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McDonnell Proposes Removing 20 Unfunded Mandates

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is proposing an end to twenty unfunded mandates on city and county governments, according to Associated Press.

McDonnell calls it a first step toward reducing burdens the state places on localities. Among his recommendations are allowing school districts to set their own calendars, ending the mandate that teachers receive civics education, and ending the authority circuit courts have to order new courthouses be built.

His proposal would also end the requirement that localities advertise bids for contract work in newspapers and double the time governments have to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request from five days to 10 days. The governments could also take a 10-day extension to comply with FOIA.

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What The African American History Museum Means to D.C.'s Black Community

This weekend, D.C. celebrated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Kojo chats with the civil rights leader and longtime city council member who chaired the D.C. host committee.

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Sunday Sports: Baseball Season Stats

As the baseball season enters the homestretch, Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast shares obscure baseball stats and somewhat dubious accomplishments with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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Divided States: Farmer Profile

A profile of Georgia farmer and Trump supporter Jon Jackson. The retired Army Ranger is breaking from his Democratic roots because of his frustration with the government, including the VA.
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Putting The Patient At The Center Of Local Healthcare

From "concierge" services to iPads connecting new parents with their babies in the nursery, Kojo explores some of the patient-centered ideas coming from healthcare innovation labs at local hospitals.

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