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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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