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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.

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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.

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Reaction from elected officials to the rocket explosion at Wallops Island was one of sadness but also support for the private space venture.

Maryland’s Senior Senator Barbara Mikulski said that despite the disaster she remains a strong supporter of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

She said she was thankful that no one was hurt this week and that the explosion reminds us that rocketry is still hard.

The Antares rocket was carrying 5-thousand pounds of cargo to resupply the International Space Station.

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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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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Sen. Tim Kaine is defending his committee vote for limited strikes on Syria. But he says President Barack Obama should not order the attacks if Congress refuses to authorize them.

The Democratic junior senator said Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime must be punished for its suspected use of chemical weapons Aug. 21 in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

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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.