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HUD Awards Millions To Va. Housing Counselors

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Eighteen housing counseling programs in Virginia will have to share the $4.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money is to go to help homebuyers, renters and the homeless either avoid foreclosure or get their finances in order.

HUD gave out approximately $73 million nationwide. ClearPoint Financial Solutions in Richmond received $1.9 million and Catholic Charities USA in Alexandria is slated to receive $1.3 million for counseling. The money represents a 22 percent funding increase from 2009's levels.

NPR

Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
NPR

In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
WAMU 88.5

Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

WAMU 88.5

Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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