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Virginia's Senate on Tuesday defeated a proposed amendment that would have replaced Gov. Bob McDonnell's retail sales tax increase with a 5.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline.
Virginia lawmakers began a partisan legislative version of "Survivor" on Tuesday with redistricting plans that leave four Republican senators fighting for two seats, and leave three House Democrats homeless.
A crane hoisted a key piece of oil spill evidence to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, giving investigators their first chance to personally scrutinize the blowout preventer, the massive piece of equipment that failed to stop the gusher four months ago.
Mr. Newman said his changes were made more to shore up lagging support among Republican Senate conservatives than to appease Democrats.
Steve Newman, president of rig owner Transocean, told lawmakers following the disaster that there was no evidence the device itself failed and suggested debris might have been forced into it by the surging gas.