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Most Virginians Say Shutdown Hurt State, But Does Not Affect Governor's Race

Forty-seven percent of likely Virginia voters say that the government shutdown hurt the commonwealth "a great deal" and 30 percent said it hurt "somewhat," according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Only 17 percent of those polled said that the shutdown had "no real effect," while three percent said it helped Virginia, which is home to many federal government workers and federal facilities.

And while the shutdown has helped sink the GOP's standings in national polls, it seems not to have had much impact on the race for Virginia's top elected office. According to the poll, Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Ken Cuccinelli 46-39; in another poll earlier this month, the split in favor of McAuliffe stood at 47-39.

The poll finds Libertarian contender Robert Sarvis polling at 10 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,085 likely voters with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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Out Of Juvenile Corrections, Poems Of Fury, Loss — And Lingering Beauty

Over 1,000 students submitted their work for Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections. Two young poets split the top prize — and they've shared their poems with NPR.
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Farmers Wait, And Wait, For Guest Workers Amid H-2A Visa Delays

For the third year in a row, the H-2A visa program is running behind. That's left farmers waiting for planters and pickers even as the harvest season is well underway.
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Be Like Bernie: Sanders Looks To Spread His Political Wealth

He's beginning to expand his political network by helping upstart progressive congressional candidates and state legislators, lending his fundraising prowess and national fame to boost their bids.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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