Dry Conditions Spread in Virginia

Drought levels take a toll on Virginia counties

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    Dry conditions are spreading through Virginia.

    The U.S. Drought Monitor now lists 68 percent of the state either under a drought or abnormally dry.

    That's up slightly from last week and much different from earlier this summer. That’s when officials recorded only 7 percent of dry conditions in June.

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday that the capital region's rainfall was 9 inches below normal.

    Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking for federal assistance for more than 40 counties where conditions have affected farming. The hot, dry summer has had a negative affect on crops.