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Push For Fewer Tests In Virginia Schools Gets Bipartisan Support

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Virginia House Republicans say reducing the number of state Standards of Learning exams given to students from 34 to 26 is a key part of their education agenda this legislative session.

Del. Tag Greason (R-Loudoun) says students are tested too often and too much time is spent teaching test-taking skills rather than critical thinking.

Efforts to reduce the number of standardized tests are likely to be met with broad support. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, is signaling a desire for fewer tests.

Majority Leader Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights says he is glad McAuliffe was supportive, and it is time to get started on enacting the changes.

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Actor John Krasinski Takes Stock Of His 'Lottery-Ticket Life'

Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of The Office, he continues to branch out — he's now directing and co-starring in the film The Hollars.
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Bread Grains: The Last Frontier In The Locavore Movement

Modern bakeries rely on industrial mills for their flour. But a small and growing number of bakers, chefs and pasta makers are making their own flour with the age-old method of stone milling.
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Questions About Hillary Clinton’s Newly Uncovered Emails

A federal judge orders a review of nearly fifteen thousand recently discovered Hillary Clinton emails from her time as Secretary of State. A new batch related to the Clinton Foundation was also released. Join us to discuss ongoing questions.

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Instagramming In Black And White? Could Be You're Depressed

Researchers analyzed people's photo galleries on Instagram, then asked about their mental health. People who favored darker, grayer photos and filters were more likely to be depressed.

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