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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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'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
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How The Humble Orange Sweet Potato Won Researchers The World Food Prize

A public health campaign to sell Africans on the virtues of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes — bred for higher Vitamin A levels — has helped combat malnutrition on the continent.
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Fact Check: Trump's Speech On The Economy Annotated

NPR's politics team has annotated Donald Trump's Tuesday speech on the economy.
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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.

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