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Virginia Agriculture Industry Extending To China

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China is already the leading market for the Virginia's agricultural export — buying approximately $638 million of farm and forest products in 2012.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says a Chinese company plans to buy $8 million bushels of soybeans from Perdue Agribusiness over the next year. He says the agreement is the result of meetings during a trade and marketing mission to Asia last spring.

Virginia will also be sending native oysters to Hong Kong.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says two Virginia shellfish growers will appear at the Asian Seafood Expo in September.

Ag officials say the deal could open up new business opportunities throughout Asia.

Virginia's shellfish industry sold $9.5 million in oysters in 2012. That's an increase of $3 million from 2011.

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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