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Va. Governor Gets Business Support For Transportation Plan

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to spend $4 billion on Virginia's highways, and 26 business groups say they support the plan. They say the spending will add capacity, improve the economy and put people back to work.

McDonnell is proposing to borrow $3 billion and use another $1 billion in savings to infuse new life into projects that were delayed by Virginia's budget problems. Groups endorsing the plan include transportation, real estate, construction and chambers of commerce.

A study by the Federal Highway Administration shows that every $100 million spent on highway construction and maintenance projects adds 3,000 jobs -- created or supported -- to a state's economy.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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