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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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No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

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