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McDonnell Will Not Call Special Session For ABC Privatization

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will wait until the first day of the 2011 General Assembly session to introduce legislation to privatize liquor sales in the state.

McDonnell had wanted to call a special session to debate the issue, but he says he's still gathering support for the move. He said calling a special session without a guarantee for the bill would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

McDonnell wants to sell the 332 existing alcohol retail outlets the state currently runs and license up to 1,000 new outlets. He's proposed using the money from the sale to finance transportation projects, but his administration has conceded that annual sales from privatized stores would be $47 million short of what the state now collects.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Trump's Cyber Comments Rouse The Democrats

As they bolster their case that Hillary Clinton is ready to be commander in chief, Democrats are seizing on Donald Trump's comments seemingly encouraging Russia to use cyber-espionage against Clinton.

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