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Virginia Governor Unveils $84.9B Budget Proposal

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled his first state budget Monday -- a $84.9 billion proposal that features major contributions to the state retirement system and major adjustments to education funding.


Tablets Replace Some Small Businesses Tools

Tablets are not just changing how people go about their lives. They're also changing the way businesses function. Small businesses especially are using tablets to replace a variety of business tools: from menus, to timecards, to cash registers.

House Poised To Reject Budget Deal

Days after it seemed Congress had struck a budget, tax cut and unemployment deal that would get it through the holidays, it is clear that they did not. House Speaker John Boehner Monday must deal with a restive House GOP caucus that signaled over the weekend that it had no interest in going along with the Senate's two-month plan. NPR congressional correspondent David Welna joins Lynn Neary with the latest.

Fight Over Extending Payroll Tax Cut Flares Up Again

House Republicans are rejecting a bipartisan compromise approved overwhelmingly by the Senate Saturday. The deal would have extended the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits through February.

The Economic Reality Of Marriage

At one time, marriage and divorce were dictated by romance, the falling in and out of love. Nowadays, those decisions are being increasingly influenced by economic factors. Host Audie Cornish talks to NPR's Jennifer Ludden and Shankar Vedantam about mobility in marriage and divorce.

'Accessible To All': Spain Puts Hope In Holiday Lottery

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas in Spain without El Gordo, but "The Fat One" isn't Santa Claus. It's the state lottery, the biggest of the year. Tickets sell for nearly $300, yet more than 95 percent of Spaniards buy them — or at least a share in one.

SEC: Mortgage Execs Took Pains To Hide Risky Loans

In fraud charges filed Friday, the agency accused six former top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of lying about the number of subprime loans on their books. The SEC said the executives knew what was happening and even encouraged the deception.