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Virginia Senate Approves Transportation Funding Bill

In a 25-15 vote, the Virginia Senate has approved state's transportation reform bill. The measure now heads to Gov. Bob McDonnell.
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In a 25-15 vote, the Virginia Senate has approved state's transportation reform bill. The measure now heads to Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The Virginia Senate has passed the first long-term reform to the state's 27-year-old system for funding repairs and upkeep of its 58,000-mile network of highways, reports the Associated Press.

The Senate voted 25-15, which now sends the bill to Gov. Bob McDonnell. The measure would be the defining policy legacy in the fourth and final year of the single, non-renewable term Virginia allows its governors.

The measure would replace Virginia's 17.5 cents-per-gallon retail gasoline tax with a 3.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline and a 6 percent levy on diesel fuel. It boosts statewide sales taxes from 5 percent to 5.3 percent. It increases the titling tax on car sales and adds a $100 registration fee for fuel-sipping hybrid vehicles. The bill also rules out proposed tolls on Interstate 95 south of Petersburg.

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'Top Gear' Returns With New Hosts On BBC America

The massively popular BBC show, Top Gear, relaunches Monday on BBC America. Following the painfully public downfall of its former host, the new hosts have big gears to grind.
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'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
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Ralph Nader: The Future Of The Progressive Movement In The D.C. Region

Iconic consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader joins us for a conversation about civic engagement, the role of the media, and the future of the progressive movement in the D.C. region.

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Hillary Clinton's Emails

Hillary Clinton is under pressure after a State Department report criticized her use of a private email server: what's in the report, potential security risks and whether it could affect Secretary Clinton's bid for the White House.

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