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McDonnell Proposes Removing 20 Unfunded Mandates

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is proposing an end to twenty unfunded mandates on city and county governments, according to Associated Press.

McDonnell calls it a first step toward reducing burdens the state places on localities. Among his recommendations are allowing school districts to set their own calendars, ending the mandate that teachers receive civics education, and ending the authority circuit courts have to order new courthouses be built.

His proposal would also end the requirement that localities advertise bids for contract work in newspapers and double the time governments have to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request from five days to 10 days. The governments could also take a 10-day extension to comply with FOIA.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.
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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim's Phone

Michigan State University engineers tried 3-D-printed fingertips and special conductive replicas of the victim's fingerprints to crack the biometric lock on his Samsung Galaxy phone.

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