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McDonnell To Propose New Funding For Ex-Offender Re-Entry Programs

In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell is set to recommend new funding for prisoner re-entry and rights restoration when he lays out his two-year spending plan next week.

The governor's budget, which will be released next Monday, will include funding for both policy areas.

The prisoner re-entry initiatives include funding for emergency housing for offenders upon release and increased funds for inmate education programs. The governor's budget will also provide funding to match a federal grant for substance abuse treatment services.

On the rights restoration initiative, McDonnell is proposing increased funding to support the operations and management of the automatic restoration of civil rights process.

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Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders

Just days before the Democratic National Committee convention gets underway, WikiLeaks releases almost 20,000 emails among DNC staff, revealing discussions of topics from Bernie Sanders to the media.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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