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Recount Will Determine Which Party Controls Virginia State Senate

A race that will determine the balance of power in the Virginia Senate is headed to a recount.

The recount is set to begin Monday in the Hampton Roads Senate District 6. Republican businessman Wayne Coleman asked for the recount after he trailed Delegate Lynwood Lewis Jr. by nine votes out of more than 20,000 cast in a special election.

Both are seeking to succeed fellow Democrat Ralph Northam, who left the Senate to successfully run for lieutenant governor.

The district includes Norfolk, a small section of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore.

If Lewis' edge holds, the Senate will be split 20-20 with Northam casting the vote on ties. Republicans have firm control of the House of Delegates.

NPR

'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
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Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
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GOP Debate: Scalia's Vacancy; Trump Puts Jeb On The Defense

Republicans let loose on each other in last night's South Carolina debate. Rachel Martin asks NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about it.
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West Point Students' Plan To Counter ISIS Online Strategy

The State Department sponsored a contest to find the best ways to combat ISIS propaganda online. A group of cadets from West Point got second prize. Rachel Martin speaks with team member CJ Drew.

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