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Virginia Higher Ed Council Requests $109M Budget Increase

The Virginia Council of Higher Education is asking for more money than it was originally budgeted. Council members want $109 million more from the state, on top of the current budget of $258 million, the Associated Press reports.

Education officials say the extra money will help pay for a 2 percent increase toward faculty salaries  and will also help shoulder the burden of tuition increases.

A total of $27 million of the requested money would go toward providing financial aid to students. The 2 percent faculty salary increase would begin in July.

The council's requests will now go to the governor and the General Assembly for consideration.

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Listen: 'Web Site Story,' NPR's Musical About The Internet — From 1999

Found in our archives: an Internet-themed remake of West Side Story from the dot-com bubble era. It begins with Bill Gates and features the sound of a modem but isn't as obsolete as you might expect.

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