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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A Senate committee has killed a bill to track school spending by category. The Senate Education and Health Committee voted to kill Delegate Manoli Loupassi's bill even after he removed a provision to require that 65 percent of all public money be dedicated to classroom instruction.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Legislators have amended a bill that some said was unconstitutional and threatened a program to hold sexual predators for treatment after they are released from prison. The Senate had passed a bill pushed by the Attorney General's office to allow sexual predators awaiting annual civil commitment reviews to be held with jail inmates.

MADISON, Va. (AP) Attorneys for a man charged with killing three family members in Madison County are seeking a gag order in the case. Twenty-three-year-old Rashad Matthew Riddick's lawyers requested a gag order today during a hearing .

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) A Virginia trekker's dream has become a reality in Nepal. The mountainous nation has made it possible to hike from one end of the country to the other on the 1,000 or so miles of the enticing but intimidating-sounding Great Himalaya Trail. Sean Burch finished the whole thing in 49 days.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

This post was updated at 5:20 p.m., Feb. 17, 2011.

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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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