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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia has plowed through its snow-removal budget and is now dipping into maintenance funds to keep roads clear across the state. The transportation department has spent its $79 million snow-removal budget and an additional $25 million in a reserve maintenance fund to keep thousands of state trucks and contractors on the road.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) State education groups are voicing opposition to Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to boost charter schools. Virginia's school boards, superintendents and teacher groups say the measure is unconstitutional because it takes away local school divisions' decision-making power.

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) A Yorktown refinery is developing a plan to address raised levels of cobalt that have appeared in groundwater intermittently since 1996. Western Refining plan a public meeting tonight at the Yorktown Public Library to discuss the plan.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia students who plan to attend college can get free help with completing the federal financial aid form. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will help new and returning college students Saturday at 32 sites around the state.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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