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Norfolk Gets A Step Closer To High Speed Rail

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The possibility of a high-speed rail project from Richmond to the Hampton Roads area in Virginia is one step closer to reality, the Associated Press reports. 

The environmental impact statements for the proposed routes are now complete, officials with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation said over the weekend. The planned routes would connect the Hampton Roads area to Richmond and the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.

Engineers claim the newly identified path recommends a 90 mph to 110 mph alignment from Norfolk through Petersburg to Richmond. The route also would maintain Amtrak's current service from Newport News through Williamsburg to Richmond.

Both lines would connect to the Southeast High Speed Rail corridor in Richmond, providing passengers the ability to travel south to Charlotte, N.C., and north to Washington and beyond.

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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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