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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The House's top Republican budget writer says Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine's bid to end tax breaks to help balance an underfunded budget are dead on arrival. Delegate Kirk Cox told journalists Tuesday that rolling back the breaks are tantamount to a tax increase.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) The finalists for The College of William + Mary's new mascot include mythical creatures and royalty. The five finalists announced Tuesday are a griffin, king and queen, phoenix, pug and wren. The deadline for submitting the survey is Jan. 7.

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