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Virginia Lawmakers Debate Abortion Rights Again

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About 300 demonstrators gathered at the Virginia state house for song, prayer and speeches, as lawmakers again debated restrictions on abortion and contraception.

Rev. Daniel Boone of the Valley View Church in Buchanan, Va. hopes a bill introduced by Sen. Tom Garrett of Lynchburg will pass. It would bar the state from paying for abortions when low-income women are told their fetus has gross physical or mentally incapacitating deformities.

"These women are going through a terrible time," says Cianti Stewart-Reed, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia. "Their pregnancies have gone terribly wrong, and they don't have the money to terminate these pregnancies."

The legislative session lasts about 45 days. In that time, lawmakers may also consider undoing a health department requirement that abortion clinics meet architectural requirements written for new hospitals; a rule that threatens to close most clinics in the state. Virginia must also decide whether to expand Medicaid as part of health care reform.

The federal government has pledged to pay the full cost of expansion.

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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