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Virginia Hasn't Spent $38M In DHS Grants, Audit Finds

Virginia has not spent more than $38 million of federal Department of Homeland security grants it has received since 2008, the Associated Press reports. Virginia received a total of $90 million in homeland security grants from the federal government between 2008 and 2010, according to a federal audit. 

The audit from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's office criticizes the state for not doling out the money more quickly to local governments for things such as improved communication equipment and other emergency response gear. It also faults the state for failing to establish measurable goals for the grants and for slack oversight.

But Virginia officials say the audit doesn't paint a clear picture, because although some of the funds haven't been used yet, they have all been allocated. They say the funds will all be spent by next year. 

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A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Teresa Ann Miller often works with distracted performers, but the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "The dogs just thought it was a party," she says of the film's dog-pack scene.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?

People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.

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