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Before Regaining Rights, Nonviolent Felons In Virginia Face Fines and Court Costs

Advocates for restoring the voting rights of Virginia felons are praising the steps Governor Bob McDonnell has taken, but they say that an impediment remains: insurmountable fines and court costs.

McDonnell has eliminated a two-year waiting period and streamlined the process to restore the voting rights of more than 6,800 Virginians—more than any previous administration.

Still, nonviolent felons must pay all court-imposed costs before they can register to vote. Edgardo Cores of the Advancement Project says that's proving to be an impossible hurdle for people with hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines and restitution to pay off. He says voting is a fundamental right and there shouldn't be financial barriers for people trying to restore it.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin says the administration is open to ideas for improving the process.

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At Food World 'Oscars,' Category Sneakily Redefines All-American Cuisine

Most James Beard awards go to haute cuisine, but one prize recognizes classic neighborhood joints. And increasingly, the winners are immigrants whose cultures haven't yet dissolved in the melting pot.
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At Food World 'Oscars,' Category Sneakily Redefines All-American Cuisine

Most James Beard awards go to haute cuisine, but one prize recognizes classic neighborhood joints. And increasingly, the winners are immigrants whose cultures haven't yet dissolved in the melting pot.
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D.C.'s 17-Year-Old Charitable Trust Bankrupts

The DC Trust has declared bankruptcy leaving over 70 groups that rely on their funding with questions about what went wrong and what happens next.

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Local D.C. STEM Careers Are Soaring - But For Whom?

Kojo explores the local state of diversity in STEM with educators who are looking to change it and a journalist who's been tracking it.

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