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House Committee Reviews Conditions For Mentally, Physically Ill In Va.

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In February the Justice Department threatened to sue Virginia because it said the Commonwealth violates federal law by needlessly warehousing the intellectually and severely disabled. The Justice Department also says the state fails to provide adequate treatment in the community.

Health officials in Virginia say they're hoping to reach an agreement with the Justice Department over civil rights violation at the facilities by the summer and begin making changes by the fall.

Virginia's Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Hazel told the House Appropriations Committee Monday that negotiations are continuing. The talks are confidential, so Hazel couldn't provide details. But he says the agency was pleased with steps Virginia has taken, such as setting up a $30 million trust to address the problems.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 1, 2015

This week, you can hear music played in memory of victims of terror or attend a concert for charity.


Cascara 'Tea': A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste

Hot or cold, in a soda, hot toddy or beer — people are finding all sorts of ways to imbibe cascara. It's a caffeinated, tea-like drink with a fruity flavor made from dried coffee cherries.
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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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Computer Guys And Gal

Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.

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