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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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Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.
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Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.
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Virginia Remains At Odds With Feds On Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Virginia continue to resist the $9.6 billion Medicaid expansion on offer from the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

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