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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. McDonnell wants to take $140 million a year in state sales taxes and return it to Virginia's most congested regions for transportation projects. He also announced legislation today that offers tax incentives for companies that ship by rail or water instead of trucks, and that allow employees to telecommute.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Some legislators are wondering whether the explosive growth of the state's civil commitment program for sexually violent offenders means sentences aren't tough enough. The issue arose during a House committee meeting today.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) A team of researchers at Virginia Tech will use a $740,000 federal grant to assist the thousands of beginning farmers in the state. They will provide support ranging from training to networking support to the approximately 13,000 principal farmers in Virginia.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) Newport News police say officers fatally shot a man during a traffic stop after he pointed a gun at them. Police say 35-year-old Dave Henry Bailey of Williamsburg raised a handgun after the vehicle he was driving was stopped by two officers for unspecified traffic violations.

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After 10 Years Of Bella And Edward, 'Twilight Reimagined' Brings A Twist

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Stephenie Meyer about the appeal her Twilight books and her new novel, which reassigns the genders of the original characters.

New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal

A government-appointed panel wanted the federal government's 2015 nutrition advice to consider a food's environmental impact. But the cabinet secretaries with final authority say it won't happen.
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Concerns Over Russia's Growing Military Presence In Syria

Russia is sending what it calls "volunteer" troops to Syria, and its airstrikes have targeted CIA-backed rebels. We look at Russia's support of the Assad regime and escalating concerns over a possible U.S.-Russia proxy war in Syria.

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Searching For Solutions To World Water Scarcity

Experts are increasingly sounding the alarm about water shortages around the world. But, they say, there is room for hope. A conversation about the search for solutions to global water scarcity.

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