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Virginia Settles Disabled Housing Case With DOJ

State will close four of its institutions for developmentally disabled

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Virginia is closing four of its five homes for the developmentally and intellectually disabled and will instead provide services in local communities under a 10-year, $2 billion settlement.

The deal follows a three-year investigation by the Department of Justice that found Virginia violated federal law by needlessly warehousing disabled individuals in institutions instead of providing adequate community-based services. The settlement was filed this week with the United States Court in Richmond after nearly a year of negotiations with the Justice Department.

The deal calls for Virginia to provide nearly 4,200 waivers to pay for localized care, enhanced crisis management services, housing assistance and greater employment opportunities for those receiving treatment.

Virginia is one of five states that operates multiple state-run institutions for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Most states began transitioning those services to the community decades ago. The settlement announced yesterday echoes similar DOJ decisions reached in recent years with Delaware and Georgia.

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Woody Allen Presents First TV Series, 'Crisis In Six Scenes,' On Amazon

Woody Allen's first foray into television, Crisis in Six Scenes, debuts on Amazon Friday. The series is a six-part comedy set in the 1960s with a cast that includes Miley Cyrus.
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Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

A Silicon Valley startup wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.
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The Politics Hour - September 30, 2016

D.C.'s statehood activists rally while the Council opens debate on a state constitution. An appeals court reviews Virginia's voter ID law. And Prince George's County contends with a spate of incidents involving sexual abuse of school kids.

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Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

A Silicon Valley startup wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.

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