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Loudoun County Considers Closing Four Elementary Schools

School officials in Virginia's Loudoun County are considering closing four small schools in the western part of the county.

The Loudoun County School Board is thinking about closing Lincoln, Hamilton, Hillsboro and Aldie elementary schools to help close a budget gap.

Board Chairman Eric Hornberger says closing the four schools could save an estimated $2 million a year in operating costs, and some board members say spending money to maintain older schools with tiny enrollments doesn't make sense. But not everyone agrees that it's a good idea. Supporters of keeping the schools say they've been centers in their communities for generations.

The board will hold a public hearing on April 21.

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Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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