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McDonnell Hopes Virginia Senate Resurrects His Transportation Plan

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he senses "good will" in the Senate, and is calling on lawmakers to put politics aside and pass his plan to raise $3.1 billion for roads and rails over the next five years.

"I think the time for delays and finger pointing and excuses are over," he says. "This is the session where we need to get this done."

The governor was asked if Democrats are now willing to support his plan because a controversial redistricting bill they opposed has since been shelved.

"There are a lot of things out of the way now that have gotten people apparently more willing to vote," he says.

McDonnell chose a parking lot right next to the Dulles Toll Road as the site for a news conference, so he could tout his plan to raise $300 million for the Silver Line Metrorail project.

That will reduce the tolls by about 50 cents per trip for commuters on the Dulles Toll Road.

Under its current financing plan, about 75 percent of the cost of Phase II of the Silver Line will be paid by those tolls. But money for the SIilver Line is not the controversial part of the governor's plan. Some Senate Democrats are unhappy with the idea of eliminating the gas tax, and instead using a higher state sales tax to fund transportation, but McDonnell now says he's willing to compromise on the gas tax.

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Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

Greece grows plenty of good agricultural products, but has trouble competing internationally. Many in Greece say it's time for the farm sector to modernize.
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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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