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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.

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Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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