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Virginia Lawmakers Try To Bridge Workforce Skills Gap

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Most of the fast-growing occupations in the state require degrees or vocational certificates, but a recent study by Virginia's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that only half of students who go to Virginia colleges earn degrees.

"Another striking indicator is that 56 percent of incoming freshman at Virginia's community colleges require remedial instruction," says project leader Aris Bearse.

The report recommended structural changes to improve program coordination for college and career readiness that also aligns with workforce trends. Another recommendation says the stat should consider requiring more interaction between the State Education and Higher Education Boards.

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Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.
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He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

Amin Sheikh's new cafe is a rarity in class-stratified India: It's open to people from all walks of life. Sheikh is a former street child, and so are many of his employees.
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'Saving Lives' Or 'Selling Access'? Explaining The Clinton Foundation

Donald Trump has centered on a key attack against Hillary Clinton: He says the Clinton Foundation was a pay-to-play front that enabled Hillary and Bill Clinton to trade government access for money.
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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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