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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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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.

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