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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia will receive $59.8 million in federal money to help turn around its lowest-performing schools. The U.S. Department of Education says the grants will be available this spring to help efforts to overhaul what it calls "persistently lowest achieving schools."

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) As Virginia Tech commemorates the third anniversary of the shootings that left 33 dead, many directly affected by the tragedy worry the memory of what happened will fade as they graduate and move on. Tomorrow marks three years since student gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung wee joh) killed 32 students and faculty and then committed suicide.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A cluster of 17 Virginians protesting what they feel is an overreaching federal government have left the state Capitol bound for Capitol Hill with a message for Congress: Back off. Delegate Scott Lingamfelter read the group a letter this morning signed by himself and 53 other Republican members of the House of Delegates.

STERLING, Va. (AP) Authorities are searching for a Springfield man who they say tried to abduct the mother of his children. The Loudoun County sheriff's office says it has arrest warrants for 34-year-old Carlos Alberto Bonilla.

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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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