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McAuliffe Official Says Virginia Will Proceed Cautiously On Future Road Tolls

Virginia's top transportation official says the commonwealth will proceed cautiously when it comes to tolling more highways.

Federal law allows states to toll portions of interstate highways only if new lanes are added. An Obama administration plan would allow states to toll existing lane capacity under certain circumstances, but Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne says the state is not interested in doing so.

"Tolls make sense for additional capacity when there is a free alternative. Just tolling an existing road does not seem to us to be good policy," he says.

A state would toll more highway miles to raise revenue to expand its road and transit network, but Layne says you can't toll every available highway. Once the 95 Express Lanes are finished next year, Northern Virginia will have four toll roads already. Interstate 66 is likely next.

"Certainly tolls are a part of transportation funding, but they can't be the sole issue," he says.

Motorists have been reluctant to try the 495 Express Lanes on the Beltway in Northern Virginia, which were built by a for-profit firm and opened 18 months ago. So far, the EZ Pass-only toll road has yet to turn a profit.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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