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More Felons Regaining Their Rights In Virginia

The number of felons that have had their rights restored under a new streamlined system that was put in place this past summer has grown to more than 1,500.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office says the civil rights of nearly 7,000 Virginians have been restored during his nearly four years as governor. His office says that tops any previous administration.

In July, McDonnell announced the individualized system of rights restoration.

Eligible individuals must register with the Secretary of the Commonwealth by mail, email or phone to have their rights to vote, serve on a jury and work as a notary public restored.

Some 350,000 nonviolent felons are eligible to regain their civil rights.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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