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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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Book Review: 'In Praise Of Hatred'

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.
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Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.
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Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.
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Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

Some states have enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional stores do. In those states, Amazon's sales fell about 10 percent.

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