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Virginia Motorists To Be Required To Get The Same Emissions Test As NoVa

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But some organizations say the process is time-consuming, and expensive for those who must pay for costly repairs if their vehicle fails the test.

The Clean Air Act requires Northern Virginia motorists to have their vehicle emissions tested every two years. But completing the testing requires an estimated two hours - which greatly impacts costs and productivity. Since several regions of the state will likely be required to implement emissions monitoring soon, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science is examining more efficient and cost-effective alternatives.

Delegate Tom Rust says a bill to set up a pilot program for a technology called "remote testing" failed last year.

"A number of businesses interests who do this kind of work had some real concerns about how accurate it is and so forth," says Rust. "So this is the beginning. This is step one, taking a look at the issue and seeing if we can resolve it."

When a vehicle fails the test, it must be repaired before it can be registered again. If Virginia does not comply with the regulations--the state would lose federal funding and fall under closer EPA scrutiny.

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Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
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Correction: Italians And Celiac Disease

A correction to our story about gluten-free options in Italy, the land of pizza and pasta. Italian children are not routinely tested for celiac disease, as we incorrectly reported.
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Sanders Gaining On Clinton. '2008 All Over Again'?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has the energy, the enthusiasm and now showing strength in the poll numbers as the Democratic nomination contest looks more and more like a race every day.
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Uber Hires Hackers To Secure Driverless Cars

NPR's Rachel Martin reports that the ride-sharing service Uber is hiring experts to protect driverless cars from being hacked.

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