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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Federal funding meant to stimulate the economy has helped Virginia agencies create or retain more than 5,900 jobs. Governor Tim Kaine says the funding has allowed Virginia to begin construction on infrastructure projects and keep the state's Medicaid plan funded.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Two retired NASA research pilots are being inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond. Aeronautical engineers James Patton Junior and Philip Brown logged more than 16,000 flight hours between them at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton.

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) Four Prince William County high school students facing a yearlong expulsion for arranging pieces of sod into racist symbols will be allowed to return to school. County school board members decided Wednesday the students can return to school in January.

McLEAN, Va. (AP) Fairfax County planners estimate it will take a whopping $15 billion in transportation improvements to revamp Tysons Corner into a dense, walkable urban hub. The county hopes to remake Tysons Corner into a transit-oriented, second city of the Washington area.

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