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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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Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.
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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.
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Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

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