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Doctors Want Virginia's Settlement For Sick Smokers, Not Transportation
The Medical Association of Virginia is urging Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore III (R) and state legislators to use the state's $4 billion share of the tobacco settlement to pay for treating sick smokers, not transportation projects.

Gilmore hinted earlier this week that the settlement money could be used to help the state's transportation problems, but the 7,000 member society representing Virginia doctors says the settlement was intended to pay for future health care needs caused by smoking.

USA TODAY, (8/18/99) "Virginia", p. A8
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The Washington Post, (8/26/99) "METRO IN BRIEF: Diversion of Tobacco Money Opposed", Compiled from reports by staff writers D'Vera Cohn and Christina A. Samuels and the Associated Press.
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