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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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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.
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John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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