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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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Colombia's La Momposina Sings A Tangled Social History

On this week's Alt Latino, we spend time with an album from Colombian singer Totó la Momposina. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Felix Contreras about Tambolero.
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'Oleogustus' Is The Newly Discovered Taste, And Boy, Is It Bad

There's a new, sixth taste for humans: the taste for fat. But Rick Mattes of Purdue University tells NPR's Rachel Martin to think less yummy ice cream, more rancid food.
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Obama To Detail Tougher Plan To Fight Climate Change

President Obama will unveil climate change regulations Monday, expected to set tougher limits on coal than previously proposed. NPR's Scott Horsley previews the announcement with host Rachel Martin.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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