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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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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

NPR

Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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