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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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Credibility Concerns Overshadow Release Of Gay Talese's New Book

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Paul Farhi of the Washington Post about Gay Talese's new book, The Voyeur's Hotel. The credibility of the book, which follows a self-proclaimed sex researcher who bought a hotel to spy on his guests through ventilator windows, has been called into question after Farhi uncovered problems with Talese's story.
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Amid Craft Brewery Boom, Some Worry About A Bubble — But Most Just Fear Foam

Fueled by customers' unquenchable thirst for the next great flavor note, the craft beer industry has exploded like a poorly fermented bottle of home brew.
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White House Documents Number Of Civilians Killed In U.S. Drone Strikes

The Obama administration issued a long awaited report Friday, documenting the number on civilians who have been accidentally killed by U.S. drone strikes. Human rights activists welcome the administration's newfound transparency, though some question whether the report goes far enough.
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Tesla 'Autopilot' Crash Raises Concerns About Self-Driving Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a fatal crash involving a Tesla car using the "autopilot" feature. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Alex Davies of Wired about the crash and what it means for self-driving car technology.

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