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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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Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste

The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
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Barbershop: Speechwriters Speak On The RNC And DNC

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From 'The Water's Edge To The Cutting Edge': Fish Skeletons, CT Scans And Engineering

Professor Adam Summers is a "fish guy." He uses fish to get engineering ideas. His latest project is to CT scan every type of fish — all 33,000 of them.

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