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Alexandria mulls lifting cigarette tax, extending parking meter hours

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Alexandria residents looking to light up a smoke -- or even park a car -- will feel their wallets getting lighter under a pair of proposals scheduled to come before the City Council this week. City Manager Rashad Young has proposed a 10-cent increase in the city's cigarette tax, raising it to 90 cents a pack, the highest tax rate in the state. Young also is recommending that the council...