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Maryland In-State Tuition Bill For Illegal Immigrants In Jeopardy

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The bill stands in a conference committee because of changes the House made to it after it received approval by the Senate. Monday, the Senate initially gave preliminary approval to the House version -- by a single vote.

Then to prevent a final vote, Sen. David Brinkley (R) started filibustering by reading a book.

Supporters didn't have enough votes to stop the filibuster, which threatened to halt action on all other bills that had yet be voted on with just hours before the Senate was scheduled to adjourn for the year.

While supporters argued the conference committee was unlikely to finish Monday night, Senate President Mike Miller (D) said it was Democrats that are holding the bill up.

"There are people in certain subdivisions of the state that, based upon the House amendments, no longer feel comfortable with the bill," Miller says.

The Senate adjourns at midnight.

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Virginia Remains At Odds With Feds On Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Virginia continue to resist the $9.6 billion Medicaid expansion on offer from the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

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