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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.

The grant funding was announced Wednesday by Virginia's U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

The funding is through the USDA regional conservation partnership program.

The largest grant involves $7 million to reward agricultural producers who implement conservation practices to limit farm runoff from dairy and livestock operations. The grant also involves West Virginia producers.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The rocket was carrying a cargo ship was bound for the International Space Station.

The last minute spending bill approved by the House of Representatives last night included $20 million in funding to help in the repair of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility that was damaged during the explosion of an Antares rocket just after liftoff this year.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kane announced that the money is contained in the bill that will now be considered by the Senate.

The two Virginia Democrats calls the Wallops Facility a key asset to the state that they expect will continue to play a role in NASA and space exploration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia was locked in a tight race with GOP challenger Ed Gillespie, a contest many thought the incumbent would easily win.

Returns tabulated by The Associated Press late Tuesday showed the race in Virginia was too close to call. That didn't stop Warner from declaring victory and promising to work with Republicans, who took control of the Senate.

Gillespie told his supporters to be patient and told them he would have a better idea of the outcome Wednesday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is behind in the polls and campaign cash with little more than two weeks before Election Day in Virginia.

But the former high-powered Washington political operative says he's enjoying his underdog campaign and feels that momentum is in his favor.

The Republican Gillespie is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Warner, a popular former governor seeking a second term.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is temporarily ditching television ads in the state with less than three weeks before Election Day.

Records posted on federal websites show Gillespie canceling or sharply reducing ad buys in multiple markets this week.

A Gillespie campaign spokesman said Thursday that the campaign will launch a new $300,000 ad buy statewide starting on Saturday.

Polls show Gillespie trailing his first-term Democratic rival, Sen. Mark Warner, who is blanketing the state with ads.

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The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor in Maryland verbally slugged it out yesterday in a televised debate sponsored by the Baltimore Sun and WJZ-TV.

Republican Larry Hogan slammed Democratic rival Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown charging that his administration led by Governor Martin O’Malley had raised numerous taxes burdening the state’s residents and businesses.

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A number of local candidates are expected to show up on the campus of Salisbury University today.

They will be joined by students in the University’s Red Square.

The candidates include Republican Addie Eckardt in District 37 for the state senate and Democratic candidate Judy Davis for District 38C in the House of Delegates.  

In addition, incumbent Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt and County council candidate John Cannon are also expected to be on hand.

The event will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will be open to the public.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay watershed is among eight areas in the nation being designated critical conservation areas.

Virginia U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine said Tuesday that designation ensures federal funding to help implement a variety of conservation projects.

With the designation, the bay is eligible to receive a portion of more than $100 million in annual funding. It would be used to help implement a variety of conservation projects and increase the sustainability of regional water, soil, wildlife and natural resources.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Republican Sen. John Warner is backing his Democratic successor over the former national GOP chairman in Virginia's U.S. Senate race.

Warner told The Associated Press on Monday that he is supporting Sen. Mark Warner, who is being challenged by Ed Gillespie in November's election. The Warners are not related.


The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will allow the Virginia Counties of Accomack and Northampton on the Eastern Shore to make electoral changes without getting pre-clearance of the federal government.

Before the ruling any such change such as redrawing electoral districts to the choice of voting machines had to wait 60 day for a decision from the U.S. Justice Department.