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Virginia Spends $100 Million More Than Expected On Snow Removal

Virginia highway officials say the state is likely to exceed its $157 million snow removal budget by more than $100 million.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will have to move some money around in its overall maintenance budget to cover the costs of dealing with the exceptionally harsh winter.

Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne says VDOT still has adequate resources to ensure that the highways are safe and well maintained.

VDOT's overall maintenance budget of $1.8 billion covers such expenses as pothole repairs and repaving.

Officials are considering delaying completion of some repaving projects, limiting use of some outside contractors, restricting overtime and postponing new equipment purchases.

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'Southside With You' Has Us Asking: Where Is The Love In Black Movies?

The movie Southside with You is opening in theaters. The film follows Michelle and Barack Obama's very first date, and shows something we don't get too see too often in film: black romance.
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Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.
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Episode 721: Unbuilding A City

Why is it so hard to knock down 17 vacant houses in a shrinking city?
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Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

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