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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson has agreed to testify on behalf of residents attempting to block the construction of a Walmart Supercenter near an endangered Civil War battlefield in northern Virginia. McPherson will testify that the Walmart site in Locust Grove was blood-soaked ground in the Battle of the Wilderness.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A commission appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell is continuing to shape a package of higher-education proposals for the upcoming legislative session. The Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment met today in Richmond to discuss its major goals.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia must come up with nearly $1 million to care for patients at a state-run geriatric psychiatric center this month after losing its certification from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. The loss of certification meant losing the Medicaid funding.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A former Virginia Commonwealth University employee convicted of embezzling from a school community-outreach program has been sentenced to three years in prison. Forty-year-old Lisa Durham of Petersburg was sentenced today in Richmond Circuit Court.

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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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