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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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Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

James is the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious literary award, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. It's based on a real 1976 assassination attempt on reggae star Bob Marley.

Why Wal-Mart And Other Retail Chains May Not Fix The Food Deserts

Americans' junk food calories increasingly come from big box and convenience stores rather than traditional grocers, a study finds. And researchers say this trend is a public health concern.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Resentencing For Juvenile Lifers

Three years ago, the court struck down mandatory life sentences in cases involving juvenile defendants. Should that ruling be applied retroactively to those sentenced to life long ago?

Twitter's Suspension of Sports Media Revives Debate Over Fair Use

Twitter is going after news media that share highlights of U.S. football games without sports organizations' permission. The move shines a spotlight on the notion of fair use of copyrighted content.

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