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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia has submitted to the federal government its draft plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay, estimating that agriculture alone could face costs totaling $800 million to comply. State officials have concerns about the costs, saying it's being developed despite the bad economy.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. McDonnell wants nearly $500 million from selling Virginia's state-owned liquor stores to provide loans and grants for local highway congestion relief projects. He calls for up to 1,000 licenses for private retail stores, about three times the current number of stores.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The state Department of Corrections says the only woman on the state's death row has declined to choose the method of her scheduled September 23rd execution. Forty-year-old Teresa Lewis of Pittsylvania County would be the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly 100 years and the first in the U.S. since 2005.

    LEESBURG, Va. (AP) The Board of Supervisors in Loudoun County has voted to continue a policy that allows people to erect religious and other displays on the grounds of the county courthouse. A county committee had recommended banning such displays because they feared the process would become unwieldy.

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    Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

    Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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    Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

    More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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    Virginia Republicans Warn Of High Energy Costs With Obama's 'Clean Power Plan'

    Republican leaders in Virginia say Obama's clean energy plan would drive up energy costs and damage a struggling economy. Democrats say saving the planet is more important than the short-term problem of higher energy bills.
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    Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

    Young entrepreneurs in Africa say that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.

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