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Budget Cuts Loom In Richmond's Future

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Deep cuts in state payments in Virginia for community care programs for troubled youth and people with mental disabilities are on the table in response to Gov. Bob McDonnell's call for agencies to recommend ways to control costs.

Records obtained by the Staunton News Leader show the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services recommended saving about $32 million by closing mental health hospitals in Falls Church and Danville.

The department says additional savings could come from cutting services to community mental health services, case management and day treatment services.

The Department of Corrections proposed closing two prisons and six small correctional centers.

A McDonnell spokeswoman says he is reviewing the proposals.

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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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U.S. Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

The steelmaker is asking a U.S. agency to investigate its claims that the Chinese government not only dumps steel at unfair prices, but also uses computer hackers to steal intellectual property.

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