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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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