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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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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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