its in-state undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees by 6.7 percent for the upcoming school year. Tuition and fees for Virginia residents living on campus will be $7,860 annually.

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) Students at Christopher Newport University have started excavating around Windsor Castle, the 18th-century home of the founder of the town of Smithfield. The 18 students started their excavation this month at the site of the mansion built in the mid-1750s. It was home to Thomas Smith IV.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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