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VA Republicans Kill Income Tax Hike

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By Meymo Lyons

Republicans in the House of Delegates forced a unanimous vote that has killed former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine's proposed income tax increase.

Democrats, who had no appetite for the $2 billion tax boost themselves, were denied the commonly extended courtesy to allow the bill's sponsor to withdraw it.

The Republican majority was determined to force a recorded vote on the measure. That left Democrats the choice of either supporting higher taxes or spurning Kaine, the Democratic National Committee chairman.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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Weighing The Good And The Bad Of Autonomous Killer Robots In Battle

It sounds like science fiction, but it's a very real and contentious debate that is making its way through the U.N. Advocates of a ban want all military weapons to be under "meaningful human control."

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