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NVTC Considers Hiring Richmond Lobbyist

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A regional transportation board in northern Virginia that advocates for mass transit is considering hiring a lobbyist in Richmond, but there's disagreement over whether that's a worthwhile way to spend transportation money.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission gets about $1.2 million a year for its operations from state and local governments. Adding a lobbyist would add around $200,000 to $250,000 to the board's budget. But not all local governments think that's a good idea.

Loudoun County is one of the jurisdictions represented on the commission. Its board of supervisors opposes a lobbying program, saying transportation funds would be better spent elsewhere.

A public hearing on the NVTC's budget is scheduled for this evening in Arlington.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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