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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) New legislation awaiting the OK of Gov. Bob McDonnell would make Virginia the 34th state to allow speed limits up to 70 mph. House lawmaker voted 76-22 today to pass a bill with the governor's backing that would allow a 70 mph limit on some highways.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) Residents of the area around Metro's busy West Falls Church rail yard are bracing for more construction noise. Authorities are preparing to add new tracks and another rail yard for commuter trains needed for the new Silver Line starting in 2013.

VIENNA, Va. (AP) Police say two men wanted for an attack on a northern Virginia cabbie will be extradited from North Carolina this week to face prosecution. Authorities say Ronald P. Carrigan and John D. Salath are charged with attempted robbery for the Jan. 31 attack in Vienna.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia farmers who produce tree nuts, and other specialty vegetables are getting a boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department says it is providing $500,00 in grant money to those farmers, who aren't covered by traditional crop insurance.

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Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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