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Associated Press

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Stories planned for Monday, April 22.

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NEW AND DEVELOPING:

SOUTH PORTICO

PRIVATE SPACE

BOSTON MARATHON-CHILDREN

ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM

SOUTH PORTICO

RICHMOND — It appeared to be a steady rebound if not a strong one. The state's revenues had been slammed against the ropes and pounded like a weakling in a heavyweight title bout starting in 2007 when the first tremors of the Great Recession hit. Over the back half of former Gov. Tim Kaine's term and the opening months of Gov. Bob McDonnell's, Virginia hemorrhaged billions of dollars in revenue. Starting in mid-2010, the worst seemed over and monthly balance sheets held their own. The past two years showed modest growth in the tax collections that support public schools, health care and police and fire protection. But the past fiscal quarter has been nothing to crow about because as the stock market climbed and all seemed well, an underlying economic weakness has produced several monthly declines that now cast into doubt whether Virginia can finish its fiscal year June 1 in the black without cuts to services. By Bob Lewis.

PRIVATE SPACE

WALLOPS ISLAND — After weather delays, a test launch of an unmanned rocket that would eventually help carry supplies to the International Space Station is now scheduled for Sunday. The launch for Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp will test whether a practice payload can reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket. Orbital is one of two private companies NASA contracted to restock the space station. NASA ended its shuttle program in 2011. By Brock Vergakis. AP Photos.

BOSTON MARATHON-CHILDREN

STAUNTON — Maybe you've already heard the questions from a child following Monday afternoon's deadly twin bombing at the Boston Marathon. By Brad Zinn, The News Leader. AP Photo MAKO102.

ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM

FREDERICKSBURG — Photoshopped super models grace the covers of teen magazines. Some elementary schoolers feel pressure to diet and stay slim. By Amy Flowers Umble, The Free Lance-Star. With AP Photo

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