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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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A Conversation With "Broad City" Co-Star Abbi Jacobson

What do Michelle Obama, Anna Wintour and Michael Jordan carry in their bags? Abbi Jacobson imagines the things you might find in her new illustrated book, "Carry This Book." We talk to the "Broad City" co-star about what you can learn from the contents of bags—and her success creating and starring in the hit Comedy Central show.

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New Approaches To Tackling Local Youth Hunger

The First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and other regional leaders are exploring new, innovative ways to combat local food insecurity.

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What Washington Really Thinks of the Rest of America

Kojo explores the surprising findings of a Johns Hopkins survey on what D.C.'s federal workers and unelected policy makers really think of the American public.


Researchers Build 'Nightmare Machine'

An MIT project rolled out just in time for Halloween uses artificial intelligence to generate horror images.

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