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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's public colleges and universities will be eligible to apply for $50 million to enhance student enrollment and retention, increase the number of students pursuing science and health-care fields, and boost undergraduate financial aid. Officials say grants will go to those that propose efforts in line with goals from the state higher education reform commission.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The state veterinarian is recommending that livestock owners in southwest Virginia consider rabies vaccinations for their animals because of recent cases of rabies in the region. Officials say there's an increase of rabies in livestock in the western part of the state.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) An attorney for 40 Gloucester County citizens who were fined $2,000 apiece for trying to oust four county supervisors has asked the Virginia Supreme Court to toss out the sanctions. The lawyer, Steve Emmert, says the petitions are "political speech" protected by the Constitution.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Two history textbooks that contain multiple errors will be replaced without charge to Virginia schools. Five Ponds Press is revising "Our Virginia: Past and Present" and "Our America to 1865" with the help of a historian.

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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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