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Sixth Grade Females in VA and D.C. Required to Get HPV Shot

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As thousands of students across the region head back to school, some sixth grade girls are facing a new mandate. Schools in Virginia and D.C. are requiring that they get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus.

Federal health officials recommended three years ago that the vaccine be given to all 11 and 12 year old girls. About two dozen states considered requiring the vaccine but they balked because of concerns about funding, and because some parents believed it would promote promiscuity. The District of Columbia and Virginia allow parents to opt out of the requirement for any reason. Both jurisdictions passed laws in 2007, but pushed back the start dates to this year.

Bill Redlin reports...


'Marvel's Jessica Jones' Is About An Ex-Superhero Turned Private Investigator

The plot of the new Netflix show is something rare in superhero TV or film stories: It's a tale of women banding together to stop the man who abused them. Jessica Jones is played by Krysten Ritter.

As Big Food Feels Threat Of Climate Change, Companies Speak Up

A warming climate is likely to disrupt global food production, which has Big Food companies worried. Some, like Mars, are becoming increasingly vocal advocates for action on greenhouse gas emissions.
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U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

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