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McDonnell Calls For $2.21B In Contributions For State Pensions

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Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is calling for the largest employer contributions to the state's pension system in history. McDonnell says his biennial budget proposal will recommend a total of $2.2 billion in employer contributions to the Virginia Retirement System, which is currently said to be underfunded by $20 billion.

The governor says the system is underfunded -- a situation that threatens its long-term solvency. During the recession -- Virginia's general assembly dramatically lowered the required contribution rates for employers such as school districts.

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale says the Governor's proposal makes sense, and fortunately the county has a reserve fund of $60 million dollars set aside because they knew this day was coming

"We're probably okay for one year, but we'll then have to look at the consequences of this decision in subsequent years -- it's still probably the right thing to do in terms of fiscal stability for the retirement system," says Dale.

The reserve fund means school district and county leaders won't have to ask the taxpayers to help pay for the higher pension contribution rate, but that could change after this year.

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Turmoil At D.C. Agency Linked To Contract Disputes With Top Campaign Contributor

The head of the D.C. Department of General Services has resigned and two top staffers are being forced out after a company that has been a key contributor to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s campaigns lost out on two major city construction contracts, sources tell WAMU 88.5.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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