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Virginia's Big Battles Over Transportation

It's the "third rail" of Virginia politics: transportation. Everyone agrees that the Commonwealth's aging road and rail infrastructure needs an upgrade, but figuring out how to pay for it has tripped up popular governors from both political parties. This time around, Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) is endorsing a plan to eliminate the gas tax and raise the state's sales tax instead. We get an update on his plan and explore its odds for success in Richmond.

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Not My Job: Sharon Jones Gets Quizzed On Handshakes

We've invited the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to play a game called "Let's shake on it."
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Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste

The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
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Barbershop: Speechwriters Speak On The RNC And DNC

Republican speechwriter Mary Kate Cary, Democratic speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum and historian from the University of Virginia Barbara Perry dissect the last two weeks of speeches at the RNC and DNC.
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From 'The Water's Edge To The Cutting Edge': Fish Skeletons, CT Scans And Engineering

Professor Adam Summers is a "fish guy." He uses fish to get engineering ideas. His latest project is to CT scan every type of fish — all 33,000 of them.

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