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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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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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