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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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Yaya Alafia's Songs Of Strength For Her Baby Boy

2013 was a big year for actress and model Yaya Alafia. She starred in three films and had a baby boy. Alafia shares the songs reflecting those experiences for Tell Me More's series 'In Your Ear.'
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Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia ... With No Yeast

Bacteria can make a bread rise and give it a cheesy flavor. That's the secret ingredient in salt rising bread, which dates to the late 1700s in Appalachia, when bakers didn't have yeast on hand.
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Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment

The president is on the first stop in an eight-day trip to Asia that also will see him visit Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.
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The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are competing to be the main landlords of the cloud. Their terms and prices could control who gets to build what on the Internet, and for how much.

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