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Va. Governor Gets Business Support For Transportation Plan

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to spend $4 billion on Virginia's highways, and 26 business groups say they support the plan. They say the spending will add capacity, improve the economy and put people back to work.

McDonnell is proposing to borrow $3 billion and use another $1 billion in savings to infuse new life into projects that were delayed by Virginia's budget problems. Groups endorsing the plan include transportation, real estate, construction and chambers of commerce.

A study by the Federal Highway Administration shows that every $100 million spent on highway construction and maintenance projects adds 3,000 jobs -- created or supported -- to a state's economy.

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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.

NPR

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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