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McDonnell Stresses Small Government, Transportation Needs

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Addressing the Virginia General Assembly, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell said that Virginia is doing a better job of promoting economic growth and reigning in spending than most other states, but still has serious work ahead.

He urged lawmakers to support his plan to borrow $3 billion for transportation projects while interest rates and construction costs are low.

"Every major business and transportation group in our state has endorsed this plan," McDonnell said in his State of the Commonwealth address. "I'm asking you to do so as well."

Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay, a Democrat, says the governor's proposals just scratch the surface of the state's funding problems.

McKay is still calling for the governor to hold a special session dedicated to transportation funding, something the governor said he would do last year.

"I don't see how you come up with a longterm, sustainable transportation solution without giving it the time and thought that the people in the Commonwealth deserve," McKay says.

In his speech, the governor called for state workers to start paying 5 percent of their retirement plans to inject money into the state's pension system.

He says the state's retirement system faces a $17 billion shortfall, and Virginia is one of only four states that currently foots the entire retirement bill for employees.

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Exhibit Shows Dolores Huerta's Life As Part Of The 'Backbone' Of America

The exhibit about the United Farm Workers activist is the first in the National Portrait Gallery's "One Life" series to be devoted to a Latina.

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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes In The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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